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EBMUD - King Canyon Hike
Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Naturalist Trail Gail of East Bay Regional Parks has invited us to join her Upper San Leandro Reservoir hike.

EBMUD  Valle Vista Staging Area Trail Gail 9am, Thurs Dec 29 EBMUD: Explore the watershed as we go up and down and all around on this strenuous 7+ mile hike through East Bay MUD lands to Upper San Leandro Reservoir and back again. No registration, drop-in, for info (510) 544-3258

No dogs allowed in EBMUD land.

Map directions: https://goo.gl/maps/CkiF46awYYU2


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Remington Hike
Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We are hiking on SATURDAY, Christmas Eve, so all can enjoy Christmas day with family and friends. Hikers choice of either a 6 mile 1,600-foot elevation gain out and back or 7.2 mile 2,000-foot elevation gain partial loop hike in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Both versions begin at Remington Loop trailhead in Danville. Route starts up Remington Loop Trail for 0.7 mile, turns northeast on No Name Trail, left on Highland Drive Road, San Damiano's Windmill Walk Trail, Las Trampas Ridge Trail, and Del Amigo Trail to the 680 overlook stopping to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Short hike returns from here back on the Del Amigo Trail, Las Trampas Ridge Trail and down the Remington Loop Trail. Long hike will make a loop continuing down the Del Amigo Trail, Sulpher Springs Trail, Las Trampas Ridge Trail and down the Remington Loop Trail. No services on this hike. IGNORE THE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.

Del Valle Regional Park - Arroyo Road Staging Area
Thursday, December 22, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Del Valle - Winter Hike

A two-for-one hike along the East shore of Lake Del Valle. We'll enjoy the newly turned green hills on this moderate+ 7.7 mile, 1400 ft or challenging 10.8 mile, 2000 ft hike from the Arroyo Road Staging Area.

Both hikes start from below the dam at the Arroyo Road Staging Area onto the East Shore Trail. At the top of the hill at the Heron Bay Trail, the hikes will then split up.

The long hike continues along the East Shore Trail to Swallow Bay, returning along the single track Swallow Bay Trail and East Shore Trail.

1/4 mile after turning onto the Heron Bay Trail both hikes will stop to rest/snack overlooking the lake at the fence line before the trail descends. After the snack both hikes return via a combination of Heron Bay and East Shore Trails, taking the single track Heron Bay Trail when available.



Tilden Regional Park - Mineral Springs
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Choose either a 6 mile 1,200-foot or a 7.8 mile 1,700-foot loop hike, both begin at Mineral Springs picnic area in Tilden Park. Route will be Mineral Springs Trail, Wildcat Gorge Trail, Selby Trail, Grizzly Peak Trail, left down Tower Trail, then right to Gillespie Camp, stopping to snack/rest. Return up Gillespie Camp Road, South Park Drive, Vollmer Peak Trail. Short hike 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 hike will climb up Upper Big Springs Trail, left on Bay Area Ridge Trail, left on Lower Big Springs Trail, right on Quarry Trail, and onto the horse path described above. Porta potty at trailhead also water and bathrooms at Gillespie Camp snack area. Mineral Springs is actually 0.5 miles west of Inspiration Point, not 0.1 as stated in the driving directions below.

Tilden Regional Park - Inspiration Point
Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: RAIN or SHINE An 8-mile out-and-back hike on the paved Nimitz Way to the old Nike missile site. Hike can be shortened if weather is too uncomfortable. Weather permitting, we will take a short rest/snack break at the Nike Missile site.

An annual hike that Andrew used to lead on his Birthday. He can accompany us in spirit while remaining dry at home.

On-leash dogs are welcome. Restrooms but no water at Inspiration Point.


Crockett Hills Regional Park - Soaring Eagle Trail
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 5.5 mile 750 foot or 8.7 mile 1,300 foot elevation gain loop hike in Crockett Hills Regional Park. Route will be Edwards Creek Trail, Wood Rat Trail, tunnel under roadway, Sky Trail, short hike will snack/rest at the two picnic tables at the overlook. Short hike returns on Soaring Eagle Trail, tunnel under roadway, after exiting tunnel do not go down Crockett Ranch Trail but go right on Edwards Loop Trail for 100 yards then left down Edwards Loop Trail and left on Edwards Creek Trail back to the cars. Long hike continues past the overlook on Big Valley Trail, Kestrel Loop Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the BIG PIPE at the end of the valley. Then return up Sugar City Trail to the overlook and follow same return as short hike above.

EBMUD:Valle Vista - Valle Vista to Redwood
Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood Stroll

Your choice of a moderately Challenging 7.2 mile, 1600 ft or 8.2 mile, 1700 ft hike from EBMUD Valle Vista into EBRPD Redwood Regional Park.

From Valle Vista the hike heads out the Redwood Trail to Redwood Regional where we begin a clockwise loop on East Ridge, Canyon, Stream, and Bridle Trails to short right turn on Stream Trail to our snack stop at Trails End.

After the break we head up Stream Trail searching for Ladybugs until we reach the Prince Trail, where the shorter hike ascends to the East Ridge Trail. The longer hike will proceed along Stream Trail to ascend on Eucalyptus and Phillips Loop Trails to East Ridge Trail.

Both hikes will return via East Ridge, and Redwood Trails to Valle Vista Staging Area.

Google Maps directions to Valle Vista Staging Area



Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Finley Road Entrance
Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Finley Road Adventure


Join us in the rolling Black Hills of Mt Diablo and Morgan Territory for a hike out of Finley Road at 9:30 am. A hiker's choice of a moderate+ 6.6 mile/1200' hike or an 8.5 mile/1600' challenging one. Due to very limited parking at the trailhead, this is a mandatory carpool hike; we will meet at Danville Park & Ride at 9:00 am! PLEASE bring a change of shoes and a plastic bag in case we encounter mud, your carpool drivers will appreciate it.

Once we make the 20 minute drive, our journey begins with a 3/4 mile walk to get to the trailhead. From there we head up Old Finley Road, right on Sulphur Springs. We will have a snack break where the two hikes split at the first Black Hills Trail junction. The short hike turns left on Black Hills Trail, left on Crestview Road, left on Amphitheater Trail and left on Walnut Trail, then a final left on Old Finley Road back to the cars.

The long hike continues on Sulphur Springs, then left up Black Hills Trail #2. Turn right on Crestview Road, rejoining the short hike, left on Amphitheater Trail and left on Walnut Trail, then a final left on Old Finley Road back to the cars.

The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. No Facilities anywhere, please stop before arriving at the carpool. No Dogs Allowed. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one! See you at Danville Park & Ride at 9:00 am!!!



Lafayette Reservoir - Via Granada
Thursday, December 01, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6.25-mile hike on the upper rim trail of the Lafayette Reservoir with about a 1400-foot elevation gain. The clockwise hike starts from the intersection of Moraga Road and Via Granada.

Route is up the trail from the start point, then left on the Lafayette Rim Trail and continuing past the water tank until reaching the picnic tables just before the dam. After a short rest/snack stop, continue past the restrooms to cross the dam.

After crossing the dam, turn right on the lower trail, then left on the trail just past the play area. Turn right on the rim trail at the top of the hill and continue to the 2nd sign board to turn left to return to the start point on the trail we originally ascended.

Dogs OK but must be on-leash.


Tilden Regional Park - Inspiration Point
Sunday, November 27, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate two choice hike, either a 5.6 mile 800-foot or 7.8 mile 1,500-foot elevation gain loop hike. Both versions begin at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. Route will be Curran Trail, Meadows Canyon Trail, Loop Road, Pine Tree Trail, Laurel Canyon Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail to Wildcat Peak pausing to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Short version returns on Wildcat Peak Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, and Nimitz Way back to the parking lot. Long version will descend the Wildcat Peak Trail, Sylvan Trail, Jewel Lake Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, EEC walkway, Wildcat Gorge Trail and Curran Trail to the parking lot. Pit toilets at trailhead. Dogs are not allowed on Nature Area Trails. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve - Calaveras Fault
Friday, November 25, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

B.A.R.T. to Calaveras Fault Trail

Out-of-the-Box, after the Turkey Hike in Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. An upside down hike starting from the finish of Stage 4, 2011 Tour of California, atop Sierra Road in San Jose. Your choice hike of
1) a short 5.5 mile, 1300 ft.
2) a medium 6 mile, 1400 ft.
3) a long 9.1 mile, 2400 ft.
along the Bay Area Ridge Trail down to Penitencia Creek and beyond.

We'll follow Kestrel, Sierra Vista, and Upper Calaveras Fault Trails to the Cutoff Trail, where the short/long hikes take the short cut down the Cutoff Trail while the medium hike continues on Upper Calaveras Trail. All hikes will continue down Lower Calaveras Fault Trail to the Upper Penitencia Creek crossing where the short/medium hikes will snack.

The long hike continues on to the South, ascending 1000 ft. in 1.8 miles on the Lower Calaveras Fault Trail to their snack spot, before returning the same way.

Finally all hikes will return from Upper Penitencia Creek to the parking lot on Lower Calaveras Fault, Sierra Vista, and Kestrel Trails.

Any one interested in carpooling please meet at the Mission Blvd Park-n-Ride in Fremont 715 Mission Rd. I plan on departing sharply at 8:45an for the 1/2 hour drive to the Sierra Road Staging Area.



Mt. Diablo State Park - Macedo Ranch
Friday, November 25, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Black Friday MDIA Hike


Join Steve for his Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA) hike: a moderately challenging 7 mile/1600 foot elevation gain hike from Macedo Ranch in Alamo. Plan on 2.5 to 3.5 hours at a moderate pace. We'll be working off those Turkey Day calories! Please bring $6 exact change for parking or $5 for 62+. Wear layered clothing and bring plenty of water. Be prepared for mud and poison oak. Any rain cancels. No Dogs. Visit mdia.org for more info. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one! See you at 9:30 am!!!



Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock loop
Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the trailhead. About a 7-mile, 1000-ft elevation gain hike on what is predicted to be a rainy day. Expect wet conditions with some mud on the trails.

Route is across the baseball field and through the gate, left on Castle Rock Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, continuing straight on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail to the power line tower, left downhill to the Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond.

After a short snack/rest stop at Bob Pond, continue through the gate on the Hanna Lane Trail, left on the Flat Top Trail, continuing left on the Flat Top Trail, right for a short distance on the Costanoan Trail, then left on the Ridge Top Trail, left on the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on the Shell Loop Trail, right on the Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road Trail to the trailhead.


Briones Regional Park - Lafayette Ridge Trail
Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Lafayette Ridge Trail

A 6.7 mile, 1700 ft or longer 7.7 mile, 1800 ft out-and-back hike along the Lafayette Ridge Trail.

Starting from the Lafayette Ridge Staging Area we take Lafayette Ridge, and Springhill Trails to the Springhill Staging area for a snack break.

After the break the short hike returns via the same route, while the longer/harder hike ascends to Lafayette Ridge via the Buckeye Ranch Trail to return via Lafayette Ridge Trail.



NOTE:
Black Diamond Twin Canyons Hike


Join us in the rolling green hills of Black Diamond Mines starting at 9:30 am. A hiker's choice of a moderate+ 6.6 mile/1550' hike or an 8.3 mile/2000' challenging one. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail; if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one.

Our journey begins up Nortonville Trail, left on Manhattan Canyon Trail, left to Chapparal Loop and right after the bridge. Follow up the hill to the Ridge Trail, turning left. Once at the top we will descend into the next valley on Stewartville Trail to the Stewartville Backpack Camp. Short hikers will rest here before returning on Stewartville Trail and then up the steep Miners Trail, rejoining Stewartville Trail, then right on Carbondale, left on Saddle, left on River View and right back to the parking area.

The long hike continues from the backpack camp right on Upper Oil Canyon and on up to the tower of power lookout for a break. Retrace back and turn right on Oil Canyon, left past the pond on Lower Oil Canyon, left to stay on Lower Oil, left on Stewartville past the backpack camp. Right on Miner's Trail, right on up Stewartville, veer leftish through the gate to stay on Stewartville on back to the parking area.

