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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.



Sunol Regional Wilderness: Visitor Center
Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

New Years Eve Mission Peak Hike

A challenging 10 mile, 2200 ft out-and-back 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 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.

For the less adventuresome, the hike to Eagle Spring Backpack Camp provides an easier option at about 9 miles, 1800 ft of elevation gain.

TIP: There is plenty of Parking on the right, past the sign-in panel, near the horse corral/ Ohlone Wilderness trail-head.

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.


NOTE: Choose a 6.6 mile 1,450 foot or a 7.9 mile 1,750 foot elevation gain balloon hike into Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park starting from Alviso Adobe Community Park. Route will be Courdet Trail, a sharp left then a right onto the Ridgeline Trail, left down Shady Creek Trail, left at trail marker #28 onto Bay Leaf Trail, stopping to rest/snack at marker #27 the trail junction for Bay Leaf & Schuhart Trails. Short hike follows straight on Schuhart Trail, veers right on Ridgeline Trail, left on No Name Trail, and turns right to descend the Courdet Trail back to the parking area. Long hike continues on the single track Bay Leaf Trail, turns left at marker #25 up the Bay Leaf fire road trail, left on Ridgeline Trail, veer right onto No Name Trail, and also descends the Courdet Trail back to the parking area. No facilities at start of hike, brand new EBRP toilet is locked and Alviso Adobe Park does not open until 10:00 am. We will meet next to the closed EBRP toilet off of Old Foothill Road located just behind Alviso Adobe Park.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Curry Point
Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Christmas Eve on the Rocks


Join us Christmas Eve morning at 9:30am for a hike on Mount Diablo. Your choice of a moderate 6 mile/1300' shorter hike or a moderately challenging 8.2 mile/1800' long hike. For DRIVING DIRECTIONS click where it says Trail Map in the write up.

Please download and print out the trail route map here. Route will be Knobcone Point, right on Utility Road, right on No Name Trail, right on Utility Road #2, right Blackhawk Ridge Rd, left Sycamore Creek, right Devil's Slide, left Madrone Canyon to Rock City. We will break somewhere suitable down on Madrone, look for the X! Hike continues up the Trail through Time up through Rock City. At the junction with Summit Trail, the hikes diverge. Short hike turns right following Summit Trail until you meet the T near the road. Turn right on Camp Force (Summit Trail turns left) and then across the road and back to the cars.

The long hike turns left on Summit Trail and takes it back down the mountain to Live Oak Camp, left up the roadway, right on Fossil Ridge, left on Artist Point, down the roadway and back up toward Rock City following the arrows on some side trails through Rock City and on up to the junction with Sentinel Rock (CCC Trail). Those who want to climb Sentinel Rock will turn left for an out and back. The others will proceed up to Summit Trail, turning right, then left on Staircase Trail, right on Summit, straight onto Camp Force, across the road, past the cars, right on Camp Force trail for an out and back to an overlook over Boy Scout Rocks, then return.

No Dogs Allowed in the State Park. Restrooms available at Rock City. We will be carpooling from Danville Park & Ride at 8:30 am. See Carpool Info Above.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Rockspring Place Entrance


Starting at 9:30 am from Rockspring Place trailhead there is either a 6.5-mile 1200-ft elevation gain short or a longer 8.5-mile 1500-ft elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge Open Space. Please download and print out the route map here.

NOTE: Meet at TRAILHEAD AT MIDDLE (NOT END) OF ROCKSPRING PL. Trailhead address is 1880 Rockspring Pl, Walnut Creek.

Route will be south on the Joaquin Ranch Trail, continuing on the south Twin Ponds Loop Trail past Bullfrog Pond, on 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 trail up to Haystack Hill for a nice view. Return down Haystack Hill, right on Flat Top Trail, right on Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond.

A short rest/snack stop at Bob Pond. Then return up the Borges Ranch Trail, right on the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Coyote Pond Trail to the junction with the Joaquin Ranch Trail.

The short hike will turn left on the Joaquin Ranch Trail to return to the trailhead.

The long hike will turn right on the Joaquin Ranch Trail, left on the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on the 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.

Please download and print out the driving directions map here.



Del Valle Regional Park: West Beach Parking
Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Rocky Ridge - Schlieper Rock Torture Hike

A Challenging two-for-one hike in EBRPD Del Valle Regional Park and Ohlone Wilderness. A Dumbbell hike from the West Shore to Rocky Ridge, with an optional,extra credit, out-and-back long hike to Schlieper Rock. The shorter hike is 6 miles, 1800 ft elevation gain while the longer hike totals 10+ miles, 3400 ft. elevation gain.

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

At this point the longer hike will do a heart throbbing out-an-back ascent up the Big Burn to Schlieper Rock, where after a moments rest and a snack, we turn around and head back. Meanwhile the shorter hikers can pause here for a snack break before the descent back to the parking lot.

From ot38 the return hike descends on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail past Boyd Camps, to the Ohlone Trail sign-in panel where we stay on the fire road, Sailor Camp Trail, to the parking lot.

The views from Rocky Ridge are quite good, and worth a trip in the spring for the Wild Flowers.

Both hikes require you have and carry the annual Ohlone Wilderness Permit available for $2 at the park gate Kiosk.

Note the hike start time is 9:00 am

I plan to leave promptly at 9, so please don't be late!



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
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.



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

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

No dogs allowed in EBMUD land.

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


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

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

Del Valle - Winter Hike

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

Redwood Stroll

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

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

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

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

Google Maps directions to Valle Vista Staging Area



NOTE:
Finley Road Adventure


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Dogs OK but must be on-leash.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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



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

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

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


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

Lafayette Ridge Trail

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

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

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



NOTE:
Black Diamond Twin Canyons Hike


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

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

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

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



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

NOTE: NOTE: Return to Standard Time this Sunday!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Main Staging Area
Thursday, November 03, 2016 @ 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, Sandstone Trail, Diamond View Trail to Five Canyons Park to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on Five Canyons Parkway, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail and Shoreline Trail back to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead and also Five Canyons Park.

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


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

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

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

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



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

Redwoods Hike

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

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

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

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


Also Note: No weekday Parking Fee


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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



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

Los Vaqueros - Eagle Ridge

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

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

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

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

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

Please Note: Dogs are not allowed in Los Vaqueros.



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


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

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

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

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

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.



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

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

Oktoberfest hike of Eagle Peak

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

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

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

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

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

The Regency Drive Entrance is located at Google Maps directions



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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Redwood Hike

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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

NOTE: IGNORE TRAIL NOTES

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

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

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

No facilities on the hike.


NOTE:

Oyster Point

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW


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

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

DEVIL's Hole

8:30 am Start

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

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

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

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

Google Maps link to Las Trampas Bollinger Canyon Staging Area

8:30 am Start



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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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



Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Rohrer Trail
Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 5.2 mile, 1,200 ft. or 6.7 mile, 2,000 ft. hike into Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Route will be Rohrer Trail, Clyde Wood Trail, to the Bob Scharf Memorial Picnic Table at Janes Meadow stopping to snack/rest/enjoy the view. Short hike will turn back from here retracing same trails back to the cars. Long hike will continue on Las Trampas to Briones Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, Las Trampas Ridge Trail, down Hunsaker Canyon to the old barn, No Name Trail #3, Clyde Wood Trail, Rohrer Trail back to the parking area. Tennis club bathrooms may NOT be open/available. We will NOT be hiking to Las Trampas Peak, so IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.

Dimond Park: Dimond Canyon Trail
Sunday, July 31, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Dimond's are Forever

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Redwood Ramble

NOTE: 9:00 am Start

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Note: 8:30 am Start Time!!

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

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

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

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

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.



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

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

NOTE:

Three Park Hike
Sibley - Huckleberry - Redwood

Note: 8:30 am Start

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

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

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

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

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

Note: 8:30am Start



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

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

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

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

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


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

NOTE:
Shady Father's Day Stroll


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

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



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

End of Spring hike of Eagle Peak

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

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

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

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

Here is a Google Maps link to Regency Gate.



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE:

MacDonald Trail to Bort Meadow

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

NOTE:

Thermalito-Ridgeline Loop

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

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

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



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

A strenuous, out-and-back hike from Ohlone College to Mission Peak. About 7 miles with a 2100-foot elevation gain. Route will be on the Peak Trail from Ohlone College to Mission Peak.

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

Park in the multi-story parking structure about ¼-mile after entering the Ohlone College campus from the Pine Street entrance. Parking is free after 5 PM on Saturdays, but there is a campus curfew at 11 PM, so we must be gone by then or subject to citation. Meet at the parking structure.

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


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

NOTE:
Tromp Through The Traps (Las Trampas)


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Burma Road Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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



Fernandez Ranch: Main Staging Area
Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike starting in Fernandez Ranch just off HWY 4. Use 1015 Christie Road, Hercules for GPS. Route will be Windmill Trail, a newly opened yet to be named trail into Franklin Canyon, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Woodrat Trail, Whipsnake Trail, and Black Phoebe Trail. Pit toilet/no water at trailhead.

NOTE:

French-West Ridge-Stream Trails Hike

Note: 9:00am Start

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


NOTE:
Black Diamond Fade to Brown Hike


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Chabot to Garin Regional Trail

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

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

Google Maps Directions to the May Road Staging Area



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

GPS address is 1700 Castle Rock Road.


NOTE:

Las Trampas Ridge Trail

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

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

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

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



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

The Alvarado Staging Area is located at 37.95200,-122.31799


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


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

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

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

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



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

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, March 20, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Spring Has Sprung on Diablo!


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

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

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

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

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



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

Saint Patrick's Day
Hike to Murietta Falls

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Del Valle Wildflower Hike

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

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

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

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

For Google Maps directions to Arroyo Road Staging Area click here

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Highland Ridge Loop

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

Seaview Trail to Volmer Peak

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

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

Directions to Tilden's Inspiration Point from Google Maps



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


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

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

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



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

NOTE:

Waterfalls? Hike

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

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

Directions from Google Maps



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

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

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

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


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

Los Vaqueros Watershed: Los Vaqueros Interpretive Center
Thursday, December 31, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
New Year's Eve Hike with the Eagles


Join us for our last hike of 2015 as we explore the dam side of Los Vaqueros while it is still open. A hiker's choice of a Challenging 9 mile/2000 ft loop hike or a moderate 6 mile/900 ft out and back. This area is closed part of the year due to the nesting Golden Eagle population, and much of the time that it is open it's just too hot to hike in. So come out and enjoy the rolling hills as they turn from golden to emerald green! Traffic should be holiday light and it's a reverse commute nevertheless.

Route will be Los Vaqueros Interpretive Trail to Los Vaqueros Trail. The short hike will turn around at the toilets (after a rest) near the junction of Badger Pass and retrace the route back to the start. The long hike will continue right on Badger Pass, right on Oak Savannah, right on Eagle Ridge. We will take a break on the rocky outcrop to refuel before making a steep ascent on up Eagle Ridge.

Hike continues right on Vista Grande at the emergency call beacon for another series of climbs to the top. Another brief rest stop is offered where several benches (and a sky-view toilet) proffers grand views of Mt. Diablo, Round Valley, Morgan Territory, the reservoir, Brushy Peak, and the San Joaquin River Delta. Hike continues down Vista Grande, left on Crest Trail and back to the start.

We will meet at the very end of Walnut Blvd. at the foot of the dam right next to the Interpretive Center. Detailed maps will be available and flour arrows will mark your route. Facilities are available at the trailhead as well as at two other stops as mentioned above. Entrance fee is $6 or $4 for residents of CC Water District.



Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol Regional Wilderness
Sunday, December 27, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Maguire Peaks Loop

A two-for-one hike in EBRPD Sunol Regional Wilderness. A moderate+ short 7 mile/1800ft, or a challenging long 11.5 mile/2400ft hike. The longer hike will circle Maguire Peaks for an additional, end of year, extra credit.

From the toilet past the Green Barn, we'll head out on Canyon View, Indian Joe Nature, Indian Joe Creek, Cave Rocks, Eagle View Road, and Eagle View Trails to Welch Creek Road. After descending .5 mile on Welch Creek Road, we'll take the Upper Maguire Peaks Trail to Maguire Peak Trail (SO7).

At this point the long hike diverges on a counter-clockwise circle of Maguire Peaks on Maguire Peak, Maguire Peaks Loop, Lower Maguire Peaks, and Maguire Peak Trails back to SO7.

Both hikes will return from SO7 on Maguire Peak, Welch Creek Road, High Valley Road, Hayfield Road, and Canyon View Trails to the start.

Directions from Google Maps

Please ignore the Trails Notes Below



EBMUD: Valle Vista
Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: RAIN or SHINE.

A moderate 7.2-mile, 1200-ft elevation gain hike from the EBMUD Valle Vista staging area in Moraga to Redwood Regional Park.

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

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

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

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


Briones Regional Park: Alhambra Creek Staging
Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Briones and John Muir Nature Area


Join us on a jaunt through the north end of Briones Park and through the John Muir Nature Area on either a moderate+ 9mi/1500ft long hike or a shorter 7.2mi/1100ft moderate hike.

Leaving from the Crow Picnic Area, route will be Orchard Trail, left on paved Briones Rd, left on Old Briones Road Trail, right on Briones Crest, right on Lagoon, left on Lagoon. The long and short hikes diverge here.

The short hike will break near a bench on Lagoon, and then turn left on Briones Crest, left on Old Briones Rd Trail, right on Spengler, and left just past the Alhambra Creek Trail on the no-name trail running along the creek bed.

The long hike will turn right on Briones Crest, left on Abrigo Valley and take a break at the Maud Whalen camp. Hike continues left on Mott Peak, right on Briones Crest, left on Old Briones Rd Trail, right on Spengler, and left just past the Alhambra Creek Trail on the no-name trail running along the creek bed.

Facilities are located at the Crow Picnic Area and at the Maud Whalen camp. Flour arrows will mark the route and detailed maps will be available.



Five Canyons Open Space: Chabot to Garin Regional Trail
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Bay Area Ridge Trail

Join me on a moderate+ 9.5 mile/1600ft hike of a recently opened portion of the B.A.R.T./Chabot to Garin Regional Trail.

This is an out-and-back hike starting from Five Canyons Park along Five Canyons Parkway, Fairweather Ct, Silver Canyon Ct, Shady Canyon, and Chabot to Garin Trails. We'll stop for a snack near the Comm Tower(1500ft el.) with great views.

Restrooms and plenty of Parking available at the Five Canyons Park (if no Ball Game in Progress)



NOTE: To renew our previously annual Nimitz Way hike to celebrate Andrew's birthday.

An 8-mile out-and-back hike on the paved road to the old Nike missile site.

After a short rest/snack stop at the Nike site, return whence we came.

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


Redwood Regional Park: Redwood Road Entrance
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

A moderate 6 mile/1100 ft elevation hike of EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. A great hike in the Redwoods with an option to add an extra mile and 300ft of elevation.

Starting from the Canyon Meadows Staging Area we walk past the fish ladder before ascending to French Trail on the Orchard Trail. We then follow French Trail through the Redwoods, returning along Starflower, Tres Sendas and Stream Trails. For those who wish a bit more of a hike, the option to extend the hike by about a mile exists by continuing on the French Trail to the Tres Sendas intersection.

You can follow the directions below, but please enter the main entrance, Redwood Gate and drive to the end of the road to the Canyon Meadows Staging area to start the hike. No Weekday Parking Fees Through March



Mt. Diablo State Park: Curry Point to Balancing Rock
Sunday, December 06, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Mt. Diablo Balloon Hike


Join us as we explore some of the lesser used trails on Blackhawk Ridge. We will visit grasslands, riparian forest, chapparal, ridge tops, and balancing rocks on this hike out of Curry Point. A hiker's choice of a moderate+ 7.4 mile/1600 ft or a moderate 5.5 mile/1200 ft, we will be meeting at the Curry Point pullout as well as carpooling in from the Danville Park & Ride.

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

The hike will head down Knobcone Pt., past Balancing Rock, right on Utility Road, right on No Name Trail, right on Utility Road #2, across left onto Black Hills, right on Blackhawk Ridge looping the ridge and continuing left on Blackhawk Ridge, left on Sycamore Creek, right on Devil's Slide, and left on Knobcone Pt. back to the start.

The short hike will forego the Black Hills/Blackhawk Ridge Loop. Short hikers will rest on the No Name Trail, long hikers will rest on the Blackhawk Ridge overlooking Blackhawk. An extra credit loop on Summit Trail/Staircase Tr./Rock City/Summit Trail adds a 1.2 mile/200 ft. loop and is accessed at the end of the hike near the parking area.

Please stop at the restrooms just past the sign for Rock City/Live Oak as there are no facilities further up. The trip from the freeway to Curry Point takes about 30 minutes, so plan accordingly. Detailed maps and flour arrows will guide your way. A short talk will be given on the history of the area we will be hiking prior to heading out on the trail.



Briones Regional Park: Walter Costa Trail
Thursday, December 03, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6 mile, 1,600-foot elevation gain, partial loop hike using Lafayette's Walter Costa Trail to enter Briones Regional Park. Route will be Pine Lane, Timothy Lane, Los Arabis Drive, Quail Ridge Road, Connector Trail #1, Cambridge Drive, Connector Trail #2, Panorama Drive. Then entering Briones Regional Park making a clockwise loop up Mariposa Trail, Russell Peak Trail, stopping at the peak's picnic table to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return will be back down Russell Peak Trail, the other section of Mariposa Trail, and retracing the route back down the Walter Costa trail to the trailhead.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Sunday, November 29, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: NOTE: Meet at TRAILHEAD AT MIDDLE (NOT END) OF ROCKSPRING PL and IGNORE TRAIL NOTES.

A hikers choice of a 6-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain or 8-mile, 1200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge Open Space. Route will be south on the Joaquin Ranch Trail, right on the south Twin Ponds Loop Trail to the ponds, then left on the north Twin Ponds Loop Trail, right on Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Ridge Top Trail, right jog on Costanoan Trail, then left on Flat Top Trail, and right on Hanna Lane Trail to Borges Ranch.

After a short rest/snack stop return up the Borges Ranch Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left at gate on Coyote Pond Trail to the junction with the Joaquin Ranch Trail. The shorter hike will return to the trailhead left on the Joaquin Ranch Trail.

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

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


Joseph D. Grant County Park: Grant Lake
Friday, November 27, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Joseph D. Grant - Antler Point Loop

Join me for a post Thanksgiving, moderately Challenging, 11 mile/2000 foot hike in the foothills below Mount Hamilton. We'll hike from 1600 ft to 3000 ft Antler Point with great views of the Bay from San Jose to Mission Peak

From the Grant Lake/Halls Valley Staging area we'll head out on Halls Valley, Los Huecos, Cañada de Pala, Pala Seca, and Antler Point Trails to a rest stop at Antler Point. We will the return on Antler Point, Cañada de Pala, and Halls Valley Trails.

For anyone who is interested in carpooling, please meet at the Mission Blvd Park-n-Ride (715 Mission Rd, Fremont, CA 94539) in Fremont by 8:15 am.
I plan on leaving at 8:30 am for the 45 min. drive to the Grant Lake Staging area.

There is a porta potty at the staging area. It is not clear if a $6 parking fee applies at this lot as there was no pay box in August.



Del Valle Regional Park: Marina
Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
Pre-Turkey Day Hike at Del Valle


After eight months, it's time to get back to Lake Del Valle for a hiker's choice of either a moderate 8.3 mile/1500' or a 6.8 mile/1300' trek.

Route will be down through the parking area to the Ridgeline/Lake View Trail head. We will head up on Lake View Trail up toward the entrance road with a short double-back up to the (unnamed) peak and back down onto the Ridgeline trail. We'll make a quick left and quick right onto Eagle Crest Trail, then a hard left onto Hidden Canyon Trail, left on Eagle Crest Trail, and left back onto Ridgeline Trail. From Ridgeline we'll turn right on East Shore Trail on down to the Badger Cove area.

The short hike will make a left near the Badger Cove area onto Swallow Bay Trail following it along the shoreline and connecting with East Shore Trail back past the Boat Launch and down to the parking area where we started.

The long hike will continue on East Shore trail until we get to the top of the Swallow Bay area where we will turn back onto Swallow Bay Trail hugging the shoreline, following it all the way down and around the cove staying to the right until it reconnects with East Shore Trail back past the Boat Launch and down to the parking area where we started.

We will meet at the Marina where restrooms are available. As always, detailed maps will be available and flour arrows will mark your route. The rest stop will be announced on hike day.



Briones Regional Park: Blue Oak Trail
Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: 6.5 mile, 1,600-foot elevation gain balloon hike in Briones Regional Park starting from Reliez Valley Staging Area in Lafayette. This is a new staging area use 3299 Gloria Terrace, Lafayette for GPS. 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, Table Top Trail, Spengler Trail, back down Blue Oak Short Cut Trail then retrace route back to trailhead. No facilities on this hike. Limited trailhead parking, street parking available.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Morgan Territory - Manzanita Trail

A moderate+ 7 mile, 1500 ft elevation gain loop hike in EBRPD Morgan Territory Regional Preserve.

The counter-clockwise route will be on Condor, Volvon, Blue Oak, Miwok, Manzanita, Valley View, Volvon Loop, Stone Corral, Coyote, and Condor Trails.

The Morgan Territory Staging area is located at the top of Morgan Territory Road at 37.81813,-121.79593



NOTE: A moderate, approximately 6.5-mile, 1300-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, cross road to Bob Pond and continue on Costanoan Trail, right on Hanna Lane Trail, left on Flat Top Trail, left down Flat Top Trail, right on Sulfur Creek Trail, left again to return to Costanoan Trail, then right on Costanoan Trail to Ginder Gap. Left on Ridge Top Trail, through the gate and across Costanoan Trail to continue on Ridge Top Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Borges Ranch Trail to Borges Ranch.

After a short rest/snack stop, return back up Borges Ranch Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, left on Shell Ridge Loop Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road to return to Castle Rock Park.

Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park, Bob Pond and Borges Ranch.


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, November 08, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Two choices, either a 5.2- or 6.5-mile loop hike. The shorter version is a moderate 5.2-mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain. The longer version is a strenuous, 6.5-mile, 2000 foot elevation gain hike to Devil's Hole, the lowest elevation in the park.

From the parking lot both versions go left on Bollinger Creek Trail, right on Elderberry Trail and right on Rocky Ridge View Trail to the Devil's Hole Trail junction.

The shorter hike continues on the Rocky Ridge View Trail, right on the paved road by the communications tower for the return to the parking lot.

The longer hike continues left down the Devil's Hole Trail to its junction with the Sycamore Trail near Devil's Hole.

After a short rest/snack stop, continue up the Sycamore Trail, left on Rocky Ridge Trail and right on the paved road to the parking lot.

Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash is OK on the trails.


Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area: Kennedy Grove
Thursday, November 05, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain, mostly out-and-back hike starting from Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area. Route will be Bay Area Ridge Trail, Old San Pablo Trail, single track shoreline trail to the Visitor Center/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. Water/bathrooms at Kennedy Grove trailhead.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Star Mine
Sunday, November 01, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:
End of Daylight Savings Hike to Star Mine


Set your clocks back and put your feet forward to mourn the end of daylight savings. Join us for a trek through Black Diamond Mines and walk off that Halloween candy on either a 9 mile/1500' moderate+ or a 7.5 mile/1100' moderate hike.

Route will be right on Nortonville, left on Manhattan Cyn, left on Chapparal Loop (over the bridge, then right), straight on Ridge passing the first Stewartville junction all the way to the end, then right on Stewartville. The short hike will continue on Stewartville resting at the backpack camp.

The long hike will peel off left to Star Mine, breaking at Star Mine Group Camp, then looping around to Stewartville, left, and rejoining the other hikers at the backpack camp.

All hikers will continue on Stewartville, right on Miner's Trail and then on to Stewartville back down to the parking area.

We will meet at the upper parking lot where facilities are located. Outhouses are available at both rest stops. As usual, flour arrows and detailed maps will guide your way. Though we will be starting at 9:30 am, if you arrive at the entry kiosk before 8:55 am, you can usually enter for free, otherwise the cost is $5.



Dublin Hills Regional Park: Silvergate Dr.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 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 Loop Trail, Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail out to its end at trail marker 10. After rest/snack return back along Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail, and down Martin Canyon Creek Trail to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike. Street parking only.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge

We'll explore some NoName and lesser traveled trails on a moderate+ 9 mile, 1800 ft hike of Pleasanton Ridge.

From the Foothill Staging area we head North on NoName #1 along Foothill, NoName #2, Sycamore Grove, Oak Tree, Ridgeline, and Thermalito Trails to a snack stop. We'll return on Ridgeline, Olive Grove, Ridgeline, Woodland, and Oak Tree Trails.



Mt. Diablo State Park: Merlin Court/Green Valley Trail
Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7.5 mile, 1,800-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike to Mt. Diablo's Artist Point Overlook. Route will be Green Valley Trail, No Name Trail #1, single track Summit Trail, fire road Summit Trail, W. Fossil Ridge Trail, Artist Point Trail past Holey Rock to Artist Point Overlook to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return back down Artist Point Trail, left onto W. Fossil Ridge Trail, No Name Trail #2, fire road Summit Trail, Green Valley Trail back to the trailhead. No facilities at trailhead, porta-potty but no water at Artist Point Overlook.

NOTE: A moderate+, 8-mile, 1500-foot elevation gain hike from Castle Rock Park into Mount Diablo State Park to Camel Rock.

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

After a short snack/rest stop, return down Burma Road, right on Stage Road to the trailhead.

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

GPS address is 1700 Castle Rock Road.


NOTE: We are NOT going to the peak. Rather a moderate 6.5 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike from Hemme trailhead (use 560 Hemme Ave., Alamo for GPS). Route will be Ringtail Cat Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, stopping to rest/snack at picnic bench on Rossmoor's Clyde Wood Trail. Return will be Las Trampas Ridge Trail, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #3, & Ringtail Cat Trail back to the parking area. No services on this hike. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

NOTE:
Wildcat Canyon Scramble


With projected temps back in the 90's in central county on Sunday, join us on the cooler side of Contra Costa for a hike through Wildcat. A hiker's choice of a moderate 8 miles/1100' or a challenging 7.5 miles/1500', this hike offers spectacular 360 views of S.F. Bay, San Pablo Bay, Mt. Diablo and San Leandro Reservoir with a stop at the historic Nike Missile Site for a break. The challenging hike, while shorter in length, earns its rating due to 3 aggressively steep climbs up to San Pablo Ridge, while the moderate hike makes a more gradual climb to the top sacrificing some of the bay views from the ridgeline.

