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Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, December 29, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Eagle View Loop

A Challenging 9 mile, 2200 ft hike around the upper ridge-lines of EBRPD Sunol Regional Wilderness, with a shorter 7 mile option.

This hike will again ascend to Flag Hill for invigorating warm up on the Flag Hill Trail, followed by a more sedate descent on Flag Hill Road and climb on Vista Grand Road. We will then circle the Canyon on the single-track Eagle View Trail, Cave Rocks Road, and Cerro Este Road where the longer hike will diverge from the shorter hike after a snack break.

The longer hike will continue East on the McCorkle Trail and descend on the Backpack Road to Camp Ohlone Road where we will then return back to the Parking lot on the single-track Canyon View Trail.

The shorter hike will descend on Cerro Este Road before taking McCorkle Trail West to Canyon View Trail back to the Parking Lot.

Let's meet by the toilets near the bridge across Alameda Creek.

NOTE: Moderate 6 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike from Hemme trailhead. Route will be Ringtail Cat Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, stopping to rest/snack at the picnic bench at south end of Rohrer Trail. Return will be Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #3, Ringtail Cat Trail back to the parking area. No services on this hike. IGNORE THE TRAIL NOTES!

Tilden Regional Park: Mineral Springs
Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate two choice hike, either a 6 mile 1,200-foot or a 7.8 mile 1,700-foot elevation loop hike. Both versions begin at Mineral Springs picnic area in Tilden Park. Route is Mineral Springs Trail, Wildcat Gorge Trail, Selby Trail (with a short side trip to Berkeley's Atlas Path scenic overlook), continuing on the Selby Trail, Grizzly Peak Trail, stopping at Gillespie Camp to snack/rest. Then South Park Drive, down Vollmer Peak Trail. Short version will continue onto Quarry Trail and the horse path that goes through Anderson Equestrian Camp crossing Wildcat Canyon Road back to the parking area. Long version will add approximately a 1.8 mile loop by ascending Upper Big Springs Trail, west along the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Lower Big Springs Trail, Quarry Trail, and onto the horse path as described above. Porta-potty at trailhead and water/bathrooms at Gillespie Camp rest/snack area and also 1 mile into the hike at Island picnic area. Both versions begin at Mineral Springs picnic area in Tilden Park. Route is Mineral Springs Trail, Wildcat Gorge Trail, Selby Trail (with a short side trip to Berkeley's Atlas Path scenic overlook), continuing on the Selby Trail, Grizzly Peak Trail, stopping at Gillespie Camp to snack/rest. Then South Park Drive, down Vollmer Peak Trail. Short version will continue onto Quarry Trail and the horse path that goes through Anderson Equestrian Camp crossing Wildcat Canyon Road back to the parking area. Long version will add approximately a 1.8-mile loop by ascending Upper Big Springs Trail, west along the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Lower Big Springs Trail, Quarry Trail, and onto the horse path as described above. Porta-potty at trailhead and water/bathrooms at Gillespie Camp rest/snack area and also 1 mile into the hike at Island picnic area.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Thursday, December 19, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6-mile 1200-ft elevation gain loop hike from Regency Gate in Mt. Diablo State Park. The route will be Back Creek Road and Trail, Meridian Point Trail, Meridian Ridge Road, Cardinet Oaks Road, Wasserman Trail, Bruce Lee Trail, Clayton Oaks Road and Donner Canyon Road back to Regency Gate. A snack/rest stop about halfway to be determined. No facilities available on this hike. Dogs not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Ohlone College
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Wednesday Walk Hike

Let's join EBRPDs Chris Garcia Wednesday Walk group on an end of Year hike up Mission Peak from Ohlone College.

This is a great challenging 7 mile, 2000 ft climb to the top of Fremont's Mission Peak. The hike starts from Ohlone College Parking Lot M, ascending to the peak on the Peak Trail (aka Bay Area Ridge Trail)

From the Wednesday Walk write up.

Round out the year with a very strenuous 6-mile climb up this 2517 foot landmark. Meet in parking lot M at Ohlone College in Fremont. Today we go to the top! Celebrate the end of the year with a very strenuous climb up this south bay landmark from Ohlone College in Fremont. You.ll be rewarded with fantastic views from the 2517 foot summit, but be prepared for strong winds and changing weather. Bring plenty of water and snacks for this 7-mile adventure. This hike will take approximately 4 hours. Meet in lot M at the southern end of the campus. Parking fee . Purchase a daily parking permit from the machines.



Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Either a 5-mile or a longer 7-mile loop hike with elevation gains of about 1500 feet on the 7-mile hike, slightly less on the 5-mile hike. Hiker's choice to be chosen at trail marker 15. Route will be via the Oak Tree and Thermalito Trails to marker 15. The 5-mile hike will turn right at the marker and return via the Ridgeline and Oak Tree Trails to the parking lot. The 7-mile hike will continue from marker 15 to marker 20 where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Then return via the Ridgeline Trail, and Oak Tree or Woodland Trails to the parking lot. Water and restrooms are available at the parking lot, and water is available at a few locations on the trails. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space: Sycamore Valley Park
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate 6-mile 900-foot elevation loop hike in Danville's Sycamore Valley. Route will be Holbrook Dr., Camino Tassajara and Woodside Roads onto Haymaker Trail, Harvest Trail, Country Hills Ct. and Wood Ranch Dr. onto a No Name Trail, Short Ridge Trail to its very end, looping down and back to Shady Slope Trail back to the parking lot. Water and restrooms at the trailhead. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Macedo Ranch
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 6- or 7.5-mile hike from Macedo Ranch in Mt. Diablo State Park. Route is Wall Point Road, Dusty Road, Stage Road, Burma Road, Pine Creek Road and Camel Rock Trail with a short jog up Burma Road to Camel Rock for a short rest/snack stop. The shorter hike will return on Burma Road, Stage Road, Dusty Road and Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch. The longer hike will return from Camel Rock on Burma Road, Buckeye Trail, Stage Road, Dusty Road and Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch. Water and restrooms at Macedo Ranch. No dogs allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rudgear Park
Thursday, December 05, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate 6.6 mile 800-foot loop hike starting from Rudgear Park in Walnut Creek. Route is Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge Trail, lower Franco Ranch Loop Trail, Benham Ct., back on Franco Ranch Loop Trail, No Name Trail, Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge Trail, Twin Ponds Loop Trail, Borges Ranch Trail to the Ranch to rest/snack. Return is Borges Ranch Trail, Upper Twin Ponds Loop Trail, and Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at Rudgear Park trailhead and Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the Shell Ridge trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, December 01, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain with an option to increase the distance to 6.5 miles with a 1700-foot elevation gain. Route will be via the Bollinger Loop and Las Trampas Ridge Trails to Las Trampas Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, return via the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the junction with the Chamise Trail. The shorter hike will return down the Chamise Trail to the parking lot. The longer hike will continue on the Las Trampas Ridge, Del Amigo, Sulpher Springs, Trapline, Mahogany, and Chamise Trails to the parking lot. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and restrooms available at the parking lot.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Rock City
Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Mt Diablo - Green Ranch Loop

A Challenging post-Thanksgiving 8 mile, 2000 ft. loop hike in Mount Diablo State Park to explore the area burned during the Morgan Fire.

