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Briones Regional Park: Reliez Valley Staging
Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6.6 mile, 1,600 foot elevation gain balloon hike in Briones Regional Park starting from Reliez Valley Staging Area in Lafayette. Route will be Blue Oak Trail, No Name Trail #1, Blue Oak Trail, No Name Trail #2, Blue Oak Short Cut Trail, Spengler Trail to Maricich Lagoons stopping to rest/snack. Return on No Name Trail #3, left on Table Top Trail, Spengler Trail, back down Blue Oak Short Cut Trail then retrace route back to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike. Limited trailhead parking, street parking available. Use 3299 Gloria Terrace, Lafayette for GPS.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Las Trampas Quest-a


Help me celebrate my birthday and join us at 9:30am for a hike through Las Trampas. Your choice of a moderately challenging 6.2 mile/1440' shorter hike or a challenging 8 mile/2300' long hike.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Rocky Ridge View Trail, left on Cuesta, left on Rocky Ridge, left on Elderberry to the Corral Camp for a break. Hike continues across Bollinger onto the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail. Hikes diverge at the junction with Chamise. Short hike continues straight on Bollinger Creek Loop on up past the parking lot staying on the right. Turn left after .8 miles to make it a loop back to the parking area.

The long hike turns right on Chamise, then right on Mahogany, rejoining Chamise to the right. Stay straight/slight left on Las Trampas Ridge. Right on Corduroy Hills for a short distance, right on No Name trail to Eagle Peak lookout. Retrace steps back to Las Trampas Ridge, right passing Vail Peak, first left on connector trail to Bollinger Creek Loop. Keep straight to the T then left. Stay to your right on the west side of Bollinger Creek Loop back to the parking area. Dogs allowed, facilities at lot only. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the route map using the link above!



EBMUD: Valle Vista
Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Valle Vista Staging Area


Now that a single-lane bridge has been installed on Canyon Road, we again have easy access to the Valle Vista EBMUD staging area. Bring your EBMUD permit. Those without can be a guest of a hiker that has one.

Starting at 9:30 am from EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area is a moderate 7-mile 1300-ft elevation gain hike along the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route from Valle Vista is through the gate, right a short distance, left on Richie Loop Trail, right on trail to King Canyon Loop, keeping left continuing up and over the hill to the gate at the bottom where we will take a short snack break.

Return right on King Canyon Loop Trail along the reservoir, left to return to the staging area.

Restrooms at Valle Vista. Dogs not allowed in EBMUD.

Please download and print out the driving directions here.



NOTE:

Morgan Territory Adventure

Your choice of a
7.2 mile/1300 ft Moderate+, or a
8.3 mile/1800 ft Challenging
clockwise loop hike in EBRPD Morgan Territory Regional Preserve.

Starting from the Morgan Territory Road Staging Area we descend on Condor and Coyote Trails to a left on Stone Corral Trail. At Highland Ridge Trail we turn right to ascend to a right on Eagle Trail where we will take our snack/rest break on the rocks before the Stone Corral. Continuing on Eagle Trail, we turn left on Volvon Loop circling Bob Walker Ridge to Valley View Trail. Turning left on Valley View Trail, enjoying the views of Round Valley and Los Vaqueros as we descend to Whelk Stream to ascend again to the intersection of Manzanita Trail.

At the Manzanita Trail junction the shorter hike continues strait on Valley View to turn left on Volvon Trail then Blue Oak Trails. Following the Blue Oak Trail to a right on Hummingbird Trail, then a quick left on Volvon Trail.
After 0.2 mile turning right on the single track Prairie Falcon Trail. Enjoy the views toward Mount Diablo before returning to Volvon Trail, then shortly a right turn on Condor Trail back to the parking lot.

The longer hike turns left descending on Manzanita Trail to a right on Miwok Trail. After ascending on Miwok we turn right on Blue Oak Trail, turning left on Hummingbird Trail joining back up with the short hike to return to the parking lot.

Please use this Google Maps link for directions to the staging area.



NOTE: An 8 mile hike with a 1,700 foot elevation gain in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness starting from the end of Hemme Road in Alamo. Route will be Ringtail Cat Trail, left on Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #1, right back onto Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, left on Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #3, Las Trampas-To-Briones Trail stopping at the picnic table above Jane's Meadow. Return back up Las Trampas-To-Briones Trail, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #4, and Ringtail Cat Trail back to the cars. No facilities on this hike.

NOTE:
Castle Rock to Borges Ranch Loop


Starting at 9:30 am from Castle Rock Park, this is a moderate 7.1-mile 1250-ft elevation gain hike to Borges Ranch. Hike may be shortened or modified if rain interferes. Please download and print out the route map here.

Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the parking area.

Route will be across the grass field, through the gate and right on Castle Rock Trail, continuing left on trail up towards the power tower, left on Shell Ridge Loop Trail, right at junction with the Fairy Lantern Trail, left up Buckeye Ravine Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on Borges Ranch Trail to Borges Ranch.

After a short rest/snack stop return on Borges Ranch Trail, right on Twin Ponds Loop Trail past the ponds, left uphill on the trail at Bullfrog Pond, left on Foothills Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, pass both Buckeye Ravine Trails, then right on Fairy Lantern Trail, continue right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road for return to Castle Rock Park.

Restrooms and water at Castle Rock Park and Borges Ranch.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here.



Mt. Diablo State Park: Curry Point
Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Green Friday 2017


Join us at 9:30am for a hike through the southern side of Mount Diablo on this day of caloric burn. This is a moderately challenging 7.5 mile/1900' trip down to the southern boundary and then the climb back out. Join us at Danville Park & Ride at 8:30 for a carpool up the winding roads and split the entry fees. For CARPOOL DIRECTIONS click here.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Camp Force, right on Summit, left on Staircase, right on Wall Point, left on Trail Through Time, through Rock City Parking Area to Artist Point Road. Take Artist Point Trail, left on West Fossil Ridge, right on No Name #1 down a steepish hill. Turn left on Summit, go just past turnoff to left to find No Name #2 on the left. Follow along fenceline, then left to loop back up on Summit Trail and over bridge. Right on Summit back the way you came, past where we entered Summit Trail all the way to Live Oak Campground. Turn right on access road and up the hill to find Elephant Rock Picnic Area for our break.Hike continues up access road, straight down roadway by split rail fence to find Trail Through Time to the right toward the restrooms across South Gate Road. Follow trail to the right of restrooms (Trail Through Time) which becomes Madrone Canyon. Turn left on Devil's Slide climbing all the way back up to Knobcone Point Road, left and straight on to Curry Point.

Dogs are not allowed, facilities at Rock City. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the route map using the link above! For DRIVING DIRECTIONS click here.



Tilden Regional Park: Mineral Springs
Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:00 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. Note 9:00 am start time.

Roberts Regional Recreation Area: Redwood Bowl
Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Search for Coccinellidae Hike

A moderate+ 7 mile, 1400 ft elevation gain hike of EBRPD Roberts and Redwood Regional Parks.

Our route takes us from the Redwood Bowl Staging Area down Roberts Ridge, West Ridge, Graham, Dunn, Baccharis, West Ridge, Chown, French, Mill, and Stream Trails where the search begins as we pass the Prince Trail. We continue on Stream Trail to Tres Sendas, StarFlower, French, Redwood Peak, West Ridge, and Roberts Ridge Trails back to our cars.

Please use this Google Maps link to find the Redwood Bowl Staging area.



