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Diane's Castle Rock Loop
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: This loop is about 10+ miles, meanders on about 4 or 5 different trails, and because of some significant elevation gain -- about 1300 feet -- it is recommended for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY who know their ability. If you have never been to Castle Rock Park, please allow plenty of time to find the staging area...it is at the very END of the road past a staging area that you will see on your right. We will begin our hike at 8:00 a.m. SHARP! The staging area is past both horse stables at the end of the road. I anticipate this hike taking approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. While there may be some mud from past weeks' rains, I anticipate the trails being quite nice by Friday. If you are not familiar with this trail, please come prepared with a map of the area.

Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The hike is all ups and downs. It is not easy. Hiking poles are helpful. If you can finish the hike in under 2 hours, bring quarters ($2 limit on the meter). Otherwise park in the all day section for $6. Services only on the lower trail. I'm planning on a counter clockwise direction, but will listen to the majority. We start on time. The hike is dog friendly but must be leashed. No EBMUD permits needed.

Shell Ridge, Marshall Drive entrance
Sunday, December 20, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will take the Corral Spring trail to Castanoan and then on to Borges Ranch. We will return via Briones to Mt Diablo. Should be about 6+ miles and is not difficult. It is dog and horse friendly. All fire roads. No services at the start but toilets and shelter at Borges Ranch. Also small animals. All sun, hopefully. Remember to exit Ygnacio at Walnut Blvd not Walnut Ave. Very close to 680.

Rock City
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Due to very limited parking at the trailhead let's try meeting at the St. Timothy's Episcopal Church parking lot at 1550 Diablo Road and carpool from there. This is a rain or shine hike.

Nimitz Way (Paved) Trail - Inspiration Point
Sunday, December 13, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is my birthday hike. Dress for any weather condition. Last year there was hail on this hike. This is a relatively easy 8 mile hike that you can cut short at any time. Lots of people.

Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail (Regency Gate)
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We should get some good rain filling the falls in advance of this hike. The forecast is for a chance of light rain during the hike, which is ok by me. This will be a rain or shine hike.

Shell Ridge (Howe Homestead Park)
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Modelled after Andrew's hike last year. This will be a 5+ mile hike. We will hike Fossil Hill, Indian Creek and wherever else we want to go. There may be fog early, but it will clear. This hike is from Walnut Blvd, not Walnut Ave. WB is close to 680. WA is close to Concord. This hike is very dog friendly, (they are allowed off leash). This hike is in EBRP not EBMUD. No permits needed.

Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We take Donner Canyon Rd to Meridian Pt trail and turn right at Back Creek trail. Back Creek is single track and is a fun trail to hike. We take it back to the start. No dogs allowed.

MORGAN TERRITORY HIKE (FINLEY RD. ENTRANCE)
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The hike will be a loop of about 8 miles with an elevation gain estimated at 1400 feet. The route is Old Finley Rd, Sulpher Spring and Black Hills Trails, Crestview, Highland Ridge and Morgan Ridge Rds to The Red Corral at Morgan Territory Rd. After a short rest/snack stop, return will be via Old Finley Rd to the trailhead. Since part of it is in Mt Diablo State Park, dogs are not allowed. No water or facilities are available.

Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is one of my 5 favorite hikes. Shade, sun, it has it all. Hiking poles helpful. I think the parking fee is now $6. No dogs, but horses are OK. Hike description is accurate. Bring some snacks to share after the hike.

Las Trampas
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of 800 feet. Route will be via Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop on the Ridge about halfway. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot.

King Canyon Hike
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This hike has great views. It is relatively easy, but there is a big hill we must climb and descend. Hiking poles helpful. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit if you have one. All vehicles must sign in at the parking lot. Dogs not allowed but horses are OK. The Moraga Road name changes to Canyon Rd after the Moraga Way intersection.

Tassajara Ridge Trail loop
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An exploratory hike in the new Hidden Valley Open Space in the Dougherty Valley. The route is as described below with a short rest/snack stop at Hidden Valley Park. About 4.5 miles with 800 feet elevation gain. Check the links for a more complete description.

Mitchell canyon to deer flat hike (Mountainare Pkwy)
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is Peggi's Pot Luck hike. After a 5 mile hike we will caravan to her house for the Pot Luck. Bring finger food to share. She will pass out directions after the hike. If you can't make the hike, please join the potluck. I estimate we will be leaving about 11:30. We will not hike to Deer Flat. We will return way before that.

