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Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 1/2-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1200 feet that covers both sides of Las Trampas Ridge. Route will be via the 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 and rabbits welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot. A map showing approx location of trailhead: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=%5B18000-18124%5D+Bollinger+Canyon+Rd&city=San+Ramon&state=CA&zipcode=94583

NOTE: This is a 6 mile hike through rolling hills and grasslands, mostly in Shell Ridge. About 800 feet of elevation. No services. We take the Hazard tr to Franco Ranch Loop to Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge to Bullfrog Pond. Left on Twin Ponds Loop and we take it all the way to Twin Ponds. Continue on to the junction with Foothills tr which we take all the way back to Livorna. We will stop to snack around Twin Ponds. Cool to start but it will warm up. If we need to use restrooms at Borges, it will add one mile to the hike. But it's a great place to snack.

Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6-mile, approx 1000-foot elevation gain, loop hike through the redwoods. Hiking will start downhill on the Stream Trail and meander to Redwood Bowl where there will be a short rest/snack stop. Return to Skyline will be via the West Ridge Trail. Dogs are allowed off-leash on all trails except the Stream Trail where on leash is required. Water and restrooms available at Skyline trailhead and Redwood Bowl.

NOTE: It usually rains on my birthday, so be prepared. 8 miles total on a paved trail. Restrooms but no water at the start. Trail Gail gave me an old black and white photo of the Nike Missile site when it was operational. I will pass it around so you all can see it. It's really cool.

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park - San Pablo Ridge
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: From the Alvarado Staging Area, we hike south about 1/2 mile to the Belgum trail on the left. We ascend to San Pablo Ridge and after a mile or so, descend to the Canyon via the Mezue trail. We return via Wildcat Creek. Restroom and water at Alvarado, plus picnic tables. Mostly sun. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5.5-mile loop hike with about a 900-foot elevation gain. Hike from the parking lot via the Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan, and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to the high point near Brushy Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, continue on the Brushy Peak Loop and the West Side Loop Trails to the parking lot. Water and restroom at the parking lot. Dogs on-leash OK.

Tilden Regional Park - Meadows Canyon Trail
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: From Inspiration Pt we will take the Nimitz paved trail to Laurel Canyon Rd. We will descend to Jewel Lake and take the Wildcat Creek trail to the Visitor Center at Little Farm. Good place to rest and snack. Bathrooms. We continue on Wildcat Gorge trail to Lake Anza. Restrooms and a snacking place. We return to Inspiration Pt via the Curran trail. We will use fireroads as much as possible because they dry quicker than the trails. Ignore the Trail Notes. This is the route we are taking.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, December 01, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approx 7-mile loop hike with about 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be Finley Rd, Sulphur Spring Trail, Crestview Rd, Highland Ridge Trail, and Finley Rd to return to the trailhead. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at about the halfway point. No services available on the hike. We pass through Mt Diablo State Park, so it is not dog friendly. However, we have never seen a Ranger here.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. Route will be the Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop and Stage Rd trails to Castle Rock Park. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at Castle Rock. Return via the Castle Rock, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and Briones Mt Diablo trails to the staging area. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. No facilities at Marshall Dr but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Expect some mud, but we should be able to avoid the worst portions. Nearby address to trailhead is 551 Marshall Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Tilden Regional Park - Tilden/Wildcat
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hiking poles recommended. Sometimes rough terrain. Dress for the weather. Services at the start. Location is 37.54'35.40N,122.15'55.08W. Bring snacks to share. Kids welcome. Unfortunately, no dogs.

Round Valley Regional Preserve - Hardy Canyon Trail
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A loop hike of approximately 5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. The hike starts on the Hardy Canyon Trail and ascends to the high point where we will take a short rest/snack stop and enjoy the view before descending to the Miwok Trail for the 1.6-mile return to the staging area. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS/map users the address of the staging area is: 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.

NOTE: A tough climb at the start up to the Comm tower. 1,000 ft in one mile. That section is paved and Rocky Ridge should be dry. We can extend it a bit to make it a 5 mile hike. Dress for rain. Coffee afterwards?

Lafayette Reservoir - Via Granada
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6+ mile hike around the upper rim of Lafayette Reservoir with about a 1100-foot elevation gain. We will have a short rest/snack stop near the restrooms at the dam close to the 4-mile distance. Dog friendly, but must be on-leash. NOTE: The distance and time is greater than described in the Trail Notes because we are starting from Via Granada rather than the dam.