The challenging route will be McCosker, No Name #1, No Name #2, McCosker, Belgum, and steep San Pablo Ridge. The moderate hike will continue on Belgum and up Old Nimitz Way. Both hikes converge at Nimitz way, stopping to rest at the Nike site. Both hikes continue on Nimitz Way, down Havey Canyon and along Wildcat Creek Trail back to the start.

Facilities located in lower parking lot. We will meet at the very top of the parking lot near the trail head. Detailed maps and flour arrows will mark your route. Hike starts at 9:00 am. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.



Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Thursday, October 08, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6.25-mile hike on the upper rim trail of Lafayette Reservoir with about a 1400-foot elevation gain. We will have a short rest/snack stop at the picnic tables above the restrooms before crossing the dam. NOTE: The distance and time are greater than described in the Trail Notes because we are starting from the intersection of Moraga Road and Via Granada rather than the dam.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, October 04, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Oktoberfest hike to Deer Flat

A Challenging 8.2 mile/2200 ft hike to Mount Diablo's Deer Flat/Murchio Gap.

The route will be Donner Canyon, Murchio Rd, Water Tower Rd, Oak, and Mitchell Canyon Rd Trails to Deer Flat for a snack break.

We will then continue to Murchio Gap on Meridian Ridge Rd, Back Creek, Murchio Road, and Donner Canyon Road Trails.

PLEASE NOTE:Due to a probability of warm weather and cold beer later we will start this hike at 9am.
The Regency Drive Entrance is located at 37.92221,-121.92732



Lafayette Reservoir: Lower Trail
Saturday, October 03, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
NOTE: We will hike around the Lafayette Reservoir on the lower paved trail on Saturday, October 3, in remembrance of John Bondon, the founder and webmaster of our East Bay Casual Hiking Group. The 3-mile hike will follow the Celebration of Life for John as described from his CaringBridge.com page below. All are welcome to join us for the Celebration of Life at 4:00 PM followed by the hike at 5:30 PM.
Meet at the STAGE AREA (On the left side of the parking lot when facing the water)



NOTE: A moderate, approximately 7-mile, 1300-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 Shell Ridge Loop Trail, 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.


Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Briones - Bear Creek to Russell Peak


Join us for a trek through the southern end of Briones Regional; a hiker's choice of a moderate 7.4 mile single loop or a moderate+ 9.8 mile double loop, we will meet at the lower parking lot of the Bear Creek Staging Area to the right of the kiosk.

Hike begins on Bear Creek Trail, left on Seaborg, right on Crescent Ridge, left on Sunrise, right on Buckeye Ranch. We will detour left on Springhill where all hikers may use the facilities and short hikers will take their rest break.

All hikers will return to Buckeye Ranch making a left and staying left on the lower portion of the trail. We turn right to ascend Lafayette Ridge Tr., left on Russell Peak Tr. to the top where long hikers will take their rest break and all hikers can enjoy the views.

Short hikers will turn back here, following the route described below. Long hikers continue on Russell Peak, left on Mariposa looping back around near the water tank returning to Russell Peak Tr., turning right. All hikers return straight down Briones Crest, left on Seaborg, left on Old Briones Rd. back down through the parking area to the start.

Detailed maps will be available and the long hike will be marked with flour arrows along the way.IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.



Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Main Staging Area
Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 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, Sandstone Trail, Diamond View Trail to Five Canyons Park to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on Five Canyons Parkway, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail, and Shoreline Trail back to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead and Five Canyons Park.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, September 20, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A hiker's choice of either a moderate 7.2-mile 1200-foot elevation gain hike or a longer 8.5-mile 1300-foot elevation gain hike from the EBMUD Valle Vista staging area in Moraga to Redwood Regional Park.

Route will be Redwood Trail, right on East Ridge Trail, left on Prince Trail and left on Stream Trail to Orchard area where we will stop for a rest/snack stop.

The shorter hike will return via the Canyon Trail, left on East Ridge Trail and right on Redwood Trail to the Valle Vista staging area.

The longer hike will continue to the fish ladder, right on Bridle Trail, right near Fern Dell to Stream Trail, then right on Stream Trail to Orchard area, left on Canyon Trail, left on East Ridge Trail and right on Redwood Trail to the Valle Vista staging area.

Restroom at the staging area and water and restrooms at Orchard area. EBMUD permit required, but there should be enough permit holders to cover those who may not yet have one. Note that listed driving directions should specify about 5.8 miles, not 3+ miles, after turning onto Moraga Road. Location for Google map directions: EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area.


Tilden Regional Park: Vollmer Peak Trail
Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 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., UC

Garin Regional Park: Ziele Creek Entrance
Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Grandparent's Day Hike at Garin


Join us for a 9:00 am hike to explore Hayward's Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks. A hiker's choice of either a moderate- 5.6 mile/1100 ft or a moderate 8.5 mile/1400 ft. hike, we will meet at the Ziele Creek Entrance.The weather guessers are calling for a high of 85, so it should be fairly nice with some shade and some breezes.

Hike begins left on Ziele Creek, left on Vista Peak Loop, another left on Vista Peak Loop, left on Old Homestead, right on Newt Pond Trail up the hillside. Turn left to stay on Newt Pond at the top until you reach High Ridge Trail.

The short hike will turn right on High Ridge, down to the main staging area. Turn left to find Jordan pond and enjoy your break there. Restrooms are near the red barn off to your right. Short hike will return the same as the long hike after their break at the same spot.The long hike will continue left on High Ridge, right on Meyers Ranch down the hill, right at Old Ranch, right on Dry Creek following the creek bed back up to Jordan Pond where we will break on the right side near the 'pier'.

Both hikes return back toward the red barn, staying right on the horse trail passing several picnic spots until it ends. Turn right through the gate and left on Vista Peak Loop. Stay left on Vista Peak Loop passing two trailheads of the same name until you get all the way down to Ziele Creek past the stables. Turn right on Ziele Creek, another right at the end to continue on Ziele Creek and follow it along and across the creek. Turn left at Ziele Creek Entrance and back to the parking area. Detailed directions and maps will be available for both hikes, and the trail will be marked along the route.

There are no facilities at the trailhead, there are restrooms at the halfway point at the Red Barn. See directions below for places to stop for restrooms prior to hike.



Greenbelt Hiking Trail: Hayward Plunge/Ward Canyon
Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Hot Weather H.A.R.D. Hike

A Moderate 7 mile, 1100 ft elevation gain hike on Hayward's Greenbelt Hiking & Riding Trails.

Starting from the 'Plunge' the route will be on the Wally Wickander Memorial and East Avenue Trails, crossing over on Durham Road to return on Ward Canyon and the Wally Wickander Memorial Trails to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at trailhead.

We will stop for a snack break along the route.

The Plunge is located at 37.66534,-122.07710


PS: If you've read this far, H.A.R.D. stands for Hayward Area Recreation and Park District



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 1.5-mile, 350-foot elevation gain loop on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail near the end.

The route to Macedo Ranch will be across baseball field, left on Castle Rock Trail, Stage Road (Pine Creek), 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, return via Wall Point Road keeping right to Dusty Road, and left on Stage Road to junction with Fairy Lantern Trail where 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 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.


Tilden Regional Park: Island/Selby Trail
Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike beginning at Tilden Park's ISLAND picnic area. Route will be Selby Trail, Memory Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, Sylvan Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail stopping to rest/snack at Wildcat Peak lookout.

Return on Wildcat Peak Trail, Laurel Canyon Road, Laurel Canyon Trail, Pine Tree Trail, Loop Road, Wildcat Gorge Trail & Selby Trail back to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at trailhead.


EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7+ mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike from EBMUD's Valle Vista Staging Area in Moraga. Driving directions below should read: Valle Vista is 7 miles on Moraga Road from HWY 24. Route will be Riche Loop Trail, King Canyon Loop Trail to Rancho Laguna Park, stopping to rest/snack. Return on EBRPD's Old Moraga Ranch Trail, reconnecting with King Canyon Loop Trail back to the parking area. Porta-potty at Valle Vista trailhead, water & bathrooms at Rancho Laguna Park. Bring EBMUD trail use permit. Those without can be a guest of a permit holder. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Ohlone College
Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
NOTE: Our 6th annual full moon hike to Mission Peak.

A strenuous, out-and-back hike from Ohlone College to Mission Peak. About 7 miles with a 2100-foot elevation gain. Route will be on the Peak Trail from Ohlone College to Mission Peak. We will rest, snack and weather permitting, enjoy the sunset at 7:41 and moonrise at 7:42 before returning. Dress in layers because it can be COLD and WINDY at the peak. Also, to be safe bring a flashlight or headlamp in case it is overcast.

Park in lot G on the left just after entering the Ohlone College campus from the Pine Street entrance. Parking is free after 5 PM on Saturdays, but there is a campus curfew at 11 PM, so we must be gone by then or subject to citation. Meet at the parking lot.


Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Amphitheater Loop

Another moderate+ hike into EBRPD Morgan Territory with a short/long option. The short hike is 7 miles/1050 feet elevation, and the longer hike is 8.7 miles/1500 feet elevation gain.

The hike starts up Finley Road, Old Finley Road, and Amphitheater Road to a snack stop in a special place. We then continue on Amphitheater and Crestview Roads to Black Hills Trail where the longer and shorter hike groups split up.

The Short hike heads South on Black Hills, Sulphur Spring, and Old Finley Road Trails to the parking area.

The Long hike turns left on Black Hills Trail descending to Sulphur Spring to return on Sulphur Spring, and Old Finley Road Trails to the parking area.

The GPS coordinates for the parking area are 37.81267,-121.85723



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 6- or 8-mile loop hike from Regency Gate in Mt. Diablo State Park. The route will be Donner Canyon Road, left on Clayton Oaks Road, right on Bruce Lee Springs Trail, left on Wasserman Trail, right on Cardinet Oaks Road, right on Donner Canyon Road, right on Hetherington Trail, right on Donner Canyon Road to the junction of the Tick Wood Trail.

The short hike will return on the Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate.

The longer hike will continue on the Tick Wood Trail, left near the top to continue on Tick Wood, right on Donner Canyon Road, right on Meridian Ridge Road, right on Meridian Point Trail, right on Back Creek Trail, and return on Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate.

There will be a short snack/rest stop about halfway on the Hetherington Trail near the dry creek. No facilities available on this hike. Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.


Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Golden Spike Loop

A moderate+ 8 mile/1300 ft. hike of EBRPD Redwood Regional and Oakland's Joaquin Miller Parks.

Starting from the Wayside Parking lot we head South crossing Redwood Creek at the fish ladder onto Golden Spike and Dunn Trails. We then cross Skyline Blvd into Joaquin Miller Park onto Big Trees Trail ascending to cross Skyline once again before passing the Pal Camp into the Redwood Bowl for a snack break.

After our break we return on West Ridge, Fern, French, Bridle and Stream Trails to the Wayside parking lot.

The large Wayside Parking lot (on the left before Canyon Meadow) is located at 37.80485,-122.14637



Note: Currently there is no Weekday Parking Fee.


Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Clyde Woolridge
Sunday, August 16, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About an 8 mile, 1,700-foot elevation gain loop hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park starting from Clyde Woolridge Staging Area (formerly called Grass Valley). Route will be Jackson Grade, Cascade Trail, Columbine Trail, Quail Trail, paved road to Hawk Ridge where we will rest/snack.

Return on Two Rocks Trail, Mirador Trail, Brandon Trail, Escondido Trail, back on the Brandon Trail to the Stone Bridge and back up Jackson Grade to the trailhead. No facilities at trailhead but water and porta-potties at Hawk Ridge picnic area.


Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 7.3-mile 1200-foot elevation gain loop-hike from Bob Pond to Howe Homestead Park.

Route is Costanoan Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Corral Springs Trail, Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, Fossil Hill Trail, and Kovar Trail to Howe Homestead Park.

After a short rest/snack stop return via Kovar Trail, Indian Creek Trail, Coyote Pond Trail, Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail and Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond.

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


NOTE:

Las Trampas Torture Hike

A Challenging 9 mile/2500ft elevation hike from EBRPD Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Bollinger Canyon staging area.

We start out on Bollinger Creek Loop, Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, and Virgil Williams Trails to the Alamo side of the park. We return along Madrone, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Loop Trails.

We will stop for a snack near the mid point of the hike.

The GPS coordinates for Bollinger Creek Staging area are 37.81602,-122.04992



Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Chabot Staging
Thursday, August 06, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate 8+ mile, 1,400 foot elevation gain, partial loop hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park starting from EBMUD's Chabot Staging Area on Redwood Road. Route will be Willow View Trail, Brandon Trail, Towhee Trail, passing in front of the campground entrance kiosk onto the Quail Trail, Columbine Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the Honker Bay/Columbine Trail Junction.

Return on Honker Bay Trail, Towhee Trail, then retrace route back down Brandon Trail and Willow View Trail to the parking area. Porta-potty at trail head. EBMUD permit needed, but those without can be a guest of a permit holder.


EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, August 02, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: IGNORE TRAIL NOTES. CORRECTION to Driving Directions: Almost 6 miles on Moraga Road, not 3+. Google map location is: Valle Vista Staging Area

Either a 6-mile 1200-ft elevation gain or an 8-mile 1700-foot elevation gain hike from Valle Vista Staging Area to Redwood Regional Park on mostly shaded trails. Route will be Redwood Trail, through the gate and left on East Ridge Trail, right on Canyon Trail to the Orchard area. Then right on Stream Trail, stopping at Old Church for a short rest/snack break.

Short hikers will return to Valle Vista in the reverse direction. Long hikers will continue on the Stream Trail, left on Chown Trail, left on French Trail, left on Orchard Trail, right on Bridle Trail to the fish ladder. Left across the bridge, left on the trail along the road to Orchard Area. Right on Canyon Trail, left on East Ridge Trail, right through the gate at Redwood Trail back to the staging area.

Restroom at Valle Vista and restrooms and water at Orchard area, Old Church and some locations along the Stream Trail. Dogs not allowed on EBMUD Redwood Trail. EBMUD hiking permit needed, but those without can be a guest of a permit holder.


Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6.5 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike on 90% shaded trails starting at Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station (3590 Sanborn Road). Route will be Lower Sinawik Trail, Upper Sinawik Trail, Sunset Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Castle Park Trail, connector trail, entering Redwood Regional Park at Moon Gate, West Ridge Trail, Roberts Ridge Trail, to Redwood Bowl (4.5 mile mark) where we will rest/snack.

Return through the Rotary Day Camp, No Name Trail, crossing Skyline Blvd. back into Joaquin Miller Park onto Big Trees Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Palos Colorados Trail (recently improved!) and Sunset Trail back to the parking lot. Bathrooms/Water at Joaquin Miller Ranger Station and also at Redwood Bowl.


NOTE:

Beat the Heat by the Bay Hike

A very moderate 5.5 mile / 900 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 across the street from Golden State Railroad Museum along the SF Bay Trail to Ferry Point. We will continue on the Bay Trail/Brickyard Cove Road to East Vista Point Trail to ascend to Crest Trail and 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 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 tunnel to descend to the SF Bay Trail back to the Parking Lot.

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



Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6.5 mile, 1,100-foot elevation gain, loop hike in Briones Regional Park to Russell Peak. Route will be Old Briones Road Trail, Valley Trail, Yerba Buena Trail, Crescent Ridge Trail, Briones Crest Trail, and Russell Peak Trail to the Russell Peak bench/overlook (4 mile point) to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return (2.5 miles) on the Russell Peak Trail, Briones Crest Trail, Seaborg Trail, and Bear Creek Trail back to the parking area. Park in the paved lot to the right after passing the entry kiosk. No parking fees on weekdays. His and Hers

Tilden Regional Park: Mineral Springs
Sunday, July 19, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Choose either a 6 mile 1,200-foot or a 7.8 mile 1,800-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, Tower Trail, crossing Grizzly Peak Blvd. to rest/snack/enjoy the bay view. Return down the Tower Trail, continue on the Grizzly Peak Trail, Gillespie Camp Road, South Park Drive, Vollmer Peak Trail. Short version will continue onto Quarry Trail and the horse path that goes through Anderson Equestrian Camp crossing Wildcat Canyon Road back to the parking area. Long version will climb Upper Big Springs Trail, west along the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Lower Big Springs Trail, Quarry Trail, and onto the horse path described above. Porta-potty at trailhead. Mineral Springs is actually 0.5 miles west of Inspiration Point, not 0.1 as stated in the driving directions.

Briones Regional Park: Alhambra Creek to Table Top
Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Spengler to Table Top Loop

A Challenging 7.8 mile/1800 ft elevation gain or optional 6 mile/1600 ft loop hike to EBRPD Briones Table Top.

A 2-for-1 one clockwise hike from Alhambra creek staging area up Diablo View, and Spengler Trails. The shorter hike goes right on Table Top Trail to the top, where the longer/faster hikers will turn left on Spengler Trail looping back on Table Top Trail to meet for a snack break at the top.

Both groups will return along Briones Crest, Old Briones Road, Spengler, and Alhambra Creek Trails.

Please meet by the gate at the end of the parking lot. A toilet is available across the creek in the Crow Picnic area. We will leave Sharply at 9:00am, so plan accordingly, or catch us on the trail.

The Alhambra staging area is located at google map or 37.95676,-122.12330 for you smart phone users.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Meet at TRAILHEAD AT MIDDLE (NOT END) OF ROCKSPRING PL and IGNORE TRAIL NOTES.

Either a hikers choice 6-mile 1000-foot elevation gain or 8-mile 1400-foot elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge Open Space. Route will be Joaquin Ranch, south Twin Ponds Loop, north Twin Ponds Loop, Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Ridge Top, Flat Top, and Hanna Lane Trails to Borges Ranch.

After a short rest/snack stop return on the Borges Ranch, Briones to Mt. Diablo, and Coyote Pond Trails to the junction with the Joaquin Ranch Trail. The shorter hike will return south to the trailhead on the Joaquin Ranch Trail.

The longer hike will continue north to the Briones to Mt. Diablo, Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek and Joaquin Ranch Trails to the trailhead.

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


NOTE: Moderate 7.0 mile, 700-foot elevation gain in Kennedy Grove Park and San Pablo Reservoir. Route will be Laurel Loop Trail, Kennedy Creek Trail, Black Oak Loop Trail, Upper Sea Foam Trail, Lower Sea Foam Trail, back onto the Laurel Loop Trail. Route then exits Kennedy Grove Park on the Bay Area Ridge Trail and continues into San Pablo Reservoir with an out and back to the main marina along the San Pablo Dam Trail. Bathrooms/water at Kennedy Grove Park and San Pablo Marina.

Roberts Regional Recreation Area: Redwood Bowl
Sunday, July 05, 2015 @ 9:00 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). Route will be Roberts Ridge Trail, Graham Trail, Dunn Trail, Golden Spike Trail, Montiero Trail, Dunn Trail, right onto Baccharis Trail, left onto West Ridge Trail, where the short hike will continue on the West Ridge Trail back to Redwood Bowl and the parking area. The long hike will descend the Chown Trail, stopping to rest/snack at Trail's End. Return will be Stream Trail, Mill Trail, French Trail, & Madrone Trail back to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at Roberts Park and also at Trail's End for those on the longer hike.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 7-mile 1350-ft elevation gain hike in the mostly shaded Redwood Regional Park.

Route from EBMUDs Valle Vista Staging Area will be Redwood Trail, East Ridge Trail, Canyon Trail and Stream Trail to Old Church for a rest/snack stop.

Continue on Stream Trail past Trails End to Chown/Bridle Trail junction. Continue on Bridle Trail to the fish ladder and back to Canyon Meadow, then up Canyon Trail, East Ridge Trail and down Redwood Trail to Valle Vista staging area.

Restrooms at Valle Vista and Redwood Park. Water available in Redwood Park. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit. No dogs allowed on this hike. Staging area location on Google Maps is: Valle Vista Staging Area.


Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate two choice hike, either a 5.6-mile 800-foot or 7.8-mile 1,500-foot elevation gain loop hike. Both versions begin at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. Route is Curran Trail, Meadows Canyon Trail, Loop Road, Pine Tree Trail, Laurel Canyon Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail to Wildcat Peak pausing to rest/snack. Short version returns on the Wildcat Peak Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Nimitz Way back to the parking lot. Long version will descend the Wildcat Peak Trail, Sylvan Trail, Jewel Lake Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, EEC walkway, Wildcat Gorge Trail, and Curran Trail to the parking lot. Bathroom at trailhead. Dogs are not allowed on the Nature Area Trails. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

NOTE:

Sibley - HuckleBerry - Redwood

A moderate to challenging 7.3 mile / 1800 ft elevation gain hike in EBRPD Sibley, Huckleberry Botanic, and Redwood Regional Parks.

Starting from the Sibley Staging area we follow the Bay Area Ridge Trail (aka Round Top Loop, Skyline National, HuckleBerry Path, East Ridge, West Ridge, and French Trails) over to Redwood Regional Park's Tres Sendas Trail for a snack along Redwood Creek.

After our break we return on Stream, Eucalyptus, East Ridge, Bay Area Ridge, and HuckleBerry Path Trails to Skyline blvd to Sibley.

Please Note:
The Start is 9:00am


Many find the below directions confusing, just take hwy 24 to Fish Ranch Road to Grizzly Peak Boulevard south to Skyline Bl.
On your smartphone either click this Google link or this geourl link 37.84746,-122.19869



Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Marciel Gate
Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:
Father's Day - Summer Solstice Hike


Join us on the longest day of the year for a 9:00 am hike to explore Anthony Chabot Regional Park. A hiker's choice of either a moderate- 6.3 mile/900 ft or a moderate 9.4 mile/1400 ft. hike, we will meet at the Marciel Gate.

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

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

Detailed directions and maps will be available for both hikes, and the trail will be marked along the route. The weather guessers promise a lovely day. There are no facilities at the trailhead, there are restrooms at Bort Meadow about 4 miles into the hike. If you are coming from 13, you may wish to stop at Canyon Meadow in Redwood Park to use the restrooms; if coming from 580, you may wish to stop at Willow Park Golf Course. Please allow plenty of time to make the drive safely down winding Redwood Road! The earlier start time is to ensure adequate parking. See you at 9:00 am!!!



NOTE: NOTE: 9:00 AM START TIME

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 1.5-mile, 350-foot elevation gain loop on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail near the end.

The route to Macedo Ranch will be via Castle Rock Trail, Stage Road (Pine Creek), Dusty Road and Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch.

After a rest/snack stop, return via Wall Point Road, Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, Little Yosemite Trail and Stage Road 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.


Dimond Park: Dimond Canyon Trail
Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About an 8.4mile/1,500 ft elevation gain, partial loop hike in Oakland's Sausal Creek and Joaquin Miller Park, with an option for a shorter 5.8 mile/1,000 ft. out-and-back. Route will be Dimond Canyon Trail, Park Blvd. Trail, Bridgeview Trail, Pedestrian Tunnel, Palos Colorados Trail, Lower Sinawik Trail, Sunset Trail, stopping to rest/snack at picnic tables. Continuing on the Sunset Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Fern Ravine Trail, Sunset Trail, Upper Sinawik Trail, back down Palos Colorados Trail and Dimond Canyon Trails to trailhead. Bathrooms (old & dirty) at trailhead and snack area. We will start from large grass area in Dimond Park. Use 3756 Fruitvale Ave. for GPS. NOTE 9:00 AM START TIME! NOTE 9:00 AM START TIME!

NOTE:

Redwood Regional
West Ridge-Golden Spike Loop

A moderate 7+ mile/1500ft hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional from the MacDonald Staging area on Redwood Road.

We'll travel on MacDonald, Big Bear Loop, Golden Spike, and West Ridge Trails to the Redwood Bowl for our snack break.

We return through the trees on Graham, Dunn, Montiero, Golden Spike, and MacDonald Trails. If there's time we may explore the 'Bird' Trail for a bit of extra credit on our return to the staging area.

Note: Some extra parking is available to the West of MacDonald along Redwood Road at the Big Bear Staging Area.



NOTE:
Ridges & Canyons Twin Loop


Join us for a 9:00 am hike to explore the ridges and canyons of Black Diamond on what should be a cool day. A hiker's choice of either a moderate 6.3 mile/900 ft or a challenging 10 mile/1900 ft. We will meet at the upper parking lot where bathroom facilities and water are available.

Hike begins on Nortonville, left on Coal Canyon, left on paved Black Diamond Trail at Jim's Place and on up to the top. Where the pavement ends be sure to turn around and check out the view! Continue on (unpaved) Black Diamond Trail. The short hike will continue left on Black Diamond Trail at the junction with Manhattan Canyon, and on down to Nortonville where you will turn right and descend back down past Rose Hill Cemetery and on to the parking lot.

The long hike turns right on Manhattan Canyon, right on Chapparal Loop over the footbridge and back up to Ridge Trail. Continue through gate where it crosses Stewartville and continue left on Ridge Trail, left on Acorn, left on Old Homestead Loop, and left on Lark Trail for a steep climb back to the top. Hike continues left to Carbondale, right on Saddle Trail, left on River View, left on Railroad Bed and right on Stewartville to the parking lot.

Detailed directions and maps will be available for both hikes, and the trail will be marked along the route. Rest stops will be determined on day of the hike. This is likely the last opportunity to explore Black Diamond before the oppressive heat sets in for Summer/Fall. See you at 9:00 am!!!

IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Rohrer Trail
Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 5 mile/1,100 ft. or 6.7 mile/1,900 ft. hike into Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Route will be Rohrer Trail, Clyde Wood Trail to the picnic bench at trail's end, stopping to rest/snack. Short hike will turn back from here retracing same trails back to the cars. Long hike will continue on Las Trampas to Briones Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, Las Trampas Ridge Trail, down Hunsaker Canyon to the old barn before reconnecting to the Clyde Wood Trail, Rohrer Trail back to the parking area. Tennis club bathrooms may NOT be open/available. We will NOT be hiking to Las Trampas Peak, so IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A hikers choice of either a moderate 7.2-mile 1200-foot elevation gain hike or a longer 9.5-mile 1600-foot elevation gain hike from the Valle Vista staging area in Moraga to Redwood Regional Park.

Route will be Redwood Trail, East Ridge Trail, Prince Trail and Stream Trail to Orchard area where we will stop for a rest/snack stop. The shorter hike will return via the Canyon Trail, East Ridge Trail and Redwood Trail to the Valle Vista staging area.

The longer hike will continue to the fish ladder, West Ridge Trail, Orchard Trail, Bridle Trail, past the fish ladder back to the Orchard area, then Canyon Trail, East Ridge Trail and Redwood Trail to the Valle Vista staging area.

Restroom at the staging area and water and restrooms at Orchard area. EBMUD permit required for the Redwood Trail, but there should be enough permit holders to cover those who may not yet have one. Note that listed driving directions should specify about 5.8 miles, not 3+ miles, after turning onto Moraga Road. Location for google map directions is: EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area. Dogs OK, but must be on-leash on some Redwood Park trails.


Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Shell Ridge
No Name Loop Hike

A moderate+ 8+ mile, 1500 ft. up and down hike in Walnut Creek Open Space Shell Ridge. We'll hike the ridges and the valleys on a trek over to Borges Ranch for a snack break.

From Sutherland Drive the route heads North on Fossil Hill, Indian Creek, Briones-to-Mt. Diablo, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Corral Springs, Deer Lake, Upper Buck, Costanoan, NoName #1, Sulfer Creek, NoName #2, Flat Top, Hanna Grove, and Costanoan Trails, stopping at lower Borges Ranch to snack.

We then return on Borges Ranch, Briones-to-Mt. Diablo, Indian Creek, and Fossil Hill Trails to the staging area.

The Sutherland Drive Staging Area is located at 37.89418,-122.03279



Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Remington Hike
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A hiker's choice of either a 5.9 mile 1,600-foot elevation gain or 7.2 mile 2,000-foot gain, partial loop hike in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Both versions begin at Remington Loop trailhead in Danville. Route starts up Remington Loop Trail for.7 mile, turns northeast on No Name Trail, Highland Drive Road, San Damiano's Windmill Walk Trail, Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the Del Amigo Trail stopping to rest/snack. Short hike will return back along Las Trampas Ridge Trail and down the Remington Loop Trail. Long hike will continue onto the Del Amigo Trail, Sulphur Springs Trail, Las Trampas Ridge Trail and down the Remington Loop Trail. No services on this hike. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 6- or 7.5-mile loop hike with estimated elevation gains of 1000- or 1500-feet from Regency Gate in Mt. Diablo State Park. The route will be Donner Canyon Road, Clayton Oaks Road, Bruce Lee Springs Trail, Wassermann Trail, Cardinet Oaks Road, Donner Canyon Road, and Hetherrington Trail. A rest/snack stop will be taken on Hetherington Trail in an open spot near the stream. Then continue on Hetherrington Trail to the junction of the trail to Donner Cabin.

The shorter hike will return to Regency Gate on Donner Canyon Road.

The longer hike will continue south on Tickwood trail, Donner Canyon Road, Hetherrington Trail, Donner Trail, Wassermann Trail, Bruce Lee Springs Trail and Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate.

No facilities available on this hike. Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.


NOTE:
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
2015 Challenge Hike (modified)


Join us for a great hike in the remote and secluded Morgan Territory where we will explore many of the single-track trails available here. A hiker's choice of either a moderate 6 mile/800 ft which follows the Challenge Hike route or a moderate+ 9.6 mile/1500 ft. We will meet at the Morgan Territory Road Staging Area where bathroom facilities and water are available.

Both hikes begin on the single-track Condor and Coyote Trails. The short hike will continue on Coyote, right on Stone Corral, straight up on Volvon Loop, straight on Volvon, and right on the single-tracks Prairie Falcon and Condor to the staging area. Rest stop for short hike on Bob Walker Ridge.

The long hike turns off of Coyote onto single-track Mollok across the road continuing on Mollok to Clyma (the long route), and on down Highland Ridge, across the road, up Highland, right on Eagle, left on Volvon Loop, straight on Volvon, and right on single-tracks Prairie Falcon and Condor to the staging area. Rest stop for long hike on Highland Ridge trail near the jct. of Stone Corral.

Detailed directions and maps will be available for both hikes, and the long hike trail will be marked along the route. A short talk will be given on the history of this area prior to the hike. Dress in layers as it can be windy on the ridges and chilly in the creekside canyons.



Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, about 6+ mile, 1000-ft elevation gain loop hike in Briones Park.

Route from the Bear Creek Staging area is Briones Crest Trail and Abrigo Valley Trail to Maud Whalen camp.

After a short rest/snack stop, return on Mott Peak Trail, Briones Crest Trail and Old Briones Road Trail to the staging area.

Water and restrooms at the staging area and Maud Whalen. Park in the area to the left of the entrance kiosk. Address is: 16 Bear Creek Road, Lafayette, CA.


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Saturday, May 09, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

DEVIL's Hole

Fathers choice of a Challenging 7 mile, 2100 ft, or moderate 4.7 mile, 1100ft hike up to EBRPD Las Trampas Rocky Ridge.

This two-fer-one hike heads up 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.

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

The Bollinger Creek Staging area is located at 37.81611,-122.04997



NOTE: Moderate 6.5 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike in Castro Valley's Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area. Route will be along the Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail/Bay Area Ridge Trail out to the EBMUD gate. Water/bathrooms at the trailhead

NOTE: Briones - Alhambra Creek to Table Top Join us for a hike in the always lovely Briones Regional Park. A hiker's choice of either a moderate 5.5 mile/800 ft or a moderate+ 9.3 mile/1600 ft, we will meet at the Crow Picnic Area just to the right of the Alhambra Creek Staging Area parking lot where bathroom facilities and water are available. Route is Orchard, Pine Tree, Toyon Canyon to Sindicich Lagoons. Short hikers may choose to rest here. All hikers will continue left onto Lagoon. Short hikers will turn left on Old Briones Road Trail, right on Spengler, left on Alhambra Creek. The long hike turns right on Old Briones Trail, up through the gate and down to Valley Trail, right on Briones Crest, left on Spengler to Table Top where we will rest. Return Table Top Trail, Briones Crest, Old Briones Road Trail, Spengler, and No Name Trail #1 which runs on the east side of Alhambra Creek bed.

Briones Regional Park: Alhambra Creek Staging
Sunday, May 03, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6.5 mile, 1600-ft elevation gain loop hike into the Redwoods from EBRPD Redwood Regional Park's Skyline Gate.

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

Return via Stream Trail, Eucalyptus Trail, Phillips Loop Trail and East Ridge Trail to the Staging Area.

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


NOTE: About a 7-mile 1300-foot elevation gain moderate loop hike from Castle Rock Park to the Livorna Staging area.

Route will be Castle Rock Trail, Stage Road, Fairy Lantern Trail, Buckeye Ravine Trail, Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, Stonegate Trail, Hanging Valley Trail, and Alamo Trail to Livorna Staging area.

After a short rest/snack stop, return via Foothills Trail, Hazard Trail, Franco Ranch Trail, and Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge Trail to Bullfrog Pond. Continue on Twin Ponds Loop Trail to the ponds, Borges Ranch Trail, Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, Shell Loop Trail, Fairy Lantern Trail and Stage Road to Castle Rock Park.

Full facilities only at Castle Rock Park. Plan on arriving early because it may be necessary to park in the overflow area about 1/4 mile from the trailhead. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the trailhead. Address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek.


Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Seaview to Tower Trail

A moderate+ 7 mile, 1500 ft. elevation gain hike in EBRPD Tilden Regional Park.

From Inspiration Point we head South on Curran, Seaview, Vollmer Peak, Youth Camp Rd, Grizzly Peak, and Tower Trails to a snack break overlooking the bay on Grizzly Peak Blvd. We the return via Tower, Youth Camp Rd, Vollmer Peak, Big Springs, Seaview, and Curran Trails.

Tilden's Inspiration Point is located at 37.90489,-122.24475



Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 7 mile hike in the sunny hills above San Ramon. Restrooms in the large parking lot at the top of Windemere Pkwy. Rest stop about halfway across from Hidden Valley school. Restrooms, water and picnic tables. We will coffee afterwards in San Ramon

Shell Ridge Open Space: Wiget Lane Entrance
Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6.5-mile 1200-foot elevation gain loop-hike in Shell Ridge. Route will be via Lower Buck Trail, Deer Lake Trail, Corral Spring Trail, Costanoan Trail, Sulfer Creek Trail, Flat Top Trail, and Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via Borges Ranch Trail, Briones Mt. Diablo Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Costanoan Trail, Upper Buck Loop Trail and Lower Buck Loop Trail to Wiget Lane. Full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park: May Road Entrance
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

High Ridge Loop Trail

A moderate 8 mile/1500ft loop hike in EBRPD Dry Creek Pioneer/Garin Regional Parks.

The route will leave the May rd staging area along May, High Ridge Loop, FD143, and High Ridge Loop Trails for a quick exploration of the Native American mortar site at Gossip Rock. We will then follow the ridge into Garin for a snack break at the Red Barn.

The return route will take us past Jordan Pond on the Dry Creek, Meyers Ranch, Pioneer, High Ridge Loop, and May Trails.

An optional 6.5 mile/1100ft route can return via Meyers Ranch Trail without the extra climb up the Pioneer trail.

The May Road Parking Lot is Located at 37.60755,-122.01812



Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, April 09, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of 6+ miles with an 1150-foot elevation gain in Lime Ridge starting at Arbolado Park. Route will be the Ohlone and Blue Oak Trails, through the Ygnacio Valley Road tunnel, unnamed trail by Bayberry Pond, Lime Ridge Trail through the northerly Ygnacio Valley Road tunnel to our rest/snack spot on top of the ridge near the antennas. Then continuing on Lime Ridge, Manzanita, Paraiso, and Ohlone Trails to Arbolado Park. Restrooms, water and plenty of parking at Arbolado Park. Meet at the restrooms near the tennis courts. Map Link: http://mapq.st/1gB8Z1w

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Saturday, April 04, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: EBPARKS naturalist Trail Gail has invited us to join her Saturday Lake Chabot hike. ************************************************************************* ONCE AROUND THE LAKE Lake Chabot Trail Gail 9am-2pm, Sat, Apr 4 It may look easy, but it's a long hike around the lake. Explore its history and importance on this 9-mile hike. Bring sack lunch & water. Meet at the marina. Info: 510-544- 2233. 12+yrs

NOTE: Moderate 7+ mile 1,500-foot elevation gain figure 8 loop hike in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Route will be Del Amigo Trail, Virgil Williams Trail. Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #1, U-turn back onto Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, cross over Ringtail Cat Trail onto No Name Trail #3, Madrone Trail (passing through the Eugene O'Neill Historic Site) and Del Amigo Trail back to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike.

NOTE:

2015 EBRPD Trails Challenge Hike
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

A Challenging 11 mile/1500 ft. gain hike up Wildcat Creek to Tilden Nature Area ascending to San Pablo Ridge for the return.

Starting from the Alvarado Staging Area we warm up on a 4 mile gentle climb up Wildcat Creek Trail. We now ascend to our snack spot on Wildcat Peak along Sylvan and Wildcat Peak Trails. Our return route takes us back on Wildcat Peak, Nimitz Way, San Pablo Ridge, Belgum and Wildcat Creek Trails.

The Alvarado Staging Area is located at 37.95200,-122.31799



Carquinez Regional Shoreline: Mokelumne Trail
Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7+ mile 1,300-foot elevation gain loop hike in Carquinez Regional Shoreline. Route is Mokelumne Trail, No Name Trail #1, Hulet Hornbeck Trail, No Name Trail #2, Calif. Riding & Hiking Trail, Franklin Loop Trail stopping to rest/snack at the overlook bench. Return continues around the Franklin Loop Trail then back along the ridge top fire roads to the parking area. No facilities on this hike.

NOTE: A hiker's choice of either a moderate 6 mile/1200 ft or a moderate+ 9 mile/1900 ft, we will start at the upper parking lot where facilities are available.¶ Our journey begins up Nortonville Trail to Manhattan Canyon Trail and on up Chapparal Loop Trail to the Ridge Trail. Once at the top we will descend into the next valley on Stewartville Trail to the Stewartville Backpack Camp. Short hikers may rest here before returning on Stewartville Trail and then up the steep Miners Trail, rejoining Stewartville Trail and back on the Ridge Trail before descending down the Lower Chapparal Loop Trail and down the stairs passed the visitor's center.¶ The long hike continues from the backpack camp on Stewartville Trail down to Lower Oil Canyon Trail, Oil Canyon Trail and then back up on Upper Oil Canyon Trail. We will take a rest stop at the Overlook before continuing back down Upper Oil Canyon Trail to the Stewartville Backpack Camp. From here we will follow the same return route as the short hike.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 9:45 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile loop hike with an option to extend it to 7.2 miles. Route from Bob Pond is Borges Ranch Trail, Shell Ridge Loop Trail and Stage Road to Castle Rock Park. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Castle Rock Trail, Shell Ridge Loop Trail, Buckeye Ravine Trail, Briones - Mt. Diablo Trail, and Stonegate Trail to Bullfrog Pond, continuing on Twin Ponds Loop Trail, and Borges Ranch Trail to the junction with Briones - Mt. Diablo Trail. The shorter hike will descend on the Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond. The longer hike will continue on the Briones - Mt. Diablo Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Costanoan Trail, Flat Top Trail and Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: EBPARKS Naturalist Trail Gail has invited us to join her Mission Peak out-and-back hike. EBPARKS description: *********************************************************************** SUNOL TO MISSION PEAK HIKE Sunol Trail Gail 9:30am-3:30pm, Sun, Mar. 15. An area rich in history, beauty, and views, well experience it all. 10.5 miles and 2,200 elevation gain will make this hike a great time. Meet at visitor center. $2 fee for wilderness permit. Info 510-544-2233. 12+yrs.

Upper San Leandro Reservoir: Rancho Laguna Park
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE:

Rocky Ridge Trail

A challenging 7.5 mile, 1700ft elevation gain out-and-back hike towards Las Trampas on the Rocky Ridge Trail in EBMUD land.

We will hike out to the Rocky Ridge Loop Trail before turning back. A snack spot will be chosen along the trail sometime after our 10am start.

Note: Please bring and carry your EBMUD hiking permits.



Del Valle Regional Park: Marina
Sunday, March 08, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE:

2015 EBRPD Trails Challenge Hike
Del Valle Regional Park

A moderate+ 8.6 mile/1200 ft. gain out-and-back-with-a-loop hike along the East shore of Lake Del Valle.

Starting from the Marina the route follows the lake on the East Shore Trail until we reach the Heron Bay Trail where we loop in a clockwise direction before rejoining the East Shore Trail. We return on the East Shore Trail, with the option of taking portions of the single-track Swallow Bay Trail, to the Marina.

We will stop for a snack on a wooded hillside overlooking the lake on the Heron Bay Trail.



Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6.5-mile, 1300-foot elevation gain loop hike in Redwood Regional Park to Redwood Bowl. We'll enjoy hiking through the stately Redwoods on this mostly shaded hike. 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, Orchard Trail, French Trail, Madrone Trail and West Ridge Trail to a snack break in the shaded Redwood Bowl. Return on the West Ridge Trail, Redwood Peak Trail, Starflower Trail, Tres Sendas Trail, and Stream Trail to the parking lot. Free parking on weekdays. Dogs OK, but must be on-leash on the Stream Trail.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Loop
Sunday, March 01, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Briones Reservoir Long Hike

A Challenging 13.3 mile hike around EBMUD Briones Reservoir.

Note: The Trailhead description in the 2015 March/April RIN is incorrect. This hike starts from the 37.91280,-122.20217 Dam Overlook Parking Lot on Bear Creek Road.



Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Main Staging Area
Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6.5 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike starting in Don Castro Regional Recreation Area, through Five Canyons Open Space, into Garin Regional Park. Route will be Shoreline Trail, Ridgetop Trail, Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail, stopping to rest/snack after 3.3 miles at the metal corral. Return will be on a No Name Trail, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail, and Shoreline Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Macedo Ranch
Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hiker's choice of either a moderate 6-mile 1300-foot loop hike or a challenging 13-mile 3400-foot Mt. Diablo Summit hike from Macedo Ranch. Route from Macedo Ranch will be Wall Point Road, Dusty Road, Stage Road and Barbecue Terrace Road to its junction with the Secret Trail. The shorter hike returns on the Secret Trail and Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch. Shorter hike may rest/snack at the junction of the Secret and Wall Point Trails. The Summit hike continues on Barbecue Terrace Road, Summit Trail, and Juniper Trail to Juniper Campground. Then ascends on Juniper Trail to Mt. Diablo Summit. After a short rest/snack stop, return down the Summit Trail, Ridge View Trail and Wall Point Trail to Macedo Ranch. Water and restrooms at Macedo Ranch, Barbecue Terrace, Juniper Campground and the summit. Dogs not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Briones Regional Park: Lafayette Ridge Trail
Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

2015 EBRPD Trails Challenge Hike
Briones Regional Park

A moderate+ 7.5 mile, 1800 ft. elevation gain hike along Lafayette Ridge. The route will be Lafayette Ridge, Buckeye Ranch, Springhill, and Lafayette Ridge Trails.

We will stop for a snack break at the Springhill Staging area where a porta-potty is available.



NOTE: Either a 6 mile, 800-foot or 9 mile, 1,500-foot elevation gain loop hike in Crockett Hills Regional Park. Route will be Edwards Loop Trail, Edwards Creek Trail, Wood Rat Trail, Sky Trail to the overlook. Those opting for the shorter hike will return from here on the Soaring Eagle Trail, Wood Rat Trail, and Edwards Loop Trail back to the trailhead. Longer hike will continue on the newly completed ACE Trail, Big Valley Trail, Kestrel Loop Trail, Sugar City Trail, Soaring Eagle Trail, Wood Rat Trail and Edwards Loop Trail back to the trailhead. Water/bathroom at trail head.

NOTE: An 8-mile, 600-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike on the paved Nimitz Trail to the old Nike missile site. We will rest and snack at the Nike site and enjoy the excellent views of the area. Dogs welcome, but must be on leash. Restrooms but no water at the trailhead.

NOTE: Either a 6 mile, 800-foot or 9 mile, 1500-foot elevation gain loop hike in Crockett Hills Regional Park. Route will be Edwards Loop Trail, Edwards Creek Trail, Wood Rat Trail, Sky Trail to the overlook. Those opting for the shorter hike will return from here on the Soaring Eagle Trail, Wood Rat Trail, and Edwards Loop Trail back to the trailhead. Longer hike will continue on the newly completed ACE trail, Big Valley Trail, Kestrel Loop Trail, Sugar City Trail, Soaring Eagle Trail, Wood Rat Trail and Edwards Loop Trail back to the trailhead. Water/bathroom at trail head.

Regional Trails: Hap Magee Ranch Park
Thursday, February 05, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

2015 EBRPD Trails Challenge Hike
Las Trampas to Mount Diablo Trail

A moderate+ 8.5 mile, 1600 ft. elevation gain out-and-back hike from Danville's Hap Magee Park to Macedo Ranch.

We will stop for a snack break at Macedo Ranch. Toilets are available at both Hap Magee and Macedo Ranch.

Hap Magee Ranch Park is located at 37.83884,-122.01711



Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 6+ mile hike on the upper rim trail of Lafayette Reservoir with about a 1100-foot elevation gain. We will have a short rest/snack stop above the restrooms before crossing the dam. Dog friendly, but must be on-leash. NOTE: The distance and time are greater than described in the Trail Notes because we are starting from Via Granada rather than the dam.

Garin Regional Park: Ziele Creek Entrance
Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Hayward's Garin Regional Park. Route will be Ziele Creek Trail, Lower Garin Woods Trail, Vista Peak Loop Trail to Jordan Pond stopping to rest/snack. Return circles around Jordan Pond, to High Ridge Loop Trail, Newt Pond Trail, Old Homestead Trail, back side of Vista Peak Loop Trail, and Ziele Creek Trail back to trailhead. No bathroom at trailhead but water/bathrooms at the red barn near Jordan Pond. As you drive up Five Canyons Blvd. you can stop at Five Canyons Park for water/bathrooms, or as you continue on to Hayward Blvd. you can stop at J.A.Lewis Park for water/bathrooms.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Dyer Ranch Trail
Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 9 mile, 1,400-foot elevation gain, partial loop hike in Livermore's Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. Route will be Dyer Ranch Trail, Laughlin Ranch Loop Trail to bathroom at main staging area, lower West Side Loop Trail, Brushy Peak Loop Trail stopping to rest/snack on the rocks at the peak. Return continues down Brushy Peak Loop Trail, Tamcan Trail, Laughlin Ranch Loop Trail and Dyer Ranch Trail back to the start. No facilities at trailhead but bathroom at the 2.2 mile mark.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Marciel Gate
Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redtail Cascade Columbine Loop

A moderate 8 mile hike with about 1100 ft. of elevation gain.

From the Marciel Gate Staging area on Redwood Road, this hike descends to the Stone Bridge on Redtail, Cottontail and Brandon Trails. It then follows Grass Valley Creek on the Cascade, and Columbine Trails ascending into the Campground area on the Honker Bay trail where we return along Towhee, Brandon, and Redtail Trails.

We'll stop for a snack break at Hawk Ridge or the Family Camp Amphitheater.

The Marciel Gate Staging Area is located at 37.75938,-122.10531.
NOTE: There is no toilet at this lot but one is available 2 miles down Marciel Rd. at the Day Use Parking lot.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 7.3-mile 1200-foot elevation gain hike with a hikers option to add another 2.5-mile 400-foot elevation gain loop. Route from Bob Pond is Costanoan Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Corral Springs Trail, Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail, Fossil Hill Trail, and Kovar Trail to Howe Homestead Park. After a short rest/snack stop return via Kovar Trail, Indian Creek Trail, Coyote Pond Trail, and Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail to the junction with the Borges Ranch Trail. The shorter hike returns on the Borges Ranch Trail past the Ranch to Bob Pond. The longer hike continues on Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail, Shell Loop Trail, and Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Howe Homestead Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: A moderate + 6 mile, 1,500-foot elevation gain hike in Briones Regional Park starting from Alhambra Creek Staging Area. Clockwise loop mostly on single track trails not shown on park's map. Route will be No Name Trail #1, Alhambra Creek Single Track Trail, Spenger Trail, No Name Trail #2, Table Top Trail to Briones Peak to rest/snack. Return on No Name Trail #3, No Name Trail #4, and Alhambra Creek Single Track Trail back to parking area. Rustic bathroom at trailhead. Alhambra Creek Staging Area is located at 37.95646,-122.12352. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Corduroy Hills Madrone Loop

A Challenging+ 8 mile, 2200 ft. hike in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. We'll hike up and down both sides of Las Trampas Ridge passing Vail, Eagle, and Las Trampas Peaks on this second Sunday of the New Year.

Starting from the Bollinger Canyon Staging Area the route will be a large loop on Bollinger Creek Loop, Chamise, Las Trampas Ridge, Corduroy Hills, Madrone, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Loop Trails.



Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock loop
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate+ 8-mile 1500-foot elevation gain hike from Castle Rock Park into Mount Diablo State Park to Camel Rock. Route will be Stage Road, Sunset Trail, Falcon Road, Camel Rock Trail, and Burma Road to Camel Rock for a short snack/rest stop. Return via Burma Road and Stage Road to the trailhead. Arrive at the end-of-road parking area by 9:30 a.m. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile inside Castle Rock Park by 9:40.

EBMUD: Siesta Valley/DeLaVeaga Trail
Sunday, January 04, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A two option hike, either a 7 mile, 800-foot elevation gain out-and-back or a 9.3 mile 900-foot elevation partial loop hike. Route will be pedestrian walkways, DeLaVeaga Trail, Vollmer Peak Trail, crossing South Park Drive to Gillespie Camp to rest/snack. Short hike will retrace route back to trailhead. Long hike will continue down Tower Trail, Golf Course Trail, Redwood Trail, Grizzly Peak Trail, then retrace route back to trailhead. No facilities at trailhead but water/bathrooms at Gillespie Camp. Bring your EBMUD hiking pass.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Thursday, January 01, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Highland Ridge

A Challenging New Years hike in EBRPD Morgan Territory. This is a 8.5 to 9.5 mile hike with 2000 ft elevation gain on the Eastern side of Mount Diablo.

Starting from the Morgan Territory Staging area we cross the road onto Clyma, Mollock, Clyma, and Highland Ridge Trails on our ascent of Roger Epperson Ridge. We then descend on Raven, Fox, and Highland Ridge Trails before crossing Morgan Territory Road again.

We now take the Stone Corral, Volvon, and Condor Trails back to the parking lot. Depending on the conditions the shorter 8.5 mile hike may return up Marsh Creek on the Coyote, and Condor Trails.

A rest/snack spot will be chosen based upon the weather conditions.
The Morgan Territory Statging Area is located at 37.81812,-121.79576



NOTE: A two-option hike, 6.5-miles with 1600-foot elevation gain, or 9.15-miles with 2800-foot elevation gain to view the Mount Diablo Waterfalls. Route will be Donner Canyon Road, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the Falls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls Trail, Middle Trail, and Meridian Ridge Road to the Meridian Point Trail junction. This will be the decision point for the longer hike. The shorter hike will continue down Meridian Point Trail, Back Creek Trail, Back Creek Road and Donner Canyon Road to the trailhead. The longer hike will continue up Meridian Ridge Road, and Prospectors Gap Road to Murchio Gap, then Eagle Peak Trail to Eagle Peak. Continue on Eagle Peak Trail, Coulter Pine Trail, Bruce Lee Road, Murchio and Donner Canyon Roads to the trailhead. Expect some mud from the recent rains so hiking poles are recommended. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.

Coyote Hills Regional Park: Tuibun Trail/Coyote Hills
Friday, December 26, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: FRIDAY hike! About an 8.5 mile, 800 foot elevation gain loop hike in Fremont's Coyote Hills Regional Park. Route will be Tuibun Trail, Bayview Trail, Meadowlark Loop Trail, Soaproot Trail, single track trail to the top of Glider Hill where we will snack/rest/enjoy the view. Then Red Hill Trail, Bayview Trail, Pelican Trail, Alameda Creek Trail, Bayview Trail, Lizard Rock Trail, Chochenyo Trail & Tuibun Trail back to parking area. No facilities at trailhead but water/porta-potty at the 1-mile mark.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol Regional Wilderness
Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Little Yosemite WaterFalls Loop

A challenging 1700 ft, 7.5 mile hike in EBRPD Sunol Regional Wilderness.

This hike starts at the end of Geary Rd near the new Bridge. We will take Camp Ohlone Road past the waterfalls to Backpack Road, McCorkle Trail, Cerro Este Road, Cave Rocks Road, Indian Joe Creek Trail, Canyon View Trail, McCorkle Trail, and finally back across Alameda Creek on Camp Ohlone Road.

An additional 2 mile, longer hike may be attempted for those who are interested. The Camp Ohlone Road Trailhead is located at 37.50991,-121.82862


PS: Please ignore the following wonderful trail notes as they do not apply to this hike.



Tilden Regional Park: Island/Selby Trail
Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5 mile, 1,000 foot elevation gain loop hike beginning at Tilden Park's ISLAND picnic area. Route will be Selby Trail, Memory Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, Sylvan Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail stopping to rest/snack at Wildcat Peak lookout. Return on Wildcat Peak Trail, Laurel Canyon Road, Laurel Canyon Trail, Pine Tree Trail, Loop Road, Wildcat Gorge Trail & Selby Trail back to parking area. Water/bathrooms at trailhead.

