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Previous Hikes Included:
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Redwood Regional Park-Big Bear Staging Area
Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7+ mile 1,300 foot elevation gain loop hike in Redwood Regional Park starting from Big Bear Staging Area. Route will be Golden Spike Trail, Tate Trail, West Ridge Trail, Baccharis Trail, West Ridge Trail, Chown Trail, French Trail, Orchard Trail, Bridle Trail stopping to rest/snack at the Fish Ladder Bridge. Return on the Golden Spike Trail, West Ridge Trail, Toyon Trail, and Golden Spike Trail back to the parking area. No facilities on this hike. Hike route could be altered or cancelled due to HEAVY RAIN.

Las Trampas Peak via Rohrer Trail
Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Rohrer Trail to Bob Scharf Memorial Picnic Table

Two for one out-and-back hikes to the Bob Scharf Memorial Picnic Table, with the option to slog on to Las Trampas Peak, mud permitting. The short hike is 5 mile, 1400ft, and the longer hike could be 8.1 mile, 2000ft.

Route will be Rohrer, and Clyde Wood Trails to the Bob Scharf Memorial Picnic Table to snack. The short hike will retrace their steps to the cars.

The longer hike heads up Las Trampas Road to the gate turns left on No Name #1, then right on Madrone and Las Trampas Ridge Trails to the Peak. Returning to the cars via Las Trampas Ridge, Las Trampas Road, Clyde Wood, and Rohrer Trails.

Click on this Google Maps link for directions.



Castle Rock to Borges Ranch Loop
Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the parking area.

A 7.5-mile hike from Castle Rock Park passing by Bob Pond and looping to Borges Ranch before returning to Castle Rock Park. Expect some mud and hope that it will not rain during the hike.

Route will be from Castle Rock Park restrooms across the baseball field through the gate, left on Castle Rock Trail to Castle Rock Road. Then a right on Fairy Lantern Trail, continuing on the southern Shell Ridge Loop Trail to the power tower. Turn left down the hill to the Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond. Go past the pond to Hanna Lane Trail, turn left on Flat Top Trail, turn left to continue on Flat Top Trail. Then right on Costanoan Trail for a quick left onto Ridge Top Trail, left onto Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, then left onto Borges Ranch Trail to the Ranch for a short rest/snack stop.

Return via the Borges Ranch Trail to the power tower at the top of the hill, then right on Shell Ridge Trail, left on the northern Shell Ridge Loop Trail, left onto the Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road Trail for the return to the starting point.

Dogs OK on the trails. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Castle Rock Park, Bob Pond and Borges Ranch.


Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station
Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 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 for a short rest/snack in the picnic area. Return on Graham Trail, Dunn Trail, Montiero Trail, Golden Spike Trail, Dunn Trail, crossover Skyline Blvd., Sequoia Bayview Trail, Palos Colorados Trail, and Sunset Trail back to the parking area. Bathrooms and water at trailhead and Roberts Park. Once again, hike route could be altered or cancelled due to HEAVY RAIN.

San Pablo Ridge
Sunday, February 12, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Big, Wild-Cat Canyon Hike

Your choice of mud hikes,
A moderate 7 mile, 1200 ft. or
A crazy 7.2 mile, 1200 ft. or
A challenging 9 mile, 1400 ft. hike along San Pablo Ridge in EBRPD Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

From the staging area we head up to San Pablo Ridge on Wildcat Creek, Belgum, San Pablo Ridge, and Old Nimitz Way Trails. At the paved Nimitz Way Trail we split up, with the shorter hikes stopping to snack at the old radar site on the hill. The long hike continues on Nimitz Way, and Conlon Trails to snack at the bench overlooking the bay.

The moderate hike will return via Old Nimitz Way, Mezue, and Wildcat Creek Trails.

The long hike will return via Conlon, and Wildcat Creek Trails.

For those of you crazy enough to try it, you can return via Nimitz Way, Havey Canyon, and Wildcat Creek Trails.
Note: This will be the muddiest way back.

For directions to the Wildcat Canyon Staging Area please follow this Google Maps link.



Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station
Thursday, February 09, 2017 @ 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, crossover Skyline Blvd., Sequoia Bayview Trail and Sunset Trail back to the parking area. Bathrooms at trailhead and Roberts Park. Hike could be altered or cancelled to HEAVY RAIN.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Marciel Gate
Sunday, February 05, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An 8+ mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park starting from Marciel Gate. 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.

Valle Vista to Redwood
Thursday, February 02, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6+ mile hike from Valle Vista Staging Area through EBMUD land continuing in Redwood Regional Park. Expect some mud and possible rain.

Route will be Redwood Trail, left through the gate onto East Ridge Trail, right on Canyon Trail to Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Then left to pass the parking lot, right to cross the bridge, right on the Bridle Trail, right to the Old Church shelter where we will take our rest/snack break.

From Old Church return left on the Stream Trail to Canyon Meadow Staging Area, left on Canyon Trail, left on East Ridge Trail, right on Redwood Trail for return to Valle Vista.

Location for Google map directions: EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area or: https://goo.gl/maps/LYa1zMiXEfL2


Morgan Territory Regional Preserve (Volvon Trail)
Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Leaders Choice Hike

My or your choice hike(s) of moderate+ 7.7 mile, 1100 ft. or challenging 7.4 mile, 1400 ft. in EBRPD Morgan Territory Regional Preserve. Hopefully we'll see snow in the Sierras and very little mud on our feet on a winter hike in the hills.