EBMUD:Valle Vista - Valle Vista to Redwood
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike through the redwoods to hike through more redwoods. I do have an issue. The staging area is limited to 30 vehicles. There is no overflow parking. If there are no spots left you have to do something else. The ranger has warned me. She could have cited me last time, but didn't. She was very kind. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. You must register your vehicle at the kiosk.The drive from 24 should say 6+ miles. Entrance on your left.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Volvon Trail
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 6-mile loop hike with about a 900-foot 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 restroom. Dogs are welcome, off-leash is OK on the trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html Trailhead address is 9401 Morgan Territory Road, Livermore, CA 94551.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a Halloween hike. I encourage you to come in costume. We will snack at the end of the hike at Macedo Ranch. Bring enough to share. Also, bring your camera.Parking fee may be $6 now. We use the envelopes at the entrance gate.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Rockspring Pl Entrance
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile loop hike with about 900-foot elevation gain to Borges Ranch. Route will be past Coyote Pond to Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap, Costanoan, to Sulfer Creek Pond, Sulfer Creek, and Costanoan trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo and Coyote Pond trails to the trailhead. No facilites at trailhead but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails. NOTE: This trailhead is about half way on Rockspring Pl on the left, not at the end of the road. Nearby address is: 1864 Rockspring Place, Walnut Creek, CA

NOTE: This is Peggi's Potluck hike. After the hike we will caravan to Peggi's house in Clayton. Bring finger food to share. The hike is a 5 mile loop up Donner Canyon to Meridian Point and returning via the Back Creek trail. Elevation gain of about 800 ft. Mix of sun and shade. No services on this hike.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 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 and meet at the 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.

Sunol Regional Wilderness - Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This hike is a favorite of mine. It is 10.5 miles, but most of it is easy. Most of it is in forest, but when we reach the grasslands, the climb starts. Dress for the weather. We meet at the Green Barn, which is the first left after the entrance gate. Remember to purchase the $2 Ohlone permit. Dogs are allowed for a $2 fee, but I do not recommend it. We will snack and rest at the Peak. Rain will cancel this hike. Call me if unsure.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock loop
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile and 800-foot elevation gain loop hike. Route will be Pine Creek, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, and Little Yosemite trails with a rest/snack stop at the junction of Little Yosemite and Pine Creek trails. Return via Pine Creek and Castle Rock trails to the Castle Rock trailhead. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Castle Rock Park. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road.

EBRPD - Elderberry to Devil's Hole (Las Trampas)
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a difficult 8 mile hike with 2,000+ ft of elevation. We climb the Ridge twice. Devil's Hole is the lowest elevation area in the Park. We will snack here. Bring fluids. I will have a trail map with the route highlighted for the fast hikers.

NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be 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. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Lake Chabot Regional Park - Lake Chabot (9 mile) Lake Loop
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a SATURDAY hike. Most of this hike is at lake level as we circumnavigate in a counterclockwise direction. We meet at the Marina at the far end of the parking lot. Food, drinks and restrooms here. More shade than sun. There is one hill about halfway. We will rest after that at a grassy area that has a portapotty. There are also portapotties along the trail. Always keep the lake on you left. Park in the lot for $6 or for free in the street. This trail is dog friendly. It is a moderate hike because of distance.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Fossil Hill Loop Trail
Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 5 miles and 800-foot elevation gain 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 West Fossil Hill Loop trails to the trailhead. Only water at the trailhead, but good facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS, or map program location, a nearby address is 192 Sutherland Dr.

Briones Regional Park - Briones Crest
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 7 mile loop hike on a saturday that will be led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. About 1,000 ft of elevation gain. She may take a slightly different route. We will meet wildlife. Lots of sun. Kiosk is staffed on the W/E. $5 or $6 parking fee. Water and restrooms in the Park.

Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The Trail Notes distance will be increased to about 5 miles in the mostly shaded 2nd-growth redwoods. Route will be via the West Ridge, Tres Sendas, French, and Redwood Peak trails to Redwood Bowl for a short rest/snack stop. Return will be via the Madrone, Star Flower, Stream, Eucalyptus, and East Ridge trails to the Skyline staging area. Water and restrooms at Skyline trailhead and Redwood Bowl. Dogs are allowed off-leash on all trails except the Stream trail where on leash is required. Parking should not be a problem on a weekday morning.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike to Las Trampas Peak with about a 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be the Bollinger Creek and Las Trampas Ridge trails to Las Trampas Peak. A short rest/snack stop to enjoy the view. Then return via the Las Trampas Ridge and Chamise trails to the parking lot. Porta-potty and water at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Ringtail Cat
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A relatively easy 6 mile hike with lots of shade. No services at the staging area. This will an out and back hike instead of using the Iron Horse trail and city streets. There is poison oak on the sides of the Ringtail Cat trail.