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Black Point Blitz


Join us at 9:30am for a hike through the northern side of Mount Diablo and up one of its shorter peaks. A hiker's choice of a moderately challenging 7.2 mile/1800' or a challenging 8.5 mile/2000'.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Back Creek, right on Murchio, left on Watertower, right on Oak, left on Mitchell Canyon, right on Black Point, right to stay on Black Point and on up to the peak and down again. Optional out and back to the 'peak'. Continue left on Red Road and then a snack somewhere suitable along the way. We continue on Red Road, left on Fairy Lantern, right on Black Point, left on Mitchell Canyon, right on Oak, straight on Coulter Pine. Hikes diverge here.

The short hike turns left on Bruce Lee Road, right on Murchio, left on Back Creek. Long hike turns right on Bruce Lee Road, right on Back Creek, left on Tickwood, left on Donner Cabin, left on Donner Canyon back to the start.

Dogs are not allowed, no facilities. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the route map using the link above! For driving directions click here.



Lafayette Reservoir: Moraga Road to Reservoir Rim Trail
Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6+ mile 1400-ft elevation gain hike from the intersection of Moraga Road and Via Granada up to and around the Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail. A snack stop at the picnic tables before the dam crossing.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Visitor Center
Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Flag Hill Hump

A three-for-one hike in EBRPD Sunol Regional Wilderness. Your choice of a Challenging
6.0 mile, 1600 ft Short hike or
7.5 mile, 2000 ft Long Hike or
8.4 mile, 2400 ft extra Long Hike

We'll start at the toilets near the bridge, crossing the bridge and turning left on Flag Hill Trail ascending to Flag Hill. At this point the longer hikes will turn left, past Flag hill on a clockwise loop of the Flag Hill Loop Trail, returning to meet the short hike group at the top of the Flag Hill Trail.

Both groups will continue on Flag Hill Road, and Vista Grande Road Trails stopping to snack at the Eagle View Trail Junction bench. After our snack we continue on Eagle View Trail to Cave Rocks Road where the short and long hikes turn right to descend to Indian Joe Creek and Canyon View Trails back to the staging area.

The extra long hike will turn left on Cave Rocks Trail ascending to Cerro Este, McCorkle Road, and Canyon View Trails back to the staging area.

Please use this Google Maps link for directions to the staging area.
Also Note: If the entrance Kiosk is manned, there will be a $5 per vehicle fee charge for entrance to the park.



Rancho Laguna Park: Carr Ranch
Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Trailhead is 2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Canyon Road is still closed at the bridge so those coming from the Oakland area must go through the tunnel. From Oakland exit Orinda, right on Moraga Way, right on Canyon, left on Camino Pablo. Hike is an 8 mile, 1,900 foot elevation gain balloon hike starting from Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga. Route will be No Name Trail, Rocky Ridge Trail, clockwise around Carr Ranch Loop Trail. Return retraces back on Rocky Ridge Trail back to the cars. Bring EBMUD trail pass if you have one. Water/flush toilets at trailhead.

NOTE:
Castle Rock Park Entrance


Starting at 8:00 am from Castle Rock Park, this is a strenuous 15-mile 3400-ft elevation gain hike to Mt. Diablo Summit. For experienced hikers only. Because this is an out-and-back hike those wishing to do only part of the hike are welcome. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile in from the Castle Rock parking area. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route is Stage Road and BBQ Terrace Road to BBQ Terrace, then Wildcat Trail and crossing South Gate Road. Left on Summit Trail to the summit. At the summit we will rest, snack, and enjoy the view before returning to Castle Rock Park on the reverse route..

Please download and print out the driving directions map here. Restrooms and water at Castle Rock Park, BBQ Terrace, the summit and a few other places along the trail above BBQ Terrace.



Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Sidney Flat
Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
It's a Lark!


Join us at 9:30am for a hike through the northern side of Black Diamond. A hiker's choice of a moderately challenging 6.5 mile/1660' or a challenging 8.1 mile/1900'. We are starting from the LOWER PARKING LOT just after the entry kiosk!

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be River View Loop, left on Lark, right on connector trail, right on Old Homestead Loop. We will break near a copse of trees prior to Acorn Trail.

The short hike turns left on Acorn, right on Ridge, right through the gate, then down the middle trail which is Stewartville. Turn right on River View Trail, left on Railroad Bed back to the start. The long hike stays on Old Homestead, right on North Portal, right on Contra Loma, right on Ridge, right through the gate, then down the middle trail which is Stewartville. Turn right on River View Trail, left on Railroad Bed back to the start.

Dogs allowed, facilities at start. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the route map using the link above! For driving directions click here.



Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Remington
Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: The original hike scheduled on Sunday for the Siesta Valley De La Veaga Trail has to be changed due to a PG&E construction project that has now closed the trail for two weeks. So on to Plan B.

Hikers choice of either a 6 mile 1,600 foot or a 7.2 mile 2,000 foot elevation gain out-and-back 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 add 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.


EBMUD: Siesta Valley/DeLaVeaga Trail
Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of a 7 mile 1,600 foot or 8.4 mile 1,850 foot elevation gain out-and-back hike starting from the most eastern section of the Orinda BART parking lot. Begins on a pedestrian walkway, carefully crossing Camino Pablo and signing in at the EBMUD kiosk at the Siesta Valley trailhead. Route ascends the De la Veaga Trail, right on Skyline Trail with the short hike stopping to rest/snack at the picnic tables across from the Tilden Steam Train. Long hike continues right up the road to the Vollmer Peak Trail up to the peak. After enjoying the view returns to join the others at the picnic area. Return retraces back to the cars. No facilities at the trailhead but water/bathrooms at the Tilden Steam Train. Bring your EBMUD pass if you have one.

ALERT - CANCELLED
Redwood Regional Park: Redwood Road Entrance
Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

East Ridge - French Trails

Join me for a Ridgeline/Redwood hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. Your choice of a
6.4 mile, 1300 ft., or
7.4 mile, 1700 ft. hike.

From Canyon Meadows Staging Area, we head up Canyon, and East Ridge Trails to Prince Trail. The short hike descends to Stream Trail, turns right up to Tres Sendes Trail to our snack spot at the bench just across Redwood Creek.

The longer hike continues on East Ridge Trail to turn left on Eucalyptus Trail, descending to a left on Stream Trail to the snack spot on Tres Sendas.

After snacking the short hike heads up Tres Sendas and Starflower Trails to a left on French Trail.

The long hike follows Tres Sendas Trail further up the creek to French Trail, turning left on French to the Starflower Trail Junction.

All hikes take French Trail to turn left on Chown Trail, descending to a right turn on Bridle Trail. We follow the single track Bridal Trail until it becomes a Road where we turn left over to Stream Trail to return to our cars.

Please use this Google Maps link for directions to the Canyon Meadows Staging Area.



Briones Regional Park: Alhambra Creek Staging
Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Spengler Challenge


Join us at 9:00am for a hike through the northeast side of Briones. A hiker's choice of a moderately challenging 6 mile/1600', a challenging 7.8 mile/2100', or a difficult 9 mile/2300'.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Diablo View, left on Spengler, right on Table Top Connector and then the first break. Continue right on No Name Trail all the way past the Maricich Lagoons, left on Spengler to Old Briones Road. The hikes diverge here. The short hike continues right on Old Briones Road Trail. Once you reach the parking area, there is a single track that parallels the road on the left. Follow it down until a T-intersection with Pine Tree Trail turning right on the roadway and following it down a quarter mile to make a right on Orchard Trail and back to the start.

The medium and long hikes turn left on Old Briones Road Trail, right on Briones Crest and Break #2 at Sindicich Lagoons. The hikes diverge here. The medium hike turns right on Lagoon Trail, right on Toyon Canyon, left on Pine Tree down past the Park Office and road, continuing on Orchard Trail, across Old Briones Road and straight back to the start.

The long hike stays on Briones Crest and right on Lagoon Trail #2, left on Toyon Canyon, left on Pine Tree down past the Park Office and road, continuing on Orchard Trail, across Old Briones Road and straight back to the start.

