Codornices Creek Walk

Location: Codornices Creek neighborhood in Berkeley, CA
Source: Berkeley Walks by Johnson/Byron
Features: Codornices Creek, watershed and an urban waterfall.

Nice afternoon to walk a portion of the Codornices Creek Walk from the book, Berkeley Walks. Warm day but the fog could be seen making an appearance over the San Francisco Bay.

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Heading up Vine Lane path
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Top of Vine Lane path

I shortened the walk by starting on Hawthorne Lane (by Vine) and proceeded up the Vine Lane path. I then proceeded up Euclid to the famous Rose Walk with it’s Maybeck designed entrance and cloistered community of houses. At the end of the Rose Walk, you keep heading straight up into the hill on Shasta Road which bends north (see the gorgeous watershed and Swiss chalet style house at 2645 Shast) and then forks into Keith Ave.

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Watershed above Codornices Creek with Swiss chalet-style house
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Shasta Road
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Cooling fog coming our way! View from Shasta Road

From Keith Avenue, the Berkeley Walks guide has two optional paths and trails that take you further up into the hill but I found one of the paths closed with some orange cones possibly due to renovation work.

1185 Keith Avenue by architect John Hudson Thomas
1185 Keith Avenue by architect John Hudson Thomas
Waterfall on Keith Avenue
Waterfall on Keith Avenue
House with turret - 1747 Keith Avenue
House with turret at 1747 Keith Avenue

Since I wanted to shorten the walk a bit, I proceeded down the steep El Mirador Path stairs. Lots of whimsical artifacts like gnomes and even a painting dot this path!

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Top of El Mirador Path stairs

I then followed Euclid back to the Berkeley Rose Garden and Codornices Creek Park across the street. At the park, you can find the closed off entrance to a tunnel. A curious urban explorer would probably circumvent this fence!  Go through the tunnel which takes you to the an area by the Rose Garden tennis courts. Follow the little path behind the bathroom to bypass  another fence.

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Berkeley Rose Garden
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Codornices Creek at the Rose Garden

After the Berkeley Rose Garden, I continued on Euclid until I found my way back to the top of Hawthorn Terrace and my starting point.

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