Quick early AM hike to Round Top before heading into Oakland for a meeting - easy walk up the paved road to the summit. TR is HERE
First explored this area as a kid,long before it was a park, and had no idea at the time it has the rich volcanic history that it does. As a so-called summit, well, between the trees and the antennas and all, it's a claustrophobic summit experience, but a short walk to one of the hilltop highpoints in the park to the east, and you'll get that feeling as you look over much of Contra Costa County.
Quick trip on a sunny day. Park was pleasant enough but not quite as great as I'd hoped. Suppose there were just a few too many people and a lot too many antennaes. Went to Briones Park two weeks earlier and found it to be a lot more remote feeling (happened to be a slightly clearer day too).
The red volcanic ridges nearby look sweet, though - especially in contrast to the green hillside in spring.
Silly day chasing CC-listed peaks in the East Bay. Trip Report
It was some time in the mid 90's. A lot of towers and trees and fences and not much of a view.
A great tour of local Geology.
Nice late afternoon day...