We all know the struggle of working out at the RSF. There’s never an available elliptical, spin class is overbooked, and you already wasted 20 minutes trying to figure out the lock in the locker room. You might also not be comfortable showing off your swim bod yet, so why not go for a run outside? You can avoid the crowdedness of the RSF and explore a new area of Berkeley. We at the Clog have complied a list of outdoor spots around the city that you can run to.
1. Fire Trails
You can catch the trail by running up behind Memorial Stadium, past Strawberry Canyon Pool. There’s a super steep hill about 1 mile into the trail, but once you get past that, it’s easier the rest of the way. About two miles into the trail, there’s a bench that provides what we consider to be the best view in the city. Running round-trip to the end of the trail is about a nine-mile run. Going to the bench and back down is about four miles.
2. Indian Rock Park
For another great view, make sure you climb to the top of the rock once you get to the park. While you can take many different routes to the park, running down Walnut Street is the easiest option. The run to Indian Rock is four miles round-trip.
3. Clark Kerr Track
If you’re not averse to running on a track, this is a great spot especially if you don’t want to commit to a certain distance. Plus, getting to the track involves running up a steep hill alongside the Clark Kerr Campus, so you can get both incline and flat distances in. You can also customize how far you want to run by the number of laps you choose to run. Plus, we think it’s the best spot to watch the sunset in Berkeley.
4. Tilden Regional Park
It’s home to 39.41 miles of trail, and each trail differs in steepness, terrain and length. The park’s website has an interactive map, so you can search for the trail that’s right for you. To get to Tilden Regional Park, you’ll want to take the 67 on AC Transit.
5. Berkeley Marina
If you want to run by the water, heading down to the Berkeley Marina is your best bet. Once you get there, you can run out to the end of the pier or on the pathway along the water. To run to the marina, travel down Addison Street until you begin to see the water. Once there, follow the pathway leading to the bridge over the freeway.