(Partly) Improved Paths Walk
This walk was led by Charlie Bowen
in July 2004.
Berkeley’s paths were mostly
platted in the streetcar era, to allow
for quick access to Berkeley’s
excellent mass-transit system. Although
the rights of way remain public, the
pathways themselves were never built
in some areas developed after automobiles
became common. Other paths have become
overgrown or blocked with fences. Working
closely with the City of Berkeley, Berkeley
Path Wanderers Assn. has been gradually
opening these paths.
Start at the fountain at Park Gate
and Shasta Road (just a few yards from
the big wooden Tilden Park sign at the
corner of Shasta and Grizzly Peak).
- Walk back to the big Tilden Park
Sign and turn right (north) onto
- Walk to the top of Stoddard Path.
- Turn left onto Stoddard Path and
walk down to Miller Ave. The wooden
steps, installed by BPWA volunteers
and UC Berkeley students in 2003,
are typical of many recently improved
we started on this path, it was
nearly impassible alongside the wooden
fence due to a thicket of large laurel
bushes and other brush.
- At the bottom of the path, jog briefly
right on Miller.
- Turn left onto Stevenson Path (improved
2003-2004). Walk down Stevenson’s
upper segment, cross Sterling Avenue,
and continue down the lower segment
to Keeler Ave. These paths too
were cleared of massive amounts of
berry bushes, wild roses, ivy and other
brush before the steps could be installed. The
winding wood steps at the bottom of
the lower segment were designed and
built by the neighbor to the north. He
inherited the house from his aunt
and uncle and as a child had come
to visit them in the summers--he
fondly remembers running all over
the neighborhood on the paths, before
they were allowed to become overgrown
and even enclosed inside new fences
by adjacent neighbors.
- At the bottom of the path, turn right
- Walk north on Keeler, passing unimproved
Whitaker Path heading uphill between
1153 & 1155 Keeler, and past the
top of recently improved Upper Covert
Path (2005) on your left, . Explore
these if you like. Continue
north on Keeler.
- When you reach the top of Bret Harte
Road, you will see Bret Harte Path’s
concrete steps heading right, uphill.
You could take these steps up recently
improved Bret Harte Path (2005-2006)
to Sterling Ave, turn left on Sterling,
and walk down to the top of Sterling
- If you stay on Keeler, you reach
the top of Sterling Path.. Walk
down Sterling Path. Like Bret Harte
Path, Sterling Path is a mixture – older
concrete steps and recent wooden
ones, these installed as several Boy
Scout Eagle Projects
- At the bottom of Sterling Path, turn
left onto Cragmont Avenue.
- Walk south on Cragmont to its end
at Shasta Road. You will pass unimproved
Upper El Mirador Path between 1112 & 1116
Cragmont Ave, unimproved Twain Way
between 1137 & a vacant lot at
1141 Cragmont Ave., Martinez Path
(signed) leading steeply downhill,
and the bottom of recently improved
Upper Covert Path. Just opposite
is unimproved Lower Covert Path.
A little farther on, unimproved Cragmont
Path starts out along a creek bed,
but is blocked by a fence at the
top--look for a row of manholes going
up the hill north of the creek bed.
- Where Cragmont ends at Shasta Road,
turn left (uphill) onto Shasta
- Walk up and turn right, south, onto
- Where Northgate ends, turn left at
- In a short block, at the corner of
Quail and Campus Drive, turn right
- Walk one block to the top of Glendale
Avenue and the bottom of Glendale
- Turn left onto the new concrete stairs
on Glendale Path (bottom segment).
The stairs were built by the city
in 2004 as part of improvements to
all three segments of Glendale Path.
The City of Berkeley Public Works Engineers
have been very supportive of our
work on path improvements.
- Cross Queens and continue up the
middle segment of Glendale Path to
Fairlawn. The city also built the
large new concrete stairway (2005)
on the upper segment of Glendale Path,
just across Fairlawn. This was another
example of the good working partnership
between BPWA and the City of Berkeley. BPWA
hired the surveyor to do a topographic
survey of the pathway, and then hired
an architect to draw up the plans for
the stairs. We then gave the
plans to Public Works for review and
approval. Public Works hired
the contractor and supervised the construction
of the stairs. At this point,
you can explore the stairs, but the
walk will continue from the bottom
of the stairs.
- Walk south on Fairlawn, which joins
Queens. Continue south on Queens.
You pass Columbia Path--look for wires
overhead between 1398 & 1400
Queens. When it is improved, one
segment will lead down to Campus
Drive (steep!) and another segment
will lead up to recently improved
- You reach a wide parking area, the
bottom of Terrace View Park. Walk
up through the Park to Fairlawn Drive.
- Turn right onto Fairlawn and follow
its twists and turns to its end
at Olympus. Turn left onto Olympus.
- Walk along Olympus to Wilson Circle
and turn left onto Wilson Circle.
- Walk straight ahead and go up Wilson
Walk (improved 2004) to Summit
Road. Turn left onto Summit Road.
- Cross Grizzly Peak Blvd [CAREFULLY!!]
and continue on Summit Road.
- Walk along Summit Road, passing unimproved
Summit Path (between 1396 & 1400
Summit Rd) and Grizzly Path (between
1330 & 1336 Summit Rd ) , both
heading downhill to Grizzly Peak
Blvd. At Atlas Place, turn left,
- At the bottom of Atlas Place,
you see the top of Atlas Path, improved
by Boy Scouts working with BPWA. [You
can walk halfway down Atlas Path and
enjoy the view while you rest on the
bench, but then return to the top of
the path.] Turn north onto
- Walk along Hill Road to its end.
Unimproved Hill Path runs downhill
here between 80 & 100 Hill Rd.
Continue straight onto Scott Newhall
Path. Scott Newhall Path, with magnificent
views, takes you to where the other
side of Hill Road begins again.
- Continue down Hill Road back to the
fountain where you started.
Further Information: Contact
Charlie Bowen (510-540-7223) for more