Starting from the Rock City Parking lot up Summit and Camp Force Trails to Curry Point. We then descend on Knobcone Point and Curry Canyon Roads before ascending on Frog Pond Road to the Southern edge of the burned area. Onto Green Ranch Road where we begin a 1300ft climb past the Green Ranch Site to the water tank near the Old Pioneer Horse Camp. From here we make the 2 mile descent back to the parking lot on the Summit, and Staircase Trails.

For those interested in carpooling, please see the trail notes below for the Danville Park-n-Ride carpool instructions.



Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Morgan Territory

A 7.7 mile, 1400ft elevation gain hike in EBRPD Morgan Territory Regional Preserve. This loop hike will explore some of the park west of Marsh Creek below Roger Epperson Ridge before ascending to Bob Walker Ridge.

Starting from the Morgan Territory Rd Staging Area we cross the road onto the Clyma and Highland Ridge Trails before crossing the road again to ascend to Eagle and Volvon Loop Trails where weather permitting we stop for a snack break on Bob Walker Ridge.

We will return along the ridge on the Volvon Loop, Volvon, Blue Oak, and Volvon Trails to the Staging Area.

Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area: Kennedy Grove
Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead this moderate 7.0 mile 700-foot elevation hike in Kennedy Grove Park and San Pablo Reservoir. Route will be Laurel Loop Trail, Kennedy Creek Trail, Black Oak Loop Trail, Upper Sea Foam Trail, Lower Sea Foam Trail, back on the Laurel Loop Trail. Route then exits Kennedy Grove Park and continues into San Pablo Reservoir with an out and back to the main marina along the San Pablo Dam Trail. Bathrooms/water at Kennedy Grove Park and San Pablo Marina.

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Sunday, November 17, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate two choice hike, either a 5.6- or 7.8-mile loop hike. The short version is about an 800-foot elevation gain; the long version about 1,500-feet. Both versions begin at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. Route is Curran Trail, Meadows Canyon Trail, detour around the construction work by the Environmental Education Center, Laurel Canyon Trail, Pine Tree Trail, Laurel Canyon Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail to Wildcat Peak pausing to rest/snack. Short version will walk back on the Wildcat Peak Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Nimitz Way back to the parking lot. Long Version will descend the Wildcat Peak Trail, Sylvan Trail, Jewel Lake Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, Memory Trail, Wildcat Gorge Trail, and Curran Trail to the parking lot. Bathroom at trail head. Dogs are not allowed on the Nature Area trails.

Lafayette Reservoir: Paseo Grande
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A hike on the upper rim dirt trail around Lafayette Reservoir from the Paseo Grande entrance. About 5 miles with an 1100-foot elevation gain. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the restrooms at the dam. Dogs OK but must be on-leash at all times.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, November 10, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Two choices, 5- or 6.5-mile loop hike. The longer version is a strenuous, 6.5-mile, 2000-foot elevation gain loop hike to Devils Hole, the lowest point in the park. The shorter version is a moderate 5-mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain. Both versions take the Elderberry Trail to the Rocky Ridge View Trail to the Devils Hole Trail. The shorter hike continues on the Rocky Ridge View Trail to the paved road (where the Comm tower was) for the return to the parking lot. The longer version descends on the Devils Hole Trail to Devils Hole where there will be a short rest/snack stop. Then returns up the Sycamore Trail to the Rocky Ridge View Trail to the paved road (where the Comm tower was) for the return to the parking lot. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash is OK on the trails.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Marciel Gate
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Anthony Chabot - Grass Valley Loop

An easy to moderate 7.7 mile/1100 ft hike in EBRPD Anthony Chabot Regional Park.

Starting from the Marciel Gate Parking lot the route heads North on the Redtail Trail descending to Grass Valley Creek. We then head up the East side on the Grass Valley Trail to Bort Meadow, before returning on the West side on the Brandon Trail.

After crossing the creek at the Stone Bridge, we begin to ascend again on the Brandon Trail before making a detour onto the Escondido Trail. We complete the hike taking Brandon back to Deer Canyon and Redtail Trails.



Briones Regional Park: Briones Crest Loop
Sunday, November 03, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Briones Crest Loop

A moderate 7 mile/1500ft elevation gain hike in EBRPD Briones Regional Park.

From the Alhambra Creek Staging area the route will be Diablo View, Spengler, Table Top, Briones Crest, Old Briones Road, Pine Tree, and Orchard Trails.

Dublin Hills Regional Park: Silvergate Dr.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6 mile 900-foot elevation gain partial loop hike along Martin Canyon Creek into Dublin Hills Regional Park. Route begins on Dublin City's Martin Canyon Creek Trail, to Donlon Loop Trail, Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail to its end (trail marker #10). After snack/rest return back on the Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail, Donlon Loop Trail (counter clockwise) and back down the Martin Canyon Creek Trail to the trailhead. No facilities available on this hike.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl Entrance
Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6-mile 1100-foot elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge from Rockspring Place trailhead to Borges Ranch. Route will be north Twin Ponds Loop, Borges Ranch, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond, Ginder Gap Loop, Ridge Top, Costanoan and Borges Ranch Trails for a rest/snack stop at the Ranch. Return by Borges Ranch and south Twin Ponds Loop Trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead but water, restrooms and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Park at the very end of Rockspring Place. Nearby address is 2100 Rockspring Pl, Walnut Creek, CA.

Garin Regional Park: Ziele Creek Entrance
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate 5.6 mile 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Hayward's Garin Regional Park. Route will be Ziele Creek Trail, Lower Garin Woods Trail, Vista Peak Loop Trail to Jordan Pond stopping to rest/snack. Return circles around Jordan Pond, to High Ridge Loop Trail, Newt Pond Trail, Old Homestead Trail, back side of Vista Peak Loop Trail, and Ziele Creek Trail back to the trailhead. No bathroom at trailhead but water/bathrooms at the red barn near Jordan Pond. As you drive up Five Canyons Blvd. you can stop at Five Canyons Park for water/bathroom, or as you continue on to Hayward Blvd. you can stop at J.A.Lewis Park for water/bathrooms.

NOTE:

Prospectors Gap Loop from Regency Drive

A Challenging 9.5 mile/2900ft climb to Mt. Olympia via Prospectors Gap.

