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Previous Hikes Included:
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NOTE:
Castle Rock Park


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

Starting at 9:30 am from Castle Rock Park is a short approx 6.4-mile or longer 7.7-mile hike. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route is across the lawn through the gate and left on the Castle Rock Trail, continuing on Stage Road, left on the Sunset Trail and continuing on Falcon Road to the bottom of the hill. Then right on Little Pine Creek Road back up for a right turn on Burma Road down to Pine Pond. Turn right onto Stage Road and continue for a rest/snack stop past the gate at the picnic tables at the junction of Little Yosemite Trail. The short hike continues on Stage Road to the Castle Rock trailhead.

The long hike takes Little Yosemite Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on the 2nd Buckeye Ravine Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road to return to Castle Rock Park.

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



EBMUD: Siesta Valley/DeLaVeaga Trail
Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 9:30 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. Route 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 onto the Vollmer Peak Trail up to the peak. After enjoying the view it 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. No dogs allowed on this section of EBMUD trails.

Redwood Regional Park: Redwood Gate/Wayside Lot
Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood Showers Hike

April showers bring us back to another hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. Your choice of a
moderate 6.7 mile, 1400ft or
challenging 7.3 mile, 1700ft or
more challenging 8.1, 2000ft
hike to Redwood bowl from the Wayside Staging area.

All hikes will head to the Redwood Bowl by heading South along the road to the Fish Ladder, turning left onto Golden Spike then a right on the connector to the West Ridge trail where we turn left taking it all the way to the Redwood Bowl for a short snack break.

After the break everyone heads back on the West Ridge Trail turning left to the Redwood Peak/Madrone Trail intersection where the short hike turns right on Madrone descending to a right turn on the French Trail.

Meanwhile the medium and long hikes turn left and descend to the French Trail, where the medium hike will turn right following it down to turn right onto the Starflower Trail. The longer hike will turn left on French Trail, then right on Tres Sendas Trail down to another right on Starflower to meet back up with the medium hike group. Both hikes then ascend Starflower Trail to a left on Madrone Trail and another right onto French Trail.

All hikes will follow French Trail to a left turn on Chown descending to a right on Bridle Trail, finally turning left when it becomes a dirt road, then right onto Stream Trail through the Canyon Meadows area to our cars.



NOTE:
Coal Canyon and Coal Mines


Let's see what the Pineapple Express rainstorm brings us and hike anyway at 9:30am through Black Diamond Mines. Expect mud. Your choice of a moderate+ 7 mile/1600' shorter hike or a moderate+ 7.5 mile/1900' long hike.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Somersville, right on Nortonville, left on Manhattan Canyon, right on connector, right on Black Diamond Trail, left on Nortonville, left on Black Diamond, left on Coal Canyon to a looksee at Jim's Place. Continue on, left on Black Diamond Way, right on No Name Trail out to a rock outcrop overlooking Mount Diablo for a break. Hike continues on Black Diamond Trail, right on Manhattan Canyon down to the bridge. Hikes split here. Short hike turns left before bridge and follows trail down to next junction, turning left down Chapparal loop. Take the stairs down to the visitor center and have a look around before returning back down the Somersville Road trail to the cars.

Long hike crosses bridge and up to the Ridge trail, turning left. Turn left on Chapparal Loop veering right at the split to stay on Chapparal Loop. Turn right at stop 7 to check out the Powder Magazine, then continue down turning right and up a little trail to investigate the Stope. Bring a flashlight to peek in the chamber. Retrace your steps then continue down until you arrive at the Hazel Atlas Portal where the mine tours begin. Walk on the railroad tracks down to the right and then right to find Pittsburg Mine Trail. Turn left up through the gate onto Stewartville, then straight through the gate and right at Somersville Road to the cars. Facilities at Trailhead only. Dogs Allowed. Route will be marked with flour arrows.



NOTE:
Castle Rock Park


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

Starting at 9:30 am from Castle Rock Park is a moderate approx 7.5-mile 1550-ft elevation gain hike to the Livorna Staging Area. Please download and print out the route map here.

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. Dogs OK.



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Pre Easter Wildflower Hike

Another 2-for-1 hike to see Mt. Diablo's wildflowers. Your choice of a
Moderate 5.5 mile, 1200 ft. hike, or a
Challenging 7.8 mile, 2200 ft. hike

Starting from Regency Gate we head up Donner Canyon Road, left on Hetherrington, left on Bruce Lee Spring, and straight onto Wassermann Trail to Cardinet Oaks Road, Turning right down Cardinet Oaks Road past Donner Canyon Road onto Meridian Ridge Road. At the Middle Trail junction the hike diverge.