Elderberry to Devil's Hole (Las Trampas)
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a difficult hike because of the steep descent into Devil's Hole and then the steep ascent to the ridgetop. The hike is entirely within Las Trampas so it is dog friendly. No EBMUD permits needed. Hiking poles recommended.

Elderberry Trail (Las Trampas) - (Main PAVED Parking Lot)
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 5 mile hike and I rate it moderate plus because there is a 1,000 ft elevation gain in the first mile. That is about a 20% slope. Not easy, and we will rest often. Once we are to the top it is relatively easy. We hike Rocky Ridge to Elderberry and back to the parking lot. We do the work early and then enjoy the scenery the rest of the way. It can get windy up there. Hiking poles are helpful. If you have an EBMUD hiking permit, please bring it (not required). Hike is dog friendly and safe. Also friendly for horses.

Castle Rock to Macedo Ranch Loop
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Plan on arriving at Castle Rock park at least 15 minutes early to allow for the walk from the Orchard Staging area if parking is not available at the end of Castle Rock Rd. The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd (Pine Creek) to Dusty Rd, then over the hill to Macedo Ranch where we will have a short rest/snack stop. Return will be up the hill from Macedo Ranch to the Little Yosemite Trail and then down to Stage Rd to Castle Rock Park. Distance is closer to 7 miles with 1000 foot elevation gain. No dogs allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

Ringtail Cat to Las Trampas peak
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will only do a 6 mile hike to the Alamo trail junction. The first mile is through the woods to the top of the Ridge. Turn right and sun until we soon enter the forest again. Feel free to hike to the Peak. Last mile is steep. Dogs are welcome. No services.

Del Valle
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: I am planning on a 6 mile hike. If there are enough leaders we can split into groups with an 8 mile option. We climb a big hill in the first mile and then it's rolling terrain. We just stay on the fireroad. I rate this a moderate hike. All sun (hopefully). Porta Potty and water at the parking lot. The views of the Lake are worth the climb. Dogs are welcome but there is a $1 fee. The parking fee may be $3 now. Bring singles for the gate machine.

Livorna Staging Area, Foothills Trail
Thursday, October 22, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch, Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge, Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via Borges Ranch and Foothills Trails to the Livorna trailhead. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Diane's Castle Rock Loop
Sunday, October 18, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This loop is about 10+ miles, meanders on about 4 or 5 different trails, and because of some significant elevation gain -- about 1300 feet -- it is recommended for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY who know their ability. If you have never been to Castle Rock Park, please allow plenty of time to find the staging area...it is at the very END of the road past a staging area that you will see on your right. We will begin our hike at 9:00 a.m. SHARP! The staging area is past both horse stables at the end of the road. I anticipate this hike taking approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. While there may be some mud from this week's rains, I anticipate the trails being quite nice by Sunday.

Brushy Peak Loop
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike from the trailhead via the West Side Loop, Brushy Peak Loop trails and return with an option on the Tamcan Trail to the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near Brushy Peak. Water and a restroom are at the trailhead. About a 5-mile moderate hike. Dogs welcome but must be on-leash. Rain will cancel the hike.

Valle Vista to Redwood
Sunday, October 11, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is an exploratory hike. I have the maps, let's explore together. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. No water at Valle Vista. We meet at the kiosk in the parking lot.

MORGAN TERRITORY HIKE (FINLEY RD. ENTRANCE)
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will reduce this route to about 6 miles. Pace and hike difficulty will be moderate. Route is Old Finley Rd, Highland Ridge Rd, Crestview Rd, Black Hills Tr, Sulphur Springs Tr to Old Finley Rd and return to trailhead. We will stop at about halfway for a short rest/snack stop. Since part of it is in Mt Diablo State Park, dogs are not allowed. No water or facilities are available.

Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail
Saturday, October 03, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
NOTE: This is a full moon hike. The weather forecast is good. It should be great. I did this hike last month when it was full moon; it was wonderful. To make it a little shorter than the Via Granada entrance, we will be starting at the junction of Rheem Blvd. and Zander Drive The total distance is less than five miles, should take about two hours. On a clear night with the full moon I didn't need a flashlight, but may be good to have it. Layered clothing may help.

Sunol to Mission Peak
Saturday, October 03, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a difficult hike that will be led by my friendly EBRP Naturalist, Gail. You will like her. I will be watching out for all the hikers. The hike will take up to 6 hours. The return could shorten it.