The route will leave Regency Drive on Donner Canyon Rd, Meridian Ridge Rd, Middle, and Prospectors Gap Rd Trails to Prospectors Gap. After a moment to catch our breath we will then hike over to Mt. Olympia for a snack break on North Peak Road and North Peak Trail.

We will return down East, Zippe, Mount Olympia Rd., Olympia, Cardinet Oaks Rd., Wassermann, Donner, Bruce Lee Spring, and Hetherington Trails to Donner Canyon Road.

Please ignore the following trail notes, but use the included trailhead directions.



Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Please note the 10:00 start time because of the potential BART strike. Park in the lot. We will do the hike counter clockwise. Between 7 and 8 miles and all sun. We will snack on the way back at Hidden Valley Park. Picnic tables and restrooms.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: My favorite end of summer hike. Anticipate 5 hours. Not for beginners. Bring food and lots of fluids. There will be a shorter and easier option to Group Camp. About 9 miles. Picnic tables and restroom here. The difficult part is after Group Camp.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Rock City
Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate loop hike of about 6.5 miles and 1,200-foot elevation gain. Route begins from the Rock City parking area, Summit Trail, past Curry Point along Knobcone Pt. Road, Black Hawk Ridge Road, and Black Hills Road. After stopping to rest/snack looping back on Black Hawk Ridge Road, Sycamore Creek Road, and Trail Through Time back to the trailhead. Bathrooms/water at trailhead. No dogs allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A choice of either a short, about 5-mile 1000-ft, or a longer about 8-mile 1800-ft hike from Regency Gate in Mt. Diablo State Park. Both hikes will trek up Back Creek Road/Trail to the junction with the Meridian Point Trail. The short hike will turn on the Meridian Point Trail to the Meridian Ridge Road to Donner Creek Road back to Regency Gate. The longer hike will continue up Back Creek Trail to Murchio Gap continuing on the Eagle Peak Trail past Eagle Peak and Twin Peaks and the Mitchell Rock Trail to Murchio Road and Back Creek Road to Regency Gate. No facilities on this hike. Dogs not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 7 miles and 1100-foot elevation gain. Route will be Old Finley Road, Riggs Canyon Road, Tassajara Creek Trail stopping at Bobs Pond to snack/rest. Then onto Highland Ridge Road, back down Old Finley Road (with a short detour on Amphitheater Trail to view grinding holes) continuing back to the trailhead. No facilities available on this hike.

Ohlone Regional Wildnerness: Murietta Falls
Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Rocky Ridge - Schlieper Rock

A Challenging two-for-one hike in EBRPD Del Valle to Rocky Ridge, with an extra out-and-back add on hike to Schlieper Rock. The shorter hike is 6 miles, 1800 ft elevation with the longer hike totaling 10 miles, 3500 ft.

Starting from the West shore of Lake Del Valle at the end of the parking lot near the Lichen Bark Picnic area, we will head along the West Shore trail before heading up to the sign-in panel on the Vallecitos trail. We then ascend to Rocky Ridge on the Ohlone Wilderness, Stromer Spring, and Rocky Ridge Trails to ot38.

At this point the longer hike will do a heart throbbing out-an-back ascent up the Big Burn to Schlieper Rock, where after a moments rest, we turn around and head back.

From ot38 the return will descend past the sign-in panel on the Ohlone Wilderness trail continuing onto the Sailor Camp trail to the parking lot.

Both hikes require you have and carry the annual Ohlone Wilderness Permit available at the park gate Kiosk. The views from Rocky Ridge are quite good, and worth a trip in the spring for the Wild Flowers. The longer hike gets us most of the way to Murietta Falls, and halfway to Rose Peak ;)

As usual please read and ignore the trails notes below.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An estimated 6-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1100 feet. Route will be via the Costanoan, Lower Buck, Deer Lake, and Corral Springs trails to Ginder Gap, then Ridge Top and Costanoan trails to Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via the Borges Ranch, Briones - Mt. Diablo, Ridge Top, Sulfer Creek, and Costanoan trails to Snyder Lane. No facilities at the trailhead, but restroom, water and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE:

Mt Olympia from Regency Drive

A Challenging 8.5 mile/2600ft climb to Mt Olympia where we'll survey the fire damage from the Morgan fire.

The route will leave Regency Drive on Donner Canyon, Hetherrington, Bruce Lee Spring, and Wassermann Trails to Cardinet Oaks Rd where will turn onto Olympia Trail for an out-and-back trek to the peak. At Mount Olympia Rd, we'll take Zippe, and East Trails to the Peak for our snack break.

We will then return down Mount Olympia Rd, Olympia, and Cardinet Oaks Rd. Trails to Donner Canyon Road.

A shorter alternative(4.5 miles) can be had by forgoing the Mt Olympia out-and-back portion.

Note: This hike assumes these trails will be open. If not, the out-and-back portion may be supplemented with a excursion along the Falls and Middle Trails.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6-mile, 650-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike from the Briones Overlook Staging Area to the boat launch area at San Pablo Reservoir. A mostly shaded hike through the trees, and shaded picnic tables with a view of the lake near the boat launch area. After a short rest/snack stop we will return via the same trails. Bring your EBMUD permit although there should be enough to accommodate our hikers. Potty at the Overlook and restroom and water at San Pablo Reservoir. Dogs are not allowed on these trails.

NOTE: About a 6-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain, loop hike to Borges Ranch with an option to add a 2-mile, 400-foot elevation gain loop to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch Loop, Sugarloaf to Shell Ridge, Twin Ponds Loop, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, the 6-mile hike will return via the Borges Ranch, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Stonegate, Hanging Valley, and Alamo trails to the trailhead. The 8-mile hike will return by the Borges Ranch, Shell Ridge Loop, and Castle Rock trails past Castle Rock Park, continuing to Shell Ridge Loop, Buckeye Ravine, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Stonegate, Hanging Valley, and Alamo trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but good facilities at Borges Ranch and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. The Livorna trailhead is near Livorna Rd. & Stonegate Dr., Alamo, CA 94507.

Regional Trails: Ygnacio Canal Trail @ Arbolado Park
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 5:30 PM
NOTE: Change Your Luck - Join me for an After Work Hike on Friday the 13th. Because Friday, September 13th also happens to be International Chocolate Day! What better way to fight the forces of Evil, Murphy, and just plain bad luck, than to indulge yourself in America's favorite flavor? It's a Decadent hike for International chocolate Day!

We will walk this route OPPOSITE to how it is listed in the trail notes, heading North and literally walking under Ygnacio Valley Road, then turning LEFT onto Contra Costa Canal trail until we reach the Briones to Mt Diablo Trail. We turn left and walk past the softball & soccer fields, playground, swimming pool and tennis courts at Heather Farm Park.

