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Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Pleasanton Ridge can be diced up so many ways, but meeting in the large staging area and hiking along 'til you just cannot hike anymore has always been my way.

UPDATE! Due to rain and high winds, this hike is CANCELLED.



NOTE: This is a saturday hike. Once again it is time for my birthday hike. I usually have bad weather. Trail is paved so it is rain or shine but not lightning. Call me at 925-484-4205 by 9:00 if you are uncertain. The views from the old Nike missle base are outstanding. We will rest and snack here. Dogs OK on leash. If you load Inspiration Point into your GPS you may be able to get personal directions. It's on Wildcat Canyon Road.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1000 feet. Route will be via Sulfur Creek, Hanna Lane Trails, past Bob Pond and over the hill to Castle Rock Park. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at both Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. We will take a short rest/snack stop at Castle Rock then return via Stage Road, Shell Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, Ridge Top and Sulfur Creek Trails to Synder Lane. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails

EBMUD - Briones Reservoir Loop - Oursan Trail
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another rain or shine hike. It is strenuous because of the distance. Sierra Club rates it a 3B. 13.1 miles and 1,000+ ft of elevation. We do not leave anyone behind, this is not a race. We will pause to regroup and snack as often as needed. We will identify the 7 mile mark. After this you need to complete the loop. You can turn back anytime you want before this. Hike will take up to 5 hours. Porta Potty at the start and at the 10 mile mark. Only experienced hikers should attend. If you can do a Diablo Summit, this is easier. Bring your EBMUD permit if you have one. If you can't get one, show up anyway.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5 1/2-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike in Walnut Creek's Lime Ridge Open Space. Route is from Arbolado Park via Ohlone, Blue Oak and Buckeye Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via Lime Ridge, Paraiso and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park, meet at restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

Hidden Valley Open Space - Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, December 05, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Let's try this again. It is a rain or shine hike but not lightning. Call me at 925-484-4205 by 9:15 if you are uncertain. Hike is a loop on a ridgetop and it is all sun. It is dog friendly. We will take a rest break about a mile from the finish.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Rockspring Pl Entrance
Thursday, December 02, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate,5+ mile with 900-foot elavation gain loop hike to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge Loop, Briones to Mt Diablo, Shell Loop, and Castle Rock Trails to Castle Rock Park. A short rest/snack stop and then return via Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones to Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch, and north Twin Ponds Loop Trails to the trailhead. Route subject to change based on weather and/or trail conditions. No facilities at trailhead but full facilities at Castle Rock. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails. NOTE: Trailhead is at very end of Rockspring Pl.

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park - San Pablo Ridge
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 'work off that turkey' hike led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. It is a saturday hike. She will explain the many interesting features we will see on the trail. It is a moderate hike and should take us 4 hours. I have not been to this section of the Park, so it is a new experience for me.

Hidden Valley Open Space - Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, November 21, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 6+ mile loop hike through rolling grassland hills. Nice views of the Tassajarra Valley. This is the only trail in the park. We do pass a little pocket park that has restrooms, picnic tables, slides & swings. We will rest here for a bit. Dogs are welcome on leash. This area is also called Hidden Valley Open Space. We will hike in a light rain, but a heavy rain cancels. Call me in the AM to check. I am up before 6:00. I don't have an address for you but it is on Windemere Pkwy.


Carquinez Straits - Bull Valley
Thursday, November 18, 2010 @ 9:45 AM
NOTE: I have only been to this park once so, this is an exploratory hike of APPX. 4+ miles with an elevation gain of under 900 ft total. This is a very scenic hike with views from the CARQUINEZ BRIDGE to the BENICIA BRIDGE and MNT DIABLO, be sure to bring camera. will do a combined out and back and loop hike. There are primitive facilities at the staging area. Best facilities are at ECKLY PIER where we will have a sort rest break. You will be able to see an unknown volcano (just ask me to show it). We will take a lunch break at the east end of the park with views of BENICIA and portions of PORT COSTA. DOGS are allowed off leash.

NOTE: Well you asked for it so here it is!!! To the Summit we go! We'll be starting at the Castle Rock parking lot and heading up to the summit of Mt Diablo, via BBQ Terrace trail. This will be 12-14 miles with an elevation gain of 3300'. Im not sure where the water is along the route, so bring adequate fluids for a cold weather hike. (Ill bring an extra gallon or so just in case.) We'll have lunch somewhere along the route, so bring food and snacks. Plan on this trip taking about 7-8 hours.

NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet of elevation gain with a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route will be via Castle Rock, south Shell Ridge Loop, and top of Shell Ridge trails down to Borges Ranch. Return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop and Castle Rock trails. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: Please set your clocks back saturday PM. Daylight savings is over. This is a strenuous hike because of the elevation gain, 2,000+ feet. We will climb to the Comm tower not once but twice. The second time is tough because we will be getting tired. We will pause before that to rest and snack. This is a loop hike. Mostly sun. If you have an EBMUD hiking permit, please bring it (not required). I have modified the hike so that it is almost 7 miles. Hiking poles helpful. Ignore the Trail Notes.

NOTE: A 5+-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Alamo, Hanging Valley, Twin Ponds, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds, and Foothills Trails to the Livorna trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a Halloween hike. Come in costume if you can. I am. I will be your worst nightmare. We can snack afterwards. Services at Macedo and covered picnic tables. Dogs not allowed. Please bring cameras. Parking fee is now $6. Bring exact change.

Sunol Regional Wilderness - Sunol to Mission Peak
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a saturday hike. It is led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. 10+ miles, 2,200 ft of elevation, and about 5 hours. It would be rated 3B by the Sierra Club. Challenging. $6 parking fee and $2 Ohlone permit required. Gail will pause to allow the hikers to regroup. Use it to drink or snack. Heavy rain would cancel this hike, but not light rain.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Wiget Lane Entrance
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Route will be via Lower Buck, Deer Lake, Corral Spring, Costanoan, Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo 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, and Lower Buck trails to Wiget Lane. About a 5-mile hike with approximately 850 feet of elevation gain. Full facilities at Borges Ranch, none at the trailhead. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will be hiking in a clockwise direction. Watch the weather, we are entering the rainy season. All sun (hopefully). Hiking poles are helpful. We will pause midway to snack and take in the views.

Briones Regional Park - 3 Trail Loop
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will be celebrating Bobbi's birthday with this hike and you are invited to join us for a potluck at Bobbi's home in Pleasant Hill following the hike.

Hidden Valley Open Space - Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a special hike for me. After a long absence, one of our favorite hikers is returning. Please welcome her back. This hike is all sun and will probably be breezy. It is relatively easy.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas Peak
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: This is a saturday hike. Trail Gail from East Bay Regional Parks is leading this hike. She is very good but she pauses often to allow everyone to regroup. If that's not your style, this hike isn't for you. You will learn so much about this land we walk on. This partnership is very beneficial to both our groups. We both are expanding our coverage. Think marketing. Please come and enjoy. We are so much faster than these folks. Please don't let it be an impediment. This is a frequent hike you have probably done before.I don't know the exact route she is taking, but it should be similiar to this. The hike is scheduled for 4 hours. Dogs are welcome.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Rockspring Pl Entrance
Thursday, October 14, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 4 1/2 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. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. Note that the trailhead is at the very end of Rockspring Place.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 1/2-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1400 feet that covers both sides of Las Tampas Ridge. 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.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock loop
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We'll be taking a trip up and around the sandstone spires of Castle Rock Park and also explore some of the caves in the area. We will have a couple of spots to turnaround, as the scrambling down the mountain could be a bit tough for some. Trail is dog friendly.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock loop
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will meet at the end of Castle Rock Rd. We take the Castle Rock trail to Stage Rd to the Dusty trail. Ascend Dusty to Briones Mt Diablo. Right a short distance to Little Yosemite on our right. We descend to Stage Rd and will pause there to rest and snack. Then back to the start. Lots of shade but about 25% sun. Water and restrooms near the start. Hike is about 7 miles and elevation about 600 ft. A relatively easy hike. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Fossil Hill Loop Trail
Thursday, September 30, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles to Borges Ranch and return. Route will be via the West Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek, Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap Loop, Costanoan, and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and East Fossil Hill Loop Trails to the traihead. Only water at the trailhead, but good facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Green Valley/Rock City Loop
Sunday, September 26, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate+ loop hike of about 8 miles and a 1300-foot elevation gain from Macedo Ranch to Rock City. There will be a rest/snack stop at Rock City with an opportunity to explore the area before our return. There are good facilities at Macedo Ranch, Oak Grove Campground and Rock City. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

