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NATURE WALK: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - Easy 2 mile loop with options for more challenge!

Monday, May 16, 2022, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Sibley Staging Area - Visitor's Center Display
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
6800 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jeanette Ward
6509547476 (c)
Nature Walk
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Rain cancels
No Fee


Sibley Labyrinth
Nature Walkers

When: Monday, May 16 1 PM (approximately 2 hours)
Where:  Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - Sibley Staging Area 6800 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Contact:  Jeanette Ward, 650.954.7476
Registration Recommended so we know to look for you

Members/volunteers and their guests

Accessibility:   Not Wheelchair accessible

   Sibley volcanic regional Preserve
 Round Top loop with options - good for all!

 While there are several trails in the preserve, Round Top is advertised as easy, so this walk should be good for all skill levels. It is paved with some elevation and some shade, and the loop is under 2 miles. We should have alternative trails for more challenge. We will have several walk leaders to accompany walkers  and accommodate various levels of distance and walking pace. There is always the option to turn around and have someone go with you.

The trail starts out in a forested understory, then opens into rolling grassland hill, and concludes on a shaded Skyline Trail back to the staging area. Round Top Trail offers panoramic views of the hills, valleys, and cities. 

For those who detour to other trails, Volcanic Trail is lined with different types of volcanic rock that help tell the story of the formation of the landscape and how it has changed over time.

Before we start out, we will discuss the options and plan accordingly for easy and more challenging trails.

At least two man-made labyrinths exist in the Preserve. The first, and arguably most frequently visited, is known as the Mazzariello Labyrinth. Constructed in 1990 and donated as a "gift to the world" by East Bay resident Helena Mazzariello. 
For our hardier walkers, there are trails from the route to view labyrinths. 

The visitor center at the Skyline Boulevard entrance is unstaffed and offers brochures for self-guided tours. It also features depictions of the region's volcanic geology.

Although we need it! - Rain cancels! 

Where to meet: Sibley Staging Area 6800 Skyline Blvd. Oakland.  Meet at the visitor display near the parking lot.

What to bring: Binoculars if you have them, good hiking shoes for the trails, layered clothing for variable weather, water, windbreaker, hat, snacks. Hiking poles are optional, but a good idea. Bring your cell phone if you have one! 

Directions: From Hwy 13 take Park Ave exit in Oakland, turn left onto Park, then left onto Mountain Blvd for two short blocks, then right onto Snake. Follow Snake up to Skyline Blvd - 6800. In order to stay on Snake (and not  end up on Shepherd Canyon) you'll need to make a left turn at just a short distance up Snake, about two blocks. Meet at the Visitor Display near the parking lot.

Transportation: Need a ride? We have new Volunteers! Members can request a ride from the Ashby Village office- 510-204-9200. Or have your guest bring you, and join you on the walk.

As it is outdoors -  All are welcome! If you are vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask.