Yeah you're right, Yosemite and Tahoe are probably closer to 3-4. Either way, I don't think it changes the fact that they are pretty dang far away and you have to make a weekend trip out of it to make it worthwhile. Coming from a lot of places, that would probably be normal or even nice, for people from Montana, Utah, Colorado, etc. you can get to places as gorgeous and more gorgeous than Tahoe in an hour or forty-five minutes (and they won't have a Harrah's, which is a plus), which makes a huge difference in my opinion. Back home you can call it an early night on Friday, wake up at 3a.m., be on the the trailhead of a 13,000ft. or 14,000ft. mountain within an hour, summit at 9-10a.m. before the weather gets bad, and be back at the trailhead by 1pm and showered by 3pm. As for mountain biking, in a place like Utah, Sedona, or Colorado you can throw your bike in your truck, be somewhere amazing in 15 minutes, and be home within 2-3 hours of leaving. To get the same experience in Berkeley will take twice as long, which basically elimiantes all weekdays from consideration your first year when you can't choose your own schedule.
Considering the guy is from Colorado, I was just pointing out some of the stuff that I really missed in Berkeley and giving my opinion that you can definitely be in areas that are nearly as pretty as the Rockies and offer some of the same opportunities, but it's much more of a hassle and you have to set aside full weekends instead of just days. You're definitely not going to be doing cycling training going over multiple mountain passes on the weekends from Berkeley like you can from Boulder or summitting a 14er and back again in one day. Most people don't care, but if you want to be in the mountains every weekened and that's where most of your hobbies are, it's a big consideration. I know that a bunch of 3Ls and 2Ls this year rented a house in Tahoe for the winter so they could basically ski every week and commute to class, haha, so that is always an option I suppose, but that's a financial commitment.
As for the cities being close, that's definitely the case and I spent many weekends in SF and went to a lot of Warriors games in Oakland and etc. and it was great, but it's the same sort of thing. It's a different thing having it in your backyard like if you lived in SF than having to drive and park and etc. With the BART closing so early I was lucky I had a friend in SF to crash on her bed when we went out, otherwise you're either paying $50 for a cab or not drinking that night (and my friend got his car broken into while at a club in SF, so there's that as well to parking on the street). Which usually involves planning a weekend night extravaganza whereas if you just live in the city you can just step outside your front door having decided to go out a few mintues ago.
Once again none of these are probably in most people's consideration of where to go to law school, but it was enough to make me lukewarm on the school as a whole despite loving my professors, classmates, and the school in general. When I chose Berkeley I was thinking "great in between of city-life with some outdoorsy stuff and the ability to catch a mountain or go skiing occasionally." It turned out to be exactly that...with enough hassle to make it not generally worthwhile, especially if you don't have a car but even if you do to a large extent.