NOTE: Meet at the start of the Nimitz Way trail, west side of parking lot. Arrive early to find suitable parking. Parking lot fills up quickly. This hike is dog and baby stroller friendly.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch with 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Corral Spring and Costanoan trails to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Ridge Top, Ginder Gap and Indian Creek trails to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: It's time for a Pot Luck hike at Peggi's home in Clayton. Bring finger food/snacks to share. This is a fun event and a chance to socialize with your fellow hikers. Peggi will pass out directions to her home at the Regency staging area. We can caravan there. The hike up Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt is moderate in elevation and mostly sun. The return via Back Creek is mostly shade and a single track trail.

Round Valley Regional Preserve - Hardy Canyon Trail
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a loop hike of approximately 5-6 miles with an estimated elevation gain of 1000 feet. The hike starts on the Miwok Trail for about 1.6 miles then turns left on the Hardy Canyon trail to return to the staging area. Water and restrooms at the staging area. Due to the sensitive nature of the wildlife habitat at Round Valley, dogs are not allowed in the park.

Lafayette Reservoir - Via Granada
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a strenuous hike. All ups and downs. While the Rim trail is 5 miles, it is 0.75 miles from Via Granada so the total mileage is 6.5. I rate it moderate plus. Mostly sun but some shade. We hike up to the Rim from Via Granada and then turn left going clockwise around the Reservoir. We will rest at the top of killer hill. It's not the last hill. Restrooms at the Dam where we will take a brief rest before returning to Via Granada.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Volvon Trail
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 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

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Volvon Trail
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 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

Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This hike will be described by the Event Notes. Ignore the Trail Notes route. We start from Skyline Gate staging area and take the Stream trail to the Canyon Meadow staging area. We rest and snack here at one of the picnic tables. We return to Skyline via the Stream trail. The entire hike is through the magnificent Redwoods. Water and restrooms along the trail and at both staging areas. The hike is 6 miles total with minimal elevation gain. The trail is dog friendly but they must be leashed. The hike is almost all shade.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge - 4 miles
Saturday, September 04, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is being led by East Bay Regional Parks. The leader has asked me to keep my hikers in the group because she is legally responsible for us. Please comply. She is a friend and I would like to continue it. If you don't think you can do this, please don't come. My credibility is on the line here. Hike should be about 5 miles. Easy for this group.

Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike about 5 miles through mostly-shaded 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 both Skyline and Redwood Bowl. Dogs allowed, off-leash OK on most trails. Parking at Skyline should not be a problem on a weekday morning.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Sunday, August 29, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a historic Native American site. Not a difficult hike. When we rest at the top to snack, I will go to the next door peak to look for the site I know is there. You are welcome to join me. It's all sun.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Ringtail Cat
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We are hiking to the Tao house and it is now more friendly to the public. You just show up and explore the house. 6 miles and not difficult. Poison oak along the single track Ringtail. We will not do a loop because nobody liked hiking streets. It's an out and back. No services at the start. The directions should have told you where to exit 680. It's at El Cerro. My infamous blunder that I heard about for months.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is an 8 mile hike on the Ridge. For those who would prefer 5 miles, there is a turnaround at marker 15. I will show you the direction. This is a moderate hike, ups and downs but nothing steep. About 1,500 feet of elavation gain. We will pause midway after passing through a gate. There is water and shade. A great place to snack. Probably just me leading so please stay close by. It is dog friendly, but watch out for the stock ponds.