Shell Ridge, Wiget Lane entrance
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Route will be via Upper Buck, Deer Lake, Corral Spring, Costanoan, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop we will return via the Borges Ranch, Costanoan, Corral Spring, Upper Buck Loop, and Lower Buck trails to Wiget Lane. About a 5-mile hike with approximately 750 feet of elevation gain.

Shell Ridge (Howe Homestead Park)
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike with a good amount of shade. I love feeding the chickens at Borges. This hike is dog/horse friendly. Bring your pony.

Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt
Sunday, September 20, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We take Donner Canyon Rd to Meridian Pt trail and turn right at Back Creek trail. Back Creek is single track and is a fun trail to hike. We take it back to the start. No dogs allowed.

After the hike Peggi will host a pot luck for us. She will provide directions at the hike. She lives close by. Bring something to share. Snacks, finger food and the like.



Las Trampas Peak
Thursday, September 17, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will start from the main staging area at the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. We take Bollinger Creek to Calaveras Ridge to the Peak. After resting, we return via Las Trampas Ridge to Chamise and back to the staging area. Chamise is a steep descent so hiking poles are helpful. Hike is 5 miles and about 1,000 ft of elevation. Mix of sun and shade. Dog friendly. Water and restrooms at the staging area.

Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail (Via Granada)
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Approximately a 5 1/2 mile hike, mostly in the sun. An excellent cardio-vascular workout. Weather is predicted to be cooler on Sunday so this hike should be enjoyable.

Ygnacio Canal Trail to Contra Costa Canal Trail Loop (paved)
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a baby stroller and pet friendly hike.

Redwood Regional Park (Skyline Gate)
Thursday, September 10, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be similar to our Thursday, July 30th hike, although we will follow a somewhat different route. About 5 mostly-shaded miles through the 2nd growth redwoods. The route will be via the Ridge, Eucalyptus, Stream, Tres Sendas, French, Flower, and Madrone trails to Redwood Bowl for a short rest/snack stop. Return will be along the West Ridge trail to the Skyline Staging Area. Water and restrooms at Skyline and Redwood Bowl. Dogs allowed, off-leash OK on most trails. Parking at Skyline should not be a problem on a weekday morning.

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail (paved) (Section 1)
Sunday, September 06, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is baby stroller/child and dog friendly.

Pleasanton Ridge
Saturday, September 05, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Some shade but mostly sun and all up and down. We start from Oak Tree trail and take it the top of the Ridge where it meets the Olive Grove trail (marker 10). We continue on Olive Grove until it meets Thermalito (12). We continue on Thermalito to (20), where it meets the Ridgeline trail. Turn right and take Ridgeline all the way to Oak Tree (10) and back to the parking lot. Water at the parking lot and several locations in the park. Porta Potties at the parking lot,along with several picnic tables.

Shell Ridge - Rockspring Pl entrance
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 4 to 5 mile loop hike, part sun and part shade. Route will be via the south Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via the Borges Ranch and north Twin Ponds Loop trails. Note that the trailhead is at the very end of Rockspring Place.

POINT PINOLE COOL DOWN
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will meet around the flag pole near the entrance kiosk. Dogs and children are welcome on this hike. Dogs are not allowed out on the pier but may be off leash in the wilderness areas of the park.

FEE: $3 per car $ 2 for dogs

There will be two car pools for this event East County hikers meet at the Hill Crest/Bart/Tri-Delta park & ride at Hill Crest and Hywy #4 at 8:15 #2 @ Johns work parking lot...201 North Civic Walnut Creek meet 8:30 Departing no later than 8:45 am.


Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is about an 8 mile loop, with 1400 feet of mostly gradual climbing. The hike offers a nice mix of open vistas and shaded valley trails. We will hike from the Macedo Ranch trailhead to Wall Point Road, then up the Ridge View Trail to Wildcat Group Camp for a snack or lunch break. We'll return down Barbeque Terrace Rd to Stage Rd, then loop back toward Macedo on Dusty Road. Parking at Macedo Ranch is $6, and you will need to have exact change.

Brushy Peak Loop
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A nice 5-mile loop hike on the recently opened Brushy Peak loop trail. Mostly sun but some shade near the peak where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Restroom and water now available at the trailhead. Dogs OK but must be on-leash.

Ringtail Cat to Las Trampas peak
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate plus hike because of the distance and elevation gain. No services for this hike. The first and last mile are shaded, the rest is mostly sun. Dog friendly. We can snack at the Peak. It's all downhill after that. Hiking poles are helpful.

Livorna Staging Area, Foothills Trail
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch Loop, Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch trails. Then a short rest/snack stop in the shade at Borges Ranch which is equipped with picnic tables, water and restroom. Return will be via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds, Stonegate and Foothills trails.

