Discover fascinating history and nature as you stroll Cerrito Creek and climb adjoining Albany Hill, an amazing nature refuge in the city.
Explore fascinating nature and history along Cerrito Creek and up and over Albany Hill. You’ll have three expert guides:
- Karen Sorensen, local historian, author of the recent Albany: Stories from the Village by the Bay as well as Images of America: Albany;
- Margot Cunningham, Albany’s natural-areas manager and a longtime Albany Hill volunteer steward; and
- Susan Schwartz, head of Friends of Five Creeks.
From Native Americans to ranchos, dynamite, gambling, and a century of citizen effort to save this urban oasis, this area has a fascinating history. It also has remarkable diversity of plants and animals that you can enjoy and learn about — including how to help protect them in an uncertain future.
This walk will cover only a little over a mile at a leisurely to moderate pace, but we will climb 310 ft. Albany Hill on a dirt trail with steps (descending on a more moderate service road). Wear sturdy shoes with good traction and bring sticks of you use them. Bring water and a small snack. It is easy to avoid poison oak, but we recommend long pants and long sleeves.
Where to Meet: Pierce Street, on the south side of the creek, between the large condos edging Albany Hill and Pacific East Mall, on the Albany-Richmond border.