The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. Facilities at trail head and backpack camp. Dogs welcome. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one! See you at 9:30 am!!!



Sunol Regional Wilderness - Canyon View Trail/Sunol
Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7 mile, 1,600 foot elevation gain loop hike in Sunol Regional Wilderness. Route will be Canyon View Trail, Camp Ohlone Road, Backpack Road. McCorkle Trail, Cerro Este Road to Cerro Este Overlook stopping to snack/rest/enjoy the view. Return on Rocks Road, Indian Joe Creek Trail, Indian Joe Nature Trail back to the trailhead. Meet at the foot bridge near the Visitor Center. Pit toilets at trailhead.

NOTE: NOTE: Return to Standard Time this Sunday!

A 7-mile 1600-ft elevation gain or a shorter 6-mile 1450-ft elevation gain hike to view the Mount Diablo Waterfalls.

Route from Regency Gate will be Donner Canyon Road, left on Clayton Oaks Road, right on Bruce Lee Trail, left on Wasserman Trail, right on Cardinet Oaks Road, left on the Falls Trail to the waterfalls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break on the rocks.

Return continuing on the Falls Trail, right on the Middle Trail to the Meridian Ridge Road junction.

The shorter hike will turn right down Meridian Ridge Road for a short distance for a left turn onto Donner Canyon Road and return to the trailhead.

The longer hike will go left up the Meridian Ridge Road, right on Meridian Point Trail, right on Back Creek Trail, continuing on Back Creek Road and single-track trail to the trailhead.

No facilities at Regency Gate or on the hike. Dogs not allowed in the park.


NOTE: Moderate 6 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 Five Canyons Parkway, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail and Shoreline Trail back to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead and also Five Canyons Park.

Joaquin Miller Park - Ranger Station
Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Joaquin Miller Loop de Loop


A week of rain and a chance of showers Sunday sends us to Oakland for some tree cover. Starting at 9:30 am from the Joaquin Miller Ranger Station, this is a moderate 7.3 mile/1700' hike looping all around the park and into Redwood Regional and Roberts Recreation Area. HEAVY RAIN CANCELS. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail; if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one.

Hike begins on Sinawik Loop, left up the loop, left onto Sanborn Road to the Lookout. Loop around the left of the lookout and down the trail looping to the right. Stay left down to the creek. Cross the creek and head back up toward the Sinawik Cabin ruins. Hang a left on Sunset then right on Castle Rock Trail. Stay on the trail making a sharp right up to the top of the hill. At the T-junction, turn left and across Skyline Blvd. continuing on the trail to the Moon Gate. The hike continues right on West Ridge Trail in Redwood Regional passing by Chabot Science Center then making a left to drop down to the Redwood Bowl. Turn right and head across the meadow to the junction and stay straight right onto Graham Trail. Drop down onto the Manzanita Loop Trail at Roberts Recreation Area and stop at the picnic area at Manzanita for a break.

Hike continues across the sports field and looping around to the right pausing at the Blossom Rock Trees Monument, then continuing on up past the pool and onto Roberts Ridge Trail. Continue up to a connector trail to the left toward Rotary Day Camp. Turn left beyond the camp down to Skyline, crossing the street and following Big Trees Trail to the right. Near the restrooms, turn left to stay on Big Trees. At the T-junction make a left on Sequoia-Bayview. At another T-junction, turn right on Sunset Trail. Turn right on Fern Ravine and take it back up the hill to the restrooms on the roadway. Follow the road toward the Horse Arena and along Seqouia-Bayview, then right on Chapparal Trail. Continue straight/left to Sunset Trail, hard right on the Upper Sinawik along the creek, then cross the creek and make a hard left to the Lower Sinawik Trail on the other side of the creek. Make a right back up to the roadway where we started.

The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one! Facilities located at trailhead and at several points throughout the hike. See you at 9:30 am!!!



Redwood Regional Park - West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwoods Hike

A moderate 6.3 mile, 1100 ft, or challenging 7.3, 1500 ft hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park.

We'll start from Wayside Parking lot and head South to the Fish Ladder, then follow Bridle and Stream Trails to Tres Sendas Trail. At the intersection with Starflower Trail the hikes will split up with the longer hike proceeding up Tres Sendas to French Trail. The shorter, wiser hike will ascend Starflower to French Trail.

Both hikes follow French Trail to Chown Trail to descend to Stream Trail. Weather permitting we'll stop to snack at Trails end. The remainder of the hike follows Stream Trail back to our cars.

Please Note: We are starting from the large Wayside lot on your left, just past the fish ladder.


Also Note: No weekday Parking Fee


Round Valley Regional Preserve - Hardy Canyon Trail
Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Either an 8.5-mile, 1100-ft or a shorter 5-mile, 1000-ft hike in Round Valley Regional Preserve.

Route from the staging area is across the bridge, then left onto the Hardy Canyon Trail up to the gap. Those that want to enjoy a nice view may turn left at the gap for a short distance to the top of the hill. From the gap continue down to the Miwok Trail. The short hike will turn right on the Miwok Trail and follow it back 1.7 miles to the trailhead parking area.

The longer hike will turn left on the Miwok Trail, right on the Murphy Meadow Trail, left on the trail to the Round Valley Group Camp where we will take a short rest/snack stop.

Then return from the Group Camp, left on the Murphy Meadow Trail, continuing right on the Murphy Meadow Trail, crossing the bridge then left on the Miwok Trail for the return to the staging area.

Water and restrooms are available at the staging area and the Group Camp. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS or map users the address of the Round Valley staging area is 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.


Mt. Diablo State Park - Emmons Canyon Road
Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An 8.3 mile, 2,000-foot elevation gain partial loop hike, with an option for a shorter 7 mile out-and-back. Route will be Emmons Canyon Road, Wall Point Road stopping at Rock City's picnic tables to rest/snack. Short hike will retrace back to the trailhead. Long hike will return on Summit Trail, Wildcat Trail, Barbecue Terrace Road, Secret Trail, Wall Point Road and Emmons Canyon Road back to trailhead. No pets allowed. Water/bathrooms at Rock City.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Mt. Diablo - Curry Point
Sunday, October 16, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Rainy Daze Hike


A high probability for rain over the weekend dictates this OUT-and-BACK hike on Mt. Diablo starting at 9:30 am from Curry Point. A hiker's choice of a short 6.8 mile/1340' moderate hike or a long 7.8 mile/1720' moderate+ hike, this hike is in a well covered canyon which should reduce the chance of mud and getting soaked. We'll take a brief detour to visit some grinding holes and meander along the creek most of the way. If you don't like out-and-back hikes, this is not for you...if you enjoy riparian nature walks, you'll like this one. The longer hike will venture out on another out-and-backer to visit some natural springs. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail; if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one!

Hike begins with a quick out-and-back hike down Camp Force Trail to the Camp Force Overlook and the Boy Scout dedication memorial. We then return back to take Knobcone Pt., left on Curry Canyon Road following it for several miles, staying right at all junctions. About 3/4 mile down, we will detour to the right to visit some Native American mortars, then continue along. When we finally reach the park boundary, we will u-turn until we reach Curry Cave Road, making a left. At a hairpin junction, make a left and continue to the gate, then another u-turn to the junction. I hope to find a spot to take a rest stop here.

The hike continues back down Curry Cave Road and left to take Curry Canyon Road all the way back the way you came ending with a right on Knobcone Point to the parking area. The long hike will detour with a right on Sheepherder Springs taking a single track all the way to the end where there is a marker for the springs. Retrace your steps to Curry Canyon, right to Knobcone, right to parking area.

The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. Sorry, No Dogs Allowed. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will e-mail you one! Facilities located at Rock City just before you reach Curry Point. A carpool option is available, meet at Danville Park & Ride off Sycamore Valley Road exit at 8:40. Hopefully a couple of people will volunteer to drive in addition to myself. Please allow 35 minutes to reach Curry Point from I-680, do not pass bikes on any blind corners! See you at 9:30 am!!!



Los Vaqueros Watershed - Los Vaqueros Interpretive Center
Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Los Vaqueros - Eagle Ridge

A moderate to challenging short 6.7 mile, 1100 ft or 9 mile, 2000 ft hike in CCWD's Los Vaqueros Reservoir and Watershed.

From the John Muir Interpretive Center Parking Lot we'll cross the road and take Kellogg Creek, Walnut, and Eagle Ridge Trails to a snack stop atop Eagle Ridge. We then continue on Eagle Ridge, Vista Grande, Mariposa Canyon, and Walnut Trails back to the Crest Trail.

The shorter hike will now return to the parking lot while the longer hike ascends on Crest Trail to return via the Interpretive Trail.

Please allow enough time to pay the Park fee of $4 or $6 at the Ranger Station.

After paying your Park Fee please proceed to the John Muir Interpretive Center Parking Lot.

Please Note: Dogs are not allowed in Los Vaqueros.



Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Sunday, October 09, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Lime Ridge Triple Looper


Join us for a loopy hike at 9:00 am at Lime Ridge Open Space. A hiker's choice of a short 7.9 mile/1600' moderate+ hike or a long 8.8 mile/1900' moderate+ hike. After the hike, join the leader at nearby Shadelands Ranch Museum for a 1:00 pm tour! Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will send you one!

Hike begins on Arbolado Drive down to left on Paraiso Trail, right on Ohlone, right on Paraiso, left on Manzanita, straight onto single track Lime Ridge Trail, right onto Ridge Trail, left on Ohlone, left on Buckeye, left on Lime Ridge Trail and left to a bench above the intersection for a break. Head back making a right on Manzanita, right on Buckeye, middle trail onto Lime Ridge Trail. At the junction with Ohlone, hikes will split.

The short hike will turn left on Ohlone and follow it all the way back to the start. The long hike will continue on Lime Ridge Trail, through the tunnel, left on Bayberry Scenic Tr, past Bayberry Pond, left through gate onto Ygnacio Canal Trail, through the tunnel, left on Ygnacio Canal Trail Link up the hill, right on Ohlone and follow it back to the start.

The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. Sorry, No Dogs Allowed in this Wildlife Preserve. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will send you one! Facilities at the trailhead. See you at 9:00 am!!!

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.



NOTE: A 7 mile, 1,200 foot elevation gain loop hike in Danville's Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve. Route will be Holbrook Drive, Camino Tassajara, Woodside Road, Haymaker Trail, Harvest Trail, Country Hills Ct., Wood Ranch Road, No Name Trail #1, Short Ridge Trail, No Name Trail #2, Shady Slope Trail, across the ball field back to the parking lot. Water and restrooms at trailhead.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Mount Diablo from Regency Drive
Sunday, October 02, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Oktoberfest hike of Eagle Peak

A Challenging 7.3 or 7.8 mile/2300 ft hike of Mount Diablo's Eagle Peak.

The route will be Donner Canyon, Murchio Road, Back Creek Road, Bruce Lee Road, Coulter Pine, Mitchell Rock and Eagle Peak Trails to Eagle Peak for a snack break.

We will then return via Murchio Gap on the Eagle Peak Trail. From here the two hikes diverge with the shorter hike descending directly on Back Creek Trail.

The longer hike continues on Meridian Ridge Road, and Meridian Point Trails to Back Creek to rejoin the shorter hike.

Both hikes return to Regency Gate via Back Creek, Murchio Road, and Donner Canyon Road Trails.

The Regency Drive Entrance is located at Google Maps directions



Shell Ridge Open Space - Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Meet at Bob Pond at 9:30 am for a 7+/mile 1400-ft elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge.

Route is through the gate to a right turn onto the Hanna Lane Trail, left on the Flat Top Trail to its end. Enjoy the view, then return to the Hanna Lane Trail for a left turn to continue, then a left turn onto the Costanoan Trail, keeping left to continue to the Sulfur Creek Trail. Right turn onto the Sulfur Creek Trail to the Costanoan Trail, continuing left uphill on the Costanoan Trail to the 2nd right turn onto the Upper Buck Loop Trail. Then left onto the Deer Lake Trail for a short break at Deer Lake.