NOTE: This is a 5 mile out and back hike in the Dublin Hills near 580. Beautiful views but 100% sun. Water and restrooms at the staging area. I will bring a cooler with cold drinks to share. Hike is dog friendly.

Tilden Regional Park - Meadows Canyon Trail
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: It is 8 miles with approximately 1200 ft. elevation gain. Hiking poles proved useful to those who brought them. We will start on Nimitz Way and descend on Laurel Canyon trail near the Tilden Nature Area designation and wind up on the Meadows Canyon Trail next to the restrooms and our vehicles at the end of these extraordinarily scenic 8 miles.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge
Monday, September 05, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a MONDAY hike. You know, Labor Day. It's in my backyard and is a very doable hike. Elevation gain is gradual. We rest and snack at marker 20. We will also pause at marker 15 because this is a good place to turn around and do a loop hike. That would be about 5 miles. 90% sun. Water at the staging area and at marker 20. This is dog friendly and watch out for the cattle ponds. I will have a cooler with cold drinks for the finish.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6-mile partial-loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1100 feet. Route will be via Sulfur Creek, Ridge Top, Briones to Mt Diablo, Shell Loop and Stage Road trails to Castle Rock Park. We will take a short rest/snack stop at Castle Rock Park then return over the hill to Bob Pond, then Costanoan and Sulfur Creek trails to the trailhead. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at both Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes.

EBMUD - King Canyon Hike
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate hike of 6.5 miles from Valle Vista in Moraga. Valle Vista is 7 miles on Moraga Road from 24. The trail takes us along the beautiful Upper San Leandro Reservoir. We are hiking this loop trail counter clockwise. We climb a hill and descend to the staging area. One Porta Potty and no water. There is a bench under a small tree that has an awesome view of the lake. I will bring a cooler with cold drinks. Feel free to do the same. If you have an EBMUD permit bring it, but it is not required. Permit holders are allowed guests. You do have to sign in your vehicle at the kiosk.

Tilden Regional Park - Meadows Canyon Trail
Thursday, August 25, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Meet in the parking lot at Inspiration Point in Tilden Regional Park.

EBMUD - Briones Reservoir to Inspiration Pt.
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a SATURDAY hike. It is strenuous. 9 miles and about 1,800 feet of elevation gain. We descend from the Overlook to San Pablo Dam trail. Here we hike through woodlands, past the delicious plum trees to the Inspiration trail. Now we have to cross San Pablo Dam Road. The vehicles are going 65 MPH so we have be careful and quick. Then comes the tough part. We have a 2 mile trek to Inspiration Pt and it's all sun. About 1,000 feet of gain. We will take a 15 minute break here. Restrooms and picnic tables at IP but no water at either park. Make sure you bring enough. We still have to climb the 600ft Overlook hill on our return. We just go slow. I will bring a cooler full of cold drinks to share. Please do the same if you wish to. I submitted the Trail Notes and forget about the 600 ft climb to Overlook.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Rockspring Pl Entrance
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 5+-mile loop hike with about a 900-foot elevation gain to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge, Briones to Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch past the ranch and Bob Pond, and Shell Ridge Loop 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. No facilities at trailhead but full facilities at Borges Ranch, Bob Pond and Castle Rock. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails. NOTE: Trailhead is at very end of Rockspring Pl.

EBMUD:Valle Vista - Valle Vista to Redwood
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: 90% shade on this hike. We snack at Canyon Meadow in Redwood Regional. Lots of picnic tables and restrooms. Restroom at Valle Vista. Enjoy the redwoods and the ferns. This is a slightly moderate hike. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits if you have one. Several of us will go for a coffee in Moraga after the hike. Please join us.

Hidden Valley Open Space - Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, August 07, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a combined easy and moderate hike. Take your pick. We all start together. The easy hike is to Hidden Valley Park. About 4 miles. The entire loop hike is 6+ miles. It's all sun. Restrooms and picnic tables at Hidden Valley. Restrooms at the staging area. No serious elevation gain.

Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles with a 1000-foot elevation gain in Briones Park. The route will be via the Briones Crest and Abrigo Valley trails to Wee-Ta-Chi where we will take a brief rest/snack stop. Return to the staging area will be via the Abrigo Valley, Mott Peak, Black Oak and Old Briones Rd trails. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area and Wee-Ta-Chi. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on our trails.

Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Enjoy a 3 Parks in a day hike with Trail Gail and East Bay Parks. She will start from Redwood and go into Huckleberry and Sibley. Should be fun and is not difficult. 6 miles and 600 fee of elevation. Don't know the exact route, but Gail leads great hikes. It's a cool place in the summer. This is a saturday hike. Gail's contact is 510-544-2233. 12 years and older. Ignore the trail notes.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Mt. Diablo Donner Hills
Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: From I-680 Northbound or Hwy 24 East, exit at Ygnacio Valley Road (at Walnut Creek). At bottom of offramp at the stoplight, turn RIGHT on Ygnacio Valley Road. Proceed on Ygnacio Valley Road to Clayton Road in Concord (approx 7.5 miles) and turn right (east). From I-680 Southbound, exit at Treat Blvd (at Walnut Creek). Turn left at the stop light, then immediate left at the next stop light (Treat Blvd). Follow Treat all the way up the hill into Concord (approx 8 miles). Turn right onto Clayton Road. Proceed downhill on Clayton Road into the town of Clayton. At stoplight, turn Right onto Regency Drive. Follow to the end. From Antioch/Pitttsburg, take Kirker Pass Road westbound and down the hill into Concord. Just past the Concord (Chronicle) Pavilion, turn LEFT at the light at Concord Blvd. Just past Indian Wells Way, Concord Blvd becomes Oakhurst Drive. Stay on Oakhurst and get into middle lane as you approach the intersection with Clayton Road (stoplight). Turn LEFT onto CLAYTON ROAD/MARSH CREEK ROAD. Then turn RIGHT at stoplight onto REGENCY DRIVE. Continue to the end.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Paradise Trail
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: This is an easy to moderate hike that takes a little over an hour to complete. A little climb and switchbacks on the way up and nice easy descent on the way back. Mostly shady and we've done it on a very hot day. Great views for the effort and some wildlife..rabbits, deer, wild turkey and fun for the birdwatcher.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike with a midway rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Route will be via the Costanoan, Upper Buck Loop, Deer Lake, Corral Spring, 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 the trails.

Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, July 24, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 6 mile hike from the Briones Overlook to the boat launch area on San Pablo Reservoir. It is mostly shaded. Shaded picnic tables with a view of the lake at the boat launch. We will snack here. Bring your EBMUD permits if you have one. Potty at the Overlook. This is a relatively easy hike. Elevation gain is about 600 feet. Dogs not allowed, geocaching is.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of around 1400 feet that covers both sides of Las Trampas 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 near the bathtubs on the Sulphur Springs trail about halfway. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot.

NOTE: Full Moon Hike! This is a strenuous 6-mile out-and-back hike with about a 2000-foot elevation gain to Mission Peak. Come prepared with plenty of water and a snack. We'll rest and snack at the Peak for a bit to enjoy the sunset, moonrise and scenery. Bring a flashlight. It can be hot at the start but cold and windy at the Peak, so layer up. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early because the parking lot will likely be full. Street parking is available about a block down from the lot.

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park - San Pablo Ridge
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: Yes, Trail Gail and East Bay Parks are at it again. All sun on a moderate 9 mile hike (not 7). Bring water and snacks. We'll probably rest mid way. Allow 4 to 5 hours.

Las Trampas - Eagle Peak at Las Trampas
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 5+-mile hike with about a 1600-foot elevation gain to Eagle Peak in Las Trampas Park. An out-and-back hike with a short rest/snack stop at the peak. No services at the Ringtail Cat staging area so bring plenty of water. Temperature is predicted to be in the 70's so the hike should not be too difficult. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

- Mt. Wanda
Monday, July 11, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Interested in hiking after a hard days work? Please join me Monday evening Julyb 11, 2011, hiking Mt Wanda in Martinez for approximately 1 hour. Start with an incline to get your heart pumping, then loop around and back down.

Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is all shade if we just hike to the gate. It's a single track trail. Going the extra 1/2 mile to Bear Creek staging makes it an 8 mile hike. We will probably have more than one hike leader, so we can do both. It's a moderate hike. Small ups and downs. No water in this park. Porta potty at the staging areas.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Elderberry Loop
Thursday, July 07, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile loop hike with an approx 1000-foot elevation gain. 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. We will take a short rest/snack stop about halfway. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Paradise Trail
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Big bang for the effort; enough challenge to get a work out but basically an easy to moderate hike with a big payoff in views of Clayton, Walnut Creek and Concord with wild turkeys, rabbits, deer, and plenty of birds. Nice shady trail for the most part so doable on a hot summer evening as long as you bring water. About 1-1.5 hours from start to finish.

Castle Rock Park - Castle Rock short loop
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: One moderate hill in the beginning; easy fire trail after that. In and out in one hour at an easy pace. Dog friendly, okay off leash inside gate that begins the trail.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Paradise Trail
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: My favorite loop starts by veering left from the main fire trail, going around the back of the hill where shady foot paths make their way up. Continuing to the left to switchbacks that take you to a ridge overlooking Clayton. At the top, you will be treated to a nice view of Walnut Creek. Take the footpath (as opposed to the fire trail) to get back down the hill, passing through pretty meadows where I have often encountered deer. The trail then joins the fire trail completeing the loop that leads back to the parking lot. A group of 5 hikers completed in 1 hr 15 minutes on a very hot day.

Sunol Regional Wilderness - Mt Rose from Sunol
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is very difficult and it is all sun. You need sun protection. Hiking poles a plus. We need to stay together and watch out for one another. We stay on the fireroad all the way to Mt Rose. Bring your camera. I want a memento of this hike. This is not the 2 day backpack hike to Mt Rose that Howard is coordinating.


NOTE: A moderate, 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet of elevation gain. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route from Castle Rock will be Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop Trails and down to Borges Ranch. After a rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones  Mt Diablo, Buckeye Ravine, Shell Ridge Loop Trails and Stage Rd to Castle Rock. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS users, Castle Rock address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Paradise Trail
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 6:00 PM
NOTE: Would love to find a group of enthusiasts to make this a weekly or twice weekly event. Big bang for the effort, beautiful views, easy access for a moderate hike. Quick to complete (1 hour) on a warm summer evening. No dogs are allowed in this section of Lime Ridge.


Redwood Regional Park - Redwood & Reservoir Hike
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 10-mile strenuous hike with Trail Gail from the EBRPD. Plan on being with Gail from 9 to 3:30.

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, Costanoan, Ridge Top, Briones  Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch 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 - Green Valley/Rock City Loop
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A challenging loop hike of 8+ miles and 1700+-foot elevation gain from Macedo Ranch to Rock City. Route will be via Wall Point Rd to Rock City where there will be a rest/snack stop with an opportunity to explore the area before our return via the Summit Trail to Oak Grove Campground and the Green Valley Trail to Macedo Ranch. There are good facilities at Macedo Ranch, Rock City and Oak Grove Campground. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park. Exact change needed for parking.


Round Valley Regional Preserve - Hardy Canyon Trail
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 9:45 AM



NOTE: This is an easy 4 mile hike in Brushy Peak that is ideal for folks just getting into hiking. It can get windy here so bring a jacket. Restroom and water at the parking lot. We hike on the Loop trail, return to the parking lot and then take the Laughlin Ranch Loop. Dog friendly on leash. Picnic tables at the parking lot.


Briones Regional Park - Springhill to Briones Peak
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Barry is leading this hike and we will assist him. He has lead hikes with us previously. It's a moderate+ hike, so don't expect to hike fast. The Park is beautiful, we were there today. Mostly sun. This is a saturday hike.


NOTE: A moderate, 5+-mile hike with about an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Buckeye Ravine, and Briones - Mt Diablo trails to China Wall. A rest/snack stop at China Wall with an opportunity to investigate the Wall. Return via Briones - Mt Diablo and Little Yosemite trails and Stage Rd to Castle Rock. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

NOTE: This one of my favorite hikes. It's relatively easy. I can't stay home on Memorial Day. If the weather cooperates, there will be fantastic views. If you are just getting into hiking, this is a great start. You can turn around any time. I plan to snack at the old Nike Missle Base. Ignore the Trail Notes. This is an out and back to the Missle Site

NOTE: More shade than sun and a lot of it is flat. Very doable, Only one hill. We snack and rest midway. Best to stay with the group because there are cross trails that don't go anywhere. This is the site where I ran my 1/2 marathons. Many fond memories. We meet at the Marina Snack Shop. Food and drinks for purchase. Park in the street and save the $5 parking fee. Or carpool and pay it. This is a beautiful park.