NOTE: starting from the Briones overlook staging area we will be doing a counter clock loop around the reservoir. This is a 13 mile hike for conditioned hikers,,, please know your abilities. Mostly sun with shade on the last 4-5 miles. STAY ON THE FIRE ROAD with the reservoir on your right(dont take any trails towards or down to the water) Bring plenty of fluids, sunscreen etc..Permits required

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, August 19, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6 mile hike with moderate elevation gain. Nothing steep.You are in the back country on this hike. It is a loop and there is lots of sun. No services. Please be prepared. Only me leading so please stay close by. We do enter Mt Diablo, so it is not dog friendly. I have never seen a Ranger here. We park by the side of the road. You will see my red Civic Hatchback.

Del Valle Regional Park - Del Valle
Sunday, August 15, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will be a total of 6 miles. At the 3 mile mark we can snack and try to spot the eagle's nest on the opposite shore. Almost all sun. We start by climbing a big hill. Gentle ups and downs the rest of the way. A porta potty and picnic table at the parking lot. The parking ticket dispenser hasn't worked in 2 years but bring some singles just in case.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will be about 6 miles with a 1000 foot elevation gain. We'll be heading up and around Castle Rock peak, with an adventure option!!! At the top some of us will continue along the marked trail, and some will head down to explore the caves along the sandstone cliffs. The option is VERY SAFE and no climbing skill is required. However, I dont recommend hiking sticks as the trail gets very steep and some scrambling is required. Pack light and bring a snack!

Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will go to Bear Creek staging area. It is so similiar to Chabot, only shorter (7 miles). Almost all of it in the shade through the forest. It's an out and back hike. Potties at both staging areas but no water. No dogs on this trail. I will bring more cold drinks to share. If you have an EBMUD hiking permit, please bring it. Otherwise just show up. Permit holders are allowed guests.

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.

NOTE: This hike is 9 mile loop around the Lake. Most of it is at lake level, but there is a 2 mile section where we go into the hills. Much more shade than sun. We meet and start at the Marina and take the East Shore trail about 2 miles that takes us to a trail junction on our left(Honker Bay). Down a little ravine and across a wooden bridge to the Columbine trail on the left. Keep the Lake on your left and you are going in the correct direction. We eventually come to Bass Cove trail, cross the dam, and return via the West Shore trail to the Marina. Snacks, cold drinks and restrooms there. Parking in the lot is now $5 or $6. You can park in the street for free, but obey the signs.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5-mile, 800-foot elevation gain hike with a midway rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Route will be via the Costanoan, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones to Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. Return by the Costanoan and Sulfer Creek trails to Synder Lane. Water, restroom, picnic tables and ranch animals at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

NOTE: Full Moon Hike! This is a short but tough 3 mile out and 3 mile back hike. Approximately 2000 ft elevation gain in those short 3 miles! Come prepared with plenty of water and a snack. We'll rest and snack at the peak for a bit to enjoy the sunset and scenery. Bring a flashlight! It can be cold and windy at the peak, so layer up.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Thursday, July 22, 2010 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: About a 5+-mile loop hike with estimated elevation gain of 850 feet in one of Walnut Creek's Open Spaces. Route is from Arbolado Park via the Ohlone, Paraiso and Lime Ridge Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via the Buckeye, Blue Oak and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park, meet at restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, July 18, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is an out and back from the Overlook staging area to the San Pablo Dam trail. We will hike to the boat launching site. Picnic tables and pottys. Lots of shade. We descend a 500 ft hill at the start but have to climb it on our return. A good hike for hot weather. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits if you have one. Distance is 5+ miles and elevation is 500 ft.

NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet elevation gain. A midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route will be Castle Rock, south Shell Ridge Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. Return via Shell Ridge Loop and Castle Rock trails. Dog friendly.