Castle Rock Park to BBQ Terrace
Sunday, August 16, 2009 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: An exploratory hike that I would classify as difficult due to mileage and elevation change. This hike should only be attempted by experienced hikers who can hike more than 13 miles and tolerate heat well because it is going to be a very warm day.

Lime Ridge (Arbolado Park)
Saturday, August 15, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We start at Arbolado Park which is next to Boundary Oaks golf course. We take the Ohlone trail to Lime Ridge trail and on the summit where we can snack. We descend to the Paraiso trail and reconnect with Ohlone. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park. It's just past Sutton Dr on your left. There are picnic tables here where we can snack after the hike. Lime Ridge is EBRP, not EBMUD. No permits needed.

Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 750 feet. And a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. The outbound route will be the Sulfur Creek and Costanoan trails, returning via the Costanoan trail. Some shade along the Sulfur Creek trail, but mostly sunny.

Hardy Canyon (Round Valley Regional Park)
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate hike up a big hill. Views are quite nice. Weather should be good. The trek up the hill is a single track trail. Bring fluids and be prepared for sun. Picnic tables at the parking lot. Bring snacks. No dogs allowed. The trail notes say this hike is 8+ miles. It's not. 5+ miles. All of us can do it.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve (Volvon Trail)
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 to 6 mile loop hike with about 1000 feet elevation gain. Route is Coyote, Stone Corral, Volvon Loop, Blue Oak, and Volvon trails. Mostly sun with water and restroom at the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the midpoint. Dogs are allowed and off-leash is OK on trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html

Gossip Rock Loop
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: The route is High Ridge Loop to Gossip Rock, and then on to Meyers Ranch trail. Great views and shade at Gossip Rock. It's not easy.

Redwood Regional Park (Skyline Gate)
Thursday, July 30, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will increase the distance to approx 5 miles in the mostly shaded 2nd-growth redwoods. Route will be via the West Ridge, Tres Sendas, French, Redwood Peak trails to Redwood Bowl for a rest/snack stop, Return will be via the Madrone, Star, Eucalytus, and Ridge trails. Water and restrooms at Skyline trailhead and Redwood Bowl. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash at all times. Parking may not be a problem on a weekday morning but no guarantee.

Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, July 26, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike on the San Pablo Dam trail, in the shade, to a nice rest stop before the boat entrance. 6 miles total and 500 ft of elevation gain. It's all in the last mile. Potty at Overlook , but no water. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. http://www.ebmud.com . No dogs on this hike. This is an easy hike except for the last mile.

Briones Reservoir Loop - Clockwise - Oursan Trail
Saturday, July 25, 2009 @ 7:30 AM
NOTE: This hike is a 13 mile loop starting on the Oursan Trail and finishing up on the Bear Creek Trail. This is NOT an easy hike because of the numerous ups and downs as well as the distance. Please only attempt this hike if you are comfortable doing more than 10 miles as we keep moving to finish before it gets too hot. We meet at the Briones Reservoir Overlook staging area.

Fossil Hill Loop Trail
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5 mile, 750 feet elevation gain hike to Borges Ranch via the Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek and Briones/Mt Diablo trails. A midpoint stop at Borges Ranch where there are water and restroom facilities. Also shaded picnic tables for a short rest and snack. The Indian Creek trail is shaded, so about half of the hike will be shady and half sunny. A dog friendly hike, off-leash OK on trails.

Sunol Regional Wilderness
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: What a wonderful graph. I wish I knew how to do that. The parking fee may be $6. The $2 map fee is for the Ohlone Regional Wilderness. We don't need it. This hike is in the Sunol Regional Wilderness (EBRP). This is a moderate hike by my standards. Very doable. Especially if you climbed the Diablo Summit with us. 30% shade. I would like to snack at Little Yosemite. I will jog back from there. Please join me.

Castle Rock loop
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Approx a 5-mile partial loop hike with 700 feet elevation gain. Route will be via the Pine Creek/Stage Rd to the Burma Rd to Little Pine Creek Rd to Falcon Rd to Sunset trail and return via Pine Creek/Stage Rd. Full facilities at Castle Rock Park. No dogs allowed because part of the hike is in Mt Diablo State Park.