The shorter hike continues on Meridian Ridge Road, then right on Meridian Point Trail into Back Creek Trail.

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.

PS: You should plan on arriving early for Parking with .25 mile of this very popular trail-head.

Note: Saturday Hike



Tilden Regional Park: Visitor Center
Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7 mile, 1,200 foot elevation gain loop hike starting from the Visitor Center--Little Farm in Tilden Regional Park. Route will be Upper Packrat Trail, Wildcat Creek Trail, Conlon Trail, crossover trail to Wildcat Peak stopping to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on Wildcat Peak Trail, Laurel Canyon Road, Laurel Canyon Trail, Pine Tree Trail, Loop Road, Sylvan Trail and Jewel Lake Trail back to the Visitor Center. Bathroom/water at the Little Farm. Visitor Center opens at 10:00 am for those wishing to pick up their trail challenge t-shirt after the hike. Hike begins outside the entrance to the Visitor Center.

Roberts Regional Recreation Area: Redwood Bowl
Sunday, March 25, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Redwood Bowl to Huckleberry 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. ALSO ATTACHED 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. 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 9:30 am!!!

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We start west along the Redwood Trail about a mile to the East Ridge Trail in Redwood. Right about 1.5 miles to the Prince Trail. Left 0.4 miles to the Stream Trail. Left about 1.3 miles to the Canyon Trail. Left 0.4 miles to the East Ridge Tail. Left 0.3 miles to the Redwood Trail. Right about 1.0 miles to Valle Vista. This is a moderate 6 mile hike with about 1,200 ft of elevation gain. Partial shade.

NOTE: Courdet Trail Take #2 Your choice of a 6.6 mile 1500 ft. or a longer 7.8 mile 1900 ft. elevation gain hike in EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Starting from the Castleridge Trailhead, route will be up Courdet Trail, left onto Ridgeline Trail followed by a right to stay on Ridgeline Trail. Turning left down Shady Creek Trail, to trail marker #28 where we turn left onto Bay Leaf Trail. We follow Bay Leaf Trail to marker #27, the trail junction for Bay Leaf and Schuhart Trails. At this point the shorter hike heads up Schuhart Trail, turning left onto Ridgeline Trail, then right onto Courdet Trail back to the staging area. The long hike continues on Bay Leaf Trail, turning left at marker #25,Bay Leaf Trail, then left at marker #26 onto the Ridgeline Trail. We follow it North to a right on Courdet Trail back to the staging area.

Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Triple Creeker


Let's begin Daylight Savings Time with a hike starting at 9:30am through Joaquin Miller Park where we will check out the flows in Palo Seco, Fern Ravine, and Cinderella Creeks. Your choice of a moderate 7 mile/1700' shorter hike or a moderate+ 8 mile/1900' long hike.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Sunset, left on Sequoia-Bayview, right on Big Trees, left on Palos Colorados, across Sunset onto Harold Ireland, right on Fern Ravine up past the picnic area. Cross the road and make a left then a quick right on Cinderella. Hikes diverge here. The short route turns left on Sunset stopping to break at the ruins of the old Sinawik Cabin. The long hike turns right on Sunset for an out and back to trails end, then joining the short hike at the break spot.

All hikers descend the steps and turn right on Palos Colorados to the end and returning the same way. Continue on the same side of the creek on Sunset, then cross the creek and head back the opposite way on Sinawik following it up the hill to the lookout point. Loop back around and stay right on Sinawik Loop. We will take a hard right on a No Name Trail back up to the roadway turning left to return to the start. Dogs allowed, facilities at lot only. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the route map using the link above!



Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
NOTE: Hey Hikers, Anybody up for a short easy hike at EBRPD Round Valley Regional Preserve which is located at 19450 Marsh Creek Rd, Brentwood, CA 94513? There are some moderate hills but nothing too difficult. The hike is scheduled for Saturday March 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm, will be about 2 miles long and take about an hour. It is perfect for beginning hikers or seniors (I am 62) who are trying to get back into shape. The hike is cancelled if it is raining. Please RSVP to Keith Warwick at [email protected] and/or 209.629.1883 (Call or text) Happy Hiking!