From the staging area we head out Volvon, Blue Oak, Miwok, Manzanita, Valley View, Volvon and Volvon Loop Trails to stop to snack overlooking Round Valley.

The easier hike returns via Volvon Loop, Volvon, Prairie Falcon, Volvon, and Condor Trails.

The more challenging hike returns via Volvon Loop, Stone Corral, Coyote, and Condor Trails.

Please use this Google Maps to find your way to the Morgan Territory Staging Area.



Briones-Briones Road Staging Area
Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6.5 mile, 1,300 foot elevation gain loop hike, beginning at trail marker 25 at the end of Briones Road. 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 the bench at the summit. Return on Briones Crest Trail and Old Briones Road Trail.

Las Trampas Peak
Sunday, January 22, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Weather forecast predicts a rainy day so hike may be modified and/or shortened if conditions are too unfavorable.

A 5+ mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain with an option to increase the distance to 6.5 miles with a 1700-foot elevation gain, weather permitting.

Route will be through the gate via the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail, left onto the road then continuing right up to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail and left to Las Trampas Peak.

After a short rest/snack stop, return via the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the junction with the Chamise Trail. The shorter hike will turn right down the Chamise Trail to the parking lot.

The longer hike will continue on the Las Trampas Ridge Trail, left on Del Amigo Trail, left on Sulpher Springs Trail, right on Las Trampas Ridge Trail, left on Chamise Trail to the parking lot.

Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and restrooms at the parking lot.


Inspiration Point (Tilden Park)
Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Seaview to Vollmer Peak

A moderate+ 6.4 mile, 1500 ft hike from Inspiration Point to Vollmer Peak, with an optional 1 mile, 300 ft elevation gain addon.

Starting from Inspiration Pt. we head out Curran and Seaview Trails to Vollmer Peak Road. We then head up to the peak to check out the view. We then descend the paved road to the Steam Train area to snack.

After our snack stop we return via Vollmer Peak, Lower Big Springs, Seaview and Curran Trails. The longer hike will break off at the bottom of Vollmer Peak Trail to ascend on Upper Big Springs Trail and Seaview Trails.

Google Maps directions to Inspiration Point.



Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail (Regency Gate)
Sunday, January 15, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7-mile 1600-ft elevation gain or a shorter 6-mile 1450-ft elevation gain hike to view the Mount Diablo Waterfalls. Weather should be sunny, but expect some mud and wet stream crossings. There should be lots of flowing water after the recent heavy rains.

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.


Redwood Regional Park (Redwood Road Entrance)
Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Search for Running Water Hike

A moderate 6.8 or 7.6 mile 1100 ft. hike of EBRPD Redwood Regional Park.

We'll start from the Canyon Meadows Parking lot and head up the Stream Trail searching for treasures. Turning left on Tres Sendas Trail up to West Ridge Trail watching for fallen trees along the way.
Left again on West Ridge Trail into the Redwood Bowl to stop to snack.

After the break, when the sun comes out or the rain has stopped, we'll head down the West Ridge Trail to descend on Chown Trail.

The shorter hike will turn right on Bridle to Stream Trails back to the parking lot.

The longer hike will turn right on French Trail and descend on the Orchard Trail to Bridle and Stream Trails back to the cars.


Please 'DO GO INTO THE Park Entrance' and drive to the end of the road and park at Canyon Meadows Parking Lot.



Las Trampas Main Staging Area
Sunday, January 08, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: HIKE CANCELLED

Redwood Regional Park from Redwood Bowl
Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate two choice hike, either a 5.5 mile 700-foot or 7.5 mile 1,300-foot loop hike, both begin at Redwood Bowl Staging Area (use 10060 Skyline Blvd., Oakland for GPS). Actual start of hike is next to the bathrooms at Redwood Bowl picnic area. Route will be Roberts Ridge Trail, single track trail through PAL Camp crossing over Skyline Blvd. into Joaquin Miller's Big Trees Trail, crossing back over Skyline Blvd. into Redwood Regional Park and down the Dunn Trail, Golden Spike Trail, up the Montiero Trail, right on the Dunn Trail, right on the Baccharis Trail, left on the West Ridge Trail where the short hike will continue on the West Ridge Trail back to the parking area. Long hike will descend the Chown Trail stopping at Trail's End to rest/snack. Return will be Stream Trail, Mill Trail, French Trail & Madrone Trail back to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at trailhead and also at Trail's End for those on the long hike.

Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, January 01, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

New Years Day Mission Peak Hike

A challenging 10 mile, 2200 ft hike from EBRPD Sunol Regional Wilderness to EBRPD Mission Peak.

We'll start by the toilets across from the Wilderness Sign-in Panel and head up Ohlone Wilderness, Laurel Loop, Eagle Loop and Peak Trails to a snack on the Peak. The return route will retrace our steps back to Sunol.

A slightly longer option will ascend the Peak from the North side and return via the southern route.

Directions to Sunol from Google Maps

Note: Everyone must carry a current Ohlone Wilderness Permit Map ($2 at the Kiosk, good for a year) on this hike.

From the EBRPD Sunol Web Page

Hikers who cross into the San Francisco Water Department lands that connect Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness and Del Valle Regional Park must carry the Ohlone Wilderness Trail map/permit. Each person age 12 years or older is required to have their own permit. Hikers must sign in at trailheads as they enter these lands.



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