Continue past Deer Lake for a right turn onto the Corral Spring Trail, then left onto the Ridge Top Trail, then a left turn onto the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail. At the top of the hill make a left turn onto the Borges Ranch Trail to return to Bob Pond.

Water and restrooms at Bob Pond. Dogs OK on the trails.


Anthony Chabot Regional Park - Marciel Gate
Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE:
(Don't) Fall? Hike


Join us for a Fall? hike at 8:30 am at Anthony Chabot Regional. It is going to be warm everywhere in the Bay Area, including here. Over half of the hike is tree-lined, but be sure to bring lots of water! A hiker's choice of a short 7 mile/1350' moderate hike, a medium 7.7 mile/1600' or a long 9 mile/1800' challenging hike. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will send you one!

Hike begins on Redtail staying left past Deer Canyon, left on Brandon, right on Towhee. The hikes will split near the entrance kiosk. The short hike will continue past Live Oak, cross the road before the kiosk to pickup Quail Trail. Stay on Quail past Towhee. At a T junction, make a right on Quail around a hairpin turn and up to a road. Turn right on the road (Lost Ridge) and continue a short distance to Hawk Ridge Group Camp where both hikes will break. Head back in the direction you came down the road, but find Two Rocks trail to the left. At the first junction take the trail to the left (No Name) near the Two Rocks campsite. Take your next right onto Mirador. At the junction turn left on Brandon and stay on Brandon passing two junctions with Loggers Loop on the left. Stay on Brandon to the right passing Escondido to the left. Look for a hairpin right turn up the hill which is Deer Canyon. Take this to the top, then left on Redtail across the road and following the original route back to the cars.

The long hike turns left at the split onto Live Oak, then right onto Honker Bay before the bridge. Turn right on a single track Huck's Trail, left on a connector trail and then following the roadway past the Family Campground, past Towhee on the right. Turn right on Columbine and follow it for 2 miles passing Quail on the right but making the next right on Two Rocks Trail. Break at Hawk Ridge and then follow the Short Hike Route above.

The medium hike will continue straight on Brandon past the Deer Canyon turnoff making the next right on Cottontail, then right at the top into the parking area at the start.

Detailed directions and maps will be available and the trail will be marked along the route. Dogs allowed. Please download and print out the attached map if you are reading this in an e-mail, if you are on the website, please e-mail the leader and I will send you one! Facilities at the trailhead and along the way. See you at 8:30 am!!!



Dublin Hills Regional Park - Silvergate Dr.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An 8+ mile, 1,600-foot elevation gain partial loop hike in the Dublin hills. Route begins on Dublin City Martin Canyon Creek Trail, enters EBRPD Dublin Hills Regional Park, clockwise on Donlon Canyon Trail, Calaveras Ridge Trail to trails end. After snack/rest return back along Calaveras Ridge Trail, No Name Trail, and down Martin Canyon Creek Trail to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike. Street parking only.

San Pablo Reservoir - San Pablo Reservoir
Sunday, September 18, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Peace(ful) Lookout Hike


Join us for a peaceful hike at 9:00 am at San Pablo Reservoir. We'll do a bit of park hopping on a hiker's choice of a very short 5.4 mile/700' moderate hike or a long 8.7/1670' challenging hike. *Note: The short hike is an out and back to Nike Missile Site and mostly paved.

Hike begins on Old San Pablo Road, connector to Eagle's Nest, across San Pablo Dam Road, Eagle's Nest, right on paved Nimitz Way. Short hike will continue .5 miles past Havey Canyon Trail to the Nike Missile Site on your right and up a slight dirt trail. Short hike retraces your route all the way back to the reservoir.

The long hike turns left on Havey Canyon, left on Wildcat Creek and pauses near Jewel Lake for a rest stop. We will continue left on Peak Trail, staying left. We will take another break at the Peace Grove Lookout for some wonderfully spectacular 360 views of the east bay and the city skyline! Bring your binoculars and cameras. Hike continues back a short distance and then right on Peak then right on No Name Trail #1. Pass through the gate and turn left on No Name Trail #2. Veer right after the bench to join Conlon Trail. Turn left on paved Nimitz Way, then right through the gate back on Eagle's Nest and retrace your route to the cars.

Please join me afterwards for a picnic lunch overlooking the reservoir. Bring something to sit on and something to munch on. I will have some dishes to share and some cold water to sip on. Should be a lovely day!

Detailed directions and maps will be available and the trail will be marked along the route. Sorry, NO DOGS. Facilities at the trailhead. See you at 9:00 am!!! Please bring your EBMUD hiking permit if you have one. If you need to purchase one, inquire at the entry gate.



Garin Regional Park - Ziele Creek Entrance
Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7+ mile, 1,400 foot elevation gain figure 8 hike in Hayward's Garin Regional Park. Route will be Ziele Creek Trail, Lower Garin Woods Trail, Vista Peak Loop Trail going clockwise to Jordan Pond stopping to rest/snack. Return circles around Jordan Pond to High Ridge Trail, Newt Pond Trail, Old Homestead Trail, Vista Peak Loop Trail going clockwise to Ziele Creek Trail back to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike.

NOTE: Hikers choice of a 6.3- or an 8.5-mile loop-hike from Walnut Creeks Castle Rock Park. The short hike omits the Borges Ranch loop.

Route is across the lawn through the gate and left on the Castle Rock Trail, continuing on Stage Road, left on the Sunset Trail and continuing on Falcon Road to the bottom of the hill. Then right on Little Pine Creek Road back up for a right turn on Burma Road down to Pine Pond.

The short hike turns right on Stage Road and continues for a rest/snack stop past the gate at the picnic tables at the junction of Little Yosemite Trail. After the stop, continue on Stage Road to the trailhead.

The long hike turns left on Stage Road, right on Dusty Road, continuing right onto Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch for a rest/snack stop. Return back up Wall Point Road, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on Little Yosemite Trail, left on Stage Road to return to the staging area.

Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

The trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.


Redwood Regional Park - Redwood Road Entrance
Thursday, September 08, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood Hike

Your choice of a moderate 6.7 mile,1500 ft or a longer 7.4 mile, 1800 ft hike in the Redwoods of EBRPD Redwood Regional Park.

The route will be Canyon, East Ridge, Phillips Loop, Eucalyptus, and Stream Trails to a short snack stop in the Redwoods on Redwood Creek at Tres Sendas Trail.

After the snack both hikes start up Tres Sendas Trail, the short hike will turn left on Starflower Trail up to French Trail. The longer hike will head up Tres Sendas to French Trail for an additional .7 mile/300 ft.

Both hikes proceed along French Trail to Chown, Bridle and Stream Trails to return to the parking lot.

Please enter the park at the Redwood Gate and proceed all the way to the Canyon Meadow Staging area at the end. Google Map Directions



Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Volvon Trail
Sunday, September 04, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Labor(ious) Day Hike


Join us for a somewhat laborious hike the day before Labor Day at 9:00 am in Morgan Territory. We'll explore some of the far eastern trails on a hiker's choice of a short 7.4 mile/1400' moderate+ hike or a long 9.4/2000' challenging hike. *Note: The long hike is an out and back segment to explore Hog Canyon.

Hike begins on Volvon, left to stay on Volvon, right on Blue Oak, right on Miwok, left on Manzanita, right on Valley View, right on Volvon Loop. We'll take a break near a stone outcrop overlooking the Delta.

Both hikes continue on Volvon Loop, the short hike will continue straight then left on Volvon, then left on Blue Oak, right on Hummingbird, left on Volvon, right on Prairie Falcon, right for a very short time on Volvon, then a quick right on Condor. Cross the bridge then right to the gate and left after the gate to stay below the pond and on back to the parking lot.

The long hike continues on Volvon Loop from the break, hard right on Eagle, right on Hog Canyon to the boundary. Retrace your steps back to where the short hike split and follow directions for the short hike return.

Detailed directions and maps will be available and the trail will be marked along the route. DOGS welcome. Facilities at the trailhead. Pit toilets available throughout the park. See you at 9:00 am!!!



Wildcat Canyon Regional Park - Clark Boas Trail Entrance
Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5 mile, 1,500 foot elevation gain loop hike in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. Route will be Clark Boas Trail, Belgum Trail, Wildcat Creek Trail, Mezue Trail, No Name Trail #1, stopping to rest/snack at the corral at the top of the hill. Return on Old Nimitz Way, No Name Trail #2, Green Ridge Trail, No Name Trail #3, and Clark Boas Trail back to the trailhead. No faciities on this hike. NOTE 9:30 START TIME.

NOTE: IGNORE TRAIL NOTES

An 8+ mile, 1400-ft elevation gain hike from Clayton to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.

From Peacock park-and-ride walk to Mt. Diablo to Black Diamond trailhead, continue for 2.25 miles, right on Cumberland Trail, left on Black Diamond Trail continuing past Coal Canyon Trail junction towards Nortonville Townsite, right on Coal Canyon Trail, stopping at Jims Place for a short rest/snack stop.

Continue on Coal Canyon Trail, left on Black Diamond Trail, right on Cumberland Trail, left on Mt. Diablo to Black Diamond Trail for return to parking lot.

No facilities on the hike.


NOTE:

Oyster Point

A moderate+ 7.3 mile, 1300 ft ele. gain hike from Finley Rd up to Oyster Point. This mostly shaded out-and-back hike takes us up into the Black Hills above Blackhawk on a beautiful single track trail. For extra credit (0.5 mile, +300 ft), one can climb up to the marker post.

This out-and-back route follows Finley Rd., Old Finley Rd., and Oyster Point Trails to the intersection in the meadow below Oyster Point.

Time permitting, and a sense of adventure, we may explore the end of Jackass Canyon on our return trip.

Please note: Tassajara Road is closed North of Fallon Rd to Windemere Pkwy. Please use this Google Maps link for directions from the South(I580).



Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Staging Area
Sunday, August 21, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Lagoons and Crests Hike


Join us for a 9:00 am hike at Briones Regional Park. We'll explore some of the lesser known trails on a hiker's choice of a short 7 mile/1670' moderate+ hike, a medium 8 mile/1870' challenging hike, or a long 9.7 mile/2260'difficult hike.

Hike begins on Old Briones Road, left on Black Oak, right on Mott Peak, right on Briones Crest, left on Lagoon, left to stay on Lagoon, another left to stay on Lagoon. All hikers will take a rest break at the top of the hill after a long climb. Hike continues right on Briones Crest Trail. At marker #13 the hikes diverge. The short hike continues straight on down Briones Crest until the end, then left by Oak Grove Picnic area and back to the parking area.

The medium and long hikes turn right on Deer Creek Tr., right on Pereira to a junction. The long hike continues straight on an out back to the park boundary. The medium hike turns left then right following the Ivan Dickson loop trail out and back to the Ivan Dickson Memorial. Return to the junction and turn right on Pereira, then right on Deer Creek Tr., until the end where you turn left and head toward Oak Grove Picnic area and on to the parking area.

Detailed directions and maps will be available and the trail will be marked along the route. DOGS welcome. Facilities at the trailhead only. See you at 9:00 am!!!

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW


NOTE: A 6 mile, 1,500-foot elevation gain figure 8 loop hike in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Route will be Del Amigo Trail, Virgil Williams Trail, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, cross over Ringtail Cat Trail onto No Name Trail #2, right onto Madrone Trail, Left onto No Name Trail #3, return on Madrone Trail (passing through Eugene O'Neill Historic Site) and Del Amigo Trail back to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Main Staging Area
Sunday, August 14, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE:

DEVIL's Hole

8:30 am Start

Your choice of a Challenging 6.4 mile, 2100 ft, or moderate 4.6 mile, 1100ft hike up to EBRPD Las Trampas Rocky Ridge.

This two-for-one hike heads out on Bollinger Creek Loop, Elderberry, and Rocky Ridge View Trails to the Ridge where the longer hike will descend to Devil's Hole on the Devil's Hole Trail before ascending on the Sycamore Trail.

