After a day of fails in West Oakland, I hopped in the car to go check out Roberts Pool up in the Oakland Hills off Skyline Blvd (Google Map link). I had previously espied this oasis while on a trail run through Redwood Regional Park, and I dare say it may have been the original inspiration for this roundup. Driving up Skyline, you'll see signs for Robert's Recreation Area, which includes a playground, some trails, and a truly awesome stand of 2nd generation redwoods, all easily accessed from the parking lot. Once you get over the $5 sticker shock for parking, head to the pool, which is nested nicely among some other pretty great trees. Choose between a deck chair, picnic bench, or just lay out on the grassy knoll with the rest of the burnouts--you'll feel like your hanging out at your rich friend's house anyway. 

To go in the deep end, there's a quick swim test (two short lengths of the pool and then treading water), which you should plan to take or you'll be mobbed by girl scouts and other day campers in the shallow end. I took my goggles and tried to do some laps, which was mildly successful, more for the fun factor of dodging around teenagers than the actual workout. The lifeguards are chill and cute, you can dive off the deep end of the pool, changing rooms are clean, and snacks are $1.25 at the vending machine: there's literally nothing not to like about Roberts Pool and you're pretty much guaranteed a fun afternoon in the sun. 

Roberts Pool
Rating: 👍👌😎🐛
Info & Hours: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/roberts
Roberts Pool @ 10570 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

It costs money. Swim suits required. 


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