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    Big C and Tightwad Hill Hike

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    1.4 km
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    90 m
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    The Big C and Tightwad Hill Hike is a scenic hike above Berkeley that offers wonderful views of the Bay Area. Wander through eucalyptus trees up to the overlook and watch a game taking place in the California Memorial Stadium below.

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    Route Description for Big C and Tightwad Hill Hike

    The Big C and Tightwad Hill Hike is a great adventure for hikers of all skill levels and ages. Indulge yourself in the beauty of the Bay Area and catch a game of football free of charge. Compared to other hikes in the area, this one boasts a more tranquil experience—with the exception of game time. Note that sections of his route are steep, though most hikers should be able to easily manage. Note that the path is not well signposted, so the trail GPS may prove useful.

    Setting out from the trailhead off Cyclotron Road, the Big C and Tightwad Hill Hike travels north to an intersection. Here keep left and continue your climb up the lush mountainside. Following the dirt through eucalyptus trees, the route will wind up to the summit of the Big C. Revel in the incredible views of the Bay Area from here and when you are ready, retrace your footing down to the initial junction.

    At this point, turn left, and you will be redirected southeast to Tightwad Hill. Here, you will likely be in the company of fellow explorers if there is a game going on below. To get back to the trailhead, simply backtrack the way you came, turning left at the intersection.

    Getting to the Big C and Tightwad Hill Hike Trailhead

    The Big C and Tightwad Hill Hike departs from the trailhead off Cyclotron Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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