Las Trampas - Las Trampas Peak from Hemme Ave
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: UPDATE!

The hike route from Hemme Ave to Las Trampas will most likely change due to the rains that are supposed to hit the East Bay on Wed. At Andrew's recommendation, we are going to stay away from the Corduroy Hill Trail so that changes the hike from a loop hike to a up and back on the same trails. Hike length should still be about 8 miles. We will be taking Ringtail Cat to Madrone all the way to the Peak and return; 1,500' of elevation gain.



NOTE: This is an urban hike that feels like a country creek walk...until we get under Highway 13 and into Joaquin Miller Park where the sights and the climb both ratchet up several notches. The hike follows the Sausal Creek Trail from Dimond Park to the Palos Colorados, Sunset and Big Trees Trails in Joaquin Miller Park, to the West Ridge Trail in Redwood Park, where we finish up at Redwood Peak.

NOTE: This is our spring pot luck hike. Bring finger food to share. It's a fun event. 6 miles and 1,200 ft of elevation. Lots of sun and views.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike to Las Trampas Peak with about 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be the Chamise and Las Trampas Ridge trails to the Peak. A short rest/snack stop to enjoy the view. 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.

NOTE: This is the day my friends, we are going to the Summit! You will never forget it. Allow 1/2 hour at the Summit for pictures, etc. It's an all day event. Hike will probably take 7 hours. Cold drinks at the finish. Please tell a hike leader if you are having difficulty. We will help you. If you made it to Juniper, you will make the Summit. Parking fee is now $6.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An almost 5-mile loop hike with about a 700-foot elevation gain. Hike from the parking lot via the West Side Loop and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to the high point near Brushy Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, continue on the Brushy Peak Loop Trail to the parking lot. Water and restroom at the parking lot. Dogs on-leash OK.

Los Vaqueros Watershed - Los Vaqueros Marina
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: No longer exploratory. An out and back to the Round Valley gate. An easy hike and all sun. Next year this trail will be under water as the dam height is being raised. We will examine native American homesites. Services at the Marina. We are hiking at the base of Morgan Territory. Last week we looked down at this place.

NOTE: meet at the trail head entrance on Frederickson lane in ANTIOCH. THIS HIKE IS PRETTY MUCH AS DETAILED IN THE TRAIL NOTES BELOW: DOGS are allowed in this park off leash

Shell Ridge Open Space - Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1000 feet. Route will be via the Costanoan Trail to Ginder Gap, then Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at Borges Ranch where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Return will be via Borges Ranch, Hanna Lane, Costanoan, and Sulfur Creek Trails to Snyder Lane. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails

NOTE: This is the second leg of our trilogy. It is not easy but you can do it. You will be less than 2 miles from the Summit. This leg is all fire road. We will rest at Deer Flat. Water and flush toilets at Juniper. Wear sunscreen and bring food and water. We will rest at Juniper. Bring your camera. The views are amazing. This hike is about 11+ miles total and 2,400 ft of elevation gain. About 6 hours for the hike. Parking fee is now $6.

Round Valley Regional Preserve - Miwok Trail
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: this is an easy out and back hike of 6 miles with a little elevation change in the beginning we will be stopping for a snack break at the turn around point (gate)

Fernandez Ranch - Bl. Phoebe-Whipsnake-Woodrat-Windmill
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE AN EBMUD PERMIT, PLEASE BRING IT as there is a neat canyon filled with poppies and then a short climb to a vista point looking out over the Bay to Mt. Tam and Marin County that we can also explore. Moderate but uneven terrain makes hiking sticks strongly recommended.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Volvon Trail
Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 6-mile loop hike with about 1000-foot 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

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - Stewartville Loop
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: disregard trails notes below....its still springtime in the park come enjoy the hills while they are still green this will be the last hike will be able to share with our lady friend from CANADA. this will be an easy moderate clockwise loop hike of 6 miles and perhaps 8-900ft gains... no fees for park entrance during the week. Andrew adds: Welcome back our Saskatchewan friend. She is only here for this week.