Dogs allowed, facilities at start and on Old Briones Road. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the route map using the link above! For driving directions click here.



Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock loop
Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Castle Rock to Livorna Loop


Starting at 9:30 am from Castle Rock Park, this is a moderate 7.5-mile 1400-ft elevation gain hike to the Livorna Staging Area. Please download and print out the route map here.

Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from parking area.

Route will be across the grass field, through the gate and left on Castle Rock Trail, continuing on Stage Road, right on Fairly Lantern Trail, left to continue to top of hill, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Borges Ranch Trail, right on south Twin Ponds Loop Trail to Bullfrog Pond. Right on Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge Trail, left on Franco Ranch Trail, left on Hazard Trail, right on Foothills Trail to the Livorna Staging Area.

After a short rest/snack stop return on Alamo Trail, left up Hanging Valley Trail, right on Stonegate Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on 2nd Buckeye Ravine Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road to return to Castle Rock Park.

Restrooms and water at Castle Rock Park.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here.



Del Valle Regional Park: Marina
Sunday, October 08, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Cedar Mtn - Black Sage Trail

Time to go back to Lake Del Valle for a two-for-one hike on some trails we haven't done together. Your choice of a
6 mile, 1000 ft ele., or
9 mile, 1700 ft ele. Hike.

Starting from the South end of the Marina Parking Lot we'll head out along the lake on the East Shore Trail passing under the bridge up to the service road. Crossing over Arroyo Valle on the bridge and descending into the Family Campground. We cross Arroyo Valle Creek on Cedar Mtn. Trail ascending to Black Sage Trail where the short hike group can stop to snack.

Following the Black Sage Trail around to a right turn onto the fire road the groups split up at the pond where the shorter hike follows Cedar Camp Trail to Del Valle Road, turning left .15 miles along the road to the trailhead back to the East Shore Trail and the cars.

The longer hike crosses over the pond Dam on the fire road stopping to snack after .6 mile. We then continue on ascending to the top of Del Valle Road, where we turn left down along the road to the East Ridge Trail. We complete the hike along East Ridge, Left on Ridgeline, and Right on Squirrel Gulch Trails to the Marina.

Please follow this Google Maps link to the Marina Parking Lot on the East shore of Lake Del Valle.



NOTE: A 6 mile, 1,500 foot elevation gain figure 8 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, stopping to rest/snack under the oak trees at the end of No Name Trail #2. Return goes right on Madrone Trail, left on No Name Trail #3, right on Madrone Trail (passing through Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site) left on Del Amigo Trail back to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike. Street parking only.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Oktoberfest Challenge


Join us at 9:00am for a hike on Mount Diablo followed by Clayton's Oktoberfest celebration. A hiker's choice of a moderately challenging 6 mile/1800' or a challenging 7 mile/2000'.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Donner Canyon, left Murchio, left Back Creek to Murchio Gap. Turn left on Meridian Ridge. At the junction of Prospectors Gap Road, we will take a break. The short hike will continue left down Meridian Ridge, left on Donner Canyon all the way back to the start.

The long hike turns right up Prospectors Gap Road, left on Middle, right on Meridian Ridge, left on Donner Canyon, right on Hetherington, left to stay on Hetherington, across creek, right on Donner Canyon back to the start.

Dogs not allowed in State Park, no facilities. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the trail map from the link above. For driving directions click here.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Shell Ridge Marshall Dr. entrance


Starting at 9:30 am from Marshall Dr., this is a moderate approx 7-mile 1400-ft elevation gain hike to Borges Ranch. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route from Marshall Dr. to Borges Ranch is road to Ridge Top Trail, following Ridge Top Trail past Ginder Gap Loop, crossing Coastanoan Trail around the hill, left on Flat Top Trail, right on Haystack Hill Trail to the peak. After enjoying the view, return down Haystack Hill Trail, right on Flat Top Trail, right on Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond. Then right up to Borges Ranch for a rest/snack stop.

Return up Borges Ranch Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Coyote Pond Trail at the gate, passing Coyote Pond, right up the hill for a left onto Indian Creek Trail, right on trail passing Indian Valley School to return to the trailhead.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here. Restrooms and water at Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. Dogs OK.



Dublin Hills Regional Park: Silvergate Dr.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ 9:00 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 a short rest/snack return back along Calaveras Ridge Trail, No Name Trail, and down Martin Canyon Creek Trail to the trailhead. No faciities on this hike. Street parking only.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Emmons Canyon Road
Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Wall Point Loop

Join me for a loop hike of Mount Diablo's Wall Point and Pine Canyon. Your choice of a
moderate+ 5.5 Mile, 1400 ft. or
challenging 7.8 Mile, 2000 ft. Hikes.

Starting from the end of Emmons Canyon Drive we head up Emmons Canyon Road, Wall Point Road, and Secret Trail to BBQ Terrace Road where we descend to the intersection with Stage Road to stop for a snack.

The shorter hike continues back on Stage Road, Dusty Road, Wall Point Road, and Emmons Canyon Road to our cars.

The longer hike turns right on Stage Road, Buckeye Trail, Burma Road, Stage Road, Dusty Road, Wall Point Road, and Emmons Canyon Road to our cars.

Please use this Google Maps link for directions to Emmons Canyon.



NOTE:
Black Diamond Coal Canyon Hike


Join us at 9:00am for the first hike in Black Diamond Mines this year! As the weather promises to cool down in East County, we'll test our luck that it will stay that way come Sunday. A hiker's choice of a moderately challenging 6 mile/1600' or a challenging 7 mile/1900', we will meet at the upper parking lot at the end of the road. For driving directions click here.

Please download and print out the route map here. 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 by Jim's Place, then left on Black Diamond Way (paved), continue left on Black Diamond Trail (dirt) 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, the routes split here. The short hike continues straight on Manhattan Canyon until reaching a T-junction, right, then right onto Nortonville Trail, left on Somersville back to the start. The long hike turns right on Chapparal Loop, over bridge, right on Chapparal loop up the hill and veering left as it becomes Ridge Trail at the power tower. At the top, turn sharp left on Stewartville back down, then left on Pittsburg Mine, right at T-junction, over foot bridge, right on connector trail, right on Somersville back the way you started.

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. For driving directions click here.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Shell Ridge Bob Pond entrance


Starting at 9:30 am from Bob Pond, this is a moderate 6-mile 1400-ft hike, with the option to extend it to 7 miles, to Walnut Creek's Castle Rock Park. Please download and print out the route map here.

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 the 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 to 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.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here. Restrooms and water at Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. Dogs OK.



Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 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



Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Clyde Woolridge
Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Choose either a 6.2 mile, 800 foot or 7.5 mile, 900 foot elevation gain loop hike starting from Clyde Woolridge staging area in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Route will be Goldenrod Trail, Bass Cove Trail, Columbine Trail, Quail Trail, Lost Ridge Trail, Hawk Ridge Road, stopping at Look Out Ridge Campground to rest/snack. Return on Columbine Trail, Cascade Trail, and Jackson Grade Trail back to the cars. The long hike will cross over the stone bridge, left on Grass Valley Trail, left on Redtail Trail across the creek, left on Brandon Trail and up Jackson Grade back to the cars. Water/bathrooms at Look Out Ridge Campground.

Roberts Regional Recreation Area: Redwood Bowl
Sunday, September 03, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Redwood Bowl to Huckleberry


The Thursday group often gets to explore Huckleberry, but the Sunday group never has. We'll be starting from the Redwood Bowl Staging Area, which may be a new parking area for you, find directions here. Starting at 9:00 am from parking area, this is a hiker's choice of a moderate 7 mile/1400' balloon hike or a moderately challenging 8 mile/1700' hike. Please download and print out the route map here.