NOTE: This is an 8 mile hike to the Nike Missile site and back to Inspiration Pt. The trail is a combination of blacktop and gravel. No mud, but you can find it if you want take any of the side trails. On a sunny day, the views are fantastic.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock
Sunday, December 07, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Diablo Foothills - Leaders Choice

A moderate 7 or more mile hike of Diablo Foothills and Mount Diablo State Park.

We'll start from the Orchard Staging area on Castle Rock, Borges Ranch, Shell Ridge, Fairy Lantern, Buckeye Ravine, Briones-to-Mt-Diablo, and Little Yosemite Trails to a snack break. The return will be along Pine Canyon on the Stage Road and Castle Rock Trails.

Mud and or excessive rain will modify this route at the leaders discretion ;-) Extra credit miles/elevation will be determined after the snack break.



NOTE: About a 7.5 mile, 1,500-foot elevation gain loop hike starting at Sibley Staging Area parking lot. Route will be Skyline Blvd., Upper Huckleberry Path, connector trail to Redwood Regional Park, East Ridge Trail, West Ridge Trail, French Trail, Tres Sendas Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the bench at the bottom of Tres Sendas. Return will be Stream Trail, Eucalyptus Trail, Phillips Loop Trail, connector trail back into Huckleberry, Lower Huckleberry Path, Bay Area Ridge Trail/Skyline Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at trailhead and Redwood Park's Skyline Gate Area.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, November 30, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: EBPARKS' naturalist Trail Gail has invited us to join her upcoming Pleasanton Ridge hike. She writes:

Mt. Diablo State Park: Curry Point to Balancing Rock
Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Curry Point - Green Ranch Loop

A Challenging 8 mile, 1800 ft. loop hike in Mount Diablo State Park to explore the area burned during the Morgan Fire.

Starting from the Curry Point Parking lot (37.85203,-121.92553) 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 continue on the Green Ranch Road, Oak Knoll, Summit, and Camp Force Trails to Curry Point.

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. 37.81223,-121.99165



EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A hikers choice of either a moderate 7.2-mile 1200-foot elevation gain hike or a longer 9.5-mile 1600-foot elevation gain hike from the Valle Vista staging area in Moraga to Redwood Regional Park. Route will be Redwood Trail, East Ridge Trail, Prince Trail and Stream Trail to Orchard area where we will stop for a rest/snack stop. The shorter hike will return via the Canyon Trail, East Ridge Trail and Redwood Trail to the Valle Vista staging area. The longer hike will continue to the fish ladder, Bridle Trail, Orchard Trail, West Ridge Trail, past the fish ladder, and Canyon Trail, East Ridge Trail and Redwood Trail to the Valle Vista staging area. Restroom at the staging area and water and restrooms at Orchard area. EBMUD permit required, but there should be enough permit holders to cover those who may not yet have one. Note that listed driving directions should specify about 5.8 miles, not 3+ miles after turning onto Moraga Road. Location for google map directions is: EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area. Dogs OK, but must be on-leash on some Redwood Park trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Merlin Court/Green Valley Trail
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6 mile, 1.300 foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike to Mt. Diablo's Artist Point. Route will be Green Valley Trail, Summit Trail, W. Fossil Ridge Road, Artist Point Trail to Artist Point Overlook stopping to rest/snack. Return will retrace route back to the cars. No facilities at trail head, porta potty but no water at Artist Point Overlook.

Los Vaqueros Watershed: Marina
Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Los Vaqueros - Morgan Territory Loop

Another Challenging 11.7 mile / 2700 ft. elevation gain loop hike. From CCWD Los Vaqueros Reservoir up into EBRPD Morgan Territory Regional Preserve and back.

We start from the Los Vaqueros Marina parking lot and loop in a clockwise direction on Los Vaqueros, Canada, Black Hills, Whipsnake, Volvon, Blue Oak, Miwok, Adobe, and finally Los Vaqueros Trails.

A snack break will be chosen somewhere in Morgan Territory. There is no water along the trail after we leave the Marina.



Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area: Kennedy Grove
Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain, mostly out-and-back hike starting in Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area. Route will be Bay Area Ridge Trail, Old San Pablo Trail, unnamed shoreline single track trail, Paved Park Road, Eagles Nest Trail, Nimitz Way Trail, Conlon Trail, connector trail to Wildcat Peak. After rest/snack return will retrace route back to San Pablo Dam Road, then rejoin shoreline trail back to the parking area. Bring EBMUD permit if available. Water/bathrooms at Kennedy Grove trailhead.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, November 09, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A hikers choice of either a moderate 6.5-mile 1000-foot elevation gain or a longer 8.5-mile 1400-foot elevation gain loop hike from Bob Pond to Macedo Ranch. Route will be Borges Ranch, Briones - Mt. Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop Trails, Stage Road, Little Yosemite, Briones - Mt. Diablo Trails, and Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Wall Point Road and Briones - Mt. Diablo Trail to the junction of Borges Ranch Trail. The shorter hike will return on the Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond. The longer hike will continue on Briones - Mt. Diablo, and Sugar Loaf  Shell Ridge Trails to Bullfrog Pond, then Twin Ponds Loop Trail to Twin Ponds, and Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond. Restrooms, water and picnic tables available at Bob Pond and Macedo Ranch. Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

NOTE:

Sibley to Tilden Out-and-Back

A moderate(+?) 7 mile, 1700ft out-and-back hike from EBRPD Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve to Tilden Regional Park. With an optional 8.3 mile, 1800ft longer hike to Volmer Peak.

This out and back hike takes us on the Bay Area Ridge Trail through EBMUD Watershed to Tilden for a snack break. The longer hike will ascend to Volmer Peak before returning.

The Sibley parking lot is located at 37.84757,-122.19868
Sorry, No Dogs allowed in EBMUD



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, November 02, 2014 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY. A challenging 12-mile 3400-foot+ elevation-gain loop hike to Mt. Diablo Summit. The route from Regency Gate is Donner Canyon Road, Meridian Ridge Road, Middle Trail, and Prospectors Gap Road to Prospectors Gap; then North Peak Trail past Devils Elbow to the summit. After a rest/snack stop, return by the same route to Prospectors Gap, then Bald Ridge Trail to Murchio Gap, Meridian Ridge Road, Meridian Point Trail, Back Creek Trail, Back Creek Road and Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate. No facilities on the trails. Carry adequate food and water for the day. There may be refreshments available at the Summit gift shop.

NOTE:

Briones - Alhambra Loop

A moderate+ 6 mile, 1500+ ft elevation gain hike from the EBRPD Alhambra Staging Area. We'll go in a clockwise loop through shaded wooded valleys and open grassy hills, stopping at Table Top for a snack break. Starting from the Alhambra Creek Staging area heading south on Diablo View, Spengler, and Table Top Trails to Table Top for a snack break with a great view. We return along the ridge line on Briones Crest, Old Briones Road, Spengler, and Alhambra Creek Trails. Please meet by at the gate at the edge of the Parking Lot. The Alhambra Staging Area is located at 37.95646,-122.12352



Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile loop hike with an option to extend it to 7.5 miles. Route from Bob Pond is Borges Ranch Trail to Twin Ponds, continuing on Twin Ponds Loop Trail past Bullfrog Pond, Foothills Trail, Stonegate Trail, Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail, 2nd Buckeye Ravine Trail, Shell Ridge Loop Trail and Stage Road to Castle Rock Park. After a short rest/snack stop, return via the Castle Rock Trail, Shell Ridge Loop Trail, Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail to the junction of the Borges Ranch Trail. The shorter hike will descend right on the Borges Ranch Trail to Bob Pond. The longer hike will continue on the Briones Mt. Diablo Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Costanoan Trail, Flat Top Trail, and Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Google maps location is Bob Pond, Alamo, CA 94598.

Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Main Staging Area
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6 mile, 800-foot elevation gain loop hike around Don Castro Reservoir into Five Canyons Open Space. Route will be Whispering Creek Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Deer Canyon Trail, Sandstone Trail, Diamond View Trail to Five Canyons Park to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return on Five Canyons Parkway, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail and Shoreline Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead and also Five Canyons Park.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Macedo Ranch
Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Burma Road Loop

A 11 mile / 3000 foot Challenging+ loop hike of Mt. Diablo State Park's Burma Road.

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

We return via Juniper, and Summit Trails where we'll decide, based on the temperature, to return via Wall Point or BBQ Terrace/Stage Road Trails.

Warnings:This hike has several steep uphill portions.
Drinking water is not available on the mountain, you must carry what you need.
No Dogs.



NOTE: We are NOT going to the peak. Rather a moderate 6.5 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike from Hemme trailhead (use 560 Hemme Ave., Alamo for GPS). Route will be Ringtail Cat Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, stopping to rest/snack at the picnic bench at south end of Rossmoor's newly named Clyde Wood Trail. Return will be Las Trampas Ridge Trail, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #3, & Ringtail Cat Trail back to the parking area. No services on this hike. IGNORE THE TRAIL NOTES!

Roberts Regional Recreation Area: Redwood Bowl
Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate two choice hike, either a 5.5 mile or 7.5 mile loop hike. The short option is about a 700-foot elevation gain the long about 1,300-feet. Both begin at Redwood Bowl Staging Area (use 10060 Skyline Blvd., Oakland for GPS). Route will be Roberts Ridge Trail, Graham Trail, Dunn Trail, Golden Spike Trail, Montiero Trail, Dunn Trail, Baccharis Trail, West Ridge Trail,where the short hike will continue on the West Ridge Trail back to Redwood Bowl and the parking area. The long hike will descend the Chown Trail, stopping to rest/snack at Trail's End. Return will be Stream Trail, Mill Trail, French Trail, & Madrone Trail back to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at Roberts Park and also at Trail's End for those on the longer hike.

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, October 09, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: IGNORE TRAIL NOTES. A moderate, approximate 6-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike from Inspiration Point to Wildcat Peak in Tilden Regional Park. Route is Curran Trail, Meadows Canyon Trail, paved path to Little Farm for a short water/restroom stop. Continuing on Wildcat Creek Trail past Jewel Lake, Sylvan Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail to Wildcat Peak. After a rest/snack stop, and perhaps a chance to view the Blue Angels arriving for Fleet Week, return via the Laurel Canyon Road and Nimitz Way to Inspiration Point. Dogs not allowed because of our route through the Nature Area.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, October 05, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

Oktoberfest hike of Eagle Peak

Another Challenging 7 mile/2200 ft hike of Mount Diablo's Eagle Peak.

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

We will then head back down the mountain on Eagle Peak, Meridian Ridge Road, Meridian Point, Back Creek, Murchio Road, and Donner Canyon Road Trails.

PLEASE NOTE:Due to a possibility of warm weather later we will start this hike at 9am.
The Regency Drive Entrance is located at 37.92221,-121.92732



Greenbelt Hiking Trail: Hayward Plunge/Ward Canyon
Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6.5 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain, loop hike on Hayward's Greenbelt Hiking & Riding Trails. Route will be the Wally Wickander Memorial Trail, Ward Canyon Trail, East Avenue Trail stopping at the picnic tables to rest/snack. Return continues down the East Avenue Trail and retraces back along the Wally Wickander Memorial Trail to the parking area. Water/bathrooms at trailhead.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Rocky Ridge Loop

A Challenging 8.5+ mile / 2500 ft hike from EBRPD Las Trampas into EBMUD land West of Rocky Ridge.

This hike will follow Rocky Ridge View, Cuesta, Rocky Ridge View, Sycamore, Devils Hole, Rocky Ridge Loop, Rocky Ridge Road, and Rocky Ridge View Trails.

An optional exploration side trip is planned to see Ramage Peak.

Las Trampas Staging area on Bollinger Canyon is located at 37.81637,-122.04954



Briones Regional Park: Walter Costa Trail
Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A challenging 6 mile, 1,600-foot elevation gain, partial loop hike using Lafayette's Walter Costa Trail to enter Briones Regional Park. Route will be Pine Ln, Timothy Ln, Los Arabis Drive, Quail Ridge Rd, Connector Trail #1, Cambridge Drive, Connector Trail #2, Panorama Dr. Then entering Briones Regional Park making a clockwise loop up Mariposa Trail, Russell Peak Trail, stopping at the peak's picnic table to rest/snack/enjoy the view. Return will be back down Russell Peak Trail, the other section of Mariposa Trail, and retracing the route back down the Walter Costa Trail to the trailhead.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Meet at TRAILHEAD AT MIDDLE (NOT END) OF ROCKSPRING PL and IGNORE TRAIL NOTES. 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 Joaquin Ranch, south Twin Ponds Loop, north Twin Ponds Loop, Sugarloaf  Shell Ridge, Briones  Mt. Diablo, Ridge Top, Flat Top, and Hanna Lane Trails to Bob Pond. A short rest/snack stop before returning on the Borges Ranch, Briones  Mt. Diablo, and Coyote Pond Trails to the junction with the Joaquin Ranch Trail. The shorter hike will return south to the trailhead on the Joaquin Ranch Trail. The longer hike will continue north to the Briones  Mt. Diablo, Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek and Joaquin Ranch Trails to the trailhead. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Macedo Ranch
Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

(Secret) Wall Point Loop Hike

A two-for-one hike in Mount Diablo State Park. A 6 mile/1300ft or a longer 8.3 mile/1800ft loop hike from Macedo Ranch along Wall Point Road and Secret Trail.

Both hikes will begin at Macedo Ranch and follow Wall Point Road, Secret, and BBQ Terrace Road Trails to the Stage Road intersection.

The shorter hike will continue down Stage Road to Dusty Road Trail. The longer hike will head up Stage Road, Buckeye, Burma Road, and Stage Road Trails to Dusty Road.

Both hikes return to Macedo Ranch via Dusty Road, and Wall Point Road Trails.



Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Clyde Woolridge
Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About an 8 mile, 1,800-foot elevation gain loop hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park starting from Clyde Woolridge Staging Area (formerly called Grass Valley). Route will be Jackson Grade, Cascade Trail, Columbine Trail, Quail Trail, paved road to Hawk Ridge where we will rest/snack. Return on Two Rocks Trail, Mirador Trail, Brandon Trail, Escondido Trail, back on the Brandon Trail to the Stone Bridge and back up Jackson Grade to the trailhead. No facilities at trailhead but water and port-potties at Hawk Ridge picnic area.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood East Ridge Loop

A moderate 7 mile, 1300 ft. elevation hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. We'll first hike up to the East Ridge before descending to walk amongst the stately Redwoods on this 70% shaded hike.

Starting from the end of the Wayside Parking lot, we follow the Canyon, East Ridge, Phillips, Eucalyptus, and Stream Trails to a snack break along Redwood Creek.

Our return takes us back through the Redwoods on Tres Sendas, Starflower, French, Orchard, and Bridle Trails.

The large Wayside Parking lot (on the left before Canyon Meadow) is located at 37.80485,-122.14637
Note: Currently there is no Weekday Parking Fee.



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, September 07, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hikers choice of either a 6- or 8-mile loop hike from Regency Gate in Mt. Diablo State Park. The route will be Donner Canyon Road, Clayton Oaks Road, Bruce Lee Springs Trail, Wasserman Trail, Cardinet Oaks Road, Donner Canyon Road, Hetherington Trail, Donner Canyon Road, and Tick Wood Trail to the junction of the trail to Donner Cabin. The short hike will continue on the trail to Donner Cabin and return on the Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate. The longer hike will continue on the Tick Wood Trail, Back Creek Trail, Meridian Point Trail, Meridian Ridge Road, and return on Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate. There will be a short snack/rest stop about halfway on the Hetherington Trail. No facilities available on this hike. Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Dublin Hills Regional Park: Silvergate Dr.
Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 8 mile, 1,600-foot elevation gain partial loop hike in the Dublin hills. Route begins on Dublin City's Martin Canyon Creek Trail, enters EBRPD's Dublin Hills Regional Park going clockwise on the Donlon Canyon Loop Trail up to the Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail and out to its end (trail marker #10). After snack/rest return back on the Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail and down the Martin Canyon Creek Trail to the trailhead. No facilities on this hike.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE:

Sinbad Creek

End of Summer Challenging hike of EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. This 11.8 mile/2000 ft hike takes us all the way along the ridge through Augustine Bernal to Sinbad Creek.

Starting from the Foothill Staging Area we'll take Oak Tree, Woodland, Ridgeline, Olive Grove, Thermalito, and Ridgeline Trails to the top of Bay Leaf Trail. At this point we descend on the Bay Leaf Trail to Sinbad Creek Trail where we loop back up to the Ridgeline Trail for our return.

The return path will follow the Ridgeline Trail all the way back to Woodland and Oak Tree Trails.

This is basically an out-and-back hike with a loop at the upper end, so various shorter hikes can be made depending on conditions and fatigue. Some water faucets are(were?) available along the Ridgeline Trail. A snack/rest stop will be chosen along the trail.

Please note: The earlier start time is 8:30 am from the Staging area 37.61470,-121.88195

This hike is similar to the 2012 Trails Challenge hike I posted on Everytrail



Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6.5-mile 1700-foot elevation gain loop hike to Las Trampas Peak. Route will be via the Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Las Trampas Ridge, Sulpher Springs, Del Amigo and Las Trampas Ridge Trails to Las Trampas Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, return via the Las Trampas Ridge, Bollinger Creek and Bollinger Loop Trails to the parking lot. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and restrooms at the parking lot.

NOTE: THIS HIKE PRECEDES A POTLUCK LUNCHEON HOSTED BY MIKE CHATFIELD AT HIS RESIDENCE. Please bring a dish for all to share. Mike will provide dishes, utensils and beverages. For information contact Mike at [email protected] or cell phone at 925-202-1910. About a 7-mile 1100-foot elevation gain loop hike from Castle Rock Park. Route will be Castle Rock Trail, Stage Road, Shell Ridge Loop Trail, Briones Mt. - Diablo Trail, Borges Ranch Trail, Twin Ponds Loop Trail to Bullfrog Pond. Continue on Sugarloaf  Shell Ridge Trail, Franco Ranch Trail, Hazard Trail and Foothills Trail to the Livorna Staging Area. Then Alamo Trail, Hanging Valley Trail, Stonegate Trail, Briones  Mt. Diablo Trail, Buckeye Ravine Trail, Shell Ridge Loop Trail and Stage Road back to Castle Rock Park. Meet at restrooms about 1/4 mile from trailhead.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Chabot Staging
Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 9:30 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.

The EBMUD Chabot Staging Area is located at 37.73821,-122.07573.



Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate approximately 7 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike starting in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. Route will be lower Sinawik Trail, upper Sinawik Trail, Sunset Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Castle Park Trail, cross Skyline Blvd., connector trail #1 to Moon Gate, West Ridge Trail, Roberts Ridge Trail, West Ridge Trail, Graham Trail, entering Roberts Park at its southern most entrance to snack/rest. Return will be Roberts Ridge Trail, connector trail #2, cross back over Skyline Blvd., Big Trees Trail. Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Sunset Trail back to parking area. Water/bathrooms at trailhead and Roberts Park. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock
Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Camel Rock

A moderate+ 8.5 mile/1500ft hike into Mount Diablo State Park to Camel Rock.

Route will be Stage Road, Sunset, Falcon Road, Little Pine Creek Road, and Camel Rock Trails to Camel Rock for a snack break. Return is via Burma Road, and Stage Road Trails.

We will meet by the restrooms (37.89034,-121.99253) inside Castle Rock Park and will depart On Time at 9:30am. If you are late, just head up the trail until you catch us.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Meet at TRAILHEAD AT END OF ROCKSPRING PL and IGNORE TRAIL NOTES. Either a hikers choice 6-mile 1100-foot elevation gain or 8-mile 1600-foot elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge Open Space. Route will be south Twin Ponds Loop, Borges Ranch, Briones - Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond, Ginder Gap Loop, Ridge Top, Costanoan and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop return via Borges Ranch to Twin Ponds. The shorter hike will return on the north Twin Ponds Loop Trail to the trailhead. The longer hike will ascend the Twin Ponds Trail to the Stonegate Trail, continuing on Foothills Trail and descending to Bullfrog Pond, south Twin Ponds Loop Trail to Twin Ponds and returning to the trailhead on north Twin Ponds Loop Trail. Water and restrooms at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Tilden Regional Park: Vollmer Peak Trail
Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 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., UC's Upper Jordan Trail, Panoramic Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the bay overview. Return continues down the Panoramic Trail, back up the Jordan Trail, Side Hill Trail, cross back over Grizzly Peak Blvd., (climb over a gate) and Skyline Trail back to parking area. Porta-potty at trailhead.

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate two choice hike, either a 5.5- or 7.5-mile loop hike. The short version is about 800-foot elevation gain; the long version about 1,500-feet. Both versions begin at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. Route is Curran Trail, Meadows Canyon Trail, paved path to Little Farm, Laurel Canyon Trail, Pine Tree Trail, Laurel Canyon Trail, Wildcat Peak Trail to Wildcat Peak pausing to rest/snack. Short version returns on the Wildcat Peak Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Nimitz Way back to the parking lot. Long Version will descend the Wildcat Peak Trail, Sylvan Trail, Jewel Lake Trail, Upper Packrat Trail, connector path, Wildcat Gorge Trail, & Curran Trail to the parking lot. Bathroom at trailhead and Little Farm. Dogs are not allowed on the Nature Area trails. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An out-and-back hike on EBMUD's single track Bear Creek Trail starting from the Briones Overlook Staging Area. A choice of either a 5 mile or 6+ mile hike, with the shorter hike turning back at the gate and the longer hike continuing on to the Bear Creek Staging Area. Bathroom facility (but no water) at the start and another at the Bear Creek Staging Area for those choosing the longer hike. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit. No dogs allowed on Bear Creek Trail. For trailhead location search www.googlemaps.com for: Overlook Staging Area, Bear Creek Rd, CA.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: IGNORE TRAIL NOTES. CORRECTION to Driving Directions: Almost 6 miles on Moraga Road, not 3+. About a 7.5-mile 1400-foot elevation gain hike from Valle Vista to Redwood Regional Park on mostly shaded trails. Route will be Redwood Trail, East Ridge Trail, Canyon Trail to Orchard area. Continue on trail to the fish ladder and Bridle Trail, Orchard Trail, French Trail, Chown Trail, and Stream Trail to the Orchard area for a rest/snack stop. Then return on the Canyon Trail, East Ridge Trail and Redwood Trail to Valle Vista staging area. Restroom at Valle Vista and restrooms and water at Orchard area and some locations along Stream Trail. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on most trails except Stream Trail. EBMUD hiking permit needed, but those without can be a guest of a permit holder.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Stream - French Loop

A moderate 6.5+ mile, 1600ft loop down into the Redwoods from EBRPD Redwood Regional Park's Skyline Gate.

Starting from the Skyline Gate Staging Area onto East Ridge, Phillips Loop, Eucalyptus, and Stream Trails for a short snack break at the ominous sounding Trail's End. We then return by ascending on the Chown, French, and West Ridge Trails to the Staging Area.

The following GPS coordinates for the Skyline Gate are provided for the directionaly challenged. 37.83168,-122.18553



Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, July 20, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6-mile 1000-foot elevation gain hike with an optional extension for an 8-mile 1400-foot elevation gain hike. Route will be Briones Mt. Diablo, Indian Creek, Ginder Gap Loop, Ridge Top, Briones Mt. Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch for a rest/snack stop. Return via Borges Ranch, Costanoan, and Corral Spring Trails to the Deer Lake Trail junction. The short hike will continue on Corral Spring Trail to the Marshall Drive trailhead. The longer hike will take the Deer Lake, Upper Buck Loop, Costanoan, and Ridge Top Trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but water, restroom and shaded picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE:

MacDonald Trail to Bort Meadow

An 5.7 Mile, 1000ft out and back hike to EBRPD Anthony Chabot Bort Meadow from the MacDonald Staging Area on Redwood Road. An additional 1.5 Mile, 350ft loop on will be available for interested hikers.

Starting from the MacDonald Gate this hike takes MacDonald, and Grass Valley Trails to Bort Meadow for a snack break. The shorter hike follows the same path back.

The longer hike will make a clockwise loop on Buckeye, Goldenrod, Ranch, and Grass Valley Trails, before returning on the path that brought us to Bort Meadow.



EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6.5 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike from EBMUD's Valle Vista Staging area in Moraga. Valle Vista is 7 miles on Moraga Road from HWY 24. Route will be counter-clockwise, starting on EBMUD's King Canyon loop trail to Lafayette's Rancho Laguna Park, stopping to rest/snack. Return on EBRP'S Old Moraga Ranch Trail, reconnecting with King Canyon loop trail back to the parking area. Porta-potty at Valle Vista trailhead, water & bathrooms at Rancho Laguna Park. Bring trail use permit if you have one. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Ohlone College
Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 6:15 PM
NOTE: Our 5th annual full moon hike to Mission Peak. A strenuous, out-and-back hike from Ohlone College to Mission Peak. About 7 miles with a 2100-foot elevation gain. Route will be on the Peak Trail from Ohlone College to Mission Peak. We will rest, snack and weather permitting, enjoy the sunset at 8:30 and moonrise at 8:39 before returning. Dress in layers because it can be COLD and WINDY at the peak. Also, to be safe bring a flashlight or headlamp in case it is overcast. DO NOT PARK ON CAMPUS: Due to construction we will park on Mission Blvd. near Pine St. and meet at the intersection.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Rohrer Trail
Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 6.5 mile, 1,400-foot elevation gain, partial loop hike in Lafayette. Route will be Rohrer Trail to the picnic bench at trail's end, stopping to rest/snack. Then up Las Trampas Ridge Trail, down Hunsaker Canyon to the old barn, before reconnecting with Rohrer Trail back to the parking area. Last year the tennis club allowed us to use their bathrooms, but they may not be open when we begin our hike. We will NOT be hiking to Las Trampas Peak, so IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

NOTE:

Tolman Peak-Pioneer Trail

A moderate 7+ Mile/1400ft two loop hike of EBRPD Dry Creek/Pioneer and Garin Parks, with an optional 2 mile addon to Jordan Pond Dam.

This hike travels on May Road, High Ridge Loop, Tolman Peak, and South Fork Trails to Tolman Peak. Then continues on Tolman Peak, High Ridge Loop, Pioneer, and Meyers Ranch Trails where the longer hike will do an additional 2 mile loop on Dry Creek, Jordan Pond Dam, High Ridge Loop, Ridge View, and Dry Creek Trails.

All Hikers will return along Meyers Ranch, High Ridge Loop, and May Road Trails to the Parking Lot.