At Heather Farm Park, walk along San Carlos Drive, proceeding across Ygnacio Valley Road at the stop light. Walk past the Chevron gas station to meet at Sweet Affair at 1815 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, where we will indulge our collective sweet tooths.


Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Please join Trail Gail and me on her 3 Parks in a day hike. The route is from Skyline Gate through Huckleberry and on to Sibley. About 6 miles and at least 1,000 feet of elevation(not 600). Restrooms at Skyline and Sibley. Hopefully there are still some huckleberries left. They are really tasty. Ignore the Trail Notes. They are incorrect. Dog friendly.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, September 08, 2013 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate hike of about 6 miles from Valle Vista staging area in Moraga. Valle Vista is 7 mils on Moraga Road from Hwy 24. The trail takes us along the beautiful Upper San Leandro Reservoir. We can either go clockwise (climb the hill last) or counter clockwise (climb the hill early). The hike is dog friendly. Porta potty at staging area but no water. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. Sign in may be required. I can allow up to 3 people on my permit.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Saturday, September 07, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood Regional

A moderate+ 9 mile/1500 ft hike in the Redwoods of EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. We will hike clockwise around the West ridge starting from the large dirt parking lot across from the Wayside Picnic area.

Crossing over Redwood Creek at the fish ladder we will ascend to the Redwood Bowl for our snack break on Golden Spike, Montiero, Dunn, and Graham Trails. Our return will take us back through the Redwoods on West Ridge, Madrone, French, Chown, and Bridle Trails.

Please ignore the trail notes below, and remember to park in the large dirt lot on the left before the Canyon Meadow Parking Lot.



Tilden Regional Park: Lone Oak in Tilden to Lake Anza
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 6 mile hike to Lake Anza. Restrooms at Lone Oak and Lake Anza. Dog friendly. The hike will be led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. Should take about 3 hours.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Sunday, September 01, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Morgan Territory

A moderate to challenging 7 miles, 1250 ft elevation hike in EBRPD Morgan Territory. This hike takes us down toward the Los Vaqueros Watershed before climbing back to Bob Walker Ridge.

From the main staging area a counter clockwise loop on Condor, Volvon, Blue Oak, Miwok, Manzanita, Valley View, Volvon Loop, Volvon and Condor Trails.

Please ignore the trail notes below

Briones Regional Park: Briones Crest
Saturday, August 31, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a SATURDAY hike. About 6 miles depending on the exact route we take. The hike will be led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. Dogs optional. Services at the staging area.

Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Main Staging Area
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate, approximately 5.5 mile, 800-foot elevation gain loop hike around Don Castro Reservoir into Five Canyons Open Space. Route will be Whispering Creek Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Deer Canyon Trail, Sandstone Trail, Diamond View Trail to Five Canyons Park to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on the Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail, and Shoreline Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead and Five Canyons Park.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
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Maguire Peaks

A Challenging 10 mile/2500ft hike from the main staging area over and around Maguire Peaks. This hike explores some of the prettiest, isolated, single-track trails of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

From the main staging area we cross Alameda Creek and head up and over to Welch Creek road on Flag Hill, Flag Hill Loop, and the new Welch to Flag Hill Trails. A short walk on Welch Creek road brings us to Lower Maguire Peaks Trail, where we begin a shaded ascent to the Maguire Peaks Loop Trail. From here we circumnavigate Maguire Peaks in a clockwise direction while enjoying the great views of Sunol Valley, San Antonio Reservoir, and the Livermore Valley.

After a snack break we will return along Maguire Peak Trail to Welch Creek road for another short walk along Welch Creek road to High Valley, and Hayfield road trails for the descent to the staging area.

An optional 8 mile/2100ft shorter hike without circling Maguire Peaks is available for those who choose it.

As usual please ignore the trail notes below. We will meet near the toilets just past the visitors center by the foot bridge crossing Alameda Creek.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate about 6.5-mile, 1100-foot elevation gain loop hike to Borges Ranch. Route will be Kovar, Fossil Hill Loop, Briones Mt. Diablo, Corral Springs, Ridge Top, Costanoan and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at Borges Ranch where there are full facilities. Return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond, Indian Creek and Kovar Trails to Howe Homestead. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Howe Homestead address is 2950 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek 94598.

Castle Rock Park: EBCHG 10 Year Anniversary Event
Sunday, August 18, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: This year marks the 10 year anniversary of this website and this group. Help me celebrate it by joining a special potluck picnic lunch I am hosting at the Pool Oak Terrace Picnic Area at the Castle Rock Recreation Area in Walnut Creek. Please RSVP, especially if you will be attending, so we may get an accurate count for food and drinks, etc.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock
Sunday, August 18, 2013 @ 9:33 AM
NOTE: In celebration of our group's 10 year Anniversary, please join us for a special hike and lunch afterwards in Walnut Creek. This will be an approximately 2 hour, 6.5 mile hike, (but with only 6.25 miles to reach the Potluck!) though I expect some to complete this hike in less than an hour and a half. The hike I will lead is a loop hike, following Stage Road Trail, then right turn towards Wall Point and continuing on Wall Point Road towards Macedo Ranch. Rather than making that final left turn towards Macedo, however, we will proceed right instead and ultimately return via Little Yosemite Trail. Total elevation gain is 735 feet.

For those seeking a less strenuous option, do not make that first right turn (at about the 3 mile mark) towards Wall Point. Instead, turn around to make this an in and back hike, yielding a total of about 6 miles round trip, and only about 250 feet elevation gain.

Dogs are only allowed for a short duration of this hike, as once we cross thru the cattle gate, dogs are prohibited on the Mount Diablo State Park section of the trails. Therefore, dogs should NOT participate in this hike.

Meeting Location:   From the trailhead parking lot, proceed walking into the Park, past the swimming pool, and past the Pool Oak Terrace Picnic Area (right next door to the pool) where we will regroup after the hike for a potluck lunch. Continue and meet in front of the bathrooms (across from the softball field).


Greenbelt Hiking Trail: Hayward Plunge/Ward Canyon
Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will again lead us on a new hike. A moderate 6.2 mile, 700-foot elevation gain loop hike on the Hayward Greenbelt Hiking & Riding Trail. Route will be the Wally Wickander Trail, up the Ward Creek Canyon Trail, down East Avenue Trail stopping to rest/snack at the picnic tables before continuing back to the Wally Wickander Trail to the parking lot. Bathrooms and water at the trailhead.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A two-version, loop hike. The long version is a strenuous, 6.5-mile, 2000-foot elevation gain loop hike to Devils Hole, the lowest point in the park. The shorter version is a moderate, 5-mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain. Both versions take the Ridge View Trail (along the paved road to where the Comm tower was), continuing on the Rocky Ridge Trail to the Sycamore Trail. The long version descends on the Sycamore Trail to Devils Hole where there will be a short rest/snack stop. Then return up the Devils Hole Trail to the Rocky Ridge Trail, continuing on to the Elderberry Trail for the return to the parking lot. The short version continues past the Sycamore Trail on the Rocky Ridge Trail to the Elderberry Trail for the downhill return to the parking lot. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash is OK on the trails.

