Magazine article Sunset

Time Travel in Montclair: Explore an Extinct Volcano, Sip an Old-Fashioned Malt. (Day Trip)

Magazine article Sunset

Time Travel in Montclair: Explore an Extinct Volcano, Sip an Old-Fashioned Malt. (Day Trip)

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The East Bay may seem an unlikely place to find ancient volcanic remains. But believe it or not, one of the highest peaks in the Berkeley-Oakland Hills, Round Top, was formed from the remnants of a 10-million-year-old volcano, the largest of four that existed in the region. Now part of the Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, it's a perfect place for an unsurpassed view of a volcano's inner workings.

Erosion and movements along the Hayward and Moraga Faults worked together to tilt Round Top on its side, exposing different levels down to its core. Numbered posts mark some of the more interesting sights, including lava flows; a brochure from the visitor center at the park entrance will lead you to them. Among the unofficial attractions are the mazes built by park visitors in the bottoms of old quarries on the grounds.

To cap off a busy morning of exploring, head to the nearby town of Montclair, a picturesque Oakland Hills community. Among the many shops and restaurants, two charming eateries in the heart of what locals call "the Village" stand out. The Montclair Egg Shop offers hearty, healthy brunch and lunch options at reasonable prices. But the real reason to come here is to watch a model train pace back and forth overhead behind an open grill, while a tiny mechanical trapeze artist swoops across a wire above the front waiting area. …

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