The May Road Parking Lot is Located at 37.60755,-122.01812



Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain loop hike in Briones Regional Park. Route will be Old Briones Road, Valley Trail, Briones Crest Trail, Russell Peak Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the Russell Peak picnic table. Return will be Russell Peak Trail, Briones Crest Trail, Seaborg Trail, Bear Creek Trail back to parking area. We will meet at the paved parking area the first right after the entry kiosk. Porta-potty at trail head. IGNORE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

NOTE: A 2014 Trails Challenge hike estimated at 7+ miles with 1200+ foot elevation gain. From the Trails Challenge Guidebook: Wildcat Creek Trail begins east of the parking lot along a wide, paved fire road. Travel for 2.32 miles, then make a left on Havey Canyon Trail and head east into the forested area. Continue for 1.5 miles: you come out into an open field and head north and uphill. Make a left on Nimitz Way. After 0.68 miles follow signs for San Pablo Ridge Trail. Enjoy the sweeping views. Turn left on the Belgum Trail. Take this trail all the way back to Wildcat Creek Trail, and make a right to return to the parking lot. We will take a short rest/snack stop at the old Nike missile site near the junction of Nimitz Way and San Pablo Ridge Trail. Water and restrooms near the parking lot. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE:

Highland Ridge via Sulphur Springs

A moderate+ 8.25 mile/1600 ft. hike of western EBRPD Morgan Territory from Finley Road.

Starting from Finley Road we travel up Old Finley Rd, Sulphur Springs, Grizzly, and Jeremiah Trails to Highland Ridge. We will return on Highland Ridge, Crestview Rd, Amphitheater, Walnut, and Old Finley Road Trails.

A snack/rest spot location will be chosen depending on the weather conditions.

For those traveling from I580 or the South, take the Northbound Tassajara Road exit from I580 to Camino Tassajara, after 6.5 miles turn right on Finley Road. The approximate gps parking location is 37.8125,-121.8573

Note: There is limited parking available on Finley Rd., so arrive early for the best location.



Joaquin Miller Park: Ranger Station
Sunday, June 22, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A choice of a 5 mile 900-foot elevation gain or an 8 mile 1,300-foot elevation gain loop hike. Route will be Sunset Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, cross Skyline Blvd, Dunn Trail, Golden Spike Trail, Montiero Trail, Dunn Trail with the short hike looping back to the parking area. Long hike continues onto the Graham Trail, stopping to rest/snack at Roberts Park. Return will be Roberts Ridge Trail, West Ridge Trail, exit at Moon Gate, Castle Park Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Fern Ravine Trail, Sunset Loop Trail, Lower Sinawik Trail, Upper Sinawik Trail to parking area. Water/restrooms at trailhead and also Roberts Park for those doing the long hike. IGNORE THE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6-mile 1200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Mt. Diablo State Park. Route from Regency Gate will be Back Creek Road, Back Creek Trail, Meridian Point Trail, Cardinet Oaks Road, Wasserman Trail, Donner Trail, Hetherrington Trail, Donner Cabin Trail, Tick Wood Trail, Back Creek Trail and Back Creek Road back to Regency Gate. There will be a rest/snack stop along the Hetherrington Trail. No facilities on this hike. Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

NOTE: A choice of a moderate 5-mile 1000-foot elevation gain or a more strenuous 6.5-mile 1800-foot elevation gain loop hike. The route will be Bollinger Creek Trail and Las Trampas Ridge Trail to Las Trampas Peak. After a short rest/snack stop to enjoy the view, back on Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the Chamise Trail junction where the shorter hike will return on the Chamise Trail to the parking lot. The longer hike will continue on Las Trampas Ridge Trail, Del Amigo Trail, Sulpher Springs Trail, Trapline Trail, Mahogany Trail and Chamise Trail to the parking lot. There will be short rest/snack stops at Las Trampas Peak and also along the Sulpher Springs Trail for the longer hike. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and restrooms at the parking lot.

NOTE: Moderate 5.6 mile, 750-foot elevation gain loop hike in Crockett Hills Regional Park. Route will be Edwards Loop Trail, Edwards Creek Trail, Wood Rat Trail, Sky Trail stopping to rest/snack at the overlook picnic tablets. Return will be Soaring Eagle Trail, Wood Rat Trail, & Edwards Loop Trail back to the parking area. Porta-potty and water at trailhead.

Garin Regional Park: Bailey Ranch Trail
Sunday, June 08, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Two choices, 7 mile 1,200-foot elevation gain or 9 mile 1,700-foot elevation gain partial loop hike. Route will be Mystic View Ct, Utility Road, Bailey Ranch Trail, Ziele Creek Trail, Lower Garin Woods Trail, Vista Peak Loop Trail. Short hike will continue around Vista Peak Loop Trail and back up Bailey Ranch Trail. Long hike will continue on to Jordan Pond to rest/snack. Return circles around Jordan Pond, to High Ridge Loop Trail, Newt Pond Trail, Old Homestead Trail, back to Vista Peak Loop Trail, then up Bailey Ranch Trail. Water/bathrooms at J A Lewis Park trailhead, and also near Jordan Pond for those doing the long hike.

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Thursday, June 05, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6+ mile hike around the upper rim of Lafayette Reservoir with about a 1100-foot elevation gain. We will have a short rest/snack stop near the restrooms at the dam near the 4-mile point. Dog friendly, but must be on-leash. NOTE: The distance and time is greater than described in the Trail Notes because we are starting from Via Granada rather than the dam.

NOTE: Two choices, 5.5- or 6.5-mile loop hike. The longer version is a strenuous, 6.5-mile, 2000 foot elevation gain hike to Devil's Hole, the lowest elevation in the park. The shorter version is a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain. Both versions take the Elderberry Trail and the Rocky Ridge View Trail to the Devil's Hole Trail junction. The shorter hike continues on the Rocky Ridge View Trail to the paved road by the Comm Tower for the return to the parking lot. The longer hike continues down the Devil's Hole Trail to its junction with the Sycamore Trail near Devil's Hole. After a short rest/snack stop, continue up the Sycamore Trail, the Rocky Ridge Trail and the paved road to the parking lot. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash is OK on the trails.

Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve: Downer Trail
Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5.5 mile, 1,400-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike in Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve and Pinole Valley Park. Route will be Sobrante Ridge Trail, Morningside Trail, and Downer Trail stopping to rest/snack in Pinole Valley Park. Return will be back up the Downer Trail, along the Morningside Trail, and down the Sobrante Ridge Trail to the trailhead. No bathrooms/water at trailhead but they are available in Pinole Valley Park where we will rest/snack.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, May 25, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 7.2-mile, 1200-foot elevation gain hike from the Valle Vista staging area in Moraga to Redwood Regional Park. Route will be Redwood Trail, East Ridge Trail, Prince Trail and Stream Trail to Orchard area where we will stop for a rest/snack stop. Return via the Canyon Trail, East Ridge Trail and Redwood Trail to the staging area. Restroom at the staging area and water and restrooms at Orchard area. EBMUD permit required, but there should be enough permit holders to cover those who may not yet have one. Note that listed driving directions should specify about 5.8 miles, not 3+ miles after turning onto Moraga Road. For location of Valle Vista staging area and to get more complete directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Moraga,+CA+94556/@37.822363,-122.1723488

NOTE:

Briones - Alhambra Loop

A moderate+ 7 mile, 1500+ ft elevation gain hike from the EBRPD Alhambra Staging Area. We'll go in a counter clockwise loop through shaded wooded valleys and open grassy hills, stopping at Table Top for a snack break.

Starting from the Alhambra Creek Staging area heading west on Alhambra, Orchard, Pine Tree, Toyon Canyon, and Briones Crest Trails to Table Top for a snack break with a great view.

We return on the ever challenging, but beautiful, Table Top, Spengler, and Diablo View Trails.

Please meet by the toilets near the Crow Picnic area across Alhambra Creek.



Dimond Park: Dimond Canyon Trail
Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About an 8 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain, partial loop hike in Sausal Creek and Joaquin Miller Park, with an option for a shorter 5 mile out-and-back. Route will be up several Dimond Canyon Trails, Palos Colorados Trail, Lower Sinawik Trail, Sunset Trail, stopping to rest/snack at the picnic tables. Continuing on the Sunset Trail, Sequoia-Bayview Trail, Fern Ravine Trail, Sunset Loop Trail, Upper Sinawik Trail, back down the Palos Colorados Trail and Dimond Canyon Trails to the trailhead. Bathrooms (old & dirty) at trailhead and snack/rest area. We will start the hike from the large grass field across from the pool in Dimond Park. Note 9:00 AM start time.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Day Use Lot
Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Chabot Lake and Tree Hike

A moderate 6.5 mile, 900 foot elevation hike in EBRPD Anthony Chabot and Lake Chabot Parks.

Starting from the day use parking lot we descend to Lake Chabot on Brandon, Towhee, and Live Oak Trails. We then walk along the lake, and through the forest, on the Honker Bay, and Columbine Trails to Hawk Ridge for a snack break.

We return to the Parking Lot on Two Rocks and Brandon Trails.



Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: East Bay Parks' Naturalist Trail Gail has invited us to join her moderate Briones hike on Saturday, May 10. From EBPARKS website: BRIONES, BEAR CREEK STAGING AREA What runs through the forest and hills, around the peak and over the creek? Find out as we explore these unique parklands. Bring snack to share, lunch and water. 12+ yrs. No registration; drop-in program. For more info call (510) 544-2233. Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Additional information from Gail: We will explore Lafayette Ridge Trail, Springhill Trail, back up Sunrise Trail and around the area.

Regional Trails: Lafayette-Moraga @ Olympic
Thursday, May 08, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6 mile, 1,000-foot elevation gain, partial loop hike in Lafayette. Route begins at the Olympic Blvd. Staging Area, onto the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, crosses Mt. Diablo Blvd. passes under the BART tracks & Hwy 24, up Sierra Vista Way & Sessions Road, Petar Jakovina Trail into Briones Regional Park. After snacking/resting at the top, return will be Lafayette Ridge Trail, Las Trampas-to-Briones Regional Trail, Deer Hill Road, and the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail back to the parking area. No services on this hike.

NOTE: A moderate 7-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike from Castle Rock Park to Macedo Ranch with an option to add a 1.5-mile, 400-foot elevation gain loop. Or the easier option for a 5.5-mile, 400-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike returning from the Dusty Road junction. The route to Macedo Ranch will be via Stage Road (Pine Creek), and Dusty and Wall Point Roads to Macedo Ranch. After a rest/snack stop, return via Wall Point Road, Briones Mt. Diablo and Little Yosemite Trails, and Stage Road to Castle Rock Park. The optional added loop will be on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail. Water, restrooms and picnic tables are available at Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. The trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

May Day Hike in the Redwoods

A moderate 7 mile, 1300 ft. elevation hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park to the Redwood Bowl and back. We'll enjoy hiking amongst the stately Redwoods on this mostly shaded hike.

Starting from the large Wayside Parking lot (on the left before Canyon Meadow), we cross Redwood Creek by the fish ladder and ascend to the Redwood Bowl. We'll travel along Bridle, Orchard, French, Fern, and West Ridge Trails to a snack break in the shaded Redwood Bowl.

Our Return takes us back on West Ridge, Madrone, Starflower, Tres Sendas, Stream, and Bridle Trails.



Sycamore Grove Park: Independence Park
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Either a 6 or 9 mile loop hike in Livermore's Sycamore Grove Park, with an elevation gain of 600 feet. Route will be connector trail from Independence Park, Arroyo del Valle Trail, Winery Loop Trail, Wagon Road Trail, Meadowlark Loop Trail, Wagon Road Trail, Valley View Trail stopping at the viewpoint to rest/snack & enjoy the panoramic view of the valley. Back down the Valley View Trail, Wagon Road Trail, Winery Loop Trail. Short hike will take the Kingfisher Trail & Winery Loop Trail back to the parking area. Long hike will continue on the Winery Loop Trail, Sycamore Trail and Creek Trail back to the parking area. Water and bathrooms 1/2 mile into the hike.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Wiget Lane Entrance
Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a six-mile 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike in Shell Ridge. Route will be via Lower Buck Trail, Deer Lake Trail, Corral Spring Trail, Costanoan Trail, Sulfer Creek Trail, Flat Top Trail, and Hanna Lane Trail to Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via Borges Ranch Trail, Briones Mt. Diablo Trail, Ridge Top Trail, Costanoan Trail, Upper Buck Loop Trail and Lower Buck Loop Trail to Wiget Lane. Full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Tilden: Seaview - Selby Loop

A moderate 7.8 mile, 1500 ft. hike of EBRPD Tilden Regional Park. This hike has great views, some wildflowers(YMMV), lots of restrooms, and a Steam Train! (Whistle)

Starting from Inspiration Point along Curran and Seaview Trails around Vollmer Peak past the Steam Trains, where we may stop for a snack break. Then down Vollmer Peak Loop Trail and Youth Camp Road to Gillespie Youth Camp for another potty break. We continue on Tower, Golf Course, Redwood, and Selby Trails to Lake Anza, where you guessed it another W.C. stop.

Finally we complete the hike on Lake Anza, Wildcat Gorge, and Curran Trails.



Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Chabot Staging
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 8 mile, 1,400-foot elevation gain, partial loophike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Route will be Willow View Trail, Brandon Trail, Towhee Trail, Honker Bay Trail, stopping to snack/rest overlooking Lake Chabot. Then onto the Columbine Trail, Quail Trail, back up the Towhee Trail, and down the Brandon Trail and Willow View Trail to the parking area. Porta-potty at 2.5 mile mark (and at trailhead when unlocked).

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, April 13, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Quick Way to Prospectors Gap

A Challenging, Steep 8 mile, 2500 ft hike to Prospector's Gap from Regency Road. With an optional additional 2 mile, 500 ft+ out-an-back add-on to Devils Elbow.

Starting from the Regency Drive Trailhead heading up Donner Canyon, Meridian Ridge Road, Middle Trail, and the invigorating Prospectors Gap Road to Prospectors Gap for a snack break. The longer hike will depart on the out-and-back to Devils Elbow on the North Peak Trail before returning to finish the main hike.

Everyone will return from the Gap along Bald Ridge, Back Creek, and Donner Canyon Road Trails.

Warning: This is very Challenging 4-5 hour hike! You must carry enough food and water for yourself to last the day(2-3 liters), as there are no facilities on the mountain. Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles are recommended.



NOTE: Moderate 6 mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Route will be Del Amigo Trail, Virgil Williams Trail, No Name Trail #1, Madrone Trail, No Name Trail #2, then returning back on the Madrone Trail (passing through the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site) and the Del Amigo Trail back to the trailhead. No services on this hike.

NOTE: A 6-mile, 1600-foot elevation gain loop hike to view the Mount Diablo waterfalls. Route will be via Back Creek Road, Back Creek and Tick Wood Trails, Donner Canyon and Meridian Point Roads, Middle and Falls Trails to the Falls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return by the Falls, Wasserman, and Bruce Lee Springs Trails, Clayton Oaks and Donner Canyon Roads to Regency Gate. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs are allowed in the park.

Hayward Regional Shoreline: Grant Ave Staging Area
Thursday, April 03, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

2014 Trails Challenge Hike

Another 2014 EBRPD Trails Challenge Hike along the East Bay Shoreline during a Low Tide (10:48 am). This easy, 10 mile, out-and-back hike takes us from the foot of Grant Road in San Lorenzo to the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center near the San Mateo Bridge.

We'll travel along the SF Bay Trail passing Oro Loma, Cogswell and Hayward Marshes on our way to the Interpretive Center for a snack break. With any luck we will have some good bird watching along the way.



Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

2014 Trails Challenge Hike

Time to do this years EBRPD Trails Challenge hike of Morgan Territory Regional Preserve. This challenging 7.3 mile, 1500 ft hike will take us around Bob Walker Ridge in a clockwise direction. With any luck we'll see the snow capped Sierras.

Starting from the Staging area along Condor, down Coyote, up Stone Corral, and onto Volvon Loop Trails for a snack break. Continuing down Valley View, Manzanita, up Miwok, Blue Oak, Hummingbird, and Volvon Trails where we detour out along the scenic Prairie Falcon Trail. We finish the hike via Volvon, and Condor Trails.



Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: RAIN CANCELS. A moderate 5 to 7-mile loop hike from Bob Pond to Castle Rock Park in Shell Ridge Open Space. Route subject to change and will be dependent on weather and trail conditions. Water and restrooms at Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: East Bay Park's Trail Gail has invited us to join her on a hike from Sunol to Mission Peak. 9:30am-3:30pm, Sunday, March 23rd. In 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 workout. Meet at the Sunol Visitor Center. Info: (510) 544-2233. 12+yrs. Fee: Parking fee and $2 fee for wilderness Permit. Water and restroom at Sunol and Eagle Spring Backpack Camp near the peak.

NOTE:

Borges Ranch via Little Yosemite Trail

A moderate+ 6.8 Mile, 1150 ft. loop hike from the Livorna Rd Staging Area to Borges Ranch. This hike takes us through EBRPD Diablo Foothills Regional, Mount Diablo State, and Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space Parks.

Starting from Livorna Rd we'll head up Alamo, Hanging Valley, Briones-to-Mount Diablo, Little Yosemite, Stage Road, Buckeye Ravine, Briones-to-Mount Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch for a snack. We then return via Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds Loop, Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge, Franco Ranch Loop, and Foothills Trails.

For the last time this year a 10:00 am start time.


Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE:

Maguire Peaks

A Challenging 10 mile/2500ft hike from the main staging area over and around Maguire Peaks. This hike explores some of the prettiest, isolated, single-track trails of Sunol Regional Wilderness. This is a repeat of the August 25, 2013 hike.

This Hike starts at 10:00 am

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

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

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



NOTE: Moderate 6.5 mile, 800-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike in Castro Valley's Cull Canyon Park. Route will be along the Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail/Bay Area Ridge Trail. Water/bathrooms at trail head. Meet at the footbridge near the middle of the parking lot. 10:00 AM start time.

NOTE: RAIN CANCELS: A 6-mile 1500-foot elevation gain loop hike to view the Mount Diablo waterfalls. Conditions permitting, an option for a 1-mile 300-foot elevation gain addition. Route will be via Donner Canyon Road, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the waterfalls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls and Middle Trails, Donner Canyon Road, and Hetherington Trail to the Donner Canyon Road junction. This will be the decision point for the short and long hikes. The shorter 6-mile hike will return on the Donner Canyon Road to the trailhead. The optional, longer 7-mile hike will return via the Donner Cabin, Tick Wood, and Back Creek Trails and Back Creek Road. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, March 06, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Tilden - Leaders Choice Hike

A 6 to 8 mile hike depending on the conditions. Starting out from Inspiration Point along the paved Nimitz Way to the Wildcat Peak Trail, where the decision will be made to continue along Nimitz Way for an out-and-back hike.

Or, if the conditions are good we will descend on the Wildcat Peak Trail, to return along Wildcat Creek on the Gorge and Curran Trails.



Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Sunday, March 02, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate hike in Redwood Regional Park from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. About 6 miles with 1200-foot elevation gain with an option for an additional 2 miles. Route will be via the Stream, Tres Sendas, Starflower, and Redwood Peak trails to Redwood Bowl. After a short rest/snack stop at the Bowl, return via the Madrone, French, Fern, and Stream trails to the staging area. The longer option will continue on the French Trail past its junction with the Fern Trail to the Orchard Trail and past the fish ladder to the staging area. Full facilities at Canyon Meadow Staging Area and water and restrooms at Redwood Bowl and along the Stream Trail. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on all but the Stream Trail. No parking fees through March. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood - French, Stream Trails

A moderate 6 mile/1100 ft elevation hike of EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. A great hike in the Redwoods with an option to add an extra mile and 300ft of elevation.

Starting from the Canyon Meadows Staging Area we walk past the fish ladder before ascending to French Trail on the Orchard Trail. We then follow French Trail through the Redwoods, returning along Starflower, Tres Sendas and Stream Trails. For those who wish a bit more of a hike, the option to extend the hike by about a mile exists by continuing on the French Trail to the Tres Sendas intersection.

No Parking Fees Through March



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Either a 6- or 8-mile loop hike from Regency Gate in Mt. Diablo State Park. The route will be Donner Canyon Road, Clayton Oaks Road, Bruce Lee Springs Trail, Wasserman Trail, Cardinet Oaks Road, Donner Canyon Road, Hetherington Trail, Donner Canyon Road, and Tick Wood Trail to the junction of the trail to Donner Cabin. The short hike will continue on the trail to Donner Cabin and return on the Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate. The longer hike will continue on the Tick Wood Trail, Back Creek Trail, Meridian Point Trail, Meridian Ridge Road, and return on Donner Canyon Road to Regency Gate. There will be a short snack/rest stop near the junction of Cardinet Oaks Road and Donner Canyon Road. No facilities available on this hike. Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Carquinez Regional Shoreline: Mokelumne Trail
Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate 7+ mile 1,300-foot elevation gain loop hike in Carquinez Regional Shoreline. Route is Mokelumne Trail, No Name Trail #1, Hulet Hornbeck Trail, No Name Trail #2, Calif. Riding & Hiking Trail, Franklin Loop Trail, and returning along the ridge top fire roads. No facilities on this hike.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An out-and-back hike on EBMUD's single track Bear Creek Trail starting from the Briones Overlook Staging Area. A choice of either a 5 mile or 6+ mile hike, with the shorter hike turning back at the gate and the longer hike continuing on to the Bear Creek Staging Area. Bathroom facility (but no water) at the start and another at the Bear Creek Staging Area for those choosing the longer hike. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5.5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. Route will be via the Costanoan Trail to Ginder Gap, then Ridge Top, Briones to Mt. Diablo and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Bob Pond and Hanna Lane, Flat Top and Sulfer Creek Trails to Snyder Lane. No facilities at the trailhead, but restrooms, water and picnic tables at Borges Ranch and Bob Pond. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Sunday, February 09, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: RAIN or SHINE. Route subject to change dependent on weather and trail conditions. A 5-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike, which will be extended to about 8 miles for those wanting more exercise. The hike starts on the Hardy Canyon Trail and ascends to the high point, where we may take a short rest/snack stop and enjoy the view before descending to the Miwok Trail. The shorter hike will take the Miwok Trail inbound for the 1.7-mile return to the staging area. The longer hike will take the Miwok Trail outbound and turn right onto the Murphy Meadow Trail. Then a slight out-and-back detour to the Round Valley Group Camp. Continuing on the Murphy Trail, shortly past the junction with the Fox Tail Trail, we cross the creek on the new bridge to the Miwok Trail for the return to the staging area. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS or map users the address of the staging area is 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.

Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Main Staging Area
Thursday, February 06, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6.5mile, 1,200-foot elevation gain loop hike starting in Don Castro Recreation Area, through Five Canyons Open Space, into Garin Regional Park. Route will be Ridgetop Trail, Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail, stopping to snack/rest after 3.3 miles at the metal corral. Return will be on a No Name Trail, Shady Canyon Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridgetop Trail and Shoreline Trail back to the parking lot. Water/bathrooms at Don Castro trailhead.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Sunday, February 02, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile 900-foot elevation gain loop hike with an optional 1-mile add-on. Route will be via west Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek, Borges Mt. Diablo, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones Mt. Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond, Indian Creek, and east Fossil Hill Loop Trails to the trailhead. The optional add-on will continue on the Indian Creek Trail past the east Fossil Hill Loop Trail to the Kovar, west Fossil Hill Loop, Bramhall and east Fossil Hill Loop Trails to return to the trailhead. Only water at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS or map program location, a nearby address is 192 Sutherland Dr, Walnut Creek.

Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve: Morgan Drive Trailhead
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

2014 Trails Challenge - Bishop Ranch

An easy to moderate 2.5 mile Trails Challenge hike with an additional 2+ mile Out-and-Back for a total of 4.6 miles/1000 ft elevation.

This 1.5 pole hike takes the Grey Fox, and Stream View Trails to the ridge, where we head West on a short Out-and-Back on Redtail Hawk Trail to Paddock Drive. We return on Redtail Hawk, and Grey Fox Trails.



NOTE:

Sibley to Tilden Out-and-Back

A moderate 6.7 mile, 1700ft hike from EBRPD Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve to Tilden Regional Park. An optional 8 mile, 1800ft longer hike is available when we return to Sibley.

This out and back hike takes us on the Bay Area Ridge Trail through EBMUD Watershed to Tilden for a snack break near the Steam Trains. We return the same route until reaching Old Tunnel Road, where the longer hike will diverge from the shorter hike. The longer hikers will take a partial tour of Sibley on Quarry Road, Volcanic, and Round Top Trails back to the staging area.



Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6- to 7-mile, 1500-ft elevation gain loop hike from Regency Gate in Mt. Diablo State Park. The route will be Donner Canyon Road, Clayton Oaks Road, Bruce Lee Springs Trail, Wasserman Trail, Cardinet Oaks Road, Meridian Ridge Road, Meridian Point Trail, Back Creek Trail, Tickwood Trail and Donner Canyon Road back to Regency Gate. There will be a short snack/rest stop about halfway. No facilities available on this hike. Dogs not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Sunday, January 19, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE:

Redwood West Ridge - up and over Hike

A moderate 7.7 mile, 1300 ft. elevation hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park, up-and-over the West Ridge to the Redwood Bowl and back.

Starting from the large Wayside Parking lot (on the left before Canyon Meadow), we cross Redwood Creek and head up the West Ridge Trail. Taking the Baccharis Trail over to Dunn and Graham Trails to ascend to the Redwood Bowl for a snack break.

After our break we'll cross back over the West Ridge on West Ridge, Madrone, Starflower, and Tres Sendas Trails where we head back down Redwood Valley on the Stream Trail.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of 6+ miles with an 1100-foot elevation gain in Lime Ridge. Route will be the Ohlone and Blue Oak Trails, through the Ygnacio Valley Road tunnel, unnamed trail by Bayberry Pond, Lime Ridge Trail through the northerly Ygnacio Valley Road tunnel to our rest/snack spot on top of the ridge. Then continuing on Lime Ridge, Manzanita, Paraiso, and Ohlone Trails to Arbolado Park. Restrooms, water and plenty of parking at Arbolado Park. Meet at the restrooms near the tennis courts. Map Link: http://mapq.st/1gB8Z1w

NOTE: A moderate 7-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike from Castle Rock Park to Macedo Ranch with an option to add a 2-mile, 400-foot elevation gain loop. Or the easier option for a 5.5-mile, 400-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike returning from the Dusty Road junction. The route to Macedo Ranch will be via Stage Road (Pine Creek), and Dusty and Wall Point Roads. After a rest/snack stop, return via Wall Point Road, Briones Mt. Diablo and Little Yosemite Trails, and Stage Road to Castle Rock Park. The optional added loop will be on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail. Water, restrooms and picnic tables are available at Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. The trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Laughlin Rd Staging Area
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6 mile 800-foot elevation loop hike. Route will be Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan Trail, Brushy Peak Loop Trail, and West Side Loop Trail back to the parking area. Restroom at trailhead.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Remington Hike
Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate two choice hike, either a 5.5 mile 690-foot elevation out-and-back or a 7.1 mile 900-foot elevation partial loop hike. Both versions begin at Remington Loop trailhead in Danville. Route is Las Trampas Ridge Trail/Calaveras Ridge Trail to the junction with Del Amigo Trail to rest/snack. Short hike will return along the same route. Long hike will continue on making a loop onto the Del Amigo Trail, Sulphur Springs Trail, and back along the Las Trampas Ridge Trail/ Calaveras Ridge Trail. No services on this hike. IGNORE THE TRAIL NOTES BELOW!