The shorter hike will continue on Rocky Ridge View past the Sycamore Trail.

Once back on the ridge both groups will converge on the Rocky Ridge View Trail before descending to the parking lot.

Google Maps link to Las Trampas Bollinger Canyon Staging Area

8:30 am Start



Shell Ridge Open Space - Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile loop hike with an option to extend it to 7.2 miles. Route from Bob Pond is Borges Ranch Trail to Twin Ponds, right on the far side Twin Ponds Loop Trail to Bullfrog Pond, continuing uphill then left on Foothills Trail, right through the gate on Stonegate Trail to Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on 2nd Buckeye Ravine Trail, right on Shell Ridge Loop Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road to Castle Rock Park.

After a short rest/snack stop, return across lawn and through the gate for left on Castle Rock Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Shell Ridge Loop trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail to the junction of the Borges Ranch Trail. The short hike will turn right here for the return to Bob Pond.

The long hike will continue on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on Ridge Top Trail, right on Costanoan Trail, left on Flat Top Trail, continuing right on Flat Top Trail, right on Hanna Lane Trail to return to Bob Pond.

Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park.


Mt. Diablo State Park - Macedo Ranch
Sunday, August 07, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE:
China, Yosemite, and a Secret Hike


Join us for an 8:30 am hike on beautiful Mt. Diablo. We'll explore the Great Wall of China, hike to Yosemite, and then take the Stage Line up to a Secret Trail high above the valley! This is a hiker's choice of a short 7.3 mile/1500' moderate hike, a medium 8.8 mile/1800' challenging hike, or a long 9.6 mile/2200' difficult hike.

Hike begins on Wall Point Rd., left on Briones-Mt. Diablo Trail. The medium/long hikes diverge at Little Yosemite for a 1.5 mile out and back staying on Briones-Mt. Diablo, left on China Wall Rd., past the wall itself all the way to the park boundary, then retrace back to Little Yosemite. All hikers will continue on Little Yosemite Tr., through the gate into EBRPD, right on Stage Rd through the gate into MDSP.

Hike continues on Stage Rd., right on Barbecue Terrace, right on Secret Trail and right on Wall Point Road. All hikers will break just up the road at Wall Point. After the break, all hikers continue down Wall Point Rd. The long hike turns left on Emmons Canyon Rd., a .8 mile/400' out and back slog down a steep canyon to the park boundary and back to rejoin the other hikers. All hikers continue down Wall Point Rd., making left turns all the way back to Macedo Ranch.

Parking is $6, please bring exact change! Detailed directions and maps will be available and the trail will be marked along the route. Facilities at the trailhead only, NO DOGS allowed in Mount Diablo State Park. See you at 8:30 am!!!



NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 5.2 mile, 1,200 ft. or 6.7 mile, 2,000 ft. hike into Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Route will be Rohrer Trail, Clyde Wood Trail, to the Bob Scharf Memorial Picnic Table at Janes Meadow stopping to snack/rest/enjoy the view. Short hike will turn back from here retracing same trails back to the cars. Long hike will continue on Las Trampas to Briones Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, Las Trampas Ridge Trail, down Hunsaker Canyon to the old barn, No Name Trail #3, Clyde Wood Trail, Rohrer Trail back to the parking area. Tennis club bathrooms may NOT be open/available. We will NOT be hiking to Las Trampas Peak, so IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.

Sausal Creek Watershed - Dimond Canyon Trail
Sunday, July 31, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Dimond's are Forever

A triple choice hike from Oakland's Dimond Park along Sausal Creek into Joaquin Miller Park. your choices are

1) 6.8 mile, 1100ft
2) 7.4 mile, 1200ft
3) 6.4 mile, 1500ft

The route is Dimond Canyon, Old Canon, Dimond Canyon, and Bridgeview Trails to Monterey Blvd where we cross under SR13 to JM Court. Then we follow Palos Colorados, and Sinawik Trails to a snack stop at Lookout Point in Joaquin Miller. The Short hike will retrace their steps back to Dimond Park.

The Medium and Long hikes do the same until diverging on Sinawik Loop Trail to descend to Palo Seco Creek further upstream. The Medium hike will make a quick uturn to their left along the creek on Sinawik Trail back to Palos Colorados Trail to retrace their steps.

The Long hike will cross over the creek and turn left on Sunset Trail to ascend on Sunset Loop, and Wild Rose Trails to Sequoia Bayview Trail. We'll then turn left on Sequoia Bayview, and Chaparral Trails back to a right turn on Sunset Trail to return to Palos Colorados Trail to retrace out inbound route.

Please Park on the street near the Entrance (Google Maps) and meet near the restrooms within the park.



EBMUD:Valle Vista - Valle Vista to Redwood
Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 7.2-mile, 1200-ft elevation gain hike from the EBMUD Valle Vista staging area in Moraga to Redwood Regional Park.

Route will be Redwood Trail, right through the gate onto East Ridge Trail, left on Prince Trail and left on Stream Trail to the Trail's End shelter where we will stop for a rest/snack stop.

Return by continuing on the Stream Trail, left on the Canyon Trail, left on East Ridge Trail and right through the gate onto the Redwood Trail for the return to the Valle Vista staging area.

Restroom at the staging area and water and restrooms along the Stream Trail. EBMUD permit required, but there should be enough permit holders to cover those who may not yet have one.

Note that listed driving directions should specify about 5.8 miles, not 3+ miles, after turning onto Moraga Road. Location for Google map directions: EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area.


Anthony Chabot Regional Park - Marciel Gate
Sunday, July 24, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE:
No Ticks Allowed Hike


Join us on another hot day inland for a 8:30 am hike to explore Anthony Chabot Regional Park. A hiker's choice of either a moderate 6.3 mile/900 ft or a moderate+ 9.4 mile/1400 ft. hike, we will meet at the Marciel Gate.

Hike begins on Redtail Trail, right on Grass Valley, left on Ranch Trail, left on Goldenrod, left down Buckeye Trail to Bort Meadow for the short hike rest stop. All hikers continue on Brandon trail to the Stone Bridge where the long hikers will have a rest stop. Crossing the Stone Bridge and continuing up Brandon Trail, the short hike will turn left on Cottontail and right on Redtail Trail to the parking lot.

The long hike continues past Cottontail on Brandon, right on Escondido, left on Brandon and a sharp right on up the steep Deer Canyon. We will turn left on Redtail and follow it back down to the parking lot.

Detailed directions and maps will be available for both hikes, and the trail will be marked along the route. There are no facilities at the trailhead, there are restrooms at Bort Meadow about 4 miles into the hike. Please allow plenty of time to make the drive safely down winding Redwood Road! See you at 8:30 am!!!



Tilden Regional Park - Visitor Center
Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 6.5 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike starting at the Tilden Park Visitor Center and Little Farm. Route will be Wildcat Creek Trail, Jewel Lake Boardwalk, Wildcat Creek Trail, Conlon Trail, No Name Crossover Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail stopping to rest/snack at the peak. Return back down Wildcat Peak Trail, Sylvan Trail, Jewel Lake Trail, and Upper Packrat Trail back to the cars. No dogs allowed in Tilden Nature Area. Water/bathrooms at Little Farm and Visitor Center. Meet in front of the visitor center across from the Little Farm.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: A 7-mile 1200-foot elevation gain hike with a hikers option to add another 2+-mile 400-foot elevation gain loop.

Route from Bob Pond is Costanoan Trail, right at top of hill on Ridge Top Trail, continue on Ridge Top Trail past Ginder Gap, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail past Marshall Drive staging area, right on Fossil Hill Loop Trail, right on Kovar Trail to Howe Homestead Park for a short rest/snack stop.

Return on Kovar Trail, right on Indian Creek Trail, right on Joaquin Ranch Trail, left on Coyote Pond Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail. Short hike turns left on Borges Ranch Trail passing the Ranch to Bob Pond.

The longer hike continues on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Shell Loop Trail, continuing left on Shell Ridge Loop Trail at bottom of hill, continuing left at power towers, left on Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond.

Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Howe Homestead Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.


Redwood Regional Park - West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Redwood Ramble

NOTE: 9:00 am Start

Your choice of a 8 mile, 1600ft or 9 mile, 1800ft hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park.

From the large Wayside Parking lot we head down to the Fish Ladder to take the Golden Spike, Montiero, Dunn, and Graham Trails up to the Redwood Bowl for our snack stop.

After our break we'll head back on the West Ridge, Madrone, and French Trails to the Mill Trail where the hikes diverge. The shorter, 8 mile, hike descends on Mill and Stream Trails to the bottom of Chown Trail to pick up the start of the Bridle Trail.

The longer, 9 mile, hike continues on French Trail to descend on the Chown Trail to the Bridle Trail.

Both hikes will proceed along the Bridle Trail to the Fish Ladder back to the parking lot.

Note: No Fee on weekdays.
Please proceed to the Wayside Lot (Google Map) on the left to park in the shade.



Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Staging Area
Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE:
Briones - Bear Creek to Russell Peak


Note: 8:30 am Start Time!!

Join us at 8:30 am for a trek through the southern end of Briones Regional; a hiker's choice of a Challenging 7.4 mile/1800' single loop or a Difficult 9.8 mile/2400' double loop. This hike is from Bear Creek Staging Area for EBRPD, not the Bear Creek for EBMUD!! We will meet at the lower parking lot of the Bear Creek Staging Area up to the right after the entrance kiosk. This is a gorgeous hike off the beaten path, but it will challenge your mettle, short or long!

Hike begins on Old Briones at the top of the upper parking area, right at the fork on Ivan Dickson/Old Briones, left on Crescent Ridge past the Archery Range, left on Briones Crest, straight onto Sunrise, right on Buckeye Ranch. We will cross over the creek, then right on Lower Buckeye Ranch which makes a hairpin turn to the right, then a sharp left to stay on Buckeye Ranch at which point we will ascend a very steep portion. Turn right to ascend the super steep Lafayette Ridge Tr. Turn left at the top on Russell Peak Tr. and ascend another hill to the top where all hikers will turn left on an unsigned single track up a small hill to a picnic table to take their rest break and enjoy the views.

Short hikers will turn back here, following the route described below. Long hikers continue on Russell Peak, left on Mariposa looping around right on a paved road and right to stay on Mariposa. At the end, turn right on Russell Peak Tr. Continue left on Russell Peak Tr. returning to Russell Peak. All hikers continue straight down Russell Peak which becomes Briones Crest, left on Seaborg, take your first left on the lovely shaded Bear Creek Trail (look for Homestead Valley camping area) back to the parking area.

Dogs welcome for $2 fee. Detailed maps will be available and the route will be marked with flour arrows along the way. We will start at 8:30 am!!

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.



Augustin Bernal Community Park - Longview Trail
Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: A 6+ mile, 1,800-foot elevation gain three leaf clover hike through Pleasantons Augustin Bernal Community Park into Pleasanton Ridge. Route will be Longview Drive Road, Longview Trail, Chaparral Trail, Valley View Trail, Blue Oak Trail, Upper Ridge Trail, stopping at the overlook bench to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on Lower Ridge Trail, Equestrian Trail, Valley View Trail, Toyon Trail, Longview Trail, and Longview Drive Road back to the cars. No facilities on this hike. NOTE 8:30 AM START TIME.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Dyer Ranch Trail
Sunday, July 03, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: A 9 mile, 1,400-foot elevation gain balloon hike in Livermore's Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. Route will be Dyer Ranch Trail, Laughlin Ranch Loop Trail, lower West Side Loop Trail, Brushy Peak Loop Trail stopping to rest/snack on the rocks at the peak. Return continues down Brushy Peak Loop Trail, Tamcan Trail, Laughlin Ranch Loop Trail and Dyer Ranch Trail back to the start. No facilities at trailhead but bathroom at the 2.2 mile mark. Dogs required on leash for the entIre hike. NOTE 8:30 AM START TIME

NOTE:

Three Park Hike
Sibley - Huckleberry - Redwood

Note: 8:30 am Start

A moderate+ 7.3 mile, 1500 ft. hike from Sibley, through Huckleberry to Redwood Regional Park.