Lafayette Reservoir: Paseo Grande
Thursday, August 08, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Should be cool. Trail notes and directions are accurate.

Roberts Regional Recreation Area: Redwood Bowl
Sunday, August 04, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate two-for-one, top-to-bottom hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. Starting from the Redwood Bowl Staging Area we will descend to Trail's End for the snack break on West Ridge,Tres Sendas, and Stream Trails.

The longer hike will return on Stream, Bridle, Orchard, French, Madrone, and West Ridge Trails for a total of 7.5mi/1200ft.

The shorter/easier hike will return via Stream, Chown, French, Madrone, and West Ridge Trails for a total of 6 Miles/1100ft



Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Rohrer Trail
Thursday, August 01, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate, approximately 7.4 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike to Las Trampas Peak. Route will be Rohrer Trail (Lafayette City Trail) and Las Trampas Peak Trail to the summit. After rest/snack return back down Las Trampas Peak Trail and Rohrer Trail to the parking area. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. No services on this hike.

NOTE: A moderate 8 mile/1500ft loop hike in EBRPD Dry Creek Pioneer/Garin Regional Parks. The route will leave the May rd staging area along May, High Ridge Loop, FD143, and High Ridge Loop Trails for a quick exploration of the Native American mortar site at Gossip Rock. We will then follow the ridge into Garin for a snack break at the Red Barn. The return route will be in the shade past Jordan Pond on the Dry Creek, Meyers Ranch, Pioneer, High Ridge Loop, and May Trails. An optional 6.5 mile/1100ft route can return via Meyers Ranch Trail without the extra climb up the Pioneer trail.

Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead a moderate approximately 6.5 mile 900-foot elevation gain, loop hike in Briones Regional Park to Russel Peak. Route will be Old Briones Rd Trail, Valley Trail, Yerba Buena Trail, Crescent Ridge Trail, and Briones Crest Trail to the Russel Peak bench/overlook (4 mile point) where we will rest/snack and enjoy the view. Return (2.5 miles) will be Briones Crest Trail, Seaborg Trail, and Bear Creek Trail back to the parking lot. Water/porta-potty at trail head. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on these trails. Kiosk probably will not be manned so there should not be any fees. Park in lot to the left of the kiosk.

NOTE: A 5.2 -mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain with an option to increase the distance to 6.5 miles with an 1800-foot elevation gain. Route will be via the Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Las Trampas Ridge, Del Amigo, Sulphur Springs and Las Trampas Ridge Trails to the junction with the Chamise Trail where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Then continue on the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the Bollinger Creek Trail junction, the option point. The longer hike will proceed on the out-and-back extension to Las Trampas Peak. Both hikes will return via the Bollinger Loop Trail along the shaded Bollinger Creek to the staging area. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and restrooms available at the parking lot.

Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Dan will lead this moderate approximately 6.5 mile 900-foot elevation gain, loop hike through Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park to Redwood Bowl in Redwood Regional Park. Route will be the Sunset Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Castle Park Trail, entering Redwood Regional Park at Moon Gate, and onto the West Ridge Trail to Redwood Bowl where we will snack/rest. Return crosses Skyline Blvd. back into Joaquin Miller Park on the Big Trees Trail, Fern Ravine Trail, Chaparral Trail, Sunset Trail, Sinawik Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at the trailhead (Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station) and also at Redwood Bowl. Dogs welcome but must be on-leash.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 6-mile, 1100-foot elevation-gain, loop hike to Borges Ranch. An additional 2-mile extension is optional. Route will be via the Ridge Top, Flat Top, Hanna Lane, and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop the shorter hike will return on the Borges Ranch, Briones  Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond, Indian Creek, and Briones  Mt. Diablo Trails to the trailhead. The optional longer hike inserts an additional loop via the Borges Ranch, Shell Ridge Loop, and Briones - Mt. Diablo Trails before following the shorter hike return route. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Tilden Regional Park: Meadows Canyon Trail
Thursday, July 11, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Ignore the Trail Notes. We will take the Nimitz trail to Laurel Canyon Road and descend to Jewel Lake. We continue on Wildcat Canyon to Little Farm. We take Loop Road to Meadows Canyon trail back to Inspiration Point. We can snack at Little Farm.

NOTE: A moderate loop hike in the cool Redwood Regional Park. About 6+ miles with a 1200-foot elevation gain from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Route will be via the Stream, Fern, French, and Madrone Trails to Redwood Bowl. After a short rest/snack stop at the Bowl, return via the West Ridge, Fern, French, Chown, and Bridle Trails to the bridge and back to the parking lot. Full facilities at Canyon Meadow Staging Area and water and restrooms at Redwood Bowl and along the Stream Trail. Dogs welcome ($2 per dog), off-leash OK on all but the Stream Trail. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet to Las Trampas Peak with an option to add 1½ miles with a 750-foot elevation gain. Route will be via the Bollinger Creek and Las Trampas Ridge Trails to Las Trampas Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Las Trampas Ridge and Chamise Trails. The optional added loop on the east side of the ridge will be via the Las Trampas Ridge, Del Amigo and Sulphur Springs Trails. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and restrooms available at the parking lot.

NOTE: A moderate hike in the cool Redwood Regional Park. About 6 miles with 1200-foot elevation gain from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Route will be via the Stream, Tres Sendas, Starflower, and Redwood Peak trails to Redwood Bowl. After a short rest/snack stop at the Bowl, return via the Madrone, French, Fern, and Stream trails to the staging area. An optional, slightly longer but more strenuous and more elevation gain return can be made by continuing on the French Trail past its junction with the Fern Trail to the Orchard Trail and Bridal Trail to the staging area. Full facilities at Canyon Meadow Staging Area and water and restrooms at Redwood Bowl and along the Stream Trail. Dogs welcome ($2 per dog), off-leash OK on all but the Stream Trail. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Marciel Gate
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 8 mile hike with about 1100 ft. of elevation gain. From the Marciel Gate Staging area on Redwood Road, this hike descends to the Stone Bridge on Cottontail and Brandon Trails. It then follows Grass Valley Creek on the Cascade, and Columbine Trails ascending into the Campground area on the Honker Bay trail where we will stop for a snack break near the Amphitheater. The return route will be along Towhee, Brandon, and Redtail Trails.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Ohlone College
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 6:15 PM
NOTE: A full moon hike on the longest day of the year. A strenuous, out-and-back hike from Ohlone College to Mission Peak. About 7 miles with a 2100-foot elevation gain. Route will be on the Peak Trail from Ohlone College to Mission Peak. We will rest, snack, and weather permitting, enjoy the sunset and moon rise before returning. Plan on descending by 9 PM to allow sufficient time to get back to Ohlone College by 11 PM. Dress in layers because it can be cold and windy at the peak. Also, to be safe bring a flashlight or headlamp in case it is overcast. Parking is free at Ohlone College after 5 PM on Saturdays, but there is a campus curfew at 11 PM, so we must be gone by then or subject to citation. Meet at the parking lots.