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, January 02, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will take a maximum of two hours at a moderately fast pace, with no break, but will avoid steep hills. Non-aggressive, obedient dogs may be off leash. Meet near the sign inside the gate. Cancelled if raining or if heavy rains in the past three days have created too much mud. E-mail me at [email protected] for rain/mud updates.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park: Clyde Woolridge
Thursday, January 02, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE:

New Year's Nature Hike

A EBRPD hike lead by naturalist Trail Gail in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. This 4 hour hike will explore the trails of the Western ridge-line and Little Grass Valley. Please Note: The Start time is 9:00 am


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

Eagle View Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday Walk Hike

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

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

From the Wednesday Walk write up.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Mt Diablo - Green Ranch Loop

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

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

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



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

Morgan Territory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony Chabot - Grass Valley Loop

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

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

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



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

Briones Crest Loop

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE:

Prospectors Gap Loop from Regency Drive

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocky Ridge - Schlieper Rock

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

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

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

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

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

As usual please read and ignore the trails notes below.

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

NOTE:

Mt Olympia from Regency Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Please ignore the trail notes below

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regional Trails: Lafayette-Moraga @ Valle Vista
Sunday, December 30, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A gravel parking lot with one Porta Potty. All vehicles must be signed in at the kiosk using your EBMUD permit or mine. Remember your license plate number. This is an easy hike. There probably will be the option to do a longer hike for those that wish to. I will stop at Si Si's in Moraga on the way back for great smoothies and coffees. Please join me.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain out-and-back hike to Borges Ranch. Route will be via the Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the reverse route to the trailhead. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Expect some mud. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. HEAVY RAIN CANCELS!

NOTE: Our annual Nimitz Way hike to commemorate Andrews birthday. An 8-mile out-and-back hike on the paved road to the old Nike missile site. After a short rest/snack stop, return whence we came. On-leash dogs are welcome. Restrooms but no water at Inspiration Point. RAIN or SHINE.

Lafayette Reservoir: Lower Trail
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Bring your quarters for the parking meters. We can go around once or twice if you like. If anyone wants to do the upper rim, we can accomodate you. Don't know if it's been damaged by the recent rains. Rain forecast for wednesday. Lets meet at the kiosk where you pay the $6 fee to park all day. Restrooms at the parking lot.

NOTE: A dual-mode hike, 6-mile with 1500-foot elevation gain or 8-mile with 2000-foot elevation gain, to view the Mount Diablo Water Falls. Route will be via Donner Canyon Road, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the Falls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls and Middle Trails to the Donner Canyon Road junction. This will be the decision point for the longer hike. The shorter 6-mile hike will return on Donner Canyon Road to the trailhead. The longer 8-mile hike will return via the Meridian Ridge Road, Meridian Point and Back Creek trails to the trailhead. Expect some mud from the recent rains so hiking poles are recommended. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is the driest trail I could think of. From the main parking lot we take the paved trail up to and around the comm. tower. We take the first gate back into EBRP and continue along Rocky Ridge to the junction with the Devils Hole trail. We return the same way. Only 4 miles but about 1,500 feet of elevation.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 7+ mile hike from the Briones Res. Overlook to the Bear Creek Staging area. Mostly forest. Porta Potty at the start. No water. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. Not a show stopper if you don't have one.

NOTE: A moderate, 7-mile, 900-foot elevation gain, loop hike from Castle Rock Park to Macedo Ranch. The route to Macedo Ranch wil be via Stage Rd. (Pine Creek), and Dusty and Wall Point Roads. After a rest/snack stop, return via Wall Point Road, Briones - Mt. Diablo and Little Yosemite Trails, and Stage Road to Castle Rock. Water, restrooms and picnic tables are available at Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Meet at the restrooms about ¼ mile past the trailhead. Map/GPS address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 6-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain hike to Borges Ranch. Route will be via the Ridge Top, Sulfur Creek, Flat Top, Hanna Lane, and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Borges Ranch, over-the-hill shortcut, and Ridge Top trails to the trailhead. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. HEAVY RAIN CANCELS!

NOTE: The route we will take is Hazard Hill to Foothills to Borges Ranch. We return via Briones/Mt Diablo to the Alamo trail. No services at Livorna but there are at Borges. Dog friendly.

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: It's time for the annual trek around the Lake. 9 miles and one 500 ft hill. Total elevation gain is around 800 ft. We will snack just past the mid point in a nice grassy meadow that we can see from the Columbine trail. There is a porta potty there. We meet at the Marina which is next to the Lake. We will hike counter clockwise from the Marina. Parking fee is about $5, + $2 for dogs. You can also park free in the street. Restrooms and snacks at the Marina.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, partial-loop hike of about 6 miles and 1100-foot elevation gain. Route will be via Old Finley Road, Tassajara Creek Trail to the picnic table near Bobs Pond for a short rest/snack stop. Return via the Tassajara Creek, Highland Ridge Road, Crestview Road, Amphitheater Trail, Walnut Trail and Old Finley Road to the trailhead.. No facilities or water available on the hike. No dogs allowed because part of the hike is in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mt Olympia
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The specific route of the Mt Olympia hike will be determined at the start based on weather conditions. There will also be a less strenuous hike up Donner Canyon to Murchio Gap with a return on Back Creek. This hike will be 7 miles and almost 2,000 ft of elevation gain. Yes, this is easier than Mt Olympia. We start from Mountaire where there are no services.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 6-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike to Borges Ranch. Route will be via the Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo, Coyote Pond, and Indian Creek trails to the trailhead. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, October 28, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This a 6.5 mile hike through mostly forest. One 500 ft hill at the mid point. We will snack before ascending it. Exploring an option to add 3 miles by going through EBMUD land to Redwood Regional. That way there will be 2 hikes offered. Bring your EBMUD permits. The distance to Valle Vista on Moraga Rd is more like 7 miles. You go 1+ miles past Moraga Way.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles with a 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be via Borges Ranch trail past Twin Ponds, Foothills, Stonegate, Briones Mt. Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop and Stage Rd trails to Castle Rock Park. A short stop for rest and snack, then return via Castle Rock, Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones Mt. Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond, Borges Ranch and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Most trails are fire roads so any mud should be minimal.

NOTE: This is about 7 miles and has at least 1,300 ft of elevation gain. After we cross San Pablo Dam Road carefully, there is a 700 ft climb to Inspiration Pt. over 2 miles. All sun. There is no water anywhere on this hike even though we are next to 2 reservoirs??? Please be careful crossing San Pablo Dam Road. Vehicles are doing 60+. Weather should be cool. Please ignore the Trail Notes. They don't make any sense to me. The Event Notes are accurate.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile loop hike with a 900-foot elevation gain. Route will be via Fossil Hill, Indian Creek, Borges Mt. Diablo, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones Mt. Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond, Indian Creek, and Fossil Hill trails to the trailhead. Only water at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS or map program location, a nearby address is 192 Sutherland Dr, Walnut Creek.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Sunday, October 14, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile loop hike in Redwood Regional Park, which can be extended by hiker choice to about 7 miles. The route from Canyon Meadow will be via the Stream, Chown, and West Ridge trails to Redwood Bowl. After a short rest/snack stop, return via the Redwood Peak, French, Star Flower, and Tres Sendas trails to the Stream trail. The shorter hike participants will then return to Canyon Meadow via the Stream Trail. Those desiring more mileage and elevation gain will return via the Stream, Eucalyptus, Phillips Loop, East Ridge, Prince, and Stream trails to the staging area. There are restrooms, water, and picnic tables at the Canyon Meadow staging area and Redwood Bowl. Dogs allowed, off-leash OK on trails except the Stream Trail. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to the on-time hikers.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An estimated 6-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. Route will be via the Costanoan Trail to Ginder Gap, then Ridge Top and Costanoan Trails to Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via the Borges Ranch, Briones  Mt. Diablo, Ridge Top, Costanoan, Sulfer Creek, and Costanoan Trails to Snyder Lane. No facilities at the trailhead, but restroom, water and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

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

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rudgear Park
Thursday, October 04, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Hike in Shell Ridge from Rudgear Community Park to Borges Ranch. A moderate, 5.5 mile loop hike starting along a flat, paved creekside trail, then entering Shell Ridge ascending the Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge Trail to the Twin Ponds Loop Trail, and Borges Ranch Trail, stopping at Borges Ranch for water/snacks. The return is via Borges Ranch Trail to upper Twin Ponds Loop Trail, back to Bullfrog Pond, then retracing route back to the parking lot. Water/restrooms at Rudgear Community Park and Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Sunday, September 30, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Two hikers-choice loop hikes in the redwoods. A moderate 6-mile hike, or a longer, more difficult 8.5-mile hike. Both hikes take the same route to Redwood Bowl where there will be a short rest/snack stop. The route to Redwood Bowl will be via the Stream, Tres Sendas, Star Flower, French, Redwood Peak, and Madrone trails. The shorter hike will return via Madrone, French, Mill, and Stream trails to the trailhead. The longer hike will return via the West Ridge, Tres Sendas, French, Mill, and Stream trails. Restrooms, water, and picnic tables at the staging area and Redwood Bowl. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails, except Stream trail. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike from the Overlook to the San Pablo Marina. Lots of shade. It will be hot. We will picnic at the Marina. Lots of shade. Bring lots of fluid.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Green Valley/Rock City Loop
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes. Two hikes in one. A shorter 6.5-mile, 1300-foot elevation gain loop hike or a longer 8.5-mile, 1750-foot elevation gain loop hike. While both start at Macedo Ranch outbound on the Wall Point Trail, the short hike descends the Secret Trail to Barbecue Terrace Road, Stage Road and Dusty Road back to Macedo Ranch. The long hike continues past the Secret Trail on Wall Point Road to Rock City, descends the Summit Trail to Live Oak Campground for a short rest/snack stop. Then returns to Macedo Ranch via the Summit Trail, Green Valley Trail and Green Valley Road. Water and restrooms at Macedo Ranch and Live Oak Campground. No dogs allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Dublin Hills Regional Park: Calaveras Ridge Trail
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This hike is through our grasslands. All sun. We hike to Wiedemann Hill where we will snack and enjoy the views. We have the option of adding a mile to the length if there is interest. We can do both. Wildlife abounds in this park. Restrooms and water at the parking lot.

NOTE: This is a Pot Luck hike for Peggi. About 6 miles, and 800 ft of elevation. We will caravan to her house nearby in Clayton. Bring finger food to share. It's always a lot of fun and Peggi is the perfect host. She will have handouts at the start. We will hike up Donner Canyon past Meridian Pt to the Meridian trail to Back Creek and back to the parking lot. No services. No dogs allowed.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The Trail Notes distance will be increased to about 6 miles with a 1000-foot elevation gain in the mostly shaded 2nd-growth redwoods. Route will be via the East Ridge, Phillips Loop, Eucalyptus, Stream, Tres Sendas, French, and Redwood Peak Trails to Redwood Bowl for a short rest/snack stop. Return will be via the West Ridge Trail to the Skyline staging area. Water and restrooms at Skyline trailhead and Redwood Bowl. Dogs are allowed off-leash on all trails except the Stream trail where on leash is required.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Dr/Indian Valley School
Sunday, September 09, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Two loop hikes in one. A moderate hike of about six miles with an elevation gain of 1000 feet which can be extended to eight miles with an elevation gain of about 1400 feet. The route to Borges Ranch will be via the Ridge Top, Briones to Mt. Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails. After a short rest/snack stop the shorter hike will return via the Borges Ranch, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond, and Indian Creek trails to Marshall Dr. The extended hike will depart from Borges Ranch and head towards Castle Rock via the Borges Ranch, and Shell Ridge Loop trails to the Briones to Mt. Diablo trail, and then follow the aforementioned return route to Marshall Dr. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Nearby trailhead address is 580 Marshall Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Laughlin Rd Staging Area
Thursday, September 06, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An almost 5 mile loop going clockwise up the westside loop trail to the left at the first trail junction. All sun except for shade near the Peak where we will snack. We will be done by noon with the temperature at 80. Water and restroom at the parking lot. Dog friendly on leash. Join us for cold drinks after the hike at Peet's.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Olofson Ridge
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes. Two hikes in one. A strenuous loop hike of almost 8 miles and about a 2000-foot elevation gain from the Mitchell Canyon staging area to Olofson Peak. And a moderate hike of about 6 miles and a 1000-foot elevation gain which omits the up-and-back portion to Olofson Peak. The route will be via Mitchell Canyon Rd,, Black Point trail to Red Rd. The strenuous hike will continue the up-and-back portion to Olofson Peak, while the moderate hike will return via Red Rd, Globe Lily trail and Mitchell Canyon Rd. to the trailhead. Full facilities at Mitchell Canyon staging area. No dogs allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Parking fee at Mitchell Canyon is now $6 - exact change required. Trailhead address is 96 Mitchell Canyon Rd Clayton, CA 94517.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be an out and back on Finley Rd, all the way to the Red Barn on Morgan Territory Rd. All fireroad. About 8 miles and 1,300 ft of elevation. No dogs allowed. No services in this side of M.T. Bring plenty of fluids. My red Honda Fit will be parked on the side of Finley Rd. Park here. This hike is in Morgan Territory, not Mitchell Canyon.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About an 8-mile loop hike from Bob Pond to Macedo Ranch with an estimated 1200-foot elevation gain. Route will be Borges Ranch, Briones Mt. Diablo trails, and Wall Point Rd. to Macedo Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Wall Point Rd., Briones Mt. Diablo and Little Yosemite trails, Stage Rd., Shell Ridge Loop, Briones Mt. Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to Bob Pond. Restrooms, water and picnic tables at Bob Pond and Macedo Ranch. Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Remington Hike
Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A steep climb at the start, but then it levels off into grasslands at the top of the Ridge. Ignore the Trail Notes. We will turn right at the top of the ridge and continue on into the main Park. We will snack at the turnaround point at the juction with the Del Amigo trail. Plan on about 6 miles total. No services. Street parking. Dog friendly on leash.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Macedo Ranch
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 7 to 8-mile loop hike with a 1600-foot elevation gain from Macedo Ranch to Rock City. Route will be Wall Point Rd to Rock City where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Return back on Wall Point Rd to the Summit and Wildcat trails to Barbecue Terrace. Continue on BBQ Terrace Rd, Stage Rd, Dusty Rd and Wall Point Rd to Macedo Ranch. If the weather is too hot, we may shorten the hike by taking the Secret Trail to BBQ Terrace Rd for the return to Macedo Ranch, omitting the hike to Rock City. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.

NOTE: Ignore the Trail Notes. I am not going to the Peak. Too hot. That last mile is all sun and strenuous. We will go to the first trail junction on the right. It's the trail to Las Trampas Road in Alamo. Total miles will be 6.6 with a good deal of shade. Total elevation about 1,000 ft. Lots of poison oak along the single track Ringtail Cat trail at the start. No services at this end of the Park. Bring lots of fluids. This hike is dog friendly.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is 7.2 miles and quite shady from beautiful redwoods. We will find shaded picnic tables along the stream trail to snack. Whoever is in the lead will do this. Directions should read 7 miles to Valle Vista on Moraga Road. Name changes to Canyon Rd after Moraga Way.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1000 feet. Route will be via the Costanoan Trail to Ginder Gap, then Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. No facilities at the trailhead, but restroom, water and picnic tables at Borges Ranch where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Return will be via Borges Ranch, Hanna Lane, Flat Top, and Sulfur Creek Trails to Snyder Lane. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: From the Overlook Staging Area at Briones Reservoir we will start at the Orsan Trail and soon connect with the Old San Pablo trail. We take that past the Inspiration Point trail junction to the San Pablo Marina. Shaded picnic tables on the right. 75% shade on this hike but we do have to climb a 500 foot hill in the sun at the finish. no water at the Overlook. About 6 miles total.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Stanford Ave
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
NOTE: Full Moon Hike! This is a strenuous 6-mile out-and-back hike. Approximately a 2000-foot elevation gain to the peak! Come prepared with plenty of water and a snack. We'll rest and snack at the peak for a bit to enjoy the sunset, moonrise and scenery. Sunset at 8:12 and moonrise at 9:29. Bring a flashlight! It can be hot at the start but cold and windy at the peak, so dress in layers. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early because the parking lot will likely be full. Street parking is available about a block down from the lot. Nearby address is 1874 Stanford Ave, Fremont.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Route will be Fossil Hill to Indian Creek to Briones Mt D. to Borges. Weather will determine the return route. Be prepared for hot weather. Services at Borges. Street parking if lot is full.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Elderberry Loop
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: This is a TUESDAY twilight hike led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. She can be reached at 510-544-2233. I will not be there. It is a vigorous hike that will last past sunset, so bring headlamps or a flash light.

NOTE: The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd. (Pine Creek), Little Yosemite, and Briones Mt. Diablo Trails to Macedo Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop return via Dusty Rd., and Stage Rd. to Castle Rock Park. The distance is about 7 miles with a 900-foot elevation gain. Water and restrooms at both Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek. This route and distance information supersedes the Trail Notes data.

NOTE: This hike will be led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. She can be reached at 510-544-2233. I will not be there. We meet at the Alvarado Staging Area at the end of McBryde Ave in Richmond. This is a FRIDAY hike, and is 9 miles not 7.

NOTE: A very pleasant hike in the sun to quaint Sunol. We will snack here before returning. Services only at the start. Water and Porta Potty. The elevation gains and losses are not severe.

NOTE: A two-version, loop hike. The full version is a strenuous, almost 7-mile, 2000-foot elevation gain, loop hike to Devils Hole, the lowest point in the park. The lite version is about 5-miles long with a 1000-foot elevation gain. Both versions take the Ridge View Trail (along the paved road to the Comm tower), continuing on the Rocky Ridge Trail to the Sycamore Trail. The full version descends on the Sycamore Trail to Devils Hole where there will be a short rest/snack stop. Then return up the Devils Hole Trail to the Rocky Ridge Trail, continuing on to the Elderberry Trail for the return to the parking lot. The lite version continues past the Sycamore Trail on the Rocky Ridge Trail to the Elderberry Trail for the downhill return to the parking lot. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash is OK on the trails.

Briones Regional Park: Briones Crest
Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a loop hike around Mott Peak. It should take us about 3 hours. The route will be Old Briones Rd to Briones Crest, all the way around the Crest to Santos to Abrigo and back to the parking lot. When you enter the Bear Creek staging area, go straigt to the unattended kiosk. Turn left into the parking lot. Two porta potties. This hike is dog friendly and all sun. We will pause for snacks midway at Wee-Ta-Chi.

NOTE: This is a celebration hike for Tereza because she has so much to be happy about. It is from Canyon Meadow and we may do less miles. Weather is perfect. She loves this park.

NOTE: this hike is in celebration for MARS whose birthday is 13 July. We will hike to the summit and back from CASTLE ROCK. Starting out with the CASTLE ROCK TRAIL we pick up STAGE ROAD to BBQ TERRANCE to WILDCAT TRAIL to the SUMMIT TRAIL on to the summit of MNT DIABLO @ 3,849 FT. Distance is about 12 miles with 3,475ft elevation gain. There are restrooms and water at the staging area, the summit and the lower parking lot on the summit No dogs allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek.

Tilden Regional Park: Inspiration Point
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain hike on the south side of Tilden Park from Inspiration Point. Route will be via the Curran, Meadows Canyon, and Wildcat Gorge trails to Lake Anza. After a short rest/snack stop, continue on the Selby trail past Brazil Bldg and the bridge to the Wildcat Gorge, and Curran trails to the trailhead. Restroom, but no water, at the trailhead. Water and restrooms at Lake Anza. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. For directions: http://maps.google.com/ and search for Inspiration Point, Wildcat Canyon Road, Orinda, CA. These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A favorite hike of mine and it's in my backyard. Dogs love this trail and they jump into the stock ponds. About 75% sun. We will snack in the shade at trail marker 20. There is water there. After that a short but steep climb to the top of the Ridge. Then it's mostly downhill.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Bob Pond Entrance
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles with a 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be via the Borges Ranch, Shell Ridge Loop and Stage Rd trails to Castle Rock Park. A short stop for rest and snack, then return via Castle Rock, Stage Rd, south Buckeye Ravine, Stonegate and Borges Ranch trails to Bob Pond. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Bob Pond, Borges Ranch and Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, July 01, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: It is about 7 miles on Moraga/Canyon Rd to Valle Vista. An almost 7 mile hike, mostly through forest. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits and sign in your vehicle at the kiosk in the parking lot. Beautiful views of the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. We will rest halfway at a shaded gate. After this we start to climb the hill. It is steeper on the descent than the ascent. Hiking poles helpful. Last mile+ in the sun. No water in the park. One Porta Potty at the parking lot. Let's go for coffee in Moraga afterwards.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 6-mile loop hike with about a 1000-foot elevation gain to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via the Joaquin Ranch, south Twin Ponds Loop, Borges Ranch, Briones - Mt. Diablo, Shell Loop trails and Stage Rd. to Castle Rock Park. A short rest/snack stop and then return via Castle Rock, Shell Loop, Briones - Mt Diablo, Ridge Top, Ginder Gap, Briones  Mt. Diablo and Joaquin Ranch trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. NOTE: Trailhead is halfway on Rockspring Pl., not the end of the road. Nearby address is 1880 Rockspring Pl, Walnut Creek.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 1/2-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1200 feet that covers both sides of Las Trampas Ridge. Route will be via the Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Las Trampas Ridge, Del Amigo, Sulphur Springs, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop at about the halfway point. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot. Map of approximate location of trailhead: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=%5B18000-18124%5D+Bollinger+Canyon+Rd&city=San+Ramon&state=CA&zipcode=94583

NOTE: Mars will be leading this hike. It should be cooler weather for this hike. Meet in the dirt lot at the corner of Clayton Rd. and Peacock Creek Dr. There are no facilities at the trailhead. This moderate, loop hike of 11 miles and near 2,000-foot elevation gain is NOT for beginners. Know your abilities. We will take a halfway stop at ROSE HILL CEMETERY for a snack break. Be sure to bring adequate fluids and sunscreen for this mostly sun hike. Dogs are allowed. Map of Black Diamond: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/black_diamond

NOTE: In the spring we were here and it was raining. It was a quagmire and we had to shorten the hike. No rain now. No services in the park. A moderate hike with lots of sun. No dogs. I will bring cold sodas in my cooler for after the hike. This hike is not from Mitchell Canyon.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: This is all sun so dress accordingly. Restroom at the staging area. We will snack and rest at Hidden Valley Park. Picnic tables and rest rooms here. The hike can be extended to about 8 miles.

NOTE: The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd. (Pine Creek), Little Yosemite, and Briones Mt. Diablo Trails to Macedo Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop return via Dusty Rd., and Stage Rd. to Castle Rock Park. The distance is about 7 miles with a 900-foot elevation gain. Hking poles would be helpful for the numerous crossings of Pine Creek. Water and restrooms at both Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek. This route and distance information supersedes the Trail Notes data.

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a saturday hike. Join Trail Gail from EBRP and myself on this beautiful 9 mile loop around the lake. Most of it is at lake level. Just one moderate hill halfway. Sun and shade is 50/50. We meet at the Marina where there are snacks for purchase. Picnic tables at the Marina if you would like to hang out and enjoy the day. Park in the street to save the parking fee. Still a fee for dogs.

NOTE: A pleasant 5 mile hike in the East Bay grasslands. You don't have to climb Wiedemans hill at the mid point. All sun. Flush toilets at the staging area. Dog and kid friendly.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon
Sunday, June 03, 2012 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: The ultimate hike of our trilogy to the Mt. Diablo Summit, retracing and extending our previous two hikes. A strenuous, 14+ mile, 3,300-foot elevation gain, out-and-back hike from Mitchell Canyon via Deer Flat and Juniper Campground to the Summit. Short rest stops at all three waypoints out and back. Water and restrooms at the trailhead, Juniper Campground, and the Summit. Parking fee is now $6, $5 for 62 or older. No dogs allowed in the park. Trailhead address is 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton, CA 94517.

NOTE: This is a 5 mile hike to the top of the Ridge to trail marker 13. We return via a partial loop to the staging area. Lots of sun and dogs are welcome. Beware the stock ponds. Dogs love them. I am not taking the route described in the Trail Notes.

NOTE: Either a 6 mile hike in the shade or an extra 2 in the sun. One of my favorite hikes. I met a first time hiker with us here a year ago. She is now a special friend. Just show up. You never know what the day will bring. No dogs on this trail.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Miwok Trail
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: this is an easy out and back hike with very little elevation change. We will sneak over onto the LOS VAQUEROS watershed for an additional mile or so,permits required so if u have them bring 'um We will stop for snacks under the shad trees at the boundary gate APPX: 7-8 miles round trip

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

NOTE: This is the penultimate hike of our Mt. Diablo Summit trilogy. An out-and-back hike of about 11 miles with an elevation gain of nearly 2,400 feet. After a short rest stop at Deer Flat, we will continue for the final climb to Juniper Campground. At Juniper we will take a rest and lunch stop before returning to the trailhead. Water and flush toilets at Juniper. This hike is mostly in the sun on fire roads, so be prepared with sunscreen and plenty of water. Bring your camera, as the views are amazing. Plan for about 6 hours for the hike. Parking fee is now $6, $5 for 62 and over. Trailhead address is 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton, CA 94517.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas Peak
Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 5 mile hike from the Staging Area via Bollinger Creek and Las Trampas Ridge to the Peak. Elevation about 1,000 ft. We will rest and snack there. We return via Calaveras Ridge and the Chamise trail. Hiking poles helpful. Lots of sun.