We'll head up a connector trail to West Ridge heading past Chabot Science Center and on to Skyline Gate. We'll continue onto East Ridge a short distance to find the Bay Area Ridge Trail to Huckleberry on the left. We'll make a left on lower Huckleberry Path hitting a couple of short out and backs on the hilltops before taking a break at the Huckleberry Parking Area where there is a primitive restroom. Continue on the loop along the upper Huckleberry Path staying right as it becomes the B.A.R.T. We will loop back around and follow our inbound route back to Skyline Gate. The short hike will retrace our steps all the way back to the cars.

The long hike continues left onto Stream Trail, right on Tres Sendas staying right to follow it back up to West Ridge, left. At a small spur off to the right at Moon Gate, head along the spur, then left parallel to the road. We will loop around to the left, cross the road and head straight into Joaquin Miller on Castle Park Trail, staying left. After passing Bayview Trail on the left, stay left to take you to the road. Cross Skyline back to the parking lot.

The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. For driving directions click here. There are no facilities located at trailhead, though you can walk down to the Bowl about 10 mins, or stop on your way in at the Joaquin Miller Ranger Station. There are facilities at Skyline Gate and at our break spot in Huckleberry. Sorry, No Dogs Allowed in Huckleberry Preserve. No Fees. See you at 9:00 am!!!



Redwood Regional Park: Redwood Road Entrance
Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Redwood Park to Valle Vista


Starting at 9:30 am Canyon Meadow, this is a moderate 7.2-mile 1400-ft hike to EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route will be Stream Trail, right on Prince Trail, right on East Ridge Trail, left through the gate on Redwood Trail to Valle Vista Staging Area

After a short rest/snack stop, return back on Redwood Trail, left on East Ridge Trail and right on Canyon Meadow Trail to return to the Canyon Meadow staging area.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here. Restrooms at Canyon Meadow and Valle Vista. Dogs not allowed on EBMUD Redwood Trail.



NOTE:

Don Edwards to Coyote Hills

A two-for-one hike along the Baylands of Fremont from Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge into EBRPD Coyote Hills. Your choice of a
Easy 6.8 mile, 500 ft, or a
Moderate 7.7 mile, 850 ft hike.

Starting from the large parking lot near the Refuge Administrative Headquarters building, we take the Tidelands Trail for a 1.5 mile loop of the refuge before entering Coyote hills on Quarry and Apay Way Trails.

At this point the shorter hike turns left on Bayview Trail, and follows it to the Nike Trail where you turn right crossing over the hills.

Meanwhile the longer hike ascends the hill on Red Hill Trail, taking it almost all the way to Alameda Creek where we turn left on Bayview Trail to a left on the Nike Trail to cross over the hill.

Both hikes will follow the Nike Trail East, turning right on Bayview Trail to the lawn area by the Visitor Center for our snack.

After our snack we head back to Don Edwards on Bayview, Apay, and Quarry Trails.



Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area: Kennedy Grove
Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7 mile, 1,100-foot elevation gain, mostly out-and-back hike starting from El Sobrante's Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area. Route will be Bay Area Ridge Trail, Old San Pablo Trail, single track shoreline trail to the Boathouse, paved park roads, Eagles Nest Trail, Nimitz Way Trail, Conlon Trail, connector trail to Wildcat Peak to rest/ snack/enjoy the views. Return will retrace route back to San Pablo Dam Road, then Old San Pablo Trail back to the parking area. No dogs allowed. Bring your EBMUD permit if you have one. Water/bathrooms at Kennedy Grove trailhead.

Briones Regional Park: Alhambra Creek Staging
Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Alhambra Creek No Name Challenge


We will be exploring some of the no name trails on the north side of Briones with a Potluck Picnic for all after the hike. Starting at 9:00 am from the Crow Picnic Area, this is a hiker's choice of a moderately challenging 7.1 mile/1600' or a challenging 9.5 mile/2300' hike. Please download and print out the route map here.

It is time once again to gather for our POTLUCK PICNIC after the hike! You don't need to bring anything to attend, but if you would like to bring items to share, there is a sign-up sheet online. Please bring a folding chair or two if you have them. Everyone is welcome, there will be plenty of food...so please come hang with us for a little while afterwards. If you know anyone who would be willing to sit and save us a table while we hike, e-mail Steve. To sign-up for the potluck click here.

We'll head out Alhambra Creek Trail, right No Name #1, right Spengler, left Old Briones, right Briones Crest, left No Name #2, left Mott Peak, right Abrigo Valley to Wee-ta-chi for snack break. Continue on Abrigo, right Briones Crest, across Old Briones on No Name #3. Short hike turns left and past the lagoons to rejoin Spengler, right on Spengler, left on Alhambra Creek. You can choose the scenic route, No Name #5, back along the creekbed by going just past the turnoff and left on a single track.

The long hike continues right through the gate and up No Name #4, left on Table Top connector trail, left on Spengler, left near the water trough to stay on Spengler, left past Diablo View to stay on Spengler, then right on Alhambra Creek. You can choose the scenic route, No Name #5, back along the creekbed turning right just before the turnoff on a single track.

The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. For driving directions click here. Facilities located at trailhead and break spot. Dogs Welcome, though the long hike might be pretty difficult for Buster. Fees are rarely collected here before 9:00. See you at 9:00 am!!!



Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail from Via Granada


Hike starts at 9:30 am from the intersection of Via Granada and Moraga Road. Park on Via Granada. A moderate 6.25-mile hike on the upper rim trail of the Lafayette Reservoir with about a 1400-ft elevation gain. Please download and print out the route map here.

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 and restrooms for a short rest/snack. Then continue across the dam.

After crossing the dam, turn right on the lower trail, then left on the trail just past the childrens 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 are allowed but must be on leashes NOT longer than 6 feet.

Please download and print out the attached driving directions here.



Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Chabot Staging
Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

A Hike along the Lake

Two for one hikes in EBRPD Anthony and Lake Chabot Regional Parks. Your choice of a
7.2 mile, 1300 ft ele., or
8.2 mile, 1300 ft ele. Hike
from the EBMUD Chabot Staging area on Redwood Road.

Starting from the Chabot Staging Area we head out Willow View Trail, Brandon Trail through Redwood Canyon Golf course, Proctor, Ten Hills, Cameron Loop, and Honker Bay Trails to Hucks Trail. At this point the shorter hike will ascend Hucks Trail to our Snack stop at the Amphitheater.

The longer hike continues around the lake on Honker Bay Trail to the campground road to the Amphitheater to snack. (The longest route is currently not available using Towhee Trail off of Honker Bay)

After the snack we return on Hucks, Towhee, Brandon and Willow View Trails.

Click here for Google Maps Directions to EBMUD Chabot Staging Area.
Although we are hiking in EBRPD, please bring your EBMUD Trail permit to sign your car at the EBMUD sign-in panel.



Augustin Bernal Community Park: Longview Trail
Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 6.5 mile, 1,500 foot elevation gain three loop hike through Pleasantons Augustin Bernal Community Park into EBRPs Pleasanton Ridge. Route will be Longview Drive Road, Longview Trail, Chaparral Trail, Valley View Trail, right on Blue Oak Knoll Trail, Upper Ridgeline Trail, left on No Name Trail #1, left again on No Name Trail #2, right on Sinbad Creek Trail, left on Ridgeline Trail stopping at the overlook bench and picnic table to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on Lower Ridgeline Trail, Equestrian Trail, Valley View Trail, Toyon Trail, Longview Trail and Longview Drive Road back to the cars. No facilities on this hike. NOTE THE 9:00 AM START TIME!

Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Sunday, August 06, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Bear Creek to Table Top Hike


A supposedly cooler day brings us to the west side of Briones for a lovely hike up near Briones Peak and sweeping views of Mt. Diablo and the valley below. Starting at 9:00 am from the parking area to the right, this is a hiker's choice of a moderately challenging 7.5 mile/1800' or a 6.3 mile/1700' hike. Please download and print out the route map here.

We'll head out Old Briones Rd, veer right to the Ivan Dickson, left up Crescent Ridge past the Archery Range, left on Yerba Buena. The short hike turns right at T-intersection onto Valley, the left at the next T on Briones Crest, then right at the next T a short distance to find the lookout bench on Table Top. Both hikes meet here and continue together to the end. Proceed down Table Top, right on Briones Crest (staying left), right to stay on Briones Crest at Sunrise, then right on Seaborg, and left on Bear Creek. There may be some poison oak on Bear Creek Trail. If you want to skip this trail (though it is lovely and shaded), you may continue to the next intersection and follow the arrows in reverse back the way we started.

The long hike turns right at the T-intersection on Valley Trail, right on Old Briones, right on Briones Crest and up to Table Top to break and rejoin the short hikers. The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. This is the regional park entrance on the RIGHT NOT the EBMUD entrance on the left. For driving directions click here. Facilities located at trailhead only. Dogs Welcome for $2 fee. Entrance fee of $3. See you at 9:00 am!!!

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, August 03, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Redwood Park Loop

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Starting at 9:30 am from Skyline Gate, this is a moderate 8-mile 1200-ft or shorter 6.5-mile 1000-ft hike to Redwood Bowl. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route is left on Stream Trail, right on Tres Sendas Trail, left on Star Trail, left on French Trail. Short hike option turns right at Fern Trail junction and ascends to West Ridge Trail. Long hike continues on French Trail, turns right on Chown Trail and ascends to West Ridge Trail. Both hikes turn right on West Ridge Trail and continue to Redwood Bowl.

After a short rest/snack stop, return back on West Ridge Trail, left on Madrone Trail, left on French Trail all the way to West Ridge Trail. Then right to return to Skyline Gate.

Please download and print out the route map here. Restrooms and water at Skyline Gate and Redwood Bowl. Dogs OK but must be on leash on the Stream Trail.

IGNORE EVENT AND TRAIL NOTES BELOW!


Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hiker's choice of a 6.5 mile, 1,200 foot, or a 7.5 mile, 1,400 foot elevation gain loop hike starting at Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station. Route begins with a short downhill on Sinawik Trail, crossing over the stone bridge, right on Sunset Trail, right on Palos Colorados Trail, right on Sequoia-Bayview Trail, cross Skyline Blvd., connector trail to Redwood Regional Park, right on Dunn Trail, Golden Spike Trail, right on Montiero Trail, back onto Golden Spike Trail, left up Tate Trail, left on West Ridge Trail, where Short Hike continues on West Ridge Trail to Redwood Bowl stopping to rest/snack. Long Hike also turns left on West Ridge Trail, but then turns right on Chown Trail, left on French Trail, left up Fern Trail and right on West Ridge Trail also stopping at Redwood Bowl. Return through PAL camp, cross Skyline Blvd., down Big Trees Trail, right on Sequoia-Bayview Trail, left on Sunset Trail, and up the entry road to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at trailhead and Redwood Bowl. Ignore Trail Notes Below. NOTE 9:00 am START TIME!

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Volmer Peak Hike

Your choice hike to Volmer Peak.
A 6.5 mile, 1600 ft
or 7.7 mile, 2000 ft

Starting from Inspiration Point we head out Curran, and Seaview Trails toward Volmer Peak. The shorter hike continues along the ridge to the Paved road up to Volmer Peak.

The longer hike will descend Big Springs Trail to South Park Dr, then ascend on Arroyo Trail back to Seaview Trail and Volmer Peak.

After a short stop to check out the view, both hikes descend the paved portion to snack at the picnic tables across from the steam train parking lot.

After our snack we will return via Volmer Peak, Lupine, Volmer Peak, South Park Dr, Big Springs, Seaview, and Curran Trails.

As always you kind find your way to Inspiration Point with this Google Maps link.



Redwood Regional Park: Redwood Road Entrance
Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Redwood Stroll (Take Two)


Another hot day inland on Sunday sends us to Oakland for some tree cover. After the first version of this hike, I was advised to define 'stroll'. In this instance it is defined as a moderately challenging hike on one of my favorite trails in the east bay, French Trail. Starting at 9:00 am from the gravel Wayside parking area, this is a hiker's choice of an 8 mile/1700' or a 6.2 mile/1300' hike. Please download and print out the route map here.

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. The short hike turns right on Starflower and crosses over French before finding a suitable log for a snack break. The long hike continues up Madrone, right on West Ridge Trail and across the field to a snack break at Redwood Bowl. Return back to West Ridge Trail the way you came in, then left on Redwood Peak Trail, right on French, left on Starflower.

The two hikes converge on Starflower, continuing to right on Tres Sendas, right on Stream. At the turn off for Chown trail to the right, make a right then a quick left up onto Bridle Trail. Follow Bridle all the way back to the fish ladder and to the cars. The trail will be marked with flour arrows along the route. For driving directions click here. Facilities located at trailhead and at Redwood Bowl. Dogs Welcome. Entrance fee of $5. See you at 9:00 am!!!

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW

NOTE: A moderate 7-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike from Castle Rock Park to Macedo Ranch. If not too hot, an option to add a 1.3-mile, 350-foot elevation gain loop on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail near the end.

The route to Macedo Ranch will be across the baseball field, left on Castle Rock Trail, continuing on Stage Road, right on Little Yosemite Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, and right on Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch.

After a rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via Wall Point Road keeping right to Dusty Road, left on Stage Road to the junction with Fairy Lantern Trail where the add-on loop starts.

Short route hikers continue on Stage Road to Castle Rock Park while add-on hikers turn left on Fairy Lantern Trail, stay right on Shell Ridge Loop Trail, right down hill near power tower, right on Castle Rock Trail to return to Castle Rock Park.

Water, restrooms and picnic tables are available at Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. The trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.


NOTE:

Beat the Heat by the Bay Hike - Reprise

A moderate 6.2 mile, 900 ft or 5.5 mile, 800 ft stroll up and down EBRPD Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline. We'll visit all the highlights including Ferry Point, False Gun, and Nicholl Knob.

Our route will start from the first parking lot, across the street from Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Clubhouse, along the SF Bay Trail to Ferry Point. We will continue on the Bay Trail/Brickyard Cove Road/Seacliff Drive to East Trail just off Canal Bl. Following East Trail to ascend Crest Trail to False Gun for a great view of the bay. We then descend on West Ridge Trail to West Ridge Point where we pick up Old Country Road Trail.

After traversing the park on Old Country Road we ascend to the North on Crest Trail to our snack spot on Nicholl Knob. After a short break we go down the hill to Marine View Trail back to Old Country Road, up an over the Dornan Drive tunnel to descend to the SF Bay Trail back to the Parking Lot.

The shorter hike can forego the Marine View/County Road portion and just descend and cross over Dornan Drive.

The Parking Lot address is across from 900 Dornan Drive Richmond, CA 94801 Google Map



Tilden Regional Park: Vollmer Peak Trail
Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 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 Jordan Trail, Side Hill Trail, cross back over Grizzly Peak Blvd. (climb over/under a gate) and Skyline Trail back to the parking area. Water/flush toilets at nearby Steam Train parking lot, porta potty at trailhead. Follow Directions to Trailhead below and park in the far dirt lot as the Steam Train is now open weekdays during summer.

Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Sunday, July 09, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Joaquin Miller Loop de Loop (Take Two)


A hot day inland on Sunday sends us to Oakland for some tree cover. After a long absence from leading hikes, Steve is back for a re-do of a very rain-soaked hike from last year. Starting at 9:00 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. Please download and print out the route map here.

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 route map here. Facilities located at trailhead and at several points throughout the hike. See you at 9:00 am!!!

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 7-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 West Ridge Trail, left on French Trail, right on Chown Trail and right on Stream Trail to Trail's End for a short snack break.

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

Restrooms at Skyline Gate and Trail's End. Dogs allowed but must be on-leash on the Stream Trail. For Google map directions: Skyline Gate Staging Area


Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Chabot Staging
Sunday, July 02, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Ramage Peak Trail

An up to 8.5 Mile/1500 ft Out-and-Back hike of EBMUD Ramage Peak Trail. This mostly wooded single track trail winds its way from EBMUD Chabot Staging Area to EBRPD Las Trampas Regional Park.

The plan is to hike as far as Miller Road where we will stop for a snack break before returning on the same trail. Please bring your EBMUD hiking permits and remember to register your car license at the trailhead before we start the hike.

To Reach the EBMUD Chabot Staging Area use this Google Maps link.

Sorry: No Dogs Allowed on the Ramge Peak Trail



Rancho Laguna Park: King Canyon
Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Trailhead is 2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Canyon Road is closed at the bridge so those coming from the Oakland area must go through the tunnel. From Oakland Exit Orinda, right on Moraga Way, right on Canyon, left on Camino Pablo. Hike is a 7+ mile, 1,200 foot elevation gain loop hike starting from Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga. Route will be clockwise around King Canyon Loop Trail with a stop at Valle Vista to rest/snack. Bring EBMUD trail permit. Water/flush toilet at trailhead, pit toilet at Valle Vista.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl Entrance
Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Meet at TRAILHEAD AT MIDDLE (NOT END) OF ROCKSPRING PL at 9:00 am. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES. Trailhead address is 1880 Rockspring Pl, Walnut Creek

Either a hikers choice 6-mile 1100-foot elevation gain or 8-mile 1500-foot elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge Open Space. Route will be south on Joaquin Ranch Trail, south Twin Ponds Loop Trail past Bullfrog Pond, continuing to Twin Ponds, left on north Twin Ponds Loop Trail, right on Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Ridge Top Trail, right on Costanoan Trail, quick left on Flat Top Trail, continue right at top of hill, right on Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond.

A short rest/snack stop before returning on the Borges Ranch Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Coyote Pond Trail to the junction with the Joaquin Ranch Trail.

The shorter hike will turn left on the Joaquin Ranch Trail to return to the trailhead. The longer hike will turn right on the Joaquin Ranch Trail, left on the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Fossil Hill Loop Trail, left on Indian Creek Trail, right on Joaquin Ranch Trail to return to the trailhead.

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


Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5.2 mile, 750 foot elevation gain loop hike starting from Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station. This short and mostly shady hike should be a good antidote for Thursday's high temps. Route will be Sinawik Trail, Sunset Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Castle Park Trail, Connector Trail to Moon Gate, West Ridge Trail stopping to rest/snack at Redwood Bowl. Return through PAL Camp crossing over Skyline Blvd., Big Trees Trail, Palos Colorados Trail and Sanborn Road back to the parking area. Water/toilets at trailhead and Redwood Bowl. Ignore trail notes below.

NOTE: Choose either a 7.5 mile, 1,700 foot or an 8.6 mile, 1,850 foot elevation gain balloon hike starting from the north trailhead of Leona Canyon Open Space. Route will be Leona Trail, Artemisia Trail, Skyline Blvd. Trail to City Stables, Goldenrod Trail, Horseshoe Trail, short hike turns left on Brandon Trail stopping to rest/snack at Bort Meadow. Long hike turns right on Brandon Trail, left on Redtail Trail over the creek, left on Grass Valley Trail also stopping at Bort Meadow. Both return up Buckeye Trail, right back onto Goldenrod Trail, retracing route back to the parking lot. No facilities at trailhead, but water/flush toilet at Chabot Equestrian Center, water/pit toilet at Bort Meadow.

NOTE:

B.A.R.T. to Tilden Hike

A Moderate+ 6.8 mile, 1300 ft. out-and-back hike from EBRPD Sibley Volcanic to Tilden on the Bay Area Ridge Trail/Skyline Trail. For the fast hikers, an optional ascent to Volmer Peak adds another 1.6 mile/ 300 ft. of elevation.

We'll start from the main Sibley staging area down the B.A.R.T. to Old Tunnel Rd before ascending to the Steam Trains in Tilden where we will stop to snack.

The Fast hikers will continue to Volmer peak on Volmer Peak, and Seaview Trails before returning to snack.

Both groups will return the same route after the snack/rest stop.

As always, (Mr. Phelps), please use this Google Maps link to find your best route to Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.

NOTE:The Directions to Trailhead below should be ignored!!

Please use the EBRPD provided route if Google Maps is not available to you.
From Highway 24 take the Fish Ranch Road exit. Continue 0.8 miles to Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Turn left and go 2.4 miles on Grizzly Peak to Skyline Boulevard. Turn left and drive .1 mile to the preserve entrance on the left



NOTE: NOTE 9:00 AM START TIME.

A 7.5-mi, 1400-ft elevation gain loop-hike from the Livorna Staging Area to Castle Rock Park.

Route will be across the street to the Alamo Trail, left uphill on the Hanging Valley Trail, right on the Stonegate Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on the 2nd Buckeye Ravine Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Castle Rock Trail to the picnic tables for a short rest/snack stop.

Return back on Castle Rock Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left to continue on Fairy Lantern Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Borges Ranch Trail, right on far Twin Ponds Loop Trail to Bullfrog Pond, then through the gate for a right on Sugarloaf Shell Ridge Loop Trail, left on Franco Ranch Trail, left on Hazard Hill Trail to return to the Livorna Staging Area.

No facilities at Livorna Staging Area but water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park. Dogs OK off-leash on the trails.


Leona Heights Park : York Trail
Thursday, June 08, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7 mile, 1,100 foot elevation gain, mostly out and back hike. Route will be York Trail, Merritt College walkways, Leona Trail stopping to rest/snack at the end of Leona Trail. Return back up Leona Trail, Merritt College walkways, turning left after crossing 2nd crosswalk to bay overlook, down No Name Trail to graffiti art site, McDonell Trail, McDonell Avenue and Mountain Blvd. back to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike.

NOTE:

High Ridge Loop Hike

Your choice of a short
6.7 mile, 1300 ft hike or longer
8.6 mile, 1700 ft hike.
Both hikes are moderate+ with 1000 ft of climbing in the first 1.5 mile.

Our route starts from the May Road staging area up May Rd, High Ridge Loop, FD 143, and High Ridge Loop Trails to a quick detour around Gossip Rock Loop. We then continue North on High Ridge Loop Trail entering Garin. At this point the two hikes diverge. The shorter hike continues down the High Ridge Loop Trail to turn left at the meadow and on to Jordan Pond to stop for a rest/snack.

The longer hike will descend the Newt Pond Trail, turn left and follow the creek past the Barn to Jordon Pond to snack.

After the snack, both hikes will follow the shaded Dry Creek Trail along the creek to Meyers Ranch (Road) Trail. The shorter hike will continue down stream on Meyers Ranch Trail until you reach the High Ridge Trail just East of the homes. Turning left follow the trail across the stream back to May Rd to the parking lot.

The longer hike will turn left on Meyers Ranch Trail, then right on Pioneer, and High Ridge Loop Trails back to May Road.

Please use this Google Maps link to find your way to the May Road Staging area.



Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5-mile, 750-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike from the Briones Reservoir Overlook Staging Area to the overlook area near the entrance kiosk at San Pablo Reservoir. A mostly shaded hike through the trees to shaded picnic tables with a view of the reservoir.

Route is left on Oursan Trail, right onto Old San Pablo Trail to the reservoir overlook area.

After a short rest/snack stop we will return via the same trails. Bring your EBMUD permit although there should be enough to accommodate our hikers. Restroom at the Overlook Staging Area and restrooms and water at San Pablo Reservoir.


Tilden Regional Park: Island/Selby Trail
Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 7.7 mile, 1,000 foot elevation gain loop hike starting from Island picnic/roadside area in Tilden Regional Park. Route will be Selby Trail, Memory Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, left on Wildcat Creek Trail, Sylvan Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the Visitor Center. Return on Laurel Canyon Trail, left on Loop Road, right up Laurel Canyon Road, right at the second Laurel Canyon Trail marker, Pine Tree Trail, left on Loop Road, Wildcat Gorge Trail, across Lake Anza dam, and Selby Trail to the trailhead. Water/bathrooms at Island trailhead, Visitor Center and Lake Anza. NO DOGS allowed in Tilden Nature Area. Note the starting time is 9:00 am.

NOTE:

Las Trampas Peak

A Moderate+ 8 mile, 1800ft elevation gain hike from EBRPD Ringtail Cat Staging Area to Las Trampas Peak.

Starting at Ringtail Cat we head up Ringtail Cat, NoName, Madrone, Las Trampas Ridge, and Las Trampas Peak Trails to snack on Las Trampas Peak.

Our return route is virtualy the same without the NoName trail via Las Trampas Peak, Las Trampas Ridge, Madrone, and Ringtail Cat Trails.

Please use this Google Maps link to find your way to Ringtail Cat Staging Area.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: NOTE 9:00 AM START TIME.

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, left on Borges Ranch Trail passing the Ranch to return to Bob Pond.

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


NOTE: A moderate 7.5 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/Bay Area Ridge Trail, stopping to rest/snack after 4 miles at the Metal Green Corral. Return on No Name Trail, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail and Ridgetop Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead.

Los Vaqueros Watershed: Kellogg Picnic Area
Sunday, May 14, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Los Vaqueros Mother's Day Hike

A Challenging 8.8 mile/1500 ft elevation loop hike in CCWD Los Vaqueros Watershed.

Starting from the Kellogg Creek Recreation Area we head up to the ridge on Walnut, Salamander, Kit Fox, and Eagle Ridge Trails to a snack spot with great views of Mt Diablo, Round Valley and Los Vaqueros.

We will complete the loop on Eagle Ridge, Vista Grande, Crest, Los Vaqueros Interpretive, and Kellogg Creek Trails.

Please use this Google Maps Link to find your way to the Kellogg Creek Area.

Please Note: No Dogs allowed in Los Vaqueros.



NOTE: A moderate, approximately 7-mile, 1200-ft elevation gain loop hike from Castle Rock Park to Borges Ranch. Meet at the restrooms ¼ mile from the parking area.

Route is across the lawn and right on Castle Rock Trail, left on trail towards power tower, left on Shell Ridge Loop Trail, right at junction with Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Buckeye Ravine Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on Borges Ranch Trail to Borges Ranch.

After a short snack/rest stop return on Borges Ranch Trail, right on Twin Ponds Loop Trail past the ponds, left uphill on the trail at Bullfrog Pond, left on Foothills Trail, left on Stonegate Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, pass both Buckeye Ravine Trails, then right on Fairy Lantern Trail, continue right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road for return to Castle Rock Park.

Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park and Borges Ranch.


Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Chabot Staging
Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: EBMUDs Chabot Staging Area is only accessible from Castro Valley, Redwood Road is closed to through traffic. Choose either a 6.5 mile 1,000 foot or 8.8 mile 1,400 foot elevation gain balloon hike. Route will be Willow View Trail, Brandon Trail, Towhee Trail, Quail Trail, paved camp road, Two Rocks Trail stopping to rest/snack at Two Rocks Campground. Return up Two Rocks Trail, short hike turns RIGHT on Brandon Trail, and left back down Willow View Trail. Long hike turns LEFT on Brandon Trail, right up Deer Canyon Trail, right on Redtail Trail, left on Brandon Trail, and left back down Willow View Trail. Pit toilet at trailhead, water and pit toilet at Two Rocks Campground. Bring your EBMUD pass. Carpools are encouraged.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock
Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Camel Rock

A moderate+ 8.0 mile/1100ft hike into Mount Diablo State Park to Camel Rock. Other optional Hikes are available including a
short 6.5 mile/900ft or
long 9.7 mile/1400ft

The basic hike route will be Stage Road, Sunset, Falcon Road, Little Pine Creek Road, and Camel Rock Trails to Camel Rock for a snack break.

The short hike will forego Camel Rock Trail and return via Little Pine Canyon, Burma Road, and Stage Road Trails

After the the snack break the normal hike returns via Burma Road, and Stage Road Trails. The long hike will add on an additional loop via Buckeye Trail to Stage Road.

Click here for Google Maps directions to the Parking Lot.
Please meet by the restrooms inside Castle Rock Park



Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 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.


Carquinez Regional Shoreline: Mokelumne Trail
Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7.5 mile, 1,500 foot elevation gain partial loop hike in EBRPs Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline. Starting at the Mt. Wanda Staging Area, route will be Mokelumne Trail, Cow Trail, Hulet Hornbeck Trail, No Name Trail, California Riding and Hiking Trail, Franklin Ridge Loop Trail stopping to rest/snack at the overlook bench. Return continues around Franklin Ridge Loop Trail, then along the ridge top fire roads back to the parking area. No facilities on this hike.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Curry Point
Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Curry Point - Green Ranch Loop

A Challenging 8 mile, 1800+ ft. loop hike in Mount Diablo State Park to explore Curry Canyon and the Green Ranch site

Starting from the Curry Point Parking lot down Knobcone Point and Curry Canyon Roads then up Frog Pond Road to Green Ranch Road where we begin a 1300ft climb to the Green Ranch Site for our snack break.

For the faster hikers a short/optional out-and-back to explore the Frog Pond adds an additional 0.4 mile before the big ascent.

After the snack break we return to Curry Point on Green Ranch Road, Oak Knoll, Summit, and Camp Force Trails.

Note: Please visit the toilets at Rock City or North Gate/South Gate Road Junction before arrival at Curry Point, as there are no facilities at Curry Point.

For those interested in carpooling, please meet at 8:30am at the Sycamore Valley Road Park and Ride lot located at the northeast corner of the I-680/Sycamore Valley Road interchange.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6.5 mile, 1100-ft elevation gain hike in the Walnut Creek Open Space from Snyder Lane.

Start from the Snyder Lane gate, sharp left to stay on the trail then right on Costanoan Trail, right on Lower Buck Trail, right on Deer Lake Trail, pass Deer Lake, then left on Corral Spring Trail to Ginder Gap, left on Ridge Top Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Borges Ranch Trail to the Ranch where we will take a short rest/snack stop.

Return down the Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond, then right onto the Hanna Lane Trail, left on the Flat Top Trail, continue left down 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 return to Snyder Lane.

Water and restrooms at Borges Ranch and Bob Pond. Dogs OK off-leash on the trails.


Del Valle Regional Park: Arroyo Staging Area
Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Choose either a moderate 7.7 mile, 1,400-foot or a challenging 10.8 mile, 2,000-foot elevation gain hike in Del Valle Regional Park starting from Arroyo Road Staging Area. Route will be East Shore Trail, with the short hike returning on the single track Heron Bay Trail and two no name trails. Long hike will continue on the East Shore Trail and return on Swallow Bay Trail, two additional no name trails, and then the same return route as the short hike.