NOTE: Today, we will be joined with ANDREW who is leading a group to Deer Flats and return. The rest of us will hike to the summit and back ,,,will be about 15 miles so figure on 6+ 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). Dogs are not allowed anywhere in Mnt Diablo State park. know your physical abilities Bring sun screen, $6 for parking and plenty of fluids ------------------------------------------- We will meet in the parking lot. Starts out easy, but soon changes to difficult. Shade early but then all sun. Bring your cameras for a group photo at the summit. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging Area. --------------------------------------------

NOTE: This hike is in tandem with Mars' Summit hike at the same time. We will go to Deer Flat, snack, rest and then return. His group will continue on to the Summit. Now you have options. Count on 3+ hours for this hike. Mars' hike will be closer to 7 hours. Be prepared for hot weather. No dogs allowed. Parking fee is now $6.

NOTE: Hike via the Corral Spring, Deer Lake, Upper Buck Loop and Costonoan trails to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop at the ranch which is equipped with water, restroom and covered picnic tables. Optional return route dependent upon weather and desires of hikers. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

NOTE: Another of my favorite hikes. We hike the paved trail all the way to the missle base. We will hik all the way on the Nimitz Trail. You can turn back at any time and be safe. Very popular. Also a great stroller hike. Spectacular views. Porta potty but no water on the trail. Lots of sun.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Saturday, July 03, 2010 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: This is a saturday hike. It is also a pot luck hike. Bring some finger food to share after the hike. 6.1 miles and 1,200+ ft of elevation gain. Lots of shade in the beginning, but also lots of sun on the return from Wall Point Ridge. Sheltered picnic tables, water and flush toilets at Macedo. It is one of my top 5 hikes, and Howard discovered it. No dogs but horses OK. Figure that one out. The parking fee is now $6. Bring exact amount for the iron ranger.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike to Las Trampas Peak. About 5 miles with 900 feet elvation gain. Route will be the Chamise and Las Trampas Ridge trails to the Peak. A short rest/snack stop to enjoy the view, and return via the Las Trampas Ridge and Bollinger Creek trails to the parking lot. Porta-potty and water at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Hidden Valley Open Space - Tassajara Ridge Trail
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approx 6+ mile loop hike with 850 feet elevation gain as described in the Trail Notes. There will be a short rest/snack stop at Hidden Valley Park (about halfway). Water and restrooms are available at the staging area and Hidden Valley Park. All in the sun. Dogs are allowed.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: SCHEDULE CHANGE!!!

This will be an in and back hike. We will pretty much stick to the main Castle Rock / Stage Coach Road Trail. Plan is to hike for about 2 hours (1 hour in and 1 hour back), so mileage may vary depending on your pace, but anticipate 4-6 miles roundtrip. Dogs NOT permitted on this hike as we will be venturing into the Mount Diablo State Park side as well.


NOTE: Please note the 8:45 start. This is the same starting point as John's hike. We follow Pine Creek to the Dusty trail, turning right. We take Dusty to the Wall Point trail turning left. At the Briones Mt Diablo trail we turn right a short distance to the Little Yosemite trail, turning right down a beautiful ravine to Pine Creek. There are 2 picnic tables here that we can use for snacking. We follow Pine Creek back to the Castle Rock picnic grounds where there are flush toilets and water. More shade than sun but dress appropriately. Hike is about 6 miles and 700 ft of elevation gain.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5-mile, 800 foot elevation gain loop hike with a rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. The route will avoid the recently burned over area, if possible, but will give us a chance to survey the damage to one of our favorite parks. Water, restroom and covered picnic tsables at Borges. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Elderberry Loop
Sunday, June 13, 2010 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: Hiking will start up the Elderberry Trail to the Rocky Ridge Trail. Then north on Rocky Ridge to the Comm tower. And down the paved Comm tower road to return to the parking lot. About 5-miles with approx 1000 feet elevation gain. Water and toilets at parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile hike with 900 feet elevation gain on a different counter-clockwise route. Hike from the parking lot on the Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to a spot near the peak where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Then continue on Brushy Peak Loop and West Side Trails for return. Restroom and water available at the staging area. Dogs OK, but must be on-leash. Mostly sun but some shade near the peak.