NOTE: This will be the Sulfur Springs loop out of Finley. About 8 miles and mostly sun. No services.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Ohlone
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 8:15 AM
NOTE: A strenuous, 18-mile out-and-back hike from Sunol to Rose Peak. Similar to a Mt. Diablo Summit hike, only longer. An all-day, strenuous hike with about a 3400-foot elevation gain. For experienced hikers only. Ohlone Wilderness Permits ($2), available at the entrance kiosk, are required for each hiker. Meet at the end of the road past the Visitor Center. Route will be via the Camp Ohlone Road, past Little Yosemite Falls to Backpack Road and past the Sunol Backpack Camp to McCorkle Trail (red on the map). Continue on McCorkle Trail passing OT19, OT20, OT21, OT22, OT23, OT24, OT25, OT26, and OT27 to Rose Peak. Return in the opposite direction. Hikers are free to turn back if weather becomes too hot or hike is too tough, but they must be responsible for themselves. Just be sure to keep on the correct route. Water (untreated) and toilets are available near the Backpack Camp, near OT26 (Doe Canyon Horse Camp) and at Maggies Half Acre near Rose Peak. Bring adequate water and food for the day.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An estimated 6-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1100 feet. Route will be via the Costanoan, Lower Buck, Deer Lake, and Corral Springs trails to Ginder Gap, then Ridge Top and Costanoan trails to Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via the Borges Ranch, Briones - Mt. Diablo, Ridge Top, Sulfer Creek, and Costanoan trails to Snyder Lane. No facilities at the trailhead, but restroom, water and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Saturday, June 08, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is an EBRP hike led by Trail Gail. It is 9 miles around the lake but very doable. Hopefully we can spot the newest nesting bald eagle. They are huge and beautiful. Check it out. You will learn so much from Gail about this beautiful park. We meet at the Marina which is a great snacking spot. Park at the end of the lot. Park in the street to avoid the parking fee.

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, June 06, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A repeat of our March 21st Vollmer Peak hike from Inspiration Point. Almost 7 miles with a 1500-foot elevation gain. Route will be via the Curran and Seaview (Bay Area Ridge) trails to Vollmer Peak. After a brief pause to enjoy the view, continue on the Seaview Trail to Grizzly Peak Blvd where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Water and restroom available here. Return to Inspiration Point via the Vollmer Peak, Lupine, Big Springs, Quarry, Seaview and Curran trails. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: A moderate hike in the cool Redwood Regional Park. About 6 miles with 1200-foot elevation gain from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Route will be via the Stream, Tres Sendas, Starflower, and Redwood Peak trails to Redwood Bowl. After a short rest/snack stop at the Bowl, return via the Madrone, French, Mill, and Stream trails to the staging area. An optional, slightly longer but more strenuous and more elevation gain return can be made by continuing on the French Trail past its junction with the Mill Trail to the Orchard Trail and Bridal Trail to the staging area. Full facilities at Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Dogs welcome ($2 per dog), off-leash OK on all but the Stream Trail. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619.

Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, May 30, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 5 to 6 mile loop hike to Briones Crest. All sun. Dog friendly. Kiosk not manned during the week, so it's free. Turn left at the kiosk and park in that lot. Restrooms there. Go through the gate when we enter the Crest. We snack on our decent just past the mid point.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Saturday, May 25, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: THIS IS A SATURDAY HIKE. It's 100% shade. Unfortunately no dogs on this trail. They are allowed on the Oursan trail. Parking lot is easy to miss from Bear Creek Rd. Slow down as you approach the top of the hill.

Dublin Hills Regional Park: Calaveras Ridge Trail
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: All sun but temps should be in the 70's. We climb the big hill at the mid point and will snack on top. Great views in all directions. Rest room at the start. Dog friendly.

NOTE: The third and ultimate hike of our 3-hike series to Mt. Diablos summit. For experienced hikers only. A strenuous, nearly 15-mile, 3400-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike from Castle Rock Park to the summit. Route is Stage and BBQ Terrace Roads to BBQ Terrace, then Wildcat and Summit Trails to the summit. Here we will rest, snack, and enjoy the view before returning to Castle Rock Park. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park, BBQ Terrace, the summit and a few other places along the trail above BBQ Terrace. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Meet at the restrooms about ¼ mile in from the trailhead. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early in case you have to park in the Orchard Staging area lot and walk ¼ mile to the trailhead.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Thursday, May 16, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is an 8 mile loop hike through grasslands with an option for a shorter 5 mile hike. All sun. Nice restrooms at the start and at Hidden Valley Park.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 6+ mile hike with one 500 foot hill, alongside the Upper San Leandro reservoir. It is a SATURDAY hike because Sunday is Mother's Day. Sign in your vehicle at the parking lot kiosk. One potty but no water. Valle Vista is about 7 miles south of 24 on Moraga Rd.

NOTE: A moderate, approximately 6-mile, 1100-foot elevation-gain, loop hike to Borges Ranch. An additional 2-mile extension is optional. Route will be via the Ridge Top, Sulfur Creek, Flat Top, Hanna Lane, and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Borges Ranch, over-the-hill shortcut, and Ridge Top trails to the Costanoan Trail junction option point. Here the 6-mile hike will continue on the Costanoan and Corral Spring trails to the trailhead. The optional longer hike will return via the Sulfer Creek, Costanoan, Upper Buck Loop, Deer Lake and Corral Spring trails to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: The second of three increasingly difficult hikes culminating in a hike to Mt. Diablo Summit. For experienced hikers only. A strenuous, nearly 12-mile out-and-back hike from Castle Rock Park to the junction of the Summit Trail and Green Ranch Road with about a 2400-foot elevation gain. Route is Stage and BBQ Terrace Roads to BQ Terrace, then Wildcat and Summit Trails to Green Ranch Road. A short rest/snack stop before the return. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park and BBQ Terrace. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Meet at the restrooms about ¼ mile in from the trailhead. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early in case you have to park in the Orchard Staging area lot and walk ¼ mile to the trailhead.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another Trails Challenge hike of about 6.5-miles, 1400-foot elevation gain, with an optional shorter 5.9-mile, 1100-foot elevation gain version. Route from the Canyon Meadow Staging area is Stream, Starflower, Tres Sendas, French, Orchard, Bridal, and Stream Trails. Option point is the junction of the Starflower and Tres Sendas Trails; the shorter version will continue on the Starflower Trail to the French Trail, then return on the French Trail as described above. Plan on a short rest/snack stop at the option point. Dogs welcome ($2 per dog), off-leash OK on all but Stream Trail. Full facilities at Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, April 28, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Joel will lead this Trails Challenge hike. A strenuous, 6.5-mile, 2000-foot elevation gain, loop hike to Devils Hole, the lowest point in the park. The route is up the Elderberry Trail, right onto Ridge View Trail and down Devils Hole Trail to Devils Hole. After a short rest/snack stop, return up the Sycamore Trail, left on Rocky Ridge View Trail past the Comm tower and continuing down the paved road to the parking lot. A shorter 5-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain hike may be done by omitting the Devils Hole loop by continuing on the Rocky Ridge View Trail past the turnoff to the Devils Hole Trail and continuing to the Comm tower and back to the staging area as above. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash is OK on the trails.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: THIS IS A SATURDAY HIKE. We will hike from the Overlook to the San Pablo Marina and back. About 5 miles and 600 feet of elevation. Very shady. Restroom at the start and the Marina. Picnic tables at the Marina. Dogs not allowed.