Starting from the restrooms in Sibley we head out on the Bay Area Ridge Trail along Lower Huckleberry Path into Redwood Regional Park. Then our route continues on East Ridge, West Ridge, French, and Tres Sendas Trails down to a snack stop.

We'll return on Stream, Eucalyptus, Phillips Loop, and East Ridge Trails to the Bay Area Ridge Trail through Huckleberry on the Upper Huckleberry Trail. After passing through the Huckleberry Staging area we complete the hike along Skyline road into Sibley.

Note: The directions below are not the best. Please us this Google Maps link for directions to EBRPD Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.

For the Luddites:
From Hwy 24, exit Fish Ranch Rd, up to a left on Grizzly Peak Blvd, 2.4 miles to a left on Skyline, 0.1 mile to the entrance on your left.
From Northbound Hwy 13, exit Park Blvd, left on Mountain Blvd, right on Snake Road 1.9 miles to the top and left on Skyline, 0.8 miles to the Park.

Note: 8:30am Start



NOTE: An 8+ mile, 1800-ft elevation gain out-and-back hike from the Ringtail Cat Staging Area in Alamo to Las Trampas Peak.

Route can be shortened if weather is too hot. Route is Ringtail Cat Trail, right on Madrone Trail through the 1st gate, right at 2nd gate to Las Trampas Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, return in the reverse order.

Lots of shade except near the peak. Bring adequate water as there is neither water nor other facilities on the hike.

GPS address: 560 Hemme Ave., Alamo, CA 94507. Parking lot is small, but plenty of street parking on Hemme before the lot.

NOTE: 8:30 START TIME TO BEAT THE HEAT!


Anthony Chabot Regional Park - Clyde Woolridge
Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 6+ mile balloon hike, with 4.5 miles of shaded trails, starting from Anthony Chabot Regional Parks Clyde Woolridge staging area. Route will be Jackson Grade, Cascade Trail, Columbine Trail, Quail Trail, park roadway to Hawk Ridge stopping to snack/rest. Return on Lookout Ridge Trail, Columbine Trail, Cascade Trail and Jackson Grade back to the cars. No facilities at trailhead but water/pit toilets at Hawk Ridge. NOTE 9 am START TIME. NOTE 9 am START TIME.

NOTE:
Shady Father's Day Stroll


We've been doing some challenging hikes the past few weeks, let's slow it down a bit for a relaxing out and back hike through the lovely Cull Canyon. This is a moderate 7 mile/1200' hike on the Chabot to Garin/Bay Area Ridge Trail which hugs a riparian creek bed a majority of the way. Those who wish to hike a little further will have the opportunity to do so to be announced on hike day.

Dogs allowed only on the shorter portion, no dogs allowed beyond EBMUD gate. Flour arrows will guide your way and maps will be available. Facilities at the trailhead only.



NOTE:

End of Spring hike of Eagle Peak

A two-for-one hike of Mount Diablo's Eagle Peak. Your choice of
1) A Challenging 6.4 mile/2200 ft. ele.
or a
2) A longer Challenging 7.7 mile/2400 ft. ele.

The route will be Back Creek Road, Bruce Lee Road, Coulter Pine, and Eagle Peak Trails to Eagle Peak for a snack break.

We will then head back down the mountain on Eagle Peak, Meridian Ridge Road, and Back Creek Trails. The shorter hike continues to Murchio Road, and Donner Canyon Road Trails to complete the hike.

The Longer hike will split off at the Tick Wood intersection to return via Tick Wood, Donner Canyon Road, Hetherrington, and Donner Canyon Road Trails to complete the hike.

Here is a Google Maps link to Regency Gate.



Joaquin Miller Park - Ranger Station
Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Park Hopper Hike


As the summer pattern sets in around the inland valleys, we move west to the bay. Join us for a Three Park Experience on either a shorter moderate+ 7 mile/1500' or a longer challenging 9 mile/1900'. We will be starting in Joaquin Miller, crossing into Redwood, briefly through Roberts and back through Joaquin Miller again as we seek shelter from the sun amongst the redwoods.

We will meet at Upper Meadow which is 100 feet down the trail at the first yellow gate at the foot of Sanborn Rd at Joaquin Miller Rd. Look for the EBCHG and arrows on the pavement to guide you there. It will be closer to park along Joaquin Miller, but you can also walk down from the Ranger Station parking area.

Route will be Sunset Tr, right on Palos Colorados, across and up Skyline Blvd., veer left on Dunn Trail, veer right on Dunn Trail, veer left on No Name #1, left on Dunn, left on Golden Spike, right on Montiero, veer left on Golden Spike, right/left to stay on Golden Spike, straight and left near Equestrian Ctr. to stay on Golden Spike, left on Toyon. All hikers will break near the top of Toyon at a rock outcrop amidst the shade (look for the X).

Hike continues left on West Ridge, left on Baccharis, left on West Ridge, left at Redwood Bowl on West Ridge, left to PAL camp, right to Staging Area, through parking area, across Skyline Blvd., straight on Castle Park, left to Horse Arena, right on roadway past restrooms, left on No Name Road, left on Wild Rose Tr., right on Sunset Loop. Short hike will turn left on Sunset Trail, right over bridge to Sinawik, a quick left then right up connector trail to Sanborn Rd. Turn left to return to Joaquin Miller Rd.

Long hike turns right on Sunset Tr., veer left on Upper Sinawik along creek, straight onto Palos Colorados single track. Follow the trail .7 miles to its terminus and then turn around and come back. Cross the creek and veer right on Lower Sinawik then make two right turns and up the No Name connector trail to Sanborn Rd. Turn left to return to Joaquin Miller Rd.

Dogs welcome in all three parks, restrooms available at J.M. Ranger Sttn and midway at the Horse Arena. As usual, trails will be marked with flour arrows to guide your way and detailed maps are available. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW

Tilden Regional Park - Inspiration Point
Thursday, June 09, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7 mile, 1,200 foot elevation gain loop hike starting from Inspiration Point in Tilden Regional Park. Route will be Curran Trail, left on Wildcat Gorge Trail, cross over dam to Lake Anza Trail, pass by concession stand and Lake Anza entrance, right onto Selby Trail, Memory Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, Wildcat Creek Trail, Jewel Lake Trail to the Visitor Center stopping to snack/rest. Return on Laurel Canyon Trail, Pine Tree Trail, Loop Road, Meadows Canyon Trail back to the parking area. Dogs are not allowed in the Nature Area Trails. Pit toilet/no water at trailhead, bathrooms and water at Visitor Center. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.

NOTE:

MacDonald Trail to Bort Meadow

Your choice of a
1) moderate 7.5 mile, 1400 ft
2) moderate+ 8.5 mile, 1500 ft
3) challenging- 9.7 mile, 1800 ft
hike in EBRPD Anthony Chabot Regional Park from the MacDonald Staging Area on Redwood Road.

Leaving from the MacDonald Staging Area on MacDonald, Grass Valley, Brandon, Horseshoe, and Goldenrod Trails, the short route descends on Buckeye Trail to Bort Meadow for our snack stop.

The Longer hikes continue on Goldenrod Trail to descend on Ranch Trail to Bort Meadow. The extra long hike will head North on an out-and-back to the end of Goldenrod Trail before the Ranch Trail descent.

After our snack break, we'll head back on Grass VAlley and MacDonald Trails to the start.

Please note: There is limited parking at the MacDonald Staging Area. More parking is available to the West at Big Bear Staging Area.



Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Thursday, June 02, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6.5+ mile, 1350-ft elevation gain loop hike into the Redwoods from Redwood Regional Park's Skyline Gate.

Route from the Skyline Gate Staging Area is right on West Ridge Trail, left on French Trail, left on Chown Trail and right on Stream Trail to Trail's End for a short snack break.

Return back on Stream Trail, right on Eucalyptus Trail, left on Phillips Loop Trail, continuing on East Ridge Trail to the Skyline Gate Staging Area.

Restrooms at Skyline Gate and Trail's end. Dogs allowed but must be on-leash on the Stream Trail. Skyline Gate is located at 37.83168,-122.18553


Mt. Diablo State Park - Mt. Diablo - Curry Point
Sunday, May 29, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Memorial Mountain March


Join us for Memorial (Sun)day as we explore the canyons and ridges around Rock City on Mount Diablo. A hiker's choice of a moderate 7.2 mile/1800' or a moderate+ 8.6/2000' climb from Curry Point down to the entrance gate and back up. Join me as I mark another 4 miles off my quest to hike all 172 miles on Mt Diablo...I'll bet a couple of the trails will be new to you as well! We will be meeting at the Curry Point pullout as well as carpooling in from the Danville Park & Ride.

The hike will begin at 9:30, however, if you would like to carpool, please meet at the Danville Park & Ride at the Sycamore Valley Rd East offramp from I-680 at 8:30. Parking may be limited at Curry Point so please consider meeting us for the carpool, plus you can share the cost of the $10 entrance fee! Please e-mail Steve at [email protected] if you would like to carpool, or just show up!

Our route is a bit circuitous and will be marked along the trail. From Curry Point we head west on Camp Force Trail and continue on Summit Trail, left on Ridge View, left on Wall Point, hard right on Summit Trail down below Sentinel Rock. Right on Live Oak Road and hard right to stay on Summit. We'll pass the Summit jct to the left and continue towards Green Valley Trail, turning left on No Name #1. Continue straight onto Summit and on to the entrance gate at the park boundary. We'll head back up the way we came, then veer right to stay on Summit, turn right at Dan Cook/Summit, then right onto No Name #2. Make a right on West Fossil Ridge to the end where we will have a snack and a view.

Hike continues along West Fossil Ridge, right on Artists Point Tr, then left through a small parking lot. Long hike turns right (see below), short hike continues up left along a road passing another parking area until you find the Trail Through Time. Take this trail to the left into Rock City following it through the area and enjoying the geology. Veer right at the CCC Trail to Sentinel Rock (or take it for an extra credit climb to the rock) and turn right on Summit Trail which will dip down to South Gate Road and then back to the left. Turn right on Camp Force Trail back to Curry Point.

The long hike option is to add East Fossil Ridge Trail out and back. Pass through a parking lot and find the trail to the right as you near South Gate Road. Follow it out and back and then head straight up the road to the Trail Through Time and rejoin the directions above. Got all that?

No Dogs Allowed in State Parks, detailed maps available and flour arrows will guide your way along the route. Please allow plenty of time to make the trip safely to the parking area, it can often take 30 minutes from the freeway.



Anthony Chabot Regional Park - Marciel Gate
Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An 8+ mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Route will be Redtail Trail, Deer Canyon Trail, Brandon Trail, Mirador Trail, Two Rocks Trail, Columbine Trail, Honker Bay Trail, Towhee Trail stopping to rest/snack at the campground amphitheater. Return on Towhee Trail, Brandon Trail, and Redtail Trail back to the parking area. No facilities at trailhead, but water/bathrooms at campground.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Thermalito-Ridgeline Loop

A moderate 7.8 mile, 1700ft hike in EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.

From the Foothill Staging Area we'll head up on Oak Tree, Ridgeline, Thermalito, and Ridgline Trails to a snack stop overlooking Pleasanton. The return descends on Ridgeline, Woodland, and Oak Tree Trails.

Click here for Google Maps directions to the Foothill Staging Area.



Mission Peak Regional Preserve - Ohlone College
Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Our 7th annual full moon hike to Mission Peak.

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 at 8:15 and moonrise at 8:13 before returning. Dress in layers because it can be COLD and WINDY at the peak. Also, to be safe bring a flashlight or headlamp for the dark return from the peak.

Park in the multi-story parking structure about ¼-mile after entering the Ohlone College campus from the Pine Street entrance. Parking is free 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 structure.