NOTE: It is my privilege to offer this bon voyage hike for our friend Diane. She is moving to Indiana to be close to her daughters. Our leader John Bondon will be leading and my buddies will be assisting. John will be hosting a lunch afterwards. Now is your chance to meet him. He is the reason this is all possible. Oh yes, the hike is 6 miles with 1,000 ft of elevation and we all can do it. No services on this hike.

Sycamore Valley Open Space - Sand Hill Trail
Thursday, June 03, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate hike of about 4.5 to 5 miles with approx 850 feet of elevation gain in the northern porion of Danvilles Sycamore Valley Open Space. A figure 8 loop hike that will cover most of the trails in the area. Water and restrooms at the trailhead. Mostly sun but some shade on return. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Lafayette Reservoir - Via Granada
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is one of my 5 favorite hikes. It is the last Lake hike. It is all ups and downs, featuring Killer Hill. 6.5 miles and at least 1,500 ft of elevation gain. Not for begginers. No services at the start but in the park. Dog friendly. Mostly fire road except for the start. Perfect prelude to a barbeque afternoon.

Mt. Diablo State Park - 3 Peaks on Diablo
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: 3 pks of rugged hiking for the sturdy and adventurous. This is not for beginners. The distance isn't a killer at 6 1/2 miles,,, it will be the multiple ups and downs we will be doing. Come join us as we conquer 3 of DIABLOs 4 major peaks. (mostly single track)If u have been a recent regular hiker or completed the recent summit challenge you can do this one.Will meet at the over look just outside Juniper campground. Limited parking so carpool if u can and remember the Day Use entrance fee. No dogs allowed

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. RAIN CANCELS

Los Vaqueros Watershed - Los Vaqueros Marina
Sunday, May 23, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is an easy 7 mile hike along the west shore of the Reservoir. Yes it is another Lake hike. It's all sun so be prepared. The parking fee is $4 for Contra Costa water district customers. All others, it is $6. Honor system.

NOTE: this will be a 7 mile loop hike with excellent views of the delta and east county. APPX 1100 ft total elevation gain makes this a moderate hike. Dogs are allowed little shade but is still cool this week.

EBMUD - King Canyon Hike
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: OMG, another Lake hike. We will explore the Upper San Leandro Reservoir from Moraga. This time we will hike clockwise. We will climb the big hill early and then it's downhill the rest of the way. The hike is dog friendly. Porta potty but no water at the staging area. Bring those EBMUD hiking permits. Sign in required if you drove.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, May 13, 2010 @ 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.

NOTE: Yes, it's another Lake hike. Expect more. Mostly shade, but one mile in the sun. Mild ups and downs through the forest. One of my favorites that I am borrowing from a friend. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit or get one online. Only $10 for a year. I think it is EBMUD.org Phone is 510-287-0459. I know it is Mother's day. So bring her to this hike.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Thursday, May 06, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of 1000 (est) 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.

NOTE: This is a nice hike around Chabot. The leader will be Gail from EBRP. She is cool.

Briones Regional Park - Lafayette Ridge Trail
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: You park at the staging area on the west side of Pleasant Hill Road, just south of Springhill Elementary School. This starts as a steady climb of about one half hour, which levels out to gently rolling hills at the top. I have never led it so don't know how far we will get, but I plan to hike at least 2 hours. Dogs may run off leash in undeveloped areas. Cattle may be present.


NOTE: This is the Event. Everyone that made it to Juniper can make the Summit. The conditions last sunday were not good. I am so looking forward to seeing you all on the Summit. 15 miles total and 3,300 feet of elevation. It is a difficult hike. Restrooms and water at Juniper and the Summit. At least 6 hours. You will remember this day.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with 750 feet elevation gain. Route will be Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo Trail to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs allowed off-leash on the trails. There may be some mud on parts of the trails, but should not be too bad.