NOTE: Weather should be cooling for this. NO SERVICES. Dog friendly. Bring fluids. A steep climb with beautiful views.

NOTE: The first of three increasingly difficult hikes culminating in a hike to Mt. Diablo Summit. A 9.5-mile out-and-back hike from Castle Rock Park to BBQ Terrace with about a 1600-foot elevation gain. And a possibility of increasing the distance and elevation gain by returning via Wall Point instead of straight back. Route is Stage and BBQ Terrace Roads. A short rest/snack stop at BBQ Terrace before the return. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park and BBQ Terrace. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Meet at the restrooms about ¼ mile in from the trailhead. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early in case you have to park in the Orchard area and walk ¼ mile to the trailhead.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet to Las Trampas Peak with an option to add one mile and 400 feet of elevation gain. Route will be via the Bollinger Creek and Las Trampas Ridge Trails to Las Trampas Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Las Trampas Ridge and Chamise Trails. The optional added loop on the east side of the ridge will be via the Las Trampas Ridge, Del Amigo and Sulphur Springs Trails. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and restrooms available at the parking lot.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Ohlone
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a strenuous 12 mile hike into the Ohlone Wilderness from Sunol. Bring plenty of fluids and food. Hike should take 5 hours. We take Camp Ohlone Rd to Backpack Rd to Mid Rd and return the same way.

Briones Regional Park: Briones Crest Loop
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6-mile, 1550-foot elevation gain loop hike from the Alhambra Staging Area past Briones Peak. Route as described in the Trail Notes. And a short rest/snack stop at about the halfway point. Restroom and water at the staging area. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on most of the trails. Driving directions from Dublin/San Ramon should take 680 and 24 Fwys to Pleasant Valley Road and then follow the 'From Berkley/Oakland' directions. Kiosk probably closed so there should not be a parking fee.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile loop hike with an option to extend it to 7.5 miles. Route from Bob Pond is Borges Ranch Trail, Shell Ridge Loop Trail and Stage Road to Castle Rock Park. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Castle Rock Trail, Shell Ridge Loop Trail, Buckeye Ravine Trail, Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail, Stonegate Trail to Bullfrog Pond, Twin Ponds Loop Trail, and Borges Ranch Trail to junction with Briones - Mt. Diablo Trail. The shorter hike will continue down on the Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond. The longer hike will turn left on the Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail and proceed via the Ridge Top Trail, Costanoan Trail, Sulfur Creek Trail, Flat Top Trail and Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Because of the rain forecast, we will take the paved road up to and around the comm. tower, continueing along Rocky Ridge to the Devil's Hole trail. We return the same way. Water and Porta Potty at the parking lot.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is to celebrate milestone birthdays for 2 of our hikers. We will celebrate them at Pennini's in Moraga. We hike counterclockwise in Redwood, resting briefly at Old Church. Directions should read 7 miles to Valle Vista, not 3.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a Trails Challenge hike. About 8 miles with an option for a shorter 5 mile hike. Rest rooms at the start. Dog friendly, on leash. We hike through grasslands and forest across rolling hills.

NOTE: An optional 6-mile with 1500-foot elevation gain or 8-mile with 2000-foot elevation gain hike to view the Mount Diablo waterfalls. Route will be via Donner Canyon Road, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the waterfalls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls and Middle Trails to the Donner Canyon Road junction. This will be the decision point where the short and long hikes will return to the trailhead on different routes. The shorter 6-mile hike will return on the Donner Canyon Road. The longer 8-mile hike will return via the Meridian Ridge Road, Meridian Point and Back Creek trails. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Ignore the Trail Notes. We are going the opposite way to Vollmer Peak. Joel will lead us on a 6.5 mile hike with 1,500 feet of elevation. I have never been to this part of the Park and am looking forward to it. We snack and rest near the Peak.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Please join Trail Gail and East Bay Parks on this hike to Mission Peak. Total hike is 10.5 miles. The last 0.75 mile is steep but you don't have to go all the way. It is mostly through forest but all sun towards the Peak. Restroom near the Peak.

NOTE: About a 6-mile, 1100-foot elevation gain, loop hike to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via the Alamo, Hanging Valley, Stonegate, Briones Mt. Diablo, Buckeye Ravine, Shell Ridge Loop and Stage Road trails to Castle Rock Park. After a short rest/snack stop, return via the Castle Rock, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones Mt. Diablo, south Twin Ponds Loop, Sugarloaf Shell Ridge, Franco Ranch, Hazard, and Foothills trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. The Livorna trailhead is near Livorna Rd. & Stonegate Dr., Alamo, CA 94507.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl Entrance
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A two-in-one hike in Shell Ridge. An easier, 6-mile, 1100-foot elevation gain loop hike to Castle Rock Park. And a 2-mile, 300-foot elevation gain add on from Castle Rock Park. Route to Castle Rock Park will be via Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge, south Twin Ponds Loop, Borges Ranch, Briones  Mt. Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop, and Stage Rd. trails to Castle Rock Park. After a short rest/snack stop, the shorter hike will return via Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones  Mt. Diablo, Borges Ranch, and north Twin Ponds Loop trails to the trailhead. The longer hike will return over the hill to Bob Pond via the Shell Ridge Loop and Borges Ranch trails, then the Hanna Lane, Flat Top, Sulfer Creek, Ridge Top, Ginder Gap, Briones  Mt. Diablo and Sugar Loaf  Shell Ridge trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. NOTE: Trailhead is at the very end of Rockspring Pl. Nearby address is 2100 Rockspring Place, Walnut Creek, CA.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is my inclement weather hike. The trail up to the Comm. tower is paved. The ridge top is dry and rocky. We will hike to the Devil's Hole trail and return the same way. Only 4 miles but at least 1,200 ft. of elevation. Forecast of lightning storms cancels. Dog friendly.