For driving directions: http://www.ohlone.edu/core/mapsdirs/directions/tofremont.html


Tilden Regional Park - Vollmer Peak Trail
Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike starting in Tilden Park. Route will be Vollmer Peak Trail, Grizzly Peak Trail, cross over Grizzly Peak Blvd, UCs Upper Jordan Trail, Panorama Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the bay overview. Return continues down the Panorama Trail, back up the Jordan Trail, Side Hill Trail, cross back over Grizzly Peak Blvd (climb over a gate) and Skyline Trail back to the parking area. Porta potty at tailhead. Water/flush toilets at nearby Steam Train parking lot.

NOTE:
Tromp Through The Traps (Las Trampas)


Join us for a hike through Las Trampas as we climb up and down the peaks and valleys. A hiker's choice of a Moderate 6 mile/1700 ft out and back or a Challenging 8 mile/2400 ft loop hike, both hikes will explore Las Trampas Peak.

Hike begins heading northwest up Lower Bollinger Creek Loop, right on Bollinger Creek Loop towards the ridge, veer left on up to the ridge, left on Las Trampas Ridge Trail, left on Las Trampas Peak View Trail for a view from the top. Short hikers may take an extended snack break here. All hikers will continue left on Ridge Trail another mile to the junction of Madrone Trail.

Short hikers will turn back here, returning along the same route to the parking area. You may choose to hike back along Upper Bollinger Creek Loop trail for some variation along the final 3/4 mile.

The long hike will turn right on Madrone Trail, taking a break somewhere along the way (TBD, X marks the spot). Turn right at the first junction to head south on Madrone Trail. Make a hard right at Corduroy Hills Trail. At the next junction, take either way, they both loop around to the same spot. Continue up on the single track, left on a short spur near the top to the Eagle Peak overlook. Continue on Corduroy Hills, left at Las Trampas Ridge Trail, right at the fork onto Chamise. Turn left on Mahogany Trail for a lovely walk through the canyon along the crick, taking care of your footing. Continue straight where Trapline enters from the left until you reach Chamise Trail again, following it left and downhill toward the road. Before the gate, turn right on Bollinger Creek Loop which parallels the road, then left down to the parking area. If this trail looks like the surface of the moon, you may skip it and walk along the road instead.

Dogs welcome, especially Buster. Facilities at trailhead only. As always, the route will be marked with flour arrows to guide your way. Detailed maps available.



EBMUD - King Canyon Hike
Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7+ mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike from EBMUD's Valle Vista Staging Area in Moraga. Driving directions below should read: Valle Vista is 7 miles on Moraga Road from HWY 24. Route will be Riche Loop Trail, King Canyon Loop Trail to Rancho Laguna Park, stopping to rest/snack. Return on EBRPD's Old Moraga Ranch Trail, reconnecting with King Canyon Loop Trail back to the parking area. Porta-potty at Valle Vista trailhead, water & bathrooms at Rancho Laguna Park. Bring EBMUD trail use permit. Those without can be a guest of a permit holder. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Mt. Diablo State Park - Macedo Ranch
Saturday, May 07, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Burma Road Loop

A Challenging+ 11 mile, 3000 foot loop hike of Burma Road, or a Challenging 8+ mile, 1900 ft loop hike on Secret Trail in Mt. Diablo State Park.

From Macedo Ranch we'll head up Wall Point Road, Dusty Road, Stage Road, and Burma Road Trails to North Gate Road. The longer hike continues to Angel Kerley Road, Mothers, Burma Road, and Deer Flat Road Trails to Juniper Camp for a snack break.

The shorter hike can snack at Camel Rock before returning on Buckeye, Stage Rd, BBQ Terrace, and Secret Trails to Wall Point Trail.

The longer hike returns via Juniper, Summit, and Ridge View Trails to Wall Point Trail.

Both hikes will then return to the staging area on Wall Point Road Trail.

For you internet connected folk, try this link Macedo Ranch for google directions to the stagng area.



NOTE: About a 6 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike starting in Fernandez Ranch just off HWY 4. Use 1015 Christie Road, Hercules for GPS. Route will be Windmill Trail, a newly opened yet to be named trail into Franklin Canyon, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Woodrat Trail, Whipsnake Trail, and Black Phoebe Trail. Pit toilet/no water at trailhead.

NOTE:

French-West Ridge-Stream Trails Hike

Note: 9:00am Start

Your choice hike of a
moderate- 7.5 mile/1300ft, or
moderate 8.4 mile/1600ft, or
moderate+ 8.8 mile/1800ft hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park

Starting from the large, shaded, Wayside parking lot we'll head South past the fish ladder to Bridle, Orchard, and French Trails.

At the Fern Trail the shortest hike turns left and ascends to the West Ridge Trail, taking it all the way to the Redwood Bowl to rest/snack.

The medium and longer hikes continue on French to the Madrone Trail, where the medium hike turns left and ascends to the West Ridge Trail/Redwood Bowl to rest/snack.

The longer hike turns right along French and proceeds to the Redwood Peak Trail before joining the West Ridge Trail into the Redwood Bowl to rest/snack.

After our break, all hikers will return via Roberts Ridge and West Ridge Trails to Tres Sendas Trail where we descend to the Stream Trail. We then follow the Stream Trail, (to Chown Trail), to Bridle Trail back to the Fish Ladder and our cars.

Note: Please park at the Wayside Area Parking lot with a nearby toilet. The large Wayside Parking Lot is on your left, past the fish ladder. Please click on this Google Maps link for directions to the parking lot.



Shell Ridge Open Space - Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7.5-mile, 1200-ft elevation gain, loop hike from Bob Pond to Howe Homestead Park.

Route from Bob Pond is left on Costanoan Trail, right on Ridge Top Trail at the top of the hill, continuing through the gate on Ridge Top Trail, right near the water tank to stay on Ridge Top Trail, left on Fossil Hill Trail passing Marshall Drive park entrance and Indian Valley School, right on Live Oak Trail, left on Kovar Trail to Howe Homestead Park.

After a short rest/snack stop, return via Kovar Trail passing Indian Valley Pond, Indian Creek Trail, right on Joaquin Ranch Tail, left on Coyote Pond Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, and left on the Borges Ranch Trail passing the Ranch to Bob Pond.

Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Howe Homestead Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.


NOTE:
Black Diamond Fade to Brown Hike


Join us for one last hike in Black Diamond before it completely fades to brown. As the weather warms in East County the opportunity to hike here wanes; we'll get one more look at the late season wildflowers on a beautiful hike through the canyons and ridges of the park. A hiker's choice of a moderate 7 mile/2000' or a challenging 10.5 mile/2880', we will meet at the upper parking lot at the end of the road.

Route will be Somersville to the Visitor Center, up the stairs, right on Chapparal Loop, right over bridge, up connector trail to Black Diamond, right on Black Diamond Tr, left on Nortonville, left on Black Diamond Tr, straight onto Coal Canyon. Veer right at top of the hill, then left on Black Diamond Way (paved), continue left on Black Diamond Trail at top of hill, continue for a mile. We'll take a break at the rocks just before Manhattan Canyon Trail.

Continue right on Manhattan Canyon Trail, right over bridge, right on Chapparal loop up the hill and veering left as it becomes Ridge Trail. Shortly after passing the Lower Chapparal loop going down to the left, look for an unmarked single track to the left and follow the arrows staying right until you end up back on Ridge Trail again. Continue left down the hill through the wooden gate until you get to the junction at the metal gate. The hikes split here.

Short hike will turn sharp left down Stewartville, straight through the metal gate and on back to the parking area down to the right. Long hike will continue through the gate and to the left on Ridge, left on Acorn, right on Old Homestead, right on North Portal, right on Ridge back to the metal gate, right through it and down Stewartville, straight through the metal gate and on back to the parking area down to the right.

Dogs welcome, facilities located at the trailhead only. Flour arrows will guide your route and detailed maps available. If you arrive at the entrance kiosk before 9 am you will often get in for free.



NOTE: A 7-mile 1600-ft elevation gain or a shorter 6-mile 1450-ft elevation gain hike to view the Mount Diablo waterfalls.

Route from Regency Gate will be Donner Canyon Road, left on Clayton Oaks Road, right on Bruce Lee Trail, left on Wasserman Trail, right on Cardinet Oaks Road, left on the Falls Trail to the waterfalls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break on the rocks.

Return continuing on the Falls Trail, right on the Middle Trail to the Meridian Ridge Road junction.

The shorter hike will turn right down Meridian Ridge Road for a short distance for a left turn onto Donner Canyon Road and return to the trailhead.

The longer hike will go left up the Meridian Ridge Road, right on Meridian Point Trail, right on Back Creek Trail, continuing on Back Creek Road to the trailhead.

No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.


Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park - May Road Entrance
Sunday, April 17, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Chabot to Garin Regional Trail

A moderate++ 12 mile, 1800ft elevation gain out-and-back hike from EBRPD Dry Creek/Pioneer Regional Park through Stonebrae to the Comm Tower in EBRPD North Garin Regional Park.

Starting from the May Road Entrance we'll take May Road, High Ridge Loop, Tolman Peak, FD 143, High Ridge Loop, Whipsnake, and the Chabot to Garin Trails to the Comm Tower for a snack break. We'll return the same way with the option of detouring onto the Meyers Ranch Trail.

Google Maps Directions to the May Road Staging Area



Joaquin Miller Park - Ranger Station
Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7+ mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike starting at Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station, 3590 Sanborn Road. Route will be Sunset Trail, Sequoia Bayview Trail, Castle Park Trail, Connector Trail to Moon Gate, West Ridge Trail, Roberts Ridge Trail, stopping to rest/snack in the picnic area of Roberts Park. Return on Graham Trail, Dunn Trail, Montiero Trail, Golden Spike Trail, Dunn Trail, cross over Skyline Blvd., Sequoia Bayview Trail, Palos Colorados Trail, and Sunset Trail back to the parking area. Bathrooms/water at Joaquin Miller Ranger Station and also Roberts Park picnic area.

Briones Regional Park - Reliez Valley Staging
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
2016 Challenge Hike


Join us for our first Trails Challenge hike of the new year in beautiful Briones Regional Park. This hike is divided into Small, Medium and Large sizes for your hiking pleasure. Choose between a short moderate+ 6.5 mile/1700 foot, a medium challenging 7.7 mile/2000 foot or a long difficult 11 mile/2800 foot hike. We will be leaving from a different trailhead than normal with street parking available, but somewhat limited. If you can carpool with someone, please do. Either way, please allow an extra 10 minutes to get parked and walk to the trailhead. Click here for google map to trailhead.

Route will be Blue Oak, continue straight at #52 on Blue Oak Shortcut, left at #51 on Spengler, right at #53 to Table Top. Take a moment to enjoy the view at the top, you've just climbed 1000 feet in the last mile. All hikers head down through the gate. The short hike will diverge here. Short hike continues straight down Briones Crest. When you get to the bottom at #22, turn left through the gate, then immediately right on a short unnamed trail to an overlook bench along the fenceline. Take a break! Your return route is below (return for all hikes).

All other hikers will turn left at #74 on Briones Crest. The medium hike will diverge here. Medium hike turns right at #72 on Valley Trail. At the stables, right at #21 on Old Briones Rd. Near the top of Old Briones, before you go through the gate, walk up to the bench along the fence to your left and take a break! Your return route is below (return for all hikes).

Long hikers will continue on Briones Crest, right at the fork to stay on Briones, through gate right at #70 on Seaborg, right at #78 on Crescent Ridge. We will take a break near the archery range where toilets are available. Continue on Crescent, veer left at #76 on Yerba Buena, left at #75 on Valley Trail. At the stables, right at #21 on Old Briones Rd. Near the top of Old Briones, before you go through the gate, walk up to the bench along the fence to your left and take a short break.

Return for all hikes: Head back down from the bench and through the gate. Veer left at #22 on Briones Crest. Continue straight where the trail changes names to Old Briones Rd. Turn right at #24 on Spengler near the lagoon. Follow Spengler down the hill and continue past #37 back up the hill. At the junction of Diablo View and Spengler, veer right on Spengler (not up the hill on no name trail). At the horse water, stay right and then left at #50 on Blue Oak Trail. Turn left at #52 on Blue Oak Trail back to the parking area.