Redwood Regional Park: Redwood Road Entrance
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Search for Running Water (Take 2)

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.



PLEASE NOTE: You currently can NOT access the park on Redwood Road from Castro Valley.



Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, April 09, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A repeat of Joel's hike on March 5th, and hopefully, without the rain, hail and lightning.

Your choice of a moderate 6 mile, 1400 ft or a moderate+ 7.3 mile, 1600+ ft hike in EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge.

Starting from the Foothill Staging Area we head up Oak Tree and Thermalito Trails. At Marker 17 the shorter hike will turn right at Marker 17, and a quick left at Marker 18 to snack at the bench just North of Marker 18.

Meanwhile the longer hike continues past Marker 17 on Thermalito, and Ridgeline Trails passing Markers 20 and 19 before pausing to snack just North of Marker 18 as the shorter hike has done.

Both hikes will return to the cars via Ridgeline, Woodland, and Oak Tree Trails.

For Google directions: https://goo.gl/maps/7mFCEdhoEzv


Fernandez Ranch: Main Staging Area
Thursday, April 06, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6.5 mile, 1,000 foot elevation gain loop hike starting in Fernandez Ranch just off HWY 4. This can be a difficult trailhead to find. Trailhead directions below are very good and or use 1015 Christie Road, Hercules for GPS. Route will be Windmill Trail, Franklin Canyon Trail, short out-and-back up Lookout Hill, EBMUDs Bay Area Ridge Trail, Woodrat Trail, Whipsnake Trail stopping to snack/rest at viewpoint bench. Then continue along Whipsnake Trail, and Black Phoebe Trail back to the parking area. Pit toilet/no water at trailhead. Bring your EBMUD pass if you have one.

NOTE:

Wild (Waterfall) Flower Hike

Another 2-for-1 hike to see Mt. Diablo's wildflowers and waterfalls. Your choice of a
Moderate+ 6.5 mile, 1500 ft. hike, or a
Challenging 7.8 mile, 2100 ft. hike

Starting from Regency Gate we head up Donner Canyon Road, Hetherrington, Bruce Lee Spring, Wassermann, Cardinet Oaks Road, and Falls Trails to the waterfalls to snack.

After snacking we continue clockwise on Falls Trail to Middle Trail where the two hikes diverge. The shorter hike continues on Middle Trail, left on Meridian Ridge Road, then right on Meridian Point Trail into Back Creek.

The longer hike turns left on Middle Trail and ascends to turn right on Prospectors Gap Road, straight onto Meridian Ridge Road, then right onto Back Creek Trail.

Both hikes will continue down Back Creek Trail and Back Creek Road back to Regency Gate.

Please use this Google Maps link for directions.
PS: You should plan on arriving early for Parking with .25 mile of this very popular trailhead.



Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

A 7+ mile 1400-ft loop hike in Briones Regional Park. Park in the lot on the left just past the entrance kiosk.

Route is on Briones Crest Trail all the way to a right turn onto Mott Peak Trail, right on Abrigo Valley Trail for a short distance to Maud Whalen campground where we will take a short rest/snack stop.

Return back up Mott Peak Trail for a right turn onto Black Oak Trail, right onto Old Briones Road to return to the parking lot.

Water and outhouses at Maud Whalen. Dogs OK on the trails.



Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Dyer Ranch Trail
Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 9 mile, 1,500 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 trailhead. No facilities at trailhead but pit toilet at 2.2 mile mark. Expect some mud with our recent rain.

Tilden Regional Park: Vollmer Peak Trail
Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Spring Trippin' Tilden

Your choice of a
Moderate 6 mile, 1100 ft or
Challenging- 7.5 mile, 1400 ft hike
in EBRPD Tilden Regional Park.

Starting from the Steam Train Parking lot we head out Vollmer Peak, South Park Drive, Youth Camp Road, Grizzly Peak, and Selby Trails to the Island Picnic Area to snack.

After our snack we'll walk behind the Brazil Building over to South Park Drive to reach the Big Springs Trailhead. From here the short hike heads East to ascend to Seaview/Bay Area Ridge Trail.

Meanwhile the longer hike will head North on Big Springs Trail to reach Seaview/Bay Area Ridge Trail for the return to the Parking Lot.

For anyone interested in a nice view an out-and-back option to Vollmer Peak adds another 0.5 mile near the end of the hike.

To reach the Steam Train parking lot please use this Google Maps link.

Note: Please Park in the first paved lot on your left near the restrooms if space is available.



Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, March 19, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: East Bay Parks naturalist Trail Gail has invited us to join her out-and-back Sunol to Mission Peak hike. From the Parks Activity Guide:

SUNOL TO MISSION PEAK HIKE Sunol Trail Gail 9:30am-3:30pm, Sun, Mar 19 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 the Green Barn. 12+yrs. Info: (510) 544-2233 Fee: $2 fee for wilderness permit


Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Clyde Woolridge
Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7 mile, 800-foot elevation gain loop hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park starting from Clyde Woolridge Staging Area. Route will be south on Goldenrod Trail, Cascade Trail, Brandon Trail stopping at Bort Meadow to rest/snack. Return on Buckeye Trail and Goldenrod Trail back to the parking area. No facilities at trailhead but pit toilets and water at Bort Meadow.

Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins. Choose either a 7.5 mile 1,350 foot elevation gain two peak or a shorter 6.5 mile 1,100 foot elevation gain one peak out-and-back hike starting from EBRPs Bear Creek Staging Area. Route will be Seaborg Trail, Briones Crest Trail, Table Top Trail to the bench overlooking the valley. Return back on Table Top Trail, Briones Crest Trail, with the shorter hike turning down the Seaborg Trail back to the cars. The longer hike will continue on the Briones Crest Trail to the picnic table at Russell Peak, then return back on Briones Crest Trail and Seaborg Trail. Outhouse style restrooms at trailhead. Expect some mud on this hike. $3 entry fee on weekends.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.1 mile, 1200-ft elevation gain loop-hike from Skyline Gate in Redwood Regional Park to Redwood Bowl.

Route is left on Stream Trail, right on Tres Sendas Trail, left on Star Trail, left on French Trail, right on Chown Trail, right on West Ridge Trail to Redwood Bowl.

After a short rest/snack stop, return back on West Ridge Trail, left on Madrone Trail, left on French Trail all the way to West Ridge Trail. Then right to return to Skyline Gate.

Restrooms and water at Skyline Gate and Redwood Bowl. Dogs OK but must be on leash on the Stream Trail.


Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, March 05, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Pleasanton Ridge Standard (Time) Hike

Your choice of a moderate 6 mile,1400 ft or a moderate+ 7.3 mile,1600+ ft hike in EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge .

Starting from the Foothill Staging Area we head up Oak Tree and Thermalito Trails. At Marker 17 the shorter hike will turn right at Marker 17, and a quick left at Marker 18 to snack at the bench just North of Marker 18.

Meanwhile the longer hike continues past Marker 17 on Thermalito, and Ridgeline Trails passing Markers 20 and 19 before pausing to snack just North of Marker 18 as the shorter hike has done.

Both hikes will return to the cars via Ridgeline, Woodland, and Oak Tree Trails.

Try this Google Maps link for directions to the Foothill Staging Area.



Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 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. Park on 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 and restrooms for a short rest/snack. Then continue across the dam.

After crossing the dam, turn right on the lower trail, then left on the trail just past the childrens 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 are allowed but must be on leashes NOT longer than 6 feet.


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 Regional Wilderness: 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.



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.

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.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
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 Regional Park: 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 Regional Wilderness: 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.


Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
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.



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

Roberts Regional Recreation Area: 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 Regional Wilderness: 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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