Mt Diablo Summit from Mitchell Canyon
Saturday, July 11, 2009 @ 8:45 AM
NOTE: Hike is on a Saturday to have a day for recovery. This hike to the summit and back will be around 15 miles so figure on 7+ hours. It is mostly steep and strenuous after the first couple of miles in Mitchell canyon. This is an out/up and back hike on the same fire road & trial. Potty and water at the staging area. Rest Stops at deer flats(no water, no potty). juniper campground (water, potty) and the summit (water, potty). This hike is not for beginners or children under 12. Dogs are not allowed anywhere in Mnt Diablo State park. Please know your physical abilities before attempting. Bring appropriate $$ for entry fee and plenty of fluids

Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, July 09, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. The outbound route will be the Costanoan trail, returning via the Costanoan and Sulfur Creek trails. A dog friendly hike.

Shell Ridge, Marshall Drive entrance
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A typical Shell Ridge hike, about 5 miles and 750 feet elevation gain. Route is via the shaded Indian Creek trail to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop at Borges before returning to the trailhead. No facilites at tralhead but water, restroom and shaded picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Since we are in a heat wave this is a good hike. 80% shade. Dress for the weather. You need your EBMUD hiking permits for this one. No dogs and no water. Potty at the parking lot. The hike is less than moderate, very doable.

King Canyon Hike
Sunday, June 28, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The hike is about 6 + miles through forest and grassland. The big hill is tough but doable. I borrowed this hike from a good friend. I hope she shows. Hiking along the reservoir is really nice. Porta potty at the start. Bring your water. I doubt if dogs are allowed, so assume they aren't. I need your EBMUD hiking permits. We are allowed 3 guests, so just show up if you don't have one.

Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Upper Trail is a dirt trail. We will start out our hike by the water tank (Rheem Reservoir) area Walk up the path in front of Zander Drive on Rheem Blvd. at the crest of the hill. This hike is 4.69 miles in length. Unlike the lower paved route around the reservoir, the rim trail has a lot of up and down, including some rather steep grade portions. Overall I consider this trail to be fairly moderate for an experienced hiker, but could be quite challenging for the novice or newbie. Plan 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete this trail. For a trail map, click here and look for Rheem Reservoir (PDF format). To be back before dark we will start on time.

Shell Ridge, Marshall Drive entrance
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A loop hike to Borges Ranch via the Ridge Top trail. Snack/rest stop at Borges Ranch and return via the Costanoan and Corral Spring trails. About 5 miles with 750 feet elevation gain. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails. No facilities at the trailhead, but water, restroom and shaded picnic tables at the Ranch.

Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: I am going through my list of 5 favorite hikes and here is one of them. Hike description is accurate. It is dog friendly and there are several stock ponds along the trail. Restrooms and water at the staging area. There are picnic tables at the staging area where we can snack at the end of the hike. By my standards, this is a moderate hike.

Las Trampas Peak
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 5 mile loop hike to Las Trampas Peak. We will return via the Ridge and Chamise trails. Hiking poles would be helpful. The Park is dog friendly. An almost even mix of shade and sun. It is a moderate hike because of the elevation gain. Since I am making this a loop hike, it is slightly longer than the Trail Notes.

Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, June 14, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 6.1 mile hike in 50% forest. 1,200 ft of elevation gain. I rate this hike moderate. Wonderful views, bring that camera. It is a loop hike. This is one of my 5 favorite hikes. We will have excellent views of Rock City. This is a pot luck hike. At the finish, let's share snacks and finger food. Covered picnic benches. Parking fee is $5.00.

Shell Ridge, Wiget Lane entrance
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another moderate loop hike to Borges Ranch from a different entrance to Shell Ridge. No facilites at trailhead, but restroom, water and picnic tables at Borges Ranch where we will take a rest/snack stop.

Castle Rock to Macedo Ranch Loop
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Plan on arriving at Castle Rock park at least 15 minutes early to allow for the walk from the Orchard Staging area if parking is not available at the end of Castle Rock Rd. The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd (Pine Creek) to Dusty Rd, then over the hill to Macedo Ranch where we will have a short rest/snack stop. Return will be up the hill from Macedo Ranch to the Little Yosemite Trail and then down to Stage Rd to Castle Rock Park.

Fossil Hill Loop Trail
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike to Borges Ranch and back from Sutherland Dr. in Shell Ridge. Half the hike will be along Indian Creek because it is shaded. It is really an out and back hike. At Borges we will snack, refresh and feed the chickens. Flush toilets at Borges but not at the start. Dress for the weather. This Park is dog friendly. We pass several ponds for them to romp in. Under our new hike rating categories, this would be a moderate hike. I think it is relatively easy.