Dogs allowed. No facilities located at trailhead or anywhere on the short and medium hikes. Flour arrows will mark the long route, detailed maps available.



Tilden Regional Park - Quarry
Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7 mile, 1,500-foot elevation gain loop hike in Tilden Regional Park starting from Quarry roadside picnic area. Route will be Quarry Trail, Anderson Equestrian Camp Trail, Mineral Springs Trail, Wildcat Gorge Trail, Selby Trail, Grizzly Peak Trail, Tower Trail crossing Grizzly Peak Road to rest/snack/enjoy the bay view. Return on Tower Trail, Grizzly Peak Trail, Gillespie Youth Camp Road, Vollmer Peak Trail, and Seaview Trail back to Quarry trailhead. Porta Potty at trailhead. Limited parking at Quarry but roadside parking as well as Lake View picnic area across the road from Quarry.

NOTE: A moderate, 8.3-mile 1300-foot elevation gain hike from Castle Rock Park into Mount Diablo State Park to Camel Rock. And an optional 1.6-mile add-on loop for more ambitious hikers.

Route from the restrooms will be across the baseball field and through the gate, left on Castle Rock Trail, continue on Stage Road, left on Sunset Trail to the ridge top, continue down Falcon Road and cross North Gate Road to continue on Camel Rock Trail, left on Burma Road for a short distance to Camel Rock which is on the right near some trees.

After a brief snack/rest stop, the short hike returns down Burma Road, crossing North Gate Road and continuing for 0.5 mile, then left to continue down Burma Road, right on Stage Road to the trailhead.

The long hike hike returns down Burma Road, crossing North Gate Road, then a quick left down Buckeye Trail, and right on Stage Road to the trailhead.

Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park. Dogs not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Arrive at the end-of-road parking area by 9:30 a.m. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile inside Castle Rock Park by 9:40. Parking area often fills before our hikes, so allow extra time as it may be necessary to park in the Orchard overflow area.

GPS address is 1700 Castle Rock Road.


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Elworthy Staging Area
Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Las Trampas Ridge Trail

A moderate+ 7.3 mile/1500ft or 8.6/1900ft out-and-back hike along the Las Trampas Ridge Trail into EBRPD Las Trampas.

This hike starts with a quick, heart racing climb on the Fiddleneck Trail where you gain 800 feet elevation in 1 mile. After that we head North on the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the Del Amigo Trail.

The short hike will turn about at this point as the longer hike proceeds in a counter clockwise direction on Del Amigo and Sulphur Springs Trails rejoining Las Trampas Trail for the return.

Parking is limited at the Elworthy Staging area, so please carpool if you can. When you enter the lot, please attempt to park as efficiently as possible.



Wildcat Canyon Regional Park - San Pablo Ridge
Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: EBPARKS naturalist Trail Gail has invited us to join her WILDCAT CANYON HIKE. Wildcat Canyon Trail Gail 9am-2pm, Sun, Mar 27 The early history of Wildcat Canyon is similar to the history of all of California. Learn and explore during this 9-mile trip. Bring hiking shoes, water and snack. 8+yrs. Meet at the Alvarado staging area. Info: (510) 544-2233.

The Alvarado Staging Area is located at 37.95200,-122.31799


Mt. Diablo State Park - Mt. Diablo - Curry Point
Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Mt. Diablo Loop Hike Into History


Join me for a special Saturday hike on Mt. Diablo. This hike is from The Hiker's Guide to Mount Diablo and is #20, but in reverse. It is a challenging 7.7 mile/2400' hike on the Danville side of the mountain, which requires admission through the main gate at a cost of $10. That is why we will meet at the Danville Park & Ride at 8:30 and carpool up to Curry Point and split the cost. There we will be an option for an additional 2 miles/500' on some out and back trails along the way, just because they're there.

Route will be Curry Canyon Rd., left on Frog Pond, left on Green Ranch Rd. We will take a break at the Green Ranch Site. Continue on Green Ranch, left on Oak Knoll. Cross the road and take Summit Trail left back down the mountain. Continue on Summit, which hugs the road all the way back to Curry Point.

Extra Credit portions are all out and back hikes. They include a 50 yard excursion to the grinding holes off of Curry Cyn, a half mile jaunt to Frog Pond, and a 1.6/400' trip to Rhine Cyn.

We will meet at Danville Park & Ride at 8:30 for a 9:30 hike starting from Curry Point. No Dogs Allowed in the park. Flour arrows will guide your way along with provided maps. No facilities at Curry Point, use restrooms at Rock City or Junction.



NOTE: A moderate 7+ mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike starting from Hayward's Don Castro Regional Recreation Area (use 22400 Woodroe Ave., Hayward for GPS) Route will be Whispering Creek Trail, Chabot-to-Garin Trail, stopping to rest/snack after 4 miles at the Metal Corral. Return on No Name Trail, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail, and Shoreline Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro traihead.

NOTE:
Spring Has Sprung on Diablo!


Join us for a lovely hike through meadows, peaks and canyons to celebrate the first day of Spring. A hiker's choice of a moderate 7.4 mile/1770 foot short hike or a challeging 9.3 mile/2500 foot long hike. This hike starts from Regency Gate, but we will make our way over to the Mitchell Canyon side of the park and climb to rarely used Black Point Summit.

Hike begins on Back Creek, right on Murchio, left on Bruce Lee Rd, right to Coulter Pine, straight onto Oak Rd, left on Mitchell Canyon, right on Black Point, right to stay on Black Point, left to Black Point Summit (out and back), left on Black Point.

Short hike will turn left on Red Rd., left on Globe Lily, right on Black Point, left on Mitchell Cyn Rd. If you would like to stop by the visitor center, continue to the parking lot, then continue to the end of the lot and rejoin other hikers on Bruce Lee Trail. Otherwise, bypass the lot by veering right on Terrace Trail, right on Bruce Lee Trail, left on Watertower Rd., right on Bruce Lee Road around the pond, then left on Murchio Rd. and left on Back Creek to Regency.

Long hike will turn right on Red Rd. from Black Point, then left on Olofson Ridge Rd. to the park boundary. This is a 2 mile out and back, not a loop!! Rejoin the other hikers by continuing past Black Point on Red Rd. and follow directions above.

Dogs are not allowed in the park. Facilities are located at the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center only. As always, detailed maps are available and flour arrows will guide your way.



Ohlone Regional Wildnerness - Murietta Falls
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Saint Patrick's Day
Hike to Murietta Falls

A quite Challenging hike to Alameda Counties tallest waterfall. This is 12.3 mile, 4200 ft elevation gain out-and-back hike on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail.

Starting from the Lichen Bark Parking Lot we head up Sailor Camp Trail to the Ohlone Wilderness sign-in panel, where all hikers must sign in before entering the Wilderness. We then continue up and down the Ohlone Wilderness Trail to Johnny's Pond, and Murietta Falls Trails.

After a refreshing pause to snack and enjoy the falls we will return on the same route.

A shorter 6 mile loop hike to Rocky Ridge to enjoy the views and Wild Flowers can also be done by those not interested in the Full Monty.

Please be sure you have and carry with you a current Annual Ohlone Wilderness Pass ($2 at the Kiosk)

Please be on time as this is a 6+ hour hike.
For the directionally challenged who didn't click on the Google Maps link above:
The Lichen Bark area is on the West Shore of Lake Del Valle at the North end of the road. (Cross the bridge, turn right, and drive until the road ends.)



Sunol Regional Wilderness - Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Naturalist Trail Gail of East Bay Parks has invited us to join her out-and-back hike from Sunol to Mission Peak.

SUNOL TO MISSION PEAK HIKE Sunol *****Time Change Morning! Daylight Savings time begins. Trail Gail 9:30am-3:30pm, Sun, Mar 13 An area rich in history, beauty, and views, well experience it all. 10.5 miles and 2,200 elevation gain will make this hike a great time. Meet at visitor center. 12+yrs No registration, drop-in, for info (510) 544-2233 Parking Fee and $2 Fee for wilderness permit.


Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6.5 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike in Briones Regional Park to Russel Peak. Route will be Old Briones Road Trail, Valley Trail, Yerba Buena Trail, Crescent Ridge Trail and Briones Crest Trail to the Russel Peak bench/overlook (4 mile mark) where we will rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return (2.5 miles) will be Briones Crest Trail, Seaborg Trail and Bear Creek Trail back to the parking lot. We will meet/start at the paved parking area the first right after the entry kiosk. Porta-potty at trail head.

Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, March 06, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Naturalist Trail Gail of East Bay Parks has invited us to join her Briones Reservoir Long Hike which will circumnavigate the reservoir. About 13+ miles with 1600-ft elevation gain.

BRIONES RESERVOIR LONG HIKE Briones  EBMUD Overlook Staging Area Trail Gail 9am-3pm, Sun, Mar 6 Explore various habitats, from dense oak to bay forest and open grassland, on this 13+ mile adventure. Expect grand vistas and amazing plants! Walk goes rain or shine, but mud shortens. 10+yrs Sorry No Dogs :-( No registration, drop­-in, for info (510) 544-2233


Shell Ridge Open Space - Shell Ridge from Rudgear Park
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Diablo Foothills/Shell Ridge starting from Rudgear Park in Walnut Creek. Use 2250 Stewart Ave., Walnut Creek for GPS. Route will be Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge Trail, Franco Ranch Loop Trail, Benham Court, Hazard Trail, Foothills Trail, Stonegate Trail, Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, Buckeye Ravine Trail, Fairy Lantern Trail, Castle Rock single track trail, Diablo Scenic Trail, Borges Ranch Trail stopping at Bob Pond to rest/snack. Return on Borges Ranch Trail, Twin Ponds Trail, Foothills Trail, Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge Trail back to the trailhead. Water/bathrooms at trailhead and Bob Pond.

Del Valle Regional Park - Del Valle
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Del Valle Wildflower Hike

A two-for-one hike along the East shore of Lake Del Valle. We'll search for wildflowers on this moderate+ 7.7 mile, 1400 ft or challenging 10.8 mile, 2000 ft hike from the Arroyo Road Staging Area.

Both hikes start from below the dam at the Arroyo Road Staging Area onto the East Shore Trail. At the top of the hill at the Heron Bay Trail, the hikes will then split up.

The long hike continues along the East Shore Trail to Swallow Bay, returning along the single track Swallow Bay Trail and East Shore Trail.

1/4 mile after turning onto the Heron Bay Trail both hikes will stop to rest/snack overlooking the lake at the fence line before the trail descends. After the snack both hikes return via a combination of Heron Bay and East Shore Trails, taking the single track Heron Bay Trail when available.

For Google Maps directions to Arroyo Road Staging Area click here

Note: There is no longer a parking fee required at the Arroyo Staging Area.



Lafayette Reservoir - Via Granada
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6.25 mile hike in the clockwise direction on the upper rim trail around Lafayette Reservoir. Start from the Via Granada trailhead to reach the rim trail. There will be a short rest/snack stop at the picnic tables above, but before crossing, the dam. There are restrooms and drinking water on both sides of the dam.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - Sidney Flat
Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Walk on the Wildflower Side


Join us as we hike some of the lesser traveled parts of Black Diamond which are teeming with wildflowers for your enjoyment. This is a three-fer hiker's choice of a moderate 6.5 mile/1400 ft short hike, a moderate+ 7 mile/1650ft long hike, or a difficult 9.3 mile/2500 ft extra-long hike. We will be meeting at the lower parking lot just to the left of the entrance kiosk!!

The long hike includes some hiking over sandstone rock to visit some of the mine features and poles are recommended. If you don't wish to rock scramble, please take the short hike. The extra long hike is a 2.3 mile addition to the end of both hikes and includes a 25 percent grade for some extra burn!

Route will be from Sidney Flat clockwise on Riverview Loop, right out and back to Arata Overlook, straight back onto Riverview Loop, left to Riverview Tr., left to Carbondale, right on Saddle, left on Riverview Tr., straight onto Railroad Bed, right on Stewartville, left on Nortonville to the picnic tables for a break.