Del Valle Regional Park - Del Valle
Sunday, April 18, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We start by hiking up a 500 foot hill and then we hike along the rim the rest of the way. Small ups and downs on a fire road. I plan on 8 miles total and we can split into shorter groups. The views are awesome. Bring your camera. We will snack at the turnaround pt. This is where I run. Porta potty, water and a picnic table at the parking lot. The parking machine hasn't worked in 2 years. We are doing what the Event Notes say. Dogs OK.

NOTE: A good post-rain hike when the other trails are wet. Dogs OK and may be off-leash on trails. Water and restroom at the parking lot.

NOTE: This is hike #2 of our journey to the Summit. The hikers that reached Deer Flat were more than halfway to the Summit. It is only 1.6 miles further to Juniper Camp. There is 900 feet of elevation gain from Deer Flat to Juniper. I know you all can do it. There are flush toilets and water at Juniper. We will rest for as long as you want. We will make a brief rest stop at Deer Flat. $6 parking fee at Mitchell, but also flush toilets and water.

Clayton Community Park - Clayton Volkswalk
Saturday, April 10, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Come early to the Clayton Community Park and look for a group of walkers at a table. Pat will be there with an East Bay Casuals sign to help you register. We will do our traditional circle and head count at 9 AM and start our group walk of the 10K (6.2 mile) route.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Volvon Trail
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 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

NOTE: doing the reverse loop route of last weeks hike Stewartville to ridge trail and back If it is clear we will see the Delta region and as far east as the Sierras. We will be taking a lunch/snack/rest break near there STEWARTVILLE TOWNSITE. Restrooms and water available at trail head, primitive toilet only at rest stop. dogs are permitted. APPX. 500/600ft elevation change disregard the previous trail notes below . 6+ miles for this hike

Mt. Diablo State Park - Deer Flat from Mitchell Canyon
Sunday, March 28, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is the first of 3 hikes we will do to get us to the Diablo Summit. If you have wanted to do this, this is your chance. We first hike to Deer Flat. Next to Juniper Camp and finally the summit. You can do it , please try. We will assist you. We hike up Mitchell along fireroads to Deer Flat. Wildflowers near Deer Flat. Be prepared for changeable weather.

Round Valley Regional Preserve - Miwok Trail
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: this will be a 6.25 mile out and back hike on the MIWOK TRAIL(think fire road all the way). There is very little elevation gain on this hike, just a few rollers in the beginning. It should be beautiful out in the valley this time of year (think green grass , old tractors and farm implements and maybe wild flowers too) Bring fluids as there is only water and restrooms at the staging area. We will be having a brief rest/snack stop at the gate to the LOS VAQUEROUS WATERSHED. NO DOGS allowed in this park

Shell Ridge Open Space - Fossil Hill Loop Trail
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike, about 5 1/2 miles, to Borges Ranch. Route will be Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek, Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap Loop, Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and Fossil Hill Loop Trails to the traihead. Only water at the trailhead, but good facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - Stewartville Loop
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: taking the STEWARTVILLE TRAIL, then taking the RIDGE TRAIL east and connecting back into the STEWARTVILLE TRAIL.If it is clear we will see the Delta region and as far eaast as the Sierras. We will be taking a lunch/snack/rest break near there STEWARTVILLE TOWNSITE. Restrooms and water available at trail head, primitive toilet only at rest stop. dogs are permitted. APPX. 500ft elevation change

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 about 6 1/2 miles with 1000 foot elevation gain. No dogs allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

Las Trampas - Eagle Peak at Las Trampas
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: I have not hiked Cordouroy Hills trail. Let's explore. A short but steep hike. Take a

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - Stewartville Loop
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Join us for a ST PATS day hike be sure to wear your green as we view the awesome green of the parks hillsides. If it isn't hazy we should have views of the central valley and the sierra Appx 5 miles with 500 ft elevation no parking fees during the week disregard the trail notes below

NOTE: See Saturday's hike description as this will be the same only in the opposite direction. We will stop near the Falls for a short rest/snack/photo break. Daylight Saving time begins on Sunday.