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Vollmer Peak Hike

Your choice hike to Vollmer Peak.
A 6.2 mile, 1400 ft
or 7.6 mile, 2000 ft

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

The longer hike turns right at Arroyo Trail, descending to South Park Dr, turning left onto Vollmer Peak Trail, then left onto Lupine and Vollmer Peak Trails ascending to the paved Vollmer Peak road.

Both hikes follow the paved road clockwise around Vollmer peak down to the picnic area across from the Steam Train Parking lot.

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



Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Sunday, March 04, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Howe Homestead Park


Starting at 9:30 am from Walnut Creek's Howe Homestead Park is a moderate 7.5-mile, 1250-foot elevation gain loop hike to Borges Ranch. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route will be Kovar Trail, left onto Fossil Hill Loop Trail, right onto Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left onto Corral Springs Trail, right onto Ridge Top Trail, left down Costanoan Trail, right onto Borges Ranch Trail to Borges Ranch.

After a short rest/snack stop, return up the Borges Ranch Trail, right onto Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left onto Coyote Pond Trail, right onto Joaquin Ranch Trail, left onto Indian Creek Trail, continuing on Kovar Trail to Howe Homestead Park.

Full facilities at Howe Homestead Park and Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.



NOTE:

Trillium Hunt Hike #2

A moderate 6 mile, 1000 ft ele. gain hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. With an optional longer 7.3 mile, 1500 ft ele. gain available.

Starting from the Canyon Meadows Staging Area, up the Stream Trail to a left on the Tres Sendas Trail. At the Starflower Trail the two hikes split, with the shorter hike ascending to a left turn on French Trail. The longer hike continues up Tres Sendas, to a left on French Trail following it around to the Starflower Trail junction.

At this point the both hikes follow the French Trail to Orchard Trail, where the shorter hike turns left descending to a right turn on Bridle Trail. The longer hike turns right and ascends to West Ridge Trail, turning left to follow it all the way back down to Bridle Trail. Turning right on Bridle Trail, both hike continue to the fish ladder, crossing the bridge to a left turn onto the Stream Trail back to the cars.

Note: In the event of bad weather, this hike may be canceled. Please check the web site by 8:00am Thursday morning for the status of the hike.



Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Sulphur Springs Scramble


Help me cross off some unhiked trails and join us at 9:30am for a hike through Las Trampas. Your choice of a challenging 6 mile/1800' shorter hike or a difficult 7.8 mile/2300' long hike.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Lower Bollinger Creek Loop, left on No Name #1 out and back, left on Bollinger Creek Loop trail, right on Las Trampas Ridge to the junction of Del Amigo Trail. Hikes diverge here. Short hike turns left on Del Amigo taking a break at a small turnout along the ridge overlooking the valley. Continue down Del Amigo, left on Sulphur Springs back up to the ridge. Cross over the Ridge trail onto Trapline heading down, continuing straight down on Mahogany, straight down on Chamise. Near the road, turn left on a single track Bollinger Creek Loop to a gate. Go through the gate, through the gravel parking lot, across Bollinger Road, left down the road to another roadside lot. Turn right and through the gate onto Elderberry, staying right passing Corral Camp and on back to the parking area.

The long hike turns right on Las Trampas/Calaveras Ridge Trail, right on No Name #2 down to the boundary, then retrace your steps back up to the split and follow the above directions for the short hike onto Del Amigo. Dogs allowed, facilities at lot only. Flour arrows will guide your route. Download the route map using the link above!



Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock Park
Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Castle Rock Park


Starting at 9:30 am from Walnut Creek's Castle Rock Park is a moderate 7.5-mile 1200-ft elevation gain loop-hike to Camel Rock Please download and print out the route map here.

Route is Stage Road, left onto Sunset Trail, slight left for Falcon Road, right onto Little Pine Creek Road, left onto Burma Road and across North Gate Road to Camel Rock for a short rest/snack stop.

Return back on Burma Road keeping left to follow Burma Road downhill, right onto Stage Road to Castle Rock Park.

Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park. Dogs not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.



Del Valle Regional Park: Arroyo Staging Area
Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Del Valle - Winter Hike

A two-for-one hike along the East shore of Lake Del Valle. We'll enjoy the green hills on this moderate+ 7.7 mile, 1500 ft or challenging 10.9 mile, 2000 ft hike from the Arroyo Road Staging Area.