The short hike will go left before the outhouses on Chapparal Loop to Hazel Atlas, left across the footbridge, and staying left on Pittsburg Mine, left on Stewartville, right on Railroad Bed, left to stay on Railroad Bed to the parking lot.

The long hike will go straight up the road from the break point toward the visitor center (which is closed), left up stairs, right on Chapparal. Visit the Eureka Slope. Continue on Chapparal, left on Lower Chapparal up to the top, then left down Chapparal and right to visit Powder Magazine. Turn right on No Name Tr. then left on No Name #2 to visit Stope. Retrace steps back to Chapparal and right down hill to visit Hazel Atlas Portal. Continue on train tracks and down No Name #3, right on Pittsburg Mine, left on Stewartville, right on Railroad Bed, left to stay on Railroad Bed to the parking lot.

Extra long hike will cross entrance road and left on Lougher Loop, right to stay on Lougher Loop, right on Lougher Ridge, right back down Lougher Loop trail and return to the parking area.

Facilities are located at start and at break area. As always, detailed maps will be available and flour arrows will mark your route. Dogs welcome. We will be meeting at the lower parking lot just to the left of the entrance kiosk!!



Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About an 8 mile, 1,100-foot elevation gain balloon hike in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve starting from Finley Road. Route will be Old Finley Road, Oyster Point Trail, Jackass Canyon Trail, Riggs Canyon Trail, cross over to Tassajara Creek Trail stopping at Bobs Pond to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on Bobs Pond Trail, Highland Ridge Road, Old Finley Road, Amphitheater Trail, Walnut Trail, rejoining Old Finley Road back to the trail head. No facilities available on this hike.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Volvon Trail
Sunday, February 14, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Highland Ridge Loop

A Challenging 9+ Mile, 2000 ft elevation hike up Roger Epperson Ridge to Highland Ridge. Then down to Marsh Creek and up to Bob Walker Ridge.

We'll head out on Clyma and Highland Ridge Trails, then descend on Raven Trail and Morgan Territory Road. We then head back on Bay Creek, Eagle, Volvon, and Condor Trails.

We may do some special, no name, Trails during the hike if the Trail conditions allow it.



Shell Ridge Open Space - Snyder Ln/Shell Ridge Loop
Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5-mile, 1400-ft loop hike to Castle Rock Park from Snyder Lane.

Start from the Snyder Lane gate, sharp left to stay on trail then right on Costanoan Trail, right on Upper Buck Loop Trail, right on Deer Lake Trail past Deer Lake, left on Corral Spring Trail, straight on Costanoan Trail, right on Borges Ranch Trail past the Ranch, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Shell Ridge Loop Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road to Castle Rock Park for a rest/snack stop at the picnic tables near the restrooms.

For the return trek, cross the baseball field and continue through the gate, right on the Castle Rock Trail, left on the trail just before the overflow parking lot and pass the power tower on the ridge, continue down Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond, then right to the Hanna Lane Trail, left on the Flat Top Trail, continue left on the Flat Top Trail, right on the Sulfur Creek Trail, left on the street at the bottom through the gate to the Costanoan Trail, continuing straight then right on the trail to Snyder Lane.

Restrooms and water at Bob Pond, Borges Ranch and Castle Rock Park. Dogs OK, but must be leashed in these areas.


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Main Staging Area
Sunday, February 07, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Superbowl Sunday Struggle


Work off those game day snacks ahead of time with this hike at Las Trampas and the infamous Del Amigo hill. This difficult (one level above challenging) 6 mile/2400 ft gain hike has some steep inclines, a bit of rock climbing, and the long slog up Del Amigo hill. This hike also has some of the best views of Mt Diablo and the tri-valley. The isolated canyons and dense woodlands provide the sense you are hiking in the back country wilderness, and it promises to be a spectacular sunny day. All that and we'll have you home in plenty of time for the big game!

Route will be right on Bollinger Creek Loop, left on Chamise, right on Mahogany, right on Chamise, left on Las Trampas Ridge, right on Corduroy Hills, straight/right on Madrone, right to stay on Madrone, left on Virgil Williams. We will take a break near the creek to refuel before the climb back up.

The hike continues on Virgil Williams across Madrone, right on Del Amigo (where we will gain 500 feet in half a mile), right on Sulphur Springs, straight across Las Trampas Ridge to Trapline, left on Mahogany, left on Chamise, right on Bollinger Creek Loop and back to the parking lot.

As usual there will be detailed maps available and flour arrows to mark your way. Facilities are located at the parking lot only. Dogs permitted.



Carquinez Regional Shoreline - Mokelumne Trail
Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7+ mile, 1,300-foot elevation gain loop hike in Carquinez Regional Shoreline. Route is Mokelumne Trail, No Name Trail #1, Hulet Hornbeck Trail, No Name Trail #2, California Riding and Hiking Trail, Franklin Loop Trail stopping to rest/snack at the overlook bench. Return continues around Franklin Loop Trail, then along the ridge top fire roads to the parking area. No facilities on this hike.

Joaquin Miller Park - Ranger Station
Sunday, January 31, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Triple Creek Hike in Joaquin Miller


Join us for a rainy day hike as we meander alongside three different creeks. A moderate+ 6.3 mile/1350' circuitous hike, we will walk nearly every (passable) trail in the park and soak in the sounds of rushing water along Palo Seco, Cinderella and Fern Ravine Creeks. Of course we may soak up some rain and mud also, but this hike is mostly sheltered and the amount of deep sticky mud is fairly minimal. If it is not too rainy, an extra 1.2 mile/330' hike to explore the monuments around the main park area can be done at the end of the main hike. We will meet near the big yellow gate on Sanborn Rd.

This hike is a bit tricky to follow on the map, but the route will be: Sinawik Connector Trail across creek, Right on Sunset Trail, Right across creek on Palos Colorados, Left on Sequoia-Bayview, Right on Big Trees, Straight on Palos Colorados back to bridge, cross creek and Left on Sunset Trail, Right on Sunset Loop Trail, Straight/Right on Fern Ravine Trail, cross Sequoia-Bayview, straight on Fern Ravine, left to stay on Fern Ravine. We will take a Rest Stop at the trail's end picnic area.

The hike continues North across the road to Bayview Tr., Left on Cinderella, Straight/Right to stay on Cinderella, Straight/Left to join Sunset Trail. Turn Right to Sinawik Cabin, Left on Upper Sinawik, Straight onto Sunset Trail, Right across creek, Right on Lower Sinawik, Straight past Sinawik Loop to stay on Sinawik, Straight/Left to Sanborn Rd Lookout Point, loop clockwise onto Sinawik Trail, Right on Sinawik Loop Trail, Right on Sinawik connector trail back to Sanborn Rd Ranger Station.

As usual, detailed maps will be available, but more importantly on this hike, flour arrows will guide your way. Restrooms located at trailhead and near rest stop. Dogs allowed on leash. There are two parking lots as well as tons of street parking...please allow extra time to get parked and over to the meeting spot! We will meet near the big yellow gate on Sanborn Rd. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW



Briones Regional Park - Briones Road Staging Area
Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6.5 mile, 1,800-foot elevation gain loop hike, beginning at trail marker 25 at the end of Briones Road. This is a different trailhead from past hikes, use 1201 Briones Road, Martinez for GPS. Route will be Old Briones Road Trail, Maricich Lagoon single track trail, No Name Trail, Table Top Trail, Spengler Trail, Table Top Trail stopping to snack/rest/enjoy the views at bench at summit. Return on Briones Crest Trail and Old Briones Road Trail.

Shell Ridge Open Space - Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, January 24, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6+ mile 1200-foot elevation gain loop hike to Borges Ranch. Route will be Briones Mt. Diablo Trail, Indian Creek Trail, Ginder Gap Loop Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Briones Mt. Diablo Trail, and Borges Ranch Trail to Borges Ranch for a rest/snack stop.

Return via Borges Ranch Trail, Hanna Lane Trail, Flat Top Trail, Ridge Top Trail and paved road to the Marshall Drive trailhead.

No facilities at the trailhead, but water, restroom and shaded picnic tables at Borges Ranch.

Expect some mud and standing water, but this route should minimize any problems.


Tilden Regional Park - Inspiration Point
Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Seaview Trail to Volmer Peak

A moderate+ 6.4 mile, 1500 ft. elevation gain hike in EBRPD Tilden Regional Park.

From Inspiration Point we head South on Curran, Seaview, Vollmer Peak Rd Trails to a snack on the Peak. We'll return on Vollmer Peak Rd, Seaview, Vollmer Peak, Lupine, Vollmer Peak, Big Springs, Seaview, and Curran Trails.

Directions to Tilden's Inspiration Point from Google Maps



Redwood Regional Park - West Loop from Redwood Gate
Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Leisure Stroll through Redwood Regional


We will take a break from our strenuous hiking of late and opt for a more leisurely stroll from one end of Redwood Regional to the other and back. A moderate 8.5 mile/1500 ft or a moderate 6.5 mile/1300 ft loop hike, we should avoid the sticky mud present right now in many of the other parks we frequent.

Starting from the large Wayside Parking lot (on the left before Canyon Meadow), we cross Redwood Creek by the fish ladder and continue on the Bridle Trail, left on Orchard, right on French, left on Madrone and right on West Ridge Trail to a snack break at Redwood Bowl. Return on the West Ridge Trail, left on Redwood Peak Trail. The short hike will turn right on French, left on Starflower, right on Tres Sendas and right on Stream Trail to the parking lot.

The long hike will turn left on French, right on West Ridge to the Skyline Gate, right on Stream Trail across the entire park back to the starting point. Flour arrows and detailed maps will guide your way, facilities are available at Canyon Meadow Staging near the start and at Redwood Bowl. Dogs OK, but must be on-leash on the Stream Trail. WE WILL MEET AT WAYSIDE PARKING before you get to Canyon Meadow.



Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve - Downer Trail
Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5.5 mile, 1,400-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike in Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve and Pinole Valley Park. (Use 5524 Conestoga Way, Richmond for GPS) Route will be Sobrante Ridge Trail, Morningside Trail, and Downer Trail stopping to rest/snack in Pinole Valley Park. Return will be back up Downer Trail, along Morningside Trail, and down Sobrante Ridge Trail to the trailhead. No bathrooms/water at trailhead but they are available in Pinole Valley Park where we will rest/snack.

NOTE:

Waterfalls? Hike

A Moderate+ 6.8 mile, 1500ft hike of the Falls Trail on the North slope of Mt Diablo.

Route will be Donner Canyon Rd, Hetherrington, Donner, Wassermann, Cardinet Oaks Rd, and Falls Trails to a snack stop. We will return via Falls, Middle, Meridian Ridge Rd, Meridian Point, Back Creek, Back Creek Rd, Murchio Rd, and Donner Canyon Rd Trails.

Directions from Google Maps



Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An out-and-back hike on EBMUD's single track Bear Creek Trail starting from the Briones Overlook Staging Area to the Bear Creek Staging Area.

A choice of either a 6-mile or 8-mile hike, with the shorter hike turning back at the gate and the longer hike continuing to the Bear Creek Staging Area.

Bathroom facility at the start and another at the Bear Creek Staging Area for those choosing the longer hike. But no drinking water.

Bring your EBMUD hiking permit. No dogs allowed on the Bear Creek Trail. For trailhead location search www.googlemaps.com for: Overlook Staging Area, Bear Creek Rd, CA.


Sycamore Grove Park - Sycamore Grove/Livermore
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7 mile, mostly flat, loop hike in Livermore's Sycamore Grove Park starting from Independence Park (use 2798 Holmes Street for GPS). Route will be connector trail, Magpie Nature Trail, Creek Trail, Sycamore Trail, Arroyo del Valle Regional Trail, Winery Loop Trail, Wagon Road Trail stopping to snack at Cottall Pond, then Meadowlark Loop Trail, Wagon Road Trail, Winery Loop Trail, and connector trail back to the trailhead. Water/bathrooms 1/2 mile into the hike. Those wishing a longer option can add 2.3 miles and 800 feet of elevation by climbing Valley View Loop and Cottall Pond Loop Trails.

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