NOTE: This is the first of a series of 3 hikes that will eventually take us to the Diablo Summit. It is intended for those who have wanted to try but were unsure if they could do it. Let me show you that you can. 2 weeks later we will hike to Juniper Camp. That's less than 2 miles from the Summit. 2 weeks later, we will hike to the Summit. Last year we had about 25 hikers accomplish this. It's not easy, but is doable. You don't know what you can accomplish if you don't try. Trail Notes are accurate.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 5- to 6-mle loop hike with less than 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be Finley Rd, Highland Ridge Trail, Crestview Rd, Sulphur Spring Trail and Finley Rd to return to the trailhead. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at about the halfway point. No services available on the hike. We pass through Mt Diablo State Park, so it is not dog friendly. However, we have never seen a Ranger here.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Twin Ponds Loop
Sunday, April 10, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: There will be two hikes from the same staging area; one short and one longer. I will lead a 4 mile loop and Howard will lead a 6+ mile loop. Take your pick. The 4 miler is a good fit for beginner hikers. Howard's is better for our regulars. Both are very doable. Services for both hikes at the mid point. It is dog friendly. You need to park at the very end of Rockspring. It is street parking.

NOTE: we did this new hike recently as a loop and it was over 12 miles with 2100ft elevation gain this will be and out and back hike . Figure on about 10 miles and 17-1800 ft gain

Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Thursday, April 07, 2011 @ 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.

NOTE: A hike in the clockwise direction to view the Mt Diablo Water Falls. Route will be via the Donner Canyon, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the Falls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls, Middle, and Donner Canyon trails to the trailhead. Almost 6-miles with about a 1500-foot elevation gain. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.

NOTE: 8 miles of paved out and back starting at the entrance near inspiration point

Hidden Valley Open Space - Tassajara Ridge Trail
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: It should be sunny and get to the low 70's. The trail is all sun. Water, picnic tables and restrooms at the parking lot. We will do this loop in a counter clockwise direction. Dog friendly, on leash. There is a small park about a mile before the finish where we can snack. Park has restrooms and picnic tables. Kid friendly, over 8 years old.

NOTE: This is an 8-mile moderate plus, out-and-back hike with approx 1500-foot elevation gain. We will take a short rest/snack stop at the Peak. No services at the trailhead. Hiking poles would be helpful. Expect some mud on the trails. Dog friendly. HEAVY RAIN CANCELS.

Sunol Regional Wilderness - Upper Maguire Peaks Trail
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Trail Gail from East Bay Parks is leading this strenuous and stunning hike to Maguire Peak. Awesome views. We will take the Flag Hill trail to the Upper Maguire Peaks trail and return the same way. Bring fluids, snacks and hiking poles.



NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet of elevation gain amd a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route will be via Castle Rock, Shell Ridge Loop, Buckeye Ravine, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch Trails. Return via north Borges Ranch to Castle Rock Trails. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS users Castle Rock address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd.

NOTE: See Thurday'a hike description as this will be essentially the same only in the clockwise direction. Almost 6-miles with about 1400-foot elevation gain. We will stop near the Falls for a short rest/snack/photo break. Daylight Saving time begins on Sunday. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.

NOTE: a moderate 10 plus mile exploratory hike (for this leader) starting from CLAYTON PARK & RIDE on CLAYTON RD.... taking a lunch break and turn around in BLACK DIAMOND picnic area @ the south end of Somerville road.

NOTE: This hike will be in a counter clockwise direction from Donner Canyon trail. It is steep, narrow and treacherous. It is also spectacular. Bring hiking poles and wear good shoes. Not for beginners. Experienced hikers only. We rest midway and enjoy the views of the several Falls. After last weeks rains they should be flowing strongly.

NOTE: This is a strenuous hike with lots of ups and downs. Total elevation gain is 1,600 ft. It is not for beginners. It is a saturday hike and is being led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. Bring lots of food and fluids. Allow 5 to 6 hours for this hike. Watch the weather forecast. For more info call 510-544-2233.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Our typical 5+ mile hike with 800 ft of elevation. We have a friend visiting us again from Saskatchewan, Canada. She has been here before. Please welcome her. It will be cold but sunny. No services at the start. I can't imagine me living where she does, but hey, Canadians are a tough bunch.

NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike with about 800 ft of elevation. We will hike the lower Thermalito and lower Ridgeline trails. It's a portion of the Park you probably haven't been to. Mostly sun. Dogs welcome on leash. Not even a moderate hike. Just a chance to stretch our legs after the recent rains. The Event Notes describe this hike. Ignore the Trail Notes.

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 7 miles with 900-foot elevation gain. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Loop
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A hike through native American territory. Rolling hills and great views. We will snack at the top and listen to the spirits. All sun and grassland. There is a native American site up here that I have not found yet. Dogs welcome on leash.

Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Ignore the Trail Notes. The hike will be described by the Event Notes. We start from Skyline Gate and take the Stream trail to the Canyon Meadow staging area. Many picnic tables where we will snack and rest. 6 miles total with minimal elevation gain. We hike through beautiful redwoods. Almost all shade. Restrooms at both staging areas. If you are confused by this please contact me.

Las Trampas - Bollinger Creek Loop
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This SATURDAY hike starts going south from the parking lot to Corral Camp. We then head north and start the Loop trail near the parking lot. This part of the trail is single track. Then it's grasslands the rest of the way. Cold sodas await you back at the parking lot.

Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: An exploratory loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles and 1000 feet elevation gain in Briones Park. The route will be via Old Briones Rd, Black Oak, Mott Peak, Abrigo Valley, and Briones Crest Trails to the staging area. There will be a short rest/snack stop about halfway at Wee-Ta-Chi. Water and restrooms at the staging area and Wee-Ta-Chi. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on our trails.

Los Vaqueros Watershed - Los Vaqueros Marina
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The trails are dry and the sun strong. Let's enjoy. Not exploratory any more. We will hike a short distance further into Round Valley. Here we will point out the beautiful Hardy Canyon, which is where thursday's hike is. Relatively easy, about 8 miles. All sun so wear sunscreen. Happy to say that once again. Snack at the Marina upon our return and also at Round Valley. Parking is $6.

EBRPD - Decadent Hike - Donut Time to Cold Stone Creamery
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: We will start at Donut Time in Concord, highest rated in the area according to Yelp. From there our destination is ColdStone in Pleasant Hill. We will follow the Iron Horse and Contra Costa Canal Trails mostly, however, do expect to walk along some busy streets to get to/from the trails too. Total distance will be approximately 9 miles round trip or 2 -4 hours timewise, depending on our pace and how long we stop.

RAIN CANCELS.


Round Valley Regional Preserve - Hardy Canyon Trail
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike of approximately 5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. The hike starts on the Hardy Canyon Trail and ascends to the high point where we will take a short rest/snack stop and enjoy the view before descending to the Miwok Trail for the 1.6-mile return to the staging area. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS/map users the address of the staging area is: 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.

Del Valle Regional Park - Del Valle
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The purpose of this hike is to see the nesting bald eagles on the opposite shore of the Lake just past the 3 mile mark. The trail is mostly sun. We climb a 500 foot hill right at the start so we will climb slowly. The views from the top are magnificent. We eventually drop down to lake level. My intention is to make this a 6 to 8 mile hike. Elevation gain is about 1,000 ft. It is dog friendly. One picnic table and Porta Potty at the parking lot. The parking machine hasn't worked in years. Bring singles just in case.

Lafayette Reservoir - Via Granada
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a good workout hike. Ups and downs a plenty. While the Rim trail is 5 miles, it is 0.75 miles from Via Granada so the total mileage is 6.5.About 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. Restrooms at the Dam where we will take a brief rest before returning to Via Granada. Please don't wait for us a the main gate.

Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: An exploratory loop hike of about 5 miles and 800 to 1000 feet elevation gain in Briones Park. The route will be via Old Briones Rd Trail, Briones Crest Trail, Abrigo Valley Trail and Old Briones Rd Trail to the staging area. There will be a short rest/snack stop about halfway through the hike. Water and restrooms at the staging area. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on our trails.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate loop hike through the grasslands and forests on Pleasanton Ridge. Dogs are welcome on leash. The elevation gain is not the severe kind. We just gradually keep climbing. And then at the high point, it's all downhill. Not for beginner hikers. We will pause at marker 20 to rest and snack. It's right after a gate. When we get to ridge top we hike the Thermalito trail to marker 20. Then we return via the Ridgeline trail. Hike is rain or shine.

NOTE: An exploratory hike in the recently opened Dublin Hills Regional Open Space. About 5-miles out-and-back with an estimated 800-foot elevation gain. Restroom and water at the trailhead. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails.

Sycamore Grove Park - Sycamore Grove
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is an EASY hike intended for folks who want to get into hiking but don't know their capabilities. It will not be a fast paced hike. Instead, enjoy the company of those around you and the beautiful Park. You don't need hiking poles or shoes for this hike. Running or walking shoes are fine. It is a SATURDAY hike. I forgot to include directions from 580W. Exit south at North Livermore Ave. and go straight about 1.5 miles to First St. Right 3 blocks to South L St on your left. Continue straight to the Park.

NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be 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. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs allowed, off-leash OK on the trails.

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