Both hikes start from below the dam at the Arroyo Road Staging Area onto the East Shore Trail. At the top of the hill, by the tree, we turn right descending on the single-track Heron Bay Trail. After 1 mile our trail meets the East Shore Trail, where we turn right, then another right back onto the Heron Bay Trail. After .35 mile, we turn right onto the East Shore Trail, following it for another 1+ mile to the top of the hill.

At this point the two hikes split up, with the the longer hike continuing along the East Shore Trail. The shorter hike turns right onto Heron Bay Trail, taking it .3 mile to the snack spot overlooking the reservoir.

The long hike continues along the East Shore Trail for 1 mile to a right turn onto the single-track Swallow Bay Trail. After .25 mile rejoining the East Shore Trail for a bit, where we again turn right onto the Swallow Bay Trail. Another .3 mile brings back up to the East Shore Trail above Badger Cove. We now turn left on East Shore Trail, following it back to the short hike split point, where we turn left on Heron Bay Trail, taking it .3 mile to the snack spot overlooking the reservoir.

After the snack both hikes continue along Heron Bay Trail, turning left onto East Shore Trail, following it all the way back to the parking lot.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance


Starting at 9:30 am from Bob Pond is a moderate 7-mile 1400-ft elevation gain or a shorter 6-mile 1100-ft elevation gain loop-hike to Deer Lake. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route is through the gate to a right turn onto the Hanna Lane Trail, left onto Flat Top Trail, continue left downhill on Flat Top Trail, right onto the Sulfur Creek Trail continuing downhill, left onto paved road a short distance, right through the gate onto the Costanoan Trail. Continue left uphill on the Costanoan Trail to the 1st right turn onto the Upper Buck Loop Trail. Stay right a short distance then right onto the Lower Buck Loop Trail, right onto the Deer Lake Trail for a short break at Deer Lake. Continue past Deer Lake to the Corral Spring Trail.

The short hike turns left onto the Corral Spring Trail to Ginder Gap.

The long hike turns right onto the Corral Spring Trail, then left onto the Ridge Top Trail to Ginder Gap.

>From Ginder Gap, both hikes take the Ridge Top Trail, turn left onto the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail. At the top of the hill turn left onto the Borges Ranch Trail to return to Bob Pond.

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



Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Lagoons and Crests Hike 2


Join us for a 9:30 am hike at Briones Regional Park. Hiker's choice of a short 7 mile/1670' moderate+ hike or a longer 8 mile/1870' challenging hike. Please download and print out the trail route map here.

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

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

DOGS welcome. Download your own trail map using the link above. Route will be marked with flour arrows. Facilities at the trailhead only.



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Regency Gate Mt. Diablo State Park


Starting at 9:30 am from Regency Gate is a moderately challenging 6.5-mile 1800-ft elevation gain hike in Mt. Diablo State Park. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route will be through the gate onto Donner Canyon Road, left onto the Hetherington Trail crossing the creek, left onto Donner Canyon Road, right onto Meridian Ridge Road continuing to Murchio Gap.

After a short rest/snack stop at the Gap, return right down Back Creek Trail to Regency Gate.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here.

Dogs not allowed in the State Park. No water or restrooms available.



NOTE:

Super Sunday Hike

Join me for a two-in-one hike of CCWD Los Vaqueros. We'll climb the ridge near the Dam for great views of the Reservoir and surrounding parks including EBRPD Morgan Territory, Round Valley, and Mount Diablo. Your choice of
Moderate+ 6.5 mile, 1300ft hike or a
Longer, challenging 8.3 mile, 1600ft hike.

Starting near the Dam by the John Muir Interpretive Center we head up the Interpretive Trail, following the ridge onto Crest and Vista Grande Trails, finally turning right on Eagle Ridge Trail. At about 0.6 mile stopping to snack at a large rock outcrop with great views into Round Valley and Mt Diablo.

After the snack we begin our descent on Eagle Ridge, turning left onto Kit Fox Trail descending to small valley with an Emergency Call-box. At this point the hikes split up with the short hike making a slight right onto the Greasewood Trail, following it along the valley for 0.6 mile to a short right down to another right onto the Walnut Trail.

