It's Heavenly at Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery has unfortunately, been closed to the public until further notice. Definitely add this to your post-shelter-in-place bucket list!

Title Text: Shelter in the Greatest Place over a photo of the sun setting over the Bay from the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.

One of the best local parks in Oakland is filled with thousands of people 24/7 but hardly feels like it: Mountain View Cemetery.

This cemetery occupies a huge footprint right in the middle of urban Oakland with miles of paved and dirt trails. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who also designed New York City's Central Park and much of UC Berkeley and Stanford University, it is a beautiful respite right down the street. When my family and I moved to Oakland from San Francisco we couldn't believe the local cemetery was the go-to place for outdoor activity. But once we checked it out we realized that this is how cemeteries should be: a part of the community rather than apart from the community. Cemetery goers should definitely respect the rules of staying on pathways and trails and keeping pets on a leash at all times. And of course, maintain social distancing from anyone else you might see (the permanent residents are already 6 feet away, no worries).

There are many ways to explore the grounds. Here's the loop we did:


If you drive there's always plenty of parking. If you bike or run the full loop, it ends up being about 4 miles with 600 feet of climbing. The views at the top are heavenly:




  • Rich Cormack says...

    With all due respect, you’re publicizing this walking opportunity helped kill it. It was great before you told everyone to go there. Today it was closed to everyone, including foot traffic.

    On March 27, 2020
  • Janice Leong says...

    Both my parents and grandparents are laid to rest here as is my uncle and great uncle and aunt. I am very much put off by children running and screaming while I am there paying my respect and placing flowers on their graves. Being there respectfully and being there as another playground are worlds apart. Would appreciate you removing your post.

    On March 27, 2020
  • Neighbor says...

    Mountain View Cemetery is closed to the public as of today, sadly. :( But a wonderful one to save to enjoy in the future!

    On March 26, 2020
  • Debbie Frederick says...

    I do not expect this comment to be posted, but I sure hope the cemetery management was contacted before this article was posted. I am doubtful that they would appreciate it. It’s too high risk of having too many people go there! I know sports basement and the author mean the best, but just food for thought.

    On March 26, 2020
  • Jennifer Gunn says...

    Please note that due to over-activity, Mountain View Cemetery shuttered it’s gates this morning until further notice.

    On March 26, 2020

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