Del Valle
Sunday, May 31, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Please join me for a hike where I run. Ups and downs and beautiful views of the lake. There is a porta potty at the start. That's it. Bring plenty of water. We will do either 6 or 10 miles. The hikers will decide. We can split the group. Welcome to my world. This is where I live and I love it. Parking fee is 5 or 6 dollars. Carpool with someone who has a parking permit.

Brushy Peak Loop
Thursday, May 28, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A nice loop hike on the recently opened Brushy Peak loop trail. Restroom and water available at the trailhead. Dogs OK but must be on-leash.

Macedo Ranch to Castlerock
Sunday, May 24, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Note that parking fee at Macedo Ranch is now $5 with exact change needed. No dogs allowed in Mount Diablo State Park.

Las Trampas
Thursday, May 21, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike up the Elderberry Trail to the ridge top. A lot of shade, but some sun. The elevation gain is about 800 ft. We can split and make this a longer hike. It is dog friendly. Bring them. The hike will be an out and back.

Livorna Rd trailhead to Borges Ranch
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike through grassland hills and forests. Distance is 5+ miles and about 500 ft of elevation gain. No services at the start but there are at Borges. This hike is dog friendly. Enjoy the chickens at Borges. They are great beggars.

Utility Trail to Canal Trail
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Please arrive early in order to look for parking. Additional street parking along the side roads. We will walk 1.11 miles to the Contra Costa Canal Trail, turning right at the junction. Then it's up to you how far you wish to go. Trail ends at Glacier Drive in Martinez (at Hwy 4), an additional one way distance of 5.73 miles.

Shell Ridge - Rockspring Pl entrance
Thursday, May 07, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another loop hike to Borges Ranch where there are nice facilities for a rest/snack stop. Dogs are welcome in Shell Ridge. Off leash OK on trails.

Shell Ridge - Rockspring Pl entrance
Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike the Sugarloaf Trail to the Briones/Mt Diablo Trail to the Ginder Gap Loop Trail to the Costanoan Trail to Borges Ranch. After a short stop at Borges Ranch, return will be via the Borges Ranch Trail to Twin Ponds and then the north Twin Ponds Loop trail to the Rockspring Pl starting point.


Nimitz Way (Paved) Trail - Inspiration Point
Sunday, April 26, 2009 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Heavy rain CANCELS. Hike is dog/stroller/child friendly.

Mitchell Canyon to Juniper Flat
Sunday, April 19, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The hike is 11 miles with 2,400 feet of elevation gain. This hike will not be at a leisurly pace but at our own pace. I estimate 4 hours. Juniper Camp is only 1.8 miles and 850 feet of elevation from the Summit. It is out and back on fireroads. Flush toilets and water at Juniper. The parking fee is now $6. Hopefully the owl is still residing in the tree near the Interpretive Center.

Lime Ridge-Cowell Rd.
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 5 mile hike through grasslands and woods. Dogs are not allowed. Ignore the event notes. The grasses are a foot tall so dress accordingly. Tick season. No services in this park.


black diamond #2
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: ( ignore the trailnotes poste below) this variation will have nearly 8.5 miles of 80% all sun and little shade. Appx 500 ft elevation gains. We will be doing a clock wise loop of the park with a smaller exploratory loop of the Star Mine Trail. Start location is the Stewartville trail head at the western end of Frederickson lane. We will be doing the Star Mine loop before a break for snacks/rest/potty at the Stewartvill campsite. Beyound the old towne site of Stewartville we will climb to the summit and pick up the RIDGE TRAIL. Once we get to the Acorn trail it will be mostly down hill for us as we then go onto the Old Homestead loop that will take us back to our cars at the staging area. This is a dog friendly park. Please be sure to bring plenty of fluids as there is no potable water in the sections of the park we will be hiking.

Briones Reservoir Loop - Clockwise - Oursan Trail
Sunday, April 05, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: 13.2 miles in 75% sun with lots of hills. This is not an easy hike, so please be aware of your ability and stamina. Haven't decided whether to go clockwise or counter-clockwise yet, but will make that decision on Sunday. No dogs are allowed on the Bear Creek trail. An EBMUD permit is required. Please plan on arriving by 9:00 a.m. to sign in. If you do not have a permit, please make arrangements with someone who does. We will start hiking no later than 9:15 a.m. Please bring plenty of water as this hike can be difficult especially if it is very warm on that Sunday. The staging area has a bathroom with a flush toilet, but no other services until we reach the Bear Creek staging area.