Del Valle Regional Park: Del Valle
Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another East Bay Parks Trail Challenge hike. About 7.8 miles with an estimated 1000-ft elevation gain. Basically an out-and-back hike with a couple of short loops. From EB Parks:

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Black Diamond Mines
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 5+ mile Trail Challenge hike that will be led by Joel. He will determine the route. Should be dry.

NOTE: A moderate, 7-mile, 900-foot elevation gain, loop-hike from Castle Rock Park to Macedo Ranch with an option to add another two miles and 300-foot elevation gain. The route to Macedo Ranch wil be via Stage Rd. (Pine Creek), and Dusty and Wall Point Roads. After a rest/snack stop, return via Wall Point Road, Briones Mt. Diablo and Little Yosemite Trails, and Stage Road to Castle Rock. The optional added loop will be on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail. Water, restrooms and picnic tables are available at Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. The trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek.

Lafayette Reservoir: Paseo Grande
Thursday, February 21, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A hike around the upper rim of Lafayette Reservoir from the Paseo Grande entrance. About 5 miles with an 850-foot elevation gain. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the restrooms at the dam. Dogs OK but must be on-leash at all times.

NOTE: A moderate, approximately 6-mile, 1200-foot elevation-gain hike to Borges Ranch. An additional 2-mile extension is optional. Route will be via the Ridge Top, Sulfur Creek, Flat Top, Hanna Lane, and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Borges Ranch, over-the-hill shortcut, and Ridge Top trails to the Costanoan Trail junction. Here the 6-mile hike will continue on the Costanoan and Corral Spring trails to the trailhead. The optional hike will return via the Sulfer Creek, Costanoan, Upper Buck Loop, Deer Lake and Corral Spring trails to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: This is a Trails Challenge hike and will be led by Joel. The shorter version of this hike will be about 5 miles and the longer close to 7. Weather should be sunny and warm. The hike is in the forests and grasslands on the north side of the Park. All services at the staging area.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6-mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain. An optional extension adds one mile for a 7-mile hike. Route is via Volvon, Blue Oak, and Volvon Loop trails to the junction of the Volvon Loop and Eagle Trail. The 6-mile hike will continue on the Volvon Loop, Stone Corral and Coyote trails to the staging area. The longer hike will take the Eagle, Highland Ridge, Stone Corral and Coyote trails to the staging area. 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 a similar hike is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html. Water and restroom at the staging which has an address of 9401 Morgan Territory Road, Livermore, CA 94551.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 6 mile hike on the Oursan trail. It's all sun. We hike clockwise from the Overlook, crossing the dam. It's an out and back hike. There is an option to add 2 miles for those that wish to.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, loop hike of about 6 miles with an 1100-foot elevation gain. Route will be via Borges Ranch Trail past Twin Ponds and Bullfrog Pond, Foothills Trail, Stonegate, Briones Mt. Diablo, Buckeye Ravine, Shell Ridge Loop and Stage Rd Trails to Castle Rock Park. A short stop for rest and snack, then return via Castle Rock, Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, and Borges Ranch trails to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond, Borges Ranch and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: You have to go to Borges Ranch to get 6 miles. This will be almost 7 miles and about 1,000 feet of elevation. Sun and shade. Restroom at the start and at Borges. Trails are dry.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike, which will be extended to about 8 miles for those wanting more exercise. 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. The shorter hike will take the Miwok Trail inbound for the 1.7-mile return to the staging area. The longer hike will take the Miwok Trail outbound and turn right onto the Murphy Meadow Trail. Slightly past the junction with the Fox Tail Trail cross the creek on the new bridge to the Miwok Trail for the return to the staging area. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS or map users the address of the staging area is 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A pleasant hike in the grasslands of Lime Ridge in Walnut Creek. Mostly sun and dog friendly. We will briefly hike into Lime Ridge North taking the tunnels underneath Ygnacio Valley Rd. A different look at the park. We will still hike to the water tank at the summit where we can snack. Restrooms and plenty of parking at Arbolado Park. We hike next to Boundary Oaks Golf Course.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another two-in-one hike. Either a 6-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain or an 8-mile, 1800-foot elevation gain hike. Both hikes follow the Donner Canyon and Hetherrington Trails, and Meridian Ridge Road to the junction with the Meridan Point Trail. At this decision point the 6-mile hike will take the Meridian Point and Back Creek Trails, and Back Creek Road to the trailhead. The 8-mile hike will continue up the Meridian Ridge Road to Murchio Gap and proceed down the Back Creek Trail and Back Creek Road to the trailhead. No services on this hike. No dogs allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Briones Regional Park: Briones Crest
Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will start at 10:00 to allow the commuter traffic to clear. The hike is in Briones Park, not Briones Reservoir. The kiosk is not manned during the week so parking and dogs are free. Enter the park from Bear Creek Rd. A short distance to and around the kiosk. Left into the parking lot. Do not go past the kiosk to the last parking lot.

Rancho Laguna Park: King Canyon
Sunday, January 13, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Just the one big hill in King Canyon, then minor ups and downs. The return gate is easy to miss so I will attach something colorful to it. Rancho Laguna is the park where the bobcat was spotted just outside the parking lot.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, loop hike of about 6 miles with an 1100-foot elevation gain. Route will be via Borges Ranch trail past Twin Ponds and Bullfrog Pond, Foothills trail, Stonegate, Briones Mt. Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop and Stage Rd trails to Castle Rock Park. A short stop for rest and snack, then return via Castle Rock, Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, and Borges Ranch trails to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond, Borges Ranch and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Most trails are fire roads so there should be should be minimal mud.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, January 06, 2013 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Either a 5-mile or a longer 7-mile loop-hike with elevation gains of about 1500 feet on the 7-mile hike, slightly less on the 5-mile hike. Hikers choice to be chosen at trail marker 15. Route will be via the Oak Tree and Thermalito Trails to marker 15. The 5-mile hike will turn right at the marker and return via the Ridgeline and Oak Tree Trails to the parking lot. The 7-mile hike will continue from marker 15 to marker 20 where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Then return via the Ridgeline Trail to the parking lot. Water and restrooms are available at the parking lot, and water is available at a few locations on the trails. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Laughlin Rd Staging Area
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will start at 10:00 to allow for traffic to clear on 580. Trails have had time to dry out. This trail is 98% sun. Let's go counter clockwise this time. Water and restroom at the parking lot.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will take a maximum of two hours at a moderately fast pace, with no break, but will avoid steep hills. Non-aggressive, obedient dogs may be off leash. Meet near the sign inside the gate. Cancelled if raining or if heavy rains in the past three days have created too much mud. E-mail me at [email protected] for rain/mud updates.

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