NOTE: This hike will be in a counter clockwise direction. Donner Canyon to the Falls trail. Back along Hetherington. Bring poles, good shoes and gloves. This is an awesome hike you just have to do in the spring. Please note this is a saturday hike. A similiar hike will probably be offered for sunday.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate out-and-back hike up the Chemise Trail and south on the Ridge Trail to the turn-around point. Mostly sunny trails so there should be minimal mud.

NOTE: There is no rain in the forecast for this W/E. This time I will not deviate from the plan. No Elderberry. Trail notes are accurate. If you want to bring your dog you can. You will be on a parallel trail right next to us. We will reconnect on the trail.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Thursday, March 04, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile hike on a different counter-clockwise route. Hike from the parking lot on the Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to a spot near the peak where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Then continue on Brushy Peak Loop and West Side Trails to return. Restroom, and now water, available at the staging area. Dogs on-leash OK.

NOTE: This is an 8 mile hike (total) on a paved trail to the old missle site. If weather permits, there will be fantastic views of the entire Bay. Dress for showers but hope for sunshine. Hike is relatively easy with gentle ups and downs. Restrooms but no water at the staging area. Hike is dog friendly.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with 750 feet elevation gain. Route will be Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones Mt diablo and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo Trail to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs allowed off-leash on the trails. There may be some mud on parts of the trails, but should not be too bad.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5+-mile loop hike with estimated elevation gain of 850 feet. Route is from Arbolado Park via Ohlone Trail, Blue Oak and Buckeye Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via Lime Ridge, Paraiso and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park, meet at restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: Easy, fairly level trails to pamper my hurt ankle but quick-paced fro exercise. This is a very last-minute hike.

NOTE: This is a short strenuous hike. It is not easy. Hike is rain or shine. Porta pottys and water at the parking lot. Part of the hike is on a paved road and the ridge top drains very quickly. It is doable.

EBRPD - Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: These are easy level trails that don't aggravate achilles tendonitis. Best of all, they are not muddy, although waterproof hiking boots are best if it has rained recently, because there may be puddles. Most trails are paved with asphalt or gravel, and the few that are not are layered with eucalyptus sheddings. Bring binoculars if you are interested in water birds. Dogs are welcome and may run off leash on most trails. Bring towels if they like to wade. There is a water fountain midway through the hike. The minimum time will be two hours, but if we detour for more bird sightings (only if others want to) it could take longer. Hikers needing a shorter hike can simply backtrack. I did this hike last Saturday after a rain and it was quite pleasant.

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Proposed route is from the Livorna trailhead via the Foothills, the cutoff to Bullfrog Pond, Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge, Briones-Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds Loop to Bullfrog Pond, up the hill to Foothills Trail to the Livorna trailhead. Subject to change depending on trail condition. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: We will take Briones/Mt Diablo to Borges Ranch. It's all sun. We will return via the Ridge Top trail. I can guarantee that trail will be dry and the views excellent. Services at Borges but not at Marshall. We should have a break from the wet weather. This hike is dog friendly and they can be off leash. We can feed the farm animals at Borges.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Rockspring Pl Entrance
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will do a slight variation from the Trail Notes. Our return fom Borges will take us to the Ridge Top trail and on to Ginder Gap. Hike will be about 5 miles and about 800 ft of elevation gain. It is dog friendly.

Hidden Valley Open Space - Tassajara Ridge Trail loop
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will return to 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. Dogs OK. For a more complete description of

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This 7+ mile hike over the Ridge is on fire roads. The inclines are gradual except for a 200 foot section at the mid point. We snack before we start this section. It is dog friendly. There are wild critters in the Park. No fees. Pottys and picnic tables at the parking lot. The Ridge is in Alameda County.

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Foothills, the cutoff to Bullfrog Pond, Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge, Briones-Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds Loop to Bullfrog Pond, up the hill to Foothills Trail to the Livorna trailhead. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike. A bit of elavation, but not much. 4+ miles. Dog and horse friendly. Gidgets are welcome.

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