The longer hike goes through the gate staying on Kit Fox Trail, making a right at the Spearscale Trail junction, and a left at the Salamander Trail junction, We leave the Kit Fox Trail near the top of the hill, turning right onto the Rancho Trail. We follow Rancho Trail for 0.8 mile until we reach Motrero Trail. Turning right on Motrero, then right again onto Walnut Trail.

Both hikes follow the Walnut Trail back towards the dam and our cars.

Sorry Buster, Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the Los Vaqueros Watershed!



Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock Park
Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Castle Rock to Livorna Loop


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

Starting at 9:30 am from Castle Rock Park is a moderate approx 7.5-mile 1550-ft elevation gain hike to the Livorna Staging Area. Please download and print out the route map here.

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.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here.

Restrooms and water at Castle Rock Park. Dogs OK.



NOTE:
Two Mines and a Tunnel


Join us at 9:30am for your choice of a moderate+ 8 mile/1600' shorter hike or a challenging 9 mile/2000' long hike. Bring a FLASHLIGHT to navigate the tunnel! Please download and print out the trail route map here.

Route will be Somersville, connector trail to Eureka Slope mine entrance. Continue on Chapparal, left to Lower Chapparal straight up to Ridge. Left on Ridge, right at iron gate, then left to stay on Ridge. After 2 miles Ridge Trail dead ends, right on Stewartville for 1 mile, then right to Prospect Tunnel. Explore the tunnel which runs 400' into the mountain, then return to Stewartville. The hikes diverge here. Short hike continues right on Stewartville and breaks at the Stewartville Backpack Camp. Continue on Stewartville all the way up to the iron gate, go through it and straight on down the hill on Stewartville. At the end, turn right on Somersville to the cars.

The long hike continues straight across Stewartville onto Star Mine Trail, breaking at Star Mine Group Camp. Continue on Star Mine following it to the right until you rejoin Stewartville, making a left to join the other hike and following the directions above. Both hikes may choose an optional detour making a right on Miners Trail, a steeper and more difficult route.

Dogs allowed. Facilities at start and at the breaks. Flour arrows will guide your route, please print out your own map using the link above. Trailhead Directions and google map are available by clicking the link in that section.



Redwood Regional Park: Redwood Gate/Canyon Meadows Lot
Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Trillium Hunt Hike

A moderate 6 mile, 1000 ft ele. gain hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. With an optional longer 7 mile, 1500 ft ele. gain available.

Starting from the Canyon Meadows Staging Area down the Stream Trail to the fish ladder. Then up Bridle, Orchard, and French Trails to the Madrone Trail intersection.

At this point the shorter hike turns right and follows French Trail down to Starflower, and Tres Sendas Trails. The longer hike turns left up Madrone Trail, right on Starflower Trail, then left on French Trail, taking it all the way to a right on Tres Sendas Trail.

The longer hike rejoins the shorter as we descend Tres Sendas Trail to the Stream Trail. We then turn right following the Stream Trail to our snack stop at Trails End picnic area.

After the snack stop we complete the hike on the Stream Trail returning us to the Staging Area.



Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Marciel Gate
Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Two Rocks and Some Logs


Join us at 9:30am for a (hopefully) dry morning at Anthony Chabot. Help me explore some trails I haven't hiked before with your choice of a moderate+ 8 mile/1600' shorter hike or a moderate++ 9 mile/1850' long hike. Please download and print out the trail route map here.

Redwood Road remains closed from the Castro Valley side, you must use the Oakland or Moraga side of Redwood to access Marciel Gate.

Route will be Redtail, Cottontail, right on Brandon, cross the Stone Bridge and down the Jackson Grade/Skyline trail. Make a hard right on Goldenrod, hard left on Jalquin, then straight ahead onto Goldenrod. Left on Columbine, then right at the junction to stay on Columbine. Left on Two Rocks trail to a break spot by the roundhouse along Lost Ridge. Continue through Two Rocks campground straight up to Brandon, then left.

The short hike continues to a hard right on Deer Canyon, left and across the road onto Redtail and back to the start. The long hike turns left on Loggers Loop trail, then left on Brandon to a hard right on Deer Canyon, left and across the road onto Redtail and back to the start.

Dogs allowed. Pit toilets available on Marciel Road past the staging area. Outhouse available near the break. Flour arrows will guide your route, please print out your own map using the link above. Trailhead Directions and google map are available by clicking the link in that section.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Dr/Indian Valley School
Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 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.



Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will be 2-3 miles and take less than 1.5 hours. We will meet at Redwood Regional Park Skyline Gate at 11:00 am.Ideal for beginners or seniors trying to get back into shape. The hike is on a road and is of moderate difficulty. It is cancelled if it is raining. Please RSVP to Keith at 209.629.1883 (Call or text) or [email protected]

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Mt. Diablo Waterfalls Hike

Three choice hike to Mount Diablo Waterfalls. You can pick
a moderate 5.5 mile, 1300 ft. or
a moderate+ 6.5 mile, 1600 ft. or
a challenging 7.8 mile, 2400 ft. route.

Starting from Regency Gate, we head out on Donner Canyon Rd, crossing the creek on Heatherrington Trail, then a quick left onto Bruce Lee Spring Trail. Continuing on Donner and Wasserman Trails to Cardinet Oaks Rd. Turning right on Cardinet Oaks, we finally reach the Falls Trail where we turn left and follow it to our snack spot overlooking the 2nd falls.

After our break we continue on Falls Trail to Middle Trail, where the long hike turns left up the hill to Prospectors Gap Rd. The short and medium hikes continue down Middle Trail to Meridian Ridge Rd. where they split up.

The short hike will turn right on Meridian Ridge Rd, following it to a left turn on Donner Canyon Rd to return to Regency Gate.

The medium hike turns left on Meridian Ridge Rd, following it up the hill to a right on Meridian Pt. and Back Creek Trails. The hike then follows Back Creek Trail back to Regency Gate.

When the long hike reaches Prospectors Gap Rd, we turn right following it over to another right turn on Back Creek Trail to return to Regency Gate.

Please note: Parking during waterfall season can be limited on weekends, so plan on arriving early for best choice.



Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Main Staging Area
Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6 mile 800-foot elevation gain loop hike around Don Castro Reservoir into Five Canyons Open Space. Route will be Whispering Creek Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Deer Canyon Trail, out-and-back on Sandstone Trail, up the fire road to access Diamond View Trail to Five Canyons Park stopping behind home plate to rest/snack/enjoy the view? Return on Five Canyons Parkway, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, and Ridgetop Trail (with an option to use Shoreline Trail and climb over a tree) back to the parking area. Water & bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead and also Five Canyons Park.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will be 2-3 miles and take about 1.5 hours. The terrain is relatively flat. This is perfect for beginners or seniors trying to get back into shape! Meet at Redwood Regional Park Skyline Gate.

NOTE:
Peregrine Perigrination


Join us at 9:30am for a peregrination (look it up) on Mount Diablo via Castle Rock Park. We will explore the Castle Rocks before they close for the season in February due to the Peregrine Falcon nesting season. Your choice of a moderate 6.8 mile/1200' shorter hike or a moderate 9.3 mile/1600' long hike. Please download and print out the trail route map here.

We will meet by the restrooms in Castle Rock park, about a 1/4 mile walk from the paved parking area, 1/2 mile from the gravel lot, please plan your time accordingly. Route will be Stage Road, left on Sunset, left on Castle Rock Trail out to Castle Rock for a snack break. Return the way you came, but continue past Sunset on Falcon Road, right on Little Pine Creek Road to Burma Road. Hikes diverge here with the short hike turning right on Burma, right on Stage Road back to Castle Rock Park. You may take the Castle Rock Trail to the left of the gate which will bring you directly to the parking lots.

The long hike turns left on Burma Road, right on Buckeye Trail, right on Stage Road back to Castle Rock Park. You may take the Castle Rock Trail to the left of the gate which will bring you directly to the parking lots.

No Dogs Allowed in the State Park. Restrooms available at Castle Rock Park only. Flour arrows will guide your route, please print out your own map using the link above. Trailhead directions are available by clicking the link in the Driving Directions section.



EBMUD: Valle Vista
Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 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 7.2-mile 1400-ft elevation gain hike into Redwood Regional Park. Please download and print out the route map here.

Route from Valle Vista is Redwood Trail, right onto East Ridge Trail, left onto Prince Trail, left onto Stream Trail to the Old Church area for a short rest/snack stop.

Then continue on the Stream Trail, left onto the Canyon Trail, left onto the East Ridge Trail to the gate for a right onto the Redwood Trail to return to the Valle Vista Staging Area.

Water and picnic tables at Old Church. Restrooms at Valle Vista and along the Stream Trail. Dogs not allowed in EBMUD areas.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here.



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