black diamond #2
Saturday, April 04, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: DOT NOT go by the trail notes below...we will meet at the trail head on Frederickson lane in ANTIOCH 7 miles 80% sun (unless we get lucky and have a few clouds this weekend)it dry out here so Bring water ( a camera if U have one)as it will be warm but not hot yet. We are getting close to the times when snakes will be out so heads up for those guys. we will do a clock wise loop of appx 7 miles. Its fairly easy if you have been a regular hiker over the past month. a couple of hills ( one of about 400 ft). We will be on the Stewartville Trail for more than 1/2 the hike. Will take a rest/water/snack/potty break at the StewartVille Camp site near the old town site of StewartVille. At the summit we will pick up the Carbondale trail and head north to meet the River View trail. From there connect with the LARK and Homestead loop trails and back to the starting point. This is a dog friendly preserve.


Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: From Snyder Lane trailhead to Borges Ranch via Sulfur Creek and Costanoan trails. After a short rest stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones/Mt diablo, Ridge Top and Costanoan trails to Snyder Lane trailhead. About a 5 mile loop with 750 feet elevation gain.

BLACK DIAMOND MINES
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: ignore the trail notes below.... This is a partial exploritory hike on a few trails I have not been yet, with other trails I have. This should be fairly easy with a few ups and downs and APPX; 4 1/2 miles no more than five (5) Will leave from the upper end of the paved parking lot. Starting out on the NortonVille trail we will stop off at Rose Hill Cemetery for some insight to the history of the park. We continue on exploring the Back Diamond Trail, Manhattan Canyon, Chaparral , Ridge, Carbondale and River View trails before returning to our cars.

Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail (Via Granada)
Sunday, March 29, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate mostly but couples of areas are pretty steep. Total distance will be approximately 5.5 miles. It is really beautiful right now with all the rain, the views are great. One stop around half way, toilets are available. We should go at a moderate pace should take about 2 1/2 hours. The weather is projected to be great on Sunday. Here are some links http://www.ebmud.com/services/recreation/east_bay/lafayette/ http://www.ci.lafayette.ca.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B433453F4-4D83-49A2-8403-FC81F3DA6896%7D&DE=%7BB991A11B-76BA-43D1-8A24-F61ED60C7CF6%7D

Castle Rock
Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: This hike will last about 4 hours including a lunch break. The pace will be moderate to slightly fast so this hike isn't recommended for slower hikers. What few hills and inclines there are are gentle in angle. DO NOT park at the staging area on the right near the end of Castle Rock Rd. Continue on the road curving in an s shape past the horse stables and over the small rise until you can't drive any farther. This is the entrance to Castle Rock recreation area.

Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a beautiful hike through mostly forest. The reservoir will be in view most of the time. Bring your EBMUD permits. We can probably cover you, but it's easy to get one. Check their website. It's EBMUD but I don't know the address. It's a relatively easy up and down hike through the reservoir perimeter. The tough hike is to go all the way around (my favorite). But that one is 13.1 miles.

Marshall Dr/ Indian Valley School Staging Area to Borges Ranch
Thursday, March 26, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will hike to Borges Ranch via the Indian Creek and Briones/Mt Diablo Trails. After a rest/snack stop we will return via the Costanoan and Corral Springs Trails to the Marshall Drive trailhead. Dog friendly and off-leash OK on trails.

Mitchell canyon to deer flat hike (Mountainare Pkwy)
Saturday, March 21, 2009 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will last around 6 hours and cover an estimated 9 miles. We will hike at a slower to moderate pace with periodic stops including a lunch break. there will be a bathroom break at the Mitchell canyon staging area within the first and last hours of the hike. Most of the excursion will be relatively easy except for an approximately 1700 ft. elevation gain near the half way point before lunch. This hike is not recommended for very fast hikers since I want to keep the group together. If you have any questions call Paul on his cell phone during the week or after 9:30 a.m. on the day of the hike at 925-705-3262.

Lime Ridge (Arbolado Park)
Thursday, March 19, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate hike through grasslands and forest. We start from Arbolado Park which is right next to Boundry Oak golf course. Flush toilets at the Park. No dogs allowed on Lime Ridge South. Route will be Ohlone trail to Lime Ridge trail to Manzanita trail to Paraiso trail to Ohlone trail to Arbolado Park.

Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The Falls were awesome last saturday. They will disappear soon with no rain. We will not follow the route in the Trail Notes. We know a better way. This hike is very doable and not scary. But it's not for beginners. There are 3 Falls. You will love it. We will rest on the Falls Trail to snack. The only mud is near Donner Canyon Trail. Bring your camera.

black diamond #2
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: (there should be maps available for everyone) from the FREDERIKSON Lane staging area take the Stewartville trail south into the park. This is an easy moderate loop hike with only a couple of hills to get us breathing. Will be stopping at Stewartville backpack camping site for a snack and potty break B 4 heading on. At the top of the ridge we will pick up the ridge trail and head east dropping down on the Contra Loma trail to get back to the starting point. Bring water and snacks, dog friendly hike....

Ygnacio Canal Trail to Contra Costa Canal Trail Loop (paved)
Sunday, March 08, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a paved canal trail hike that will take place rain or shine. I prefer the opposite direction than what the Trail Notes describes. We will hike north and go under Ygnacio Valley Rd through a tunnel into Lime Ridge. Great views from here. Bring those cameras. There will be lot's of ducks in the canal and bikers on the Trail. Services at Arbolado and Heather Farms. Park in the street at Arbolado or in the first parking lot on the left. We will meet at the Trail Crossing.

Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail
Saturday, March 07, 2009 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: Its time for the spring pilgrimage to the Mt. Diablo waterfalls. This will be a RAIN OR SHINE HIKE so be prepared with proper clothing and shoes. The long range forecast calls for rain in the morning with possible partial clearing by afternoon. The hike will be at a slow to moderate pace lasting about 4 hours with periodic breaks including a lunch break. We will gain 1200 ft. You need to be sure-footed and not have an overwhelming fear of heights. A little mud will be encountered initially. Hike at your own risk. If you have questions during the week and after 10 a.m.Saturday morning call me (Paul) on my cell phone.

Las Trampas
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will take place rain or shine, except for lightning. We will hike the paved trail to the comm. tower and then head south along the ridge top. About 5 miles, but it is not easy. The first mile has 1,000 feet of elevation gain. That's a 20% slope. I rate it moderate plus. Views are awesome. It is dog friendly. Water and restrooms at the staging area. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit. Should take 2+ hours.

Las Trampas
Sunday, February 08, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike to Las Trampas Peak from the main parking lot. Approximately 5 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain. Route will be via Chemise Trail to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the peak. Return via the Ridge Trail, Bollinger Canyon Trail and Creekside Trail to the parking lot. Chemical toilets and water at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off leash Ok away feom parking area.

Ringtail Cat to Las Trampas peak
Sunday, February 01, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate + hike. It is not easy, but doable for most of our members. We take Ringtail Cat to Madrone all the way to the Peak. A good amount of forest, but a bigger amount of grasslands. The last mile + to the Peak is fairly steep. It is dog friendly. No services at all. Bring fluids and take care of business beforehand. An easier companion hike will be submitted with the same start time to give you all a choice.

Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, January 25, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The elevation gain is not difficult. Just constant. I will find a co leader for a 5 mile version of this hike that most folks in EBCH can do. It is dog friendly. We can snack at Stephanie's (deli) afterwards if there is interest. Bring your camera. I wish I wrote the trail notes but I didn't.

Eagle Peak
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Rain cancels, restroom at the trailhead

Sugarloaf to Borges Ranch
Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6 mile roundtrip hike with 750 feet elevation gain to Borges Ranch. We will take a short stop for rest and snacks at Borges Ranch before we return. Dog friendly and off-leash OK for part of the hike. About 750 ft of elevation gain.

Mayacamas Mountains Madness Hike #1: Bald Mountain
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 1:00 PM
NOTE: We'll hike a 7 mile loop counterclockwise at a leisurely pace. There will be several rest breaks. We'll take the Meadow, Gray Pine and Bald Mountain trails. Don't forget to bring your camera! We should be back by 5 pm.

Optional stop after at the Vineyards Inn Restaurant (www.vineyardsinn.com) in Kenwood for chips and salsa.

Note: If you like to hike fast and don't like taking rest breaks with a group, this hike is not for you.

Note: Dogs are not permitted on Sugarloaf Ridge State Park trails.


Brushy Peak Preserve
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will hike the Brushy Peak Loop Trail in the reverse direction from our November hike, starting at the Westside Trail. About 5 miles and 800 feet elevation gain. Dog friendly and sunny. Water and restroom at trailhead. This description supersedes the Trail Notes.

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:30 PM
NOTE: We'll hike 3 mostly flat and paved miles to Lafayette Community Park. If everyone is especially motivated, we can extend our hike a little further. After taking a break, we'll turn around and go back. Round trip is around 6 to 7 miles. We should be back around 3 pm.

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