NOTE: Let's celebrate Mother's Day with a Potluck Party. Bring finger food or snacks to share. Several covered picnic tables. Hike is 6 miles with 1,200 ft of elevation. 50% sun.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: An estimated 6-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1100 feet. Route will be via Sulfur Creek, Flat Top, and Hanna Ridge trails to Bob Pond for a brief restroom stop. Continue on Borges Ranch, Briones  Mt. Diablo, Shell Loop trails, and Stage Rd. to Castle Rock Park. After a short rest/snack stop at Castle Rock Park, return on the Castle Rock, Shell Loop, Briones - Mt. Diablo, Ridge Top, and Costanoan trails to the trailhead. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at both Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes.

NOTE: The first of our yearly triad of Mt. Diablo Park hikes, culminating in a hike to the summit. This first hike goes to Deer Flat, an out-and-back distance of about 7 ½ miles with an elevation gain of almost 1800 feet. An added option for this hike will be to return to the staging area via Eagle Peak, adding about a mile to the distance and a couple of hundred additional feet of elevation gain. Full facilities at Mitchell Canyon trailhead. No dogs allowed in the State Park. Parking fee is now $6, exact change. Trailhead address is 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton, CA 94517.

NOTE: We will hike the BP Loop in a clockwise direction. An additional 2 miles can be added by doing the Laughlin Ranch Loop from the southern end of the parking lot. It can get windy here.

NOTE: Plan on arriving at Castle Rock Park at least 15 minutes early, as it may be necessary to park in the Orchard Staging area. The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd (Pine Creek) to Dusty Rd, then over the hill to Macedo Ranch where we will have a short rest/snack stop. Return will be up the hill from Macedo Ranch to the Little Yosemite Trail and then down to Stage Rd to Castle Rock Park. Distance is about 7 miles with a 900-foot elevation gain. Hking poles would be helpful for the numerous crossings of Pine Creek. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek.

NOTE: This hike is in Blackhawk. Very rural and no services. We will split this into a 5 and a 7 mile hike. We all start at Finley and take it to Highland Ridge and then Crestview. Here we split. The shorter hike takes Amphitheater back to Finley. We snack at the Amphitheater. This is a Native American site. The longer hike continues to Sulfer Springs. They have there own unique snack site. Be prepared for showers.

NOTE: A hike in the clockwise direction to view the Mt. Diablo Waterfalls. Route will be via the Donner Canyon, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the Falls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls, Middle, and Donner Canyon trails to the trailhead. Almost 6-miles with about a 1500-foot elevation gain. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park. Nearby address is 195 Regency Drive, Clayton, CA 94517. Meet at trailhead.

Dublin Hills Regional Park: Calaveras Ridge Trail
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A nice out and back hike in the Dublin Hills. A strenuous climb to Wiedeman Hill ay the mid point. I love watching the raptors searching for lunch beneath us when we rest here. Many cows. Good facilities at the staging area.

NOTE: We will hike up Indian Joe Creek to Caves rock trail and then connect to Cerro Este (This Hill), for the return to Little Yosemite. A nice 6 mile loop with about 1,500 ft of elevation. We will rest and play there before our 2 mile return to the parking lot. The elevation is not extreme. Dogs love this hike. You have to work, but you will enjoy it.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Saturday, April 07, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A SATURDAY hike. A two-in-one hike in Shell Ridge. An easier, 4-mile, 500-foot elevation gain loop hike on the Twin Ponds Loop Trail. And a more difficult, 6-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain hike to Castle Rock Park. The two hikes will diverge at Twin Ponds where the longer 6-mile hike will continue to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge, and south Twin Ponds Loop trails to Twin Ponds. The shorter hike will return from Twin Ponds on the north Twin Ponds Loop Trail to the trailhead. The longer hike will continue from Twin Ponds on the Borges Ranch, Briones to Mt Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop, and Stage Rd trails to Castle Rock Park. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones to Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch, and north Twin Ponds Loop trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. NOTE: Trailhead is at the very end of Rockspring Pl. Nearby address is 2100 Rockspring Place, Walnut Creek, CA.

NOTE: A hike in the clockwise direction to view the Mt Diablo Waterfalls. Route will be via the Donner Canyon, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the Falls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls, Middle, and Donner Canyon trails to the trailhead. Almost 6-miles with about a 1500-foot elevation gain. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park. Nearby address is 195 Regency Drive, Clayton, CA 94517. Meet at trailhead.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Ignore the trail notes. This will be a 6 mile hike hike with 800 ft of elevation. We will hike the East Ridge trail to the Canyon trail and descend to Canyon Meadow where we will rest and snack. We will return via the Stream Trail, which is one of my favorite trails. Be prepared for mud. Rain or Shine.

NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet of elevation gain. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route from Castle Rock will be Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Buckeye Ravine, Briones Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop Trails and Stage Rd to Castle Rock. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS users, Castle Rock address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd. Expect some mud. Heavy rain CANCELS.

NOTE: Weather will be unsettled so dress for rain. It is a paved trail. Total distance is 8 miles if we go the old Nike missle site. We can turn back before that. No water at Inspiration Point so bring your own.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon to Deer Flat
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 10:15 AM
NOTE: Its about an Hour and 45 min.s to Deer Flat- of course that was when i was in shape. Its been over a year. It is about 45 minutes to the switchbacks -and then you bide your time -with a determined stride of course. Plenty of water -and a power bar or two. Mitchell Canyons parking lot -its a fee area -i guess its a few bucks -maybe 5.? -I own a '97 Ford Explorer

NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch with an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo and Indian Creek trails to the trailhead. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A two-version loop hike. The full version is a strenuous, almost 7-mile, 2100-foot elevation gain, loop hike to Devils Hole, the lowest point in the park. The lite version is about 5-miles long with a 1000-foot elevation gain. The.lite route is via the Ridge View Trail (paved road to Comm tower), continuing past the Sycamore Trail to the Elderberry Trail for the downhill return to the parking lot. Plan on a short rest/snack stop on the Ridge. The full Devils Hole route will be the same, except it will turn off on the Sycamore Trail for the descent to Devils Hole, where there will be a short rest/snack stop. Then return up the Devils Hole Trail to the Rocky Ridge Trail, continuing on to the Elderberry Trail for the return to the parking lot. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash is OK on the trails.

NOTE: A moderate 5- to 6-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch, Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge, Briones Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds Loop, and Foothills Trails to the Livorna trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Main Staging Area
Sunday, March 04, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 1/2-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1400 feet that covers both sides of Las Trampas Ridge. Route will be via the Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop on the Ridge about halfway. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets at the parking lot. A map showing approx location of trailhead: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=%5B18000-18124%5D+Bollinger+Canyon+Rd&city=San+Ramon&state=CA&zipcode=94583

NOTE: A 5.5-mile loop hike with about a 900-foot elevation gain. Hike from the parking lot via the Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan, and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to the high point near Brushy Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, continue on the Brushy Peak Loop and the West Side Loop Trails to the parking lot. Water and restroom at the parking lot. Dogs on-leash OK.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Regency Drive
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6- to 7-mile loop hike with a 1600-foot elevation gain from Regency gate to Murchio Gap. The route is via Back Creek Rd and Back Creek trail to Murchio Gap, where we will take a short rest/snack break. Return via Ridge Rd and Donner Canyon Rd to Regency. Shorter loops may be hiked by turning off from the Back Creek Trail onto either the Tickwood (3+ miles, 600 feet) or Meridian Point (4+ miles, 600 feet) trails. There are no facilities available on this hike, so bring adequate water and snacks. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 5+-mile, partial loop hike with about a 1000-foot elevation gain to Castle Rock Park. Route will be Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge, Twin Ponds, Twin Ponds Loop, Borges Ranch, Briones to Mt Diablo, Shell Loop, Stage Rd, and Castle Rock trails to Castle Rock Park. A short rest/snack stop and then return via Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones to Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch, and north Twin Ponds Loop trails to the trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. The trailhead is at very end of Rockspring Pl with a nearby address of 1880 Rockspring Pl, Walnut Creek.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: In addition to the longer hike, there will also be an easy 4 mile hike with 300 ft of elevation. This is ideal for folks just starting to hike and for kids. Bring those kids. Latest forecast says partly cloudy. Several of us may go for coffee afterwards. If the parking lot is full, go back to the first right into that parking lot. Walk to the tennis courts lot. The park name is Lime Ridge Open Space. It is part of Walnut Creek Open Space.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 6 miles and 1100-foot elevation gain to Castle Rock Park and return. Route will be via the West Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek, Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap Loop, Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo, Shell Loop and Castle Rock trails to the Park. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Stage Rd, Shell Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, Coyote Pond, Indian Creek and East Fossil Hill Loop trails to the trailhead. Only water at the trailhead, but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS or map program location, a nearby address is 192 Sutherland Dr, Walnut Creek.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock loop
Sunday, February 12, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 7.5-mile loop hike from Castle Rock Park into Mt Diablo State Park with an elevation gain of approx 1100 feet. Route will be Stage Rd, Burma Rd, Buckeye Trail, and Stage Rd to Little Yosemite Trail where we will take a short rest/snack stop at the picnic tables. Then continue on Stage Rd to the Castle Rock trailhead. Full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park. Plan on arriving at Castle Rock Park at least 15 minutes early to allow for the walk from the Orchard Staging area if parking is not available at the end of Castle Rock Rd. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, February 09, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5.5-mile loop hike with about a 1000-foot elevation gain to Borges Ranch. Route will be past Coyote Pond to Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap, Costanoan, to Sulfer Creek Pond, Sulfer Creek to Flat Top trail to Hanna Lane trail to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo and Coyote Pond trails to the trailhead. No facilites at the trailhead but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. NOTE: This trailhead is about halfway on Rockspring Pl on the left, not at the end of the road. Nearby address is: 1864 Rockspring Place, Walnut Creek.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Olofson Ridge
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6-mile loop hike with a 1000-foot elevation gain from Mitchell Canyon to Olofson Peak. Route will be Mitchell Canyon Rd, Black Point Trail, Red Rd, and Olofson Ridge Rd to a point near Olofson Peak. After a short rest/snack stop return via Olofson Ridge Rd, Red Rd, Globe Lily Trail and Mitchell Canyon Rd to the staging area. Full facilities at Mitchell Canyon staging area. No dogs allowed in Mt Diablo State Park. Parking fee at Mitchell Canyon is now $6 - exact change required.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A loop hike of approximately 5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. The hike starts on the Hardy Canyon Trail and ascends to the high point where we will take a short rest/snack stop and enjoy the view before descending to the Miwok Trail for the 1.6-mile return to the staging area. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS/map users the address of the staging area is: 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An out-and-back hike from the Briones Overlook staging area to the Bear Creek staging area. About 7 miles with an elevation gain of 900 feet. Restrooms at both staging areas but no water. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. EBMUD hiking permits needed, but up to four guests are allowed for each permit. There should be enough permit holders to accommodate those without them. The Overlook staging area is on Bear Creek Rd about halfway between Camino Pablo and Happy Valley Rds.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Dr/Indian Valley School
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch with an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo and Indian Creek trails to the trailhead. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Rancho Laguna Park: Moraga to Las Trampas
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: It is 6 miles to Camino Pablo from hwy 24 and 2 miles on Camino Pablo to Rancho Laguna. Now that a lot of us know where Rancho Laguna is, this should go smoothly. Total of 8 miles and guessing at 1,200 ft of elevation. Remember I blew it on 1/8. Lots of ups and downs. This is isolated terrain. Lots of wildlife here. I have done this hike before. I will not climb Las Trampas Ridge to the comm. tower. If you want to, go for it. That will make it 10 miles total for you folks. Please stay in sight of other hikers. You do not want to get lost in this huge park. Services at Rancho Laguna. Coffee afterwards?

Dublin Hills Regional Park: Calaveras Ridge Trail
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A hike in the recently opened Dublin Hills Regional Park. About 5-miles out-and-back with an estimated 800-foot elevation gain. Restroom and water at the trailhead. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. The trailhead parking lot is slightly before the Dublin Blvd and Marshall Canyon Dr intersection.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Hike through the rolling hills of east San Ramon. Trails are dry. Come and enjoy. All sun, restrooms at the start. We will start at the trail head at the top of Tassajara Ridge.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This will be an easy 4 mile hike over grassland and canyons. No services in the park Dog friendly and they are. It is a saturday hike. This hike is for those who want to try hiking and kids.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6-mile loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1100 feet. Route will be via Sulfur Creek, Ridge Top, Briones-Mt Diablo, Shell Loop and Stage Road trails to Castle Rock Park. We will take a short rest/snack stop at Castle Rock Park then return over the hill to Bob Pond, then Hanna Lane, and Costanoan trails to the trailhead. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at both Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes.

Rancho Laguna Park: King Canyon
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will snack at Valle Vista. Picnic tables. Hiking poles helpful for the ascent/descent of the hill. Beautiful views of the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. Many picture spots.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a moderate 6-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch with an approx 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be Kovar, Summit Ridge, Fossil Hill Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, Corral Springs, Costanoan and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at Borges Ranch where there are good facilities. Return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and Kovar Trails to Howe Homestead. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Howe Homestead address is 2950 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek 94598.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 7.2 mile hike from the Valle Vista Staging area in Moraga to Redwood Regional Park and back. Valle Vista is EBMUD land so bring your hiking permits (not required). All vehicles must be registered at the kiosk. The parking lot is limited to 30 vehicles. There is no overflow parking, so it is NOT suitable for large gatherings. I will have several copies of the trail route to give out before the hike. One porta potty and no water at VV. Water and restrooms at RR. No dogs but rabbits are OK. We will snack and rest at Redwood.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 1/2-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1200 feet that covers both sides of Las Trampas Ridge. Route will be via the Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop on the Ridge about halfway. Dogs and rabbits welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot. A map showing approx location of trailhead: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=%5B18000-18124%5D+Bollinger+Canyon+Rd&city=San+Ramon&state=CA&zipcode=94583

NOTE: This is a 6 mile hike through rolling hills and grasslands, mostly in Shell Ridge. About 800 feet of elevation. No services. We take the Hazard tr to Franco Ranch Loop to Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge to Bullfrog Pond. Left on Twin Ponds Loop and we take it all the way to Twin Ponds. Continue on to the junction with Foothills tr which we take all the way back to Livorna. We will stop to snack around Twin Ponds. Cool to start but it will warm up. If we need to use restrooms at Borges, it will add one mile to the hike. But it's a great place to snack.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6-mile, approx 1000-foot elevation gain, loop hike through the redwoods. Hiking will start downhill on the Stream Trail and meander to Redwood Bowl where there will be a short rest/snack stop. Return to Skyline will be via the West Ridge Trail. Dogs are allowed off-leash on all trails except the Stream Trail where on leash is required. Water and restrooms available at Skyline trailhead and Redwood Bowl.

NOTE: It usually rains on my birthday, so be prepared. 8 miles total on a paved trail. Restrooms but no water at the start. Trail Gail gave me an old black and white photo of the Nike Missile site when it was operational. I will pass it around so you all can see it. It's really cool.

NOTE: From the Alvarado Staging Area, we hike south about 1/2 mile to the Belgum trail on the left. We ascend to San Pablo Ridge and after a mile or so, descend to the Canyon via the Mezue trail. We return via Wildcat Creek. Restroom and water at Alvarado, plus picnic tables. Mostly sun. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Laughlin Rd Staging Area
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5.5-mile loop hike with about a 900-foot elevation gain. Hike from the parking lot via the Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan, and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to the high point near Brushy Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, continue on the Brushy Peak Loop and the West Side Loop Trails to the parking lot. Water and restroom at the parking lot. Dogs on-leash OK.

Tilden Regional Park: Meadows Canyon Trail
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: From Inspiration Pt we will take the Nimitz paved trail to Laurel Canyon Rd. We will descend to Jewel Lake and take the Wildcat Creek trail to the Visitor Center at Little Farm. Good place to rest and snack. Bathrooms. We continue on Wildcat Gorge trail to Lake Anza. Restrooms and a snacking place. We return to Inspiration Pt via the Curran trail. We will use fireroads as much as possible because they dry quicker than the trails. Ignore the Trail Notes. This is the route we are taking.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, December 01, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approx 7-mile loop hike with about 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be Finley Rd, Sulphur Spring Trail, Crestview Rd, Highland Ridge Trail, and Finley Rd to return to the trailhead. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at about the halfway point. No services available on the hike. We pass through Mt Diablo State Park, so it is not dog friendly. However, we have never seen a Ranger here.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. Route will be the Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop and Stage Rd trails to Castle Rock Park. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at Castle Rock. Return via the Castle Rock, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and Briones Mt Diablo trails to the staging area. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. No facilities at Marshall Dr but full facilities at Castle Rock Park. Expect some mud, but we should be able to avoid the worst portions. Nearby address to trailhead is 551 Marshall Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Tilden Regional Park: Tilden/Wildcat
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hiking poles recommended. Sometimes rough terrain. Dress for the weather. Services at the start. Location is 37.54'35.40N,122.15'55.08W. Bring snacks to share. Kids welcome. Unfortunately, no dogs.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A loop hike of approximately 5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. The hike starts on the Hardy Canyon Trail and ascends to the high point where we will take a short rest/snack stop and enjoy the view before descending to the Miwok Trail for the 1.6-mile return to the staging area. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS/map users the address of the staging area is: 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.

NOTE: A tough climb at the start up to the Comm tower. 1,000 ft in one mile. That section is paved and Rocky Ridge should be dry. We can extend it a bit to make it a 5 mile hike. Dress for rain. Coffee afterwards?

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 6+ mile hike around the upper rim of Lafayette Reservoir with about a 1100-foot elevation gain. We will have a short rest/snack stop near the restrooms at the dam close to the 4-mile distance. Dog friendly, but must be on-leash. NOTE: The distance and time is greater than described in the Trail Notes because we are starting from Via Granada rather than the dam.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike through the redwoods to hike through more redwoods. I do have an issue. The staging area is limited to 30 vehicles. There is no overflow parking. If there are no spots left you have to do something else. The ranger has warned me. She could have cited me last time, but didn't. She was very kind. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. You must register your vehicle at the kiosk.The drive from 24 should say 6+ miles. Entrance on your left.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 6-mile loop hike with about a 900-foot elevation gain. Route is Coyote, Stone Corral, Volvon Loop, Blue Oak, and Volvon trails. Mostly sun with water and restroom at the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the midpoint restroom. Dogs are welcome, off-leash is OK on the trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html Trailhead address is 9401 Morgan Territory Road, Livermore, CA 94551.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a Halloween hike. I encourage you to come in costume. We will snack at the end of the hike at Macedo Ranch. Bring enough to share. Also, bring your camera.Parking fee may be $6 now. We use the envelopes at the entrance gate.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile loop hike with about 900-foot elevation gain to Borges Ranch. Route will be past Coyote Pond to Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap, Costanoan, to Sulfer Creek Pond, Sulfer Creek, and Costanoan trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo and Coyote Pond trails to the trailhead. No facilites at trailhead but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails. NOTE: This trailhead is about half way on Rockspring Pl on the left, not at the end of the road. Nearby address is: 1864 Rockspring Place, Walnut Creek, CA

NOTE: This is Peggi's Potluck hike. After the hike we will caravan to Peggi's house in Clayton. Bring finger food to share. The hike is a 5 mile loop up Donner Canyon to Meridian Point and returning via the Back Creek trail. Elevation gain of about 800 ft. Mix of sun and shade. No services on this hike.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5 1/2-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike in Walnut Creek's Lime Ridge Open Space. Route is from Arbolado Park via Ohlone, Blue Oak and Buckeye Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via Lime Ridge, Paraiso and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park and meet at the restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This hike is a favorite of mine. It is 10.5 miles, but most of it is easy. Most of it is in forest, but when we reach the grasslands, the climb starts. Dress for the weather. We meet at the Green Barn, which is the first left after the entrance gate. Remember to purchase the $2 Ohlone permit. Dogs are allowed for a $2 fee, but I do not recommend it. We will snack and rest at the Peak. Rain will cancel this hike. Call me if unsure.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock loop
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile and 800-foot elevation gain loop hike. Route will be Pine Creek, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, and Little Yosemite trails with a rest/snack stop at the junction of Little Yosemite and Pine Creek trails. Return via Pine Creek and Castle Rock trails to the Castle Rock trailhead. Water, restrooms and picnic tables at Castle Rock Park. Trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road.

EBRPD: Elderberry to Devil's Hole (Las Trampas)
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a difficult 8 mile hike with 2,000+ ft of elevation. We climb the Ridge twice. Devil's Hole is the lowest elevation area in the Park. We will snack here. Bring fluids. I will have a trail map with the route highlighted for the fast hikers.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Dr/Indian Valley School
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo Trail to the trailhead. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails.

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a SATURDAY hike. Most of this hike is at lake level as we circumnavigate in a counterclockwise direction. We meet at the Marina at the far end of the parking lot. Food, drinks and restrooms here. More shade than sun. There is one hill about halfway. We will rest after that at a grassy area that has a portapotty. There are also portapotties along the trail. Always keep the lake on you left. Park in the lot for $6 or for free in the street. This trail is dog friendly. It is a moderate hike because of distance.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 5 miles and 800-foot elevation gain to Borges Ranch and return. Route will be via the West Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek, Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap Loop, Costanoan, and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and West Fossil Hill Loop trails to the trailhead. Only water at the trailhead, but good facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS, or map program location, a nearby address is 192 Sutherland Dr.

Briones Regional Park: Briones Crest
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 7 mile loop hike on a saturday that will be led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. About 1,000 ft of elevation gain. She may take a slightly different route. We will meet wildlife. Lots of sun. Kiosk is staffed on the W/E. $5 or $6 parking fee. Water and restrooms in the Park.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The Trail Notes distance will be increased to about 5 miles in the mostly shaded 2nd-growth redwoods. Route will be via the West Ridge, Tres Sendas, French, and Redwood Peak trails to Redwood Bowl for a short rest/snack stop. Return will be via the Madrone, Star Flower, Stream, Eucalyptus, and East Ridge trails to the Skyline staging area. Water and restrooms at Skyline trailhead and Redwood Bowl. Dogs are allowed off-leash on all trails except the Stream trail where on leash is required. Parking should not be a problem on a weekday morning.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike to Las Trampas Peak with about a 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be the Bollinger Creek and Las Trampas Ridge trails to Las Trampas Peak. A short rest/snack stop to enjoy the view. Then return via the Las Trampas Ridge and Chamise trails to the parking lot. Porta-potty and water at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Ringtail Cat Staging Area
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A relatively easy 6 mile hike with lots of shade. No services at the staging area. This will an out and back hike instead of using the Iron Horse trail and city streets. There is poison oak on the sides of the Ringtail Cat trail.

NOTE: This is a 5 mile out and back hike in the Dublin Hills near 580. Beautiful views but 100% sun. Water and restrooms at the staging area. I will bring a cooler with cold drinks to share. Hike is dog friendly.

Tilden Regional Park: Meadows Canyon Trail
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: It is 8 miles with approximately 1200 ft. elevation gain. Hiking poles proved useful to those who brought them. We will start on Nimitz Way and descend on Laurel Canyon trail near the Tilden Nature Area designation and wind up on the Meadows Canyon Trail next to the restrooms and our vehicles at the end of these extraordinarily scenic 8 miles.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Monday, September 05, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a MONDAY hike. You know, Labor Day. It's in my backyard and is a very doable hike. Elevation gain is gradual. We rest and snack at marker 20. We will also pause at marker 15 because this is a good place to turn around and do a loop hike. That would be about 5 miles. 90% sun. Water at the staging area and at marker 20. This is dog friendly and watch out for the cattle ponds. I will have a cooler with cold drinks for the finish.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6-mile partial-loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1100 feet. Route will be via Sulfur Creek, Ridge Top, Briones to Mt Diablo, Shell Loop and Stage Road trails to Castle Rock Park. We will take a short rest/snack stop at Castle Rock Park then return over the hill to Bob Pond, then Costanoan and Sulfur Creek trails to the trailhead. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at both Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. These Event Notes supersede the Trail Notes.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate hike of 6.5 miles from Valle Vista in Moraga. Valle Vista is 7 miles on Moraga Road from 24. The trail takes us along the beautiful Upper San Leandro Reservoir. We are hiking this loop trail counter clockwise. We climb a hill and descend to the staging area. One Porta Potty and no water. There is a bench under a small tree that has an awesome view of the lake. I will bring a cooler with cold drinks. Feel free to do the same. If you have an EBMUD permit bring it, but it is not required. Permit holders are allowed guests. You do have to sign in your vehicle at the kiosk.

Tilden Regional Park: Meadows Canyon Trail
Thursday, August 25, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Meet in the parking lot at Inspiration Point in Tilden Regional Park.

EBMUD: Briones Reservoir to Inspiration Pt.
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a SATURDAY hike. It is strenuous. 9 miles and about 1,800 feet of elevation gain. We descend from the Overlook to San Pablo Dam trail. Here we hike through woodlands, past the delicious plum trees to the Inspiration trail. Now we have to cross San Pablo Dam Road. The vehicles are going 65 MPH so we have be careful and quick. Then comes the tough part. We have a 2 mile trek to Inspiration Pt and it's all sun. About 1,000 feet of gain. We will take a 15 minute break here. Restrooms and picnic tables at IP but no water at either park. Make sure you bring enough. We still have to climb the 600ft Overlook hill on our return. We just go slow. I will bring a cooler full of cold drinks to share. Please do the same if you wish to. I submitted the Trail Notes and forget about the 600 ft climb to Overlook.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate, 5+-mile loop hike with about a 900-foot elevation gain to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge, Briones to Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch past the ranch and Bob Pond, and Shell Ridge Loop trails to Castle Rock Park. A short rest/snack stop and then return via Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones to Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch, and north Twin Ponds Loop trails to the trailhead. No facilities at trailhead but full facilities at Borges Ranch, Bob Pond and Castle Rock. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails. NOTE: Trailhead is at very end of Rockspring Pl.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: 90% shade on this hike. We snack at Canyon Meadow in Redwood Regional. Lots of picnic tables and restrooms. Restroom at Valle Vista. Enjoy the redwoods and the ferns. This is a slightly moderate hike. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits if you have one. Several of us will go for a coffee in Moraga after the hike. Please join us.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, August 07, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a combined easy and moderate hike. Take your pick. We all start together. The easy hike is to Hidden Valley Park. About 4 miles. The entire loop hike is 6+ miles. It's all sun. Restrooms and picnic tables at Hidden Valley. Restrooms at the staging area. No serious elevation gain.

Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles with a 1000-foot elevation gain in Briones Park. The route will be via the Briones Crest and Abrigo Valley trails to Wee-Ta-Chi where we will take a brief rest/snack stop. Return to the staging area will be via the Abrigo Valley, Mott Peak, Black Oak and Old Briones Rd trails. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area and Wee-Ta-Chi. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on our trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mt. Diablo Donner Hills
Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: From I-680 Northbound or Hwy 24 East, exit at Ygnacio Valley Road (at Walnut Creek). At bottom of offramp at the stoplight, turn RIGHT on Ygnacio Valley Road. Proceed on Ygnacio Valley Road to Clayton Road in Concord (approx 7.5 miles) and turn right (east). From I-680 Southbound, exit at Treat Blvd (at Walnut Creek). Turn left at the stop light, then immediate left at the next stop light (Treat Blvd). Follow Treat all the way up the hill into Concord (approx 8 miles). Turn right onto Clayton Road. Proceed downhill on Clayton Road into the town of Clayton. At stoplight, turn Right onto Regency Drive. Follow to the end. From Antioch/Pitttsburg, take Kirker Pass Road westbound and down the hill into Concord. Just past the Concord (Chronicle) Pavilion, turn LEFT at the light at Concord Blvd. Just past Indian Wells Way, Concord Blvd becomes Oakhurst Drive. Stay on Oakhurst and get into middle lane as you approach the intersection with Clayton Road (stoplight). Turn LEFT onto CLAYTON ROAD/MARSH CREEK ROAD. Then turn RIGHT at stoplight onto REGENCY DRIVE. Continue to the end.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Saturday, July 30, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Enjoy a 3 Parks in a day hike with Trail Gail and East Bay Parks. She will start from Redwood and go into Huckleberry and Sibley. Should be fun and is not difficult. 6 miles and 600 fee of elevation. Don't know the exact route, but Gail leads great hikes. It's a cool place in the summer. This is a saturday hike. Gail's contact is 510-544-2233. 12 years and older. Ignore the trail notes.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Ohlone Trail
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: This is an easy to moderate hike that takes a little over an hour to complete. A little climb and switchbacks on the way up and nice easy descent on the way back. Mostly shady and we've done it on a very hot day. Great views for the effort and some wildlife..rabbits, deer, wild turkey and fun for the birdwatcher.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike with a midway rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Route will be via the Costanoan, Upper Buck Loop, Deer Lake, Corral Spring, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones to Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. Return by the Costanoan and Sulfer Creek trails to Synder Lane. Water, restroom, picnic tables and ranch animals at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: This is a 6 mile hike from the Briones Overlook to the boat launch area on San Pablo Reservoir. It is mostly shaded. Shaded picnic tables with a view of the lake at the boat launch. We will snack here. Bring your EBMUD permits if you have one. Potty at the Overlook. This is a relatively easy hike. Elevation gain is about 600 feet. Dogs not allowed, geocaching is.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of around 1400 feet that covers both sides of Las Trampas Ridge. Route will be via Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop near the bathtubs on the Sulphur Springs trail about halfway. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Stanford Ave
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Full Moon Hike! This is a strenuous 6-mile out-and-back hike with about a 2000-foot elevation gain to Mission Peak. Come prepared with plenty of water and a snack. We'll rest and snack at the Peak for a bit to enjoy the sunset, moonrise and scenery. Bring a flashlight. It can be hot at the start but cold and windy at the Peak, so layer up. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early because the parking lot will likely be full. Street parking is available about a block down from the lot.

NOTE: Yes, Trail Gail and East Bay Parks are at it again. All sun on a moderate 9 mile hike (not 7). Bring water and snacks. We'll probably rest mid way. Allow 4 to 5 hours.

Las Trampas: Eagle Peak at Las Trampas
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: A 5+-mile hike with about a 1600-foot elevation gain to Eagle Peak in Las Trampas Park. An out-and-back hike with a short rest/snack stop at the peak. No services at the Ringtail Cat staging area so bring plenty of water. Temperature is predicted to be in the 70's so the hike should not be too difficult. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

: Mt. Wanda
Monday, July 11, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Interested in hiking after a hard days work? Please join me Monday evening Julyb 11, 2011, hiking Mt Wanda in Martinez for approximately 1 hour. Start with an incline to get your heart pumping, then loop around and back down.

NOTE: This hike is all shade if we just hike to the gate. It's a single track trail. Going the extra 1/2 mile to Bear Creek staging makes it an 8 mile hike. We will probably have more than one hike leader, so we can do both. It's a moderate hike. Small ups and downs. No water in this park. Porta potty at the staging areas.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Elderberry Loop
Thursday, July 07, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5-mile loop hike with an approx 1000-foot elevation gain. Hiking will start up the Elderberry Trail to the Rocky Ridge Trail. Then north on Rocky Ridge to the Comm tower. And down the paved Comm tower road to return to the parking lot. We will take a short rest/snack stop about halfway. Water and toilets at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Ohlone Trail
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Big bang for the effort; enough challenge to get a work out but basically an easy to moderate hike with a big payoff in views of Clayton, Walnut Creek and Concord with wild turkeys, rabbits, deer, and plenty of birds. Nice shady trail for the most part so doable on a hot summer evening as long as you bring water. About 1-1.5 hours from start to finish.

Castle Rock Park: Castle Rock short loop
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: One moderate hill in the beginning; easy fire trail after that. In and out in one hour at an easy pace. Dog friendly, okay off leash inside gate that begins the trail.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Ohlone Trail
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: My favorite loop starts by veering left from the main fire trail, going around the back of the hill where shady foot paths make their way up. Continuing to the left to switchbacks that take you to a ridge overlooking Clayton. At the top, you will be treated to a nice view of Walnut Creek. Take the footpath (as opposed to the fire trail) to get back down the hill, passing through pretty meadows where I have often encountered deer. The trail then joins the fire trail completeing the loop that leads back to the parking lot. A group of 5 hikers completed in 1 hr 15 minutes on a very hot day.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Mt Rose from Sunol
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is very difficult and it is all sun. You need sun protection. Hiking poles a plus. We need to stay together and watch out for one another. We stay on the fireroad all the way to Mt Rose. Bring your camera. I want a memento of this hike. This is not the 2 day backpack hike to Mt Rose that Howard is coordinating.

ALERT - CANCELLED
NOTE: A moderate, 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet of elevation gain. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route from Castle Rock will be Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop Trails and down to Borges Ranch. After a rest/snack stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones  Mt Diablo, Buckeye Ravine, Shell Ridge Loop Trails and Stage Rd to Castle Rock. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS users, Castle Rock address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Ohlone Trail
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 6:00 PM
NOTE: Would love to find a group of enthusiasts to make this a weekly or twice weekly event. Big bang for the effort, beautiful views, easy access for a moderate hike. Quick to complete (1 hour) on a warm summer evening. No dogs are allowed in this section of Lime Ridge.


Redwood Regional Park: Redwood & Reservoir Hike
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 10-mile strenuous hike with Trail Gail from the EBRPD. Plan on being with Gail from 9 to 3:30.

NOTE: A 5+-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch, Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge, Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via Borges Ranch, Costanoan, Ridge Top, Briones  Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch and Foothills Trails to the Livorna trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: A challenging loop hike of 8+ miles and 1700+-foot elevation gain from Macedo Ranch to Rock City. Route will be via Wall Point Rd to Rock City where there will be a rest/snack stop with an opportunity to explore the area before our return via the Summit Trail to Oak Grove Campground and the Green Valley Trail to Macedo Ranch. There are good facilities at Macedo Ranch, Rock City and Oak Grove Campground. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park. Exact change needed for parking.


Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 9:45 AM


ALERT - CANCELLED
NOTE: This is an easy 4 mile hike in Brushy Peak that is ideal for folks just getting into hiking. It can get windy here so bring a jacket. Restroom and water at the parking lot. We hike on the Loop trail, return to the parking lot and then take the Laughlin Ranch Loop. Dog friendly on leash. Picnic tables at the parking lot.

ALERT - CANCELLED
Briones Regional Park: Springhill to Briones Peak
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Barry is leading this hike and we will assist him. He has lead hikes with us previously. It's a moderate+ hike, so don't expect to hike fast. The Park is beautiful, we were there today. Mostly sun. This is a saturday hike.

ALERT - CANCELLED
NOTE: A moderate, 5+-mile hike with about an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Buckeye Ravine, and Briones - Mt Diablo trails to China Wall. A rest/snack stop at China Wall with an opportunity to investigate the Wall. Return via Briones - Mt Diablo and Little Yosemite trails and Stage Rd to Castle Rock. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock Park. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

NOTE: This one of my favorite hikes. It's relatively easy. I can't stay home on Memorial Day. If the weather cooperates, there will be fantastic views. If you are just getting into hiking, this is a great start. You can turn around any time. I plan to snack at the old Nike Missle Base. Ignore the Trail Notes. This is an out and back to the Missle Site

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: More shade than sun and a lot of it is flat. Very doable, Only one hill. We snack and rest midway. Best to stay with the group because there are cross trails that don't go anywhere. This is the site where I ran my 1/2 marathons. Many fond memories. We meet at the Marina Snack Shop. Food and drinks for purchase. Park in the street and save the $5 parking fee. Or carpool and pay it. This is a beautiful park.

Las Trampas: Las Trampas Peak from Hemme Ave
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: UPDATE!

The hike route from Hemme Ave to Las Trampas will most likely change due to the rains that are supposed to hit the East Bay on Wed. At Andrew's recommendation, we are going to stay away from the Corduroy Hill Trail so that changes the hike from a loop hike to a up and back on the same trails. Hike length should still be about 8 miles. We will be taking Ringtail Cat to Madrone all the way to the Peak and return; 1,500' of elevation gain.



NOTE: This is an urban hike that feels like a country creek walk...until we get under Highway 13 and into Joaquin Miller Park where the sights and the climb both ratchet up several notches. The hike follows the Sausal Creek Trail from Dimond Park to the Palos Colorados, Sunset and Big Trees Trails in Joaquin Miller Park, to the West Ridge Trail in Redwood Park, where we finish up at Redwood Peak.

NOTE: This is our spring pot luck hike. Bring finger food to share. It's a fun event. 6 miles and 1,200 ft of elevation. Lots of sun and views.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike to Las Trampas Peak with about 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be the Chamise and Las Trampas Ridge trails to the Peak. A short rest/snack stop to enjoy the view. Return via the Las Trampas Ridge and Bollinger Creek trails to the parking lot. Porta-potty and water at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon
Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is the day my friends, we are going to the Summit! You will never forget it. Allow 1/2 hour at the Summit for pictures, etc. It's an all day event. Hike will probably take 7 hours. Cold drinks at the finish. Please tell a hike leader if you are having difficulty. We will help you. If you made it to Juniper, you will make the Summit. Parking fee is now $6.

NOTE: An almost 5-mile loop hike with about a 700-foot elevation gain. Hike from the parking lot via the West Side Loop and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to the high point near Brushy Peak. After a short rest/snack stop, continue on the Brushy Peak Loop Trail to the parking lot. Water and restroom at the parking lot. Dogs on-leash OK.

Los Vaqueros Watershed: Los Vaqueros Marina
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: No longer exploratory. An out and back to the Round Valley gate. An easy hike and all sun. Next year this trail will be under water as the dam height is being raised. We will examine native American homesites. Services at the Marina. We are hiking at the base of Morgan Territory. Last week we looked down at this place.

NOTE: meet at the trail head entrance on Frederickson lane in ANTIOCH. THIS HIKE IS PRETTY MUCH AS DETAILED IN THE TRAIL NOTES BELOW: DOGS are allowed in this park off leash

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, May 05, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1000 feet. Route will be via the Costanoan Trail to Ginder Gap, then Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at Borges Ranch where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Return will be via Borges Ranch, Hanna Lane, Costanoan, and Sulfur Creek Trails to Snyder Lane. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails

NOTE: This is the second leg of our trilogy. It is not easy but you can do it. You will be less than 2 miles from the Summit. This leg is all fire road. We will rest at Deer Flat. Water and flush toilets at Juniper. Wear sunscreen and bring food and water. We will rest at Juniper. Bring your camera. The views are amazing. This hike is about 11+ miles total and 2,400 ft of elevation gain. About 6 hours for the hike. Parking fee is now $6.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Miwok Trail
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: this is an easy out and back hike of 6 miles with a little elevation change in the beginning we will be stopping for a snack break at the turn around point (gate)

Fernandez Ranch: Main Staging Area
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE AN EBMUD PERMIT, PLEASE BRING IT as there is a neat canyon filled with poppies and then a short climb to a vista point looking out over the Bay to Mt. Tam and Marin County that we can also explore. Moderate but uneven terrain makes hiking sticks strongly recommended.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 6-mile loop hike with about 1000-foot elevation gain. Route is Coyote, Stone Corral, Volvon Loop, Blue Oak, and Volvon trails. Mostly sun with water and restroom at the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the midpoint. Dogs are allowed and off-leash is OK on trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html

NOTE: disregard trails notes below....its still springtime in the park come enjoy the hills while they are still green this will be the last hike will be able to share with our lady friend from CANADA. this will be an easy moderate clockwise loop hike of 6 miles and perhaps 8-900ft gains... no fees for park entrance during the week. Andrew adds: Welcome back our Saskatchewan friend. She is only here for this week.

NOTE: This is the first of a series of 3 hikes that will eventually take us to the Diablo Summit. It is intended for those who have wanted to try but were unsure if they could do it. Let me show you that you can. 2 weeks later we will hike to Juniper Camp. That's less than 2 miles from the Summit. 2 weeks later, we will hike to the Summit. Last year we had about 25 hikers accomplish this. It's not easy, but is doable. You don't know what you can accomplish if you don't try. Trail Notes are accurate.

NOTE: A moderate, 5- to 6-mle loop hike with less than 1000-foot elevation gain. Route will be Finley Rd, Highland Ridge Trail, Crestview Rd, Sulphur Spring Trail and Finley Rd to return to the trailhead. A short rest/snack stop will be taken at about the halfway point. No services available on the hike. We pass through Mt Diablo State Park, so it is not dog friendly. However, we have never seen a Ranger here.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Twin Ponds Loop
Sunday, April 10, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: There will be two hikes from the same staging area; one short and one longer. I will lead a 4 mile loop and Howard will lead a 6+ mile loop. Take your pick. The 4 miler is a good fit for beginner hikers. Howard's is better for our regulars. Both are very doable. Services for both hikes at the mid point. It is dog friendly. You need to park at the very end of Rockspring. It is street parking.

NOTE: we did this new hike recently as a loop and it was over 12 miles with 2100ft elevation gain this will be and out and back hike . Figure on about 10 miles and 17-1800 ft gain

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, April 07, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5 1/2-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike in Walnut Creek's Lime Ridge Open Space. Route is from Arbolado Park via Ohlone, Blue Oak and Buckeye Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via Lime Ridge, Paraiso and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park, meet at restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

NOTE: A hike in the clockwise direction to view the Mt Diablo Water Falls. Route will be via the Donner Canyon, Bruce Lee, Wasserman, Cardinet Oaks, and Falls trails to the Falls where we will take a short rest/snack/photo break. Return via the Falls, Middle, and Donner Canyon trails to the trailhead. Almost 6-miles with about a 1500-foot elevation gain. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.

NOTE: 8 miles of paved out and back starting at the entrance near inspiration point

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: It should be sunny and get to the low 70's. The trail is all sun. Water, picnic tables and restrooms at the parking lot. We will do this loop in a counter clockwise direction. Dog friendly, on leash. There is a small park about a mile before the finish where we can snack. Park has restrooms and picnic tables. Kid friendly, over 8 years old.

NOTE: This is an 8-mile moderate plus, out-and-back hike with approx 1500-foot elevation gain. We will take a short rest/snack stop at the Peak. No services at the trailhead. Hiking poles would be helpful. Expect some mud on the trails. Dog friendly. HEAVY RAIN CANCELS.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Upper Maguire Peaks Trail
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Trail Gail from East Bay Parks is leading this strenuous and stunning hike to Maguire Peak. Awesome views. We will take the Flag Hill trail to the Upper Maguire Peaks trail and return the same way. Bring fluids, snacks and hiking poles.


ALERT - CANCELLED
NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet of elevation gain amd a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route will be via Castle Rock, Shell Ridge Loop, Buckeye Ravine, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch Trails. Return via north Borges Ranch to Castle Rock Trails. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. For GPS users Castle Rock address is 1700 Castle Rock Rd.

NOTE: See Thurday'a hike description as this will be essentially the same only in the clockwise direction. Almost 6-miles with about 1400-foot elevation gain. We will stop near the Falls for a short rest/snack/photo break. Daylight Saving time begins on Sunday. No facilities at Regency Gate and no dogs allowed in the park.

NOTE: a moderate 10 plus mile exploratory hike (for this leader) starting from CLAYTON PARK & RIDE on CLAYTON RD.... taking a lunch break and turn around in BLACK DIAMOND picnic area @ the south end of Somerville road.

NOTE: This hike will be in a counter clockwise direction from Donner Canyon trail. It is steep, narrow and treacherous. It is also spectacular. Bring hiking poles and wear good shoes. Not for beginners. Experienced hikers only. We rest midway and enjoy the views of the several Falls. After last weeks rains they should be flowing strongly.

NOTE: This is a strenuous hike with lots of ups and downs. Total elevation gain is 1,600 ft. It is not for beginners. It is a saturday hike and is being led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. Bring lots of food and fluids. Allow 5 to 6 hours for this hike. Watch the weather forecast. For more info call 510-544-2233.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Our typical 5+ mile hike with 800 ft of elevation. We have a friend visiting us again from Saskatchewan, Canada. She has been here before. Please welcome her. It will be cold but sunny. No services at the start. I can't imagine me living where she does, but hey, Canadians are a tough bunch.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Foothill Staging Area
Sunday, February 27, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike with about 800 ft of elevation. We will hike the lower Thermalito and lower Ridgeline trails. It's a portion of the Park you probably haven't been to. Mostly sun. Dogs welcome on leash. Not even a moderate hike. Just a chance to stretch our legs after the recent rains. The Event Notes describe this hike. Ignore the Trail Notes.

NOTE: Plan on arriving at Castle Rock Park at least 15 minutes early to allow for the walk from the Orchard Staging area if parking is not available at the end of Castle Rock Rd. The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd (Pine Creek) to Dusty Rd, then over the hill to Macedo Ranch where we will have a short rest/snack stop. Return will be up the hill from Macedo Ranch to the Little Yosemite Trail and then down to Stage Rd to Castle Rock Park. Distance is about 7 miles with 900-foot elevation gain. Water and restrooms at Castle Rock and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Laughlin Rd Staging Area
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A hike through native American territory. Rolling hills and great views. We will snack at the top and listen to the spirits. All sun and grassland. There is a native American site up here that I have not found yet. Dogs welcome on leash.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Ignore the Trail Notes. The hike will be described by the Event Notes. We start from Skyline Gate and take the Stream trail to the Canyon Meadow staging area. Many picnic tables where we will snack and rest. 6 miles total with minimal elevation gain. We hike through beautiful redwoods. Almost all shade. Restrooms at both staging areas. If you are confused by this please contact me.

Las Trampas: Bollinger Creek Loop
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This SATURDAY hike starts going south from the parking lot to Corral Camp. We then head north and start the Loop trail near the parking lot. This part of the trail is single track. Then it's grasslands the rest of the way. Cold sodas await you back at the parking lot.

Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: An exploratory loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles and 1000 feet elevation gain in Briones Park. The route will be via Old Briones Rd, Black Oak, Mott Peak, Abrigo Valley, and Briones Crest Trails to the staging area. There will be a short rest/snack stop about halfway at Wee-Ta-Chi. Water and restrooms at the staging area and Wee-Ta-Chi. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on our trails.

Los Vaqueros Watershed: Los Vaqueros Marina
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The trails are dry and the sun strong. Let's enjoy. Not exploratory any more. We will hike a short distance further into Round Valley. Here we will point out the beautiful Hardy Canyon, which is where thursday's hike is. Relatively easy, about 8 miles. All sun so wear sunscreen. Happy to say that once again. Snack at the Marina upon our return and also at Round Valley. Parking is $6.

EBRPD: Decadent Hike - Donut Time to Cold Stone Creamery
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: We will start at Donut Time in Concord, highest rated in the area according to Yelp. From there our destination is ColdStone in Pleasant Hill. We will follow the Iron Horse and Contra Costa Canal Trails mostly, however, do expect to walk along some busy streets to get to/from the trails too. Total distance will be approximately 9 miles round trip or 2 -4 hours timewise, depending on our pace and how long we stop.

RAIN CANCELS.


Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike of approximately 5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. The hike starts on the Hardy Canyon Trail and ascends to the high point where we will take a short rest/snack stop and enjoy the view before descending to the Miwok Trail for the 1.6-mile return to the staging area. Water and restrooms are available at the staging area. Dogs are not allowed in Round Valley. For GPS/map users the address of the staging area is: 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.

Del Valle Regional Park: Del Valle
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The purpose of this hike is to see the nesting bald eagles on the opposite shore of the Lake just past the 3 mile mark. The trail is mostly sun. We climb a 500 foot hill right at the start so we will climb slowly. The views from the top are magnificent. We eventually drop down to lake level. My intention is to make this a 6 to 8 mile hike. Elevation gain is about 1,000 ft. It is dog friendly. One picnic table and Porta Potty at the parking lot. The parking machine hasn't worked in years. Bring singles just in case.

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a good workout hike. Ups and downs a plenty. While the Rim trail is 5 miles, it is 0.75 miles from Via Granada so the total mileage is 6.5.About moderate plus. Mostly sun but some shade. We hike up to the Rim from Via Granada and then turn left going clockwise around the Reservoir. Restrooms at the Dam where we will take a brief rest before returning to Via Granada. Please don't wait for us a the main gate.

Briones Regional Park: Bear Creek Staging Area
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: An exploratory loop hike of about 5 miles and 800 to 1000 feet elevation gain in Briones Park. The route will be via Old Briones Rd Trail, Briones Crest Trail, Abrigo Valley Trail and Old Briones Rd Trail to the staging area. There will be a short rest/snack stop about halfway through the hike. Water and restrooms at the staging area. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on our trails.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate loop hike through the grasslands and forests on Pleasanton Ridge. Dogs are welcome on leash. The elevation gain is not the severe kind. We just gradually keep climbing. And then at the high point, it's all downhill. Not for beginner hikers. We will pause at marker 20 to rest and snack. It's right after a gate. When we get to ridge top we hike the Thermalito trail to marker 20. Then we return via the Ridgeline trail. Hike is rain or shine.

NOTE: An exploratory hike in the recently opened Dublin Hills Regional Open Space. About 5-miles out-and-back with an estimated 800-foot elevation gain. Restroom and water at the trailhead. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails.

Sycamore Grove Park: Sycamore Grove
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is an EASY hike intended for folks who want to get into hiking but don't know their capabilities. It will not be a fast paced hike. Instead, enjoy the company of those around you and the beautiful Park. You don't need hiking poles or shoes for this hike. Running or walking shoes are fine. It is a SATURDAY hike. I forgot to include directions from 580W. Exit south at North Livermore Ave. and go straight about 1.5 miles to First St. Right 3 blocks to South L St on your left. Continue straight to the Park.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Dr/Indian Valley School
Thursday, January 06, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with an 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo Trail to the trailhead. Route is subject to change depending on trail conditions. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs allowed, off-leash OK on the trails.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Pleasanton Ridge can be diced up so many ways, but meeting in the large staging area and hiking along 'til you just cannot hike anymore has always been my way.

UPDATE! Due to rain and high winds, this hike is CANCELLED.


ALERT - CANCELLED
NOTE: This is a saturday hike. Once again it is time for my birthday hike. I usually have bad weather. Trail is paved so it is rain or shine but not lightning. Call me at 925-484-4205 by 9:00 if you are uncertain. The views from the old Nike missle base are outstanding. We will rest and snack here. Dogs OK on leash. If you load Inspiration Point into your GPS you may be able to get personal directions. It's on Wildcat Canyon Road.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5+-mile loop hike with an estimated elevation gain of 1000 feet. Route will be via Sulfur Creek, Hanna Lane Trails, past Bob Pond and over the hill to Castle Rock Park. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at both Bob Pond and Castle Rock Park. We will take a short rest/snack stop at Castle Rock then return via Stage Road, Shell Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, Ridge Top and Sulfur Creek Trails to Synder Lane. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails

EBMUD: Briones Reservoir Loop - Oursan Trail
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another rain or shine hike. It is strenuous because of the distance. Sierra Club rates it a 3B. 13.1 miles and 1,000+ ft of elevation. We do not leave anyone behind, this is not a race. We will pause to regroup and snack as often as needed. We will identify the 7 mile mark. After this you need to complete the loop. You can turn back anytime you want before this. Hike will take up to 5 hours. Porta Potty at the start and at the 10 mile mark. Only experienced hikers should attend. If you can do a Diablo Summit, this is easier. Bring your EBMUD permit if you have one. If you can't get one, show up anyway.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5 1/2-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike in Walnut Creek's Lime Ridge Open Space. Route is from Arbolado Park via Ohlone, Blue Oak and Buckeye Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via Lime Ridge, Paraiso and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park, meet at restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, December 05, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Let's try this again. It is a rain or shine hike but not lightning. Call me at 925-484-4205 by 9:15 if you are uncertain. Hike is a loop on a ridgetop and it is all sun. It is dog friendly. We will take a rest break about a mile from the finish.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, December 02, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate,5+ mile with 900-foot elavation gain loop hike to Castle Rock Park. Route will be via Sugar Loaf - Shell Ridge Loop, Briones to Mt Diablo, Shell Loop, and Castle Rock Trails to Castle Rock Park. A short rest/snack stop and then return via Stage Rd, Shell Ridge Loop, Briones to Mt Diablo, Borges Ranch, and north Twin Ponds Loop Trails to the trailhead. Route subject to change based on weather and/or trail conditions. No facilities at trailhead but full facilities at Castle Rock. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails. NOTE: Trailhead is at very end of Rockspring Pl.

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park: Wildcat Canyon Staging Area
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 'work off that turkey' hike led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. It is a saturday hike. She will explain the many interesting features we will see on the trail. It is a moderate hike and should take us 4 hours. I have not been to this section of the Park, so it is a new experience for me.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, November 21, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a 6+ mile loop hike through rolling grassland hills. Nice views of the Tassajarra Valley. This is the only trail in the park. We do pass a little pocket park that has restrooms, picnic tables, slides & swings. We will rest here for a bit. Dogs are welcome on leash. This area is also called Hidden Valley Open Space. We will hike in a light rain, but a heavy rain cancels. Call me in the AM to check. I am up before 6:00. I don't have an address for you but it is on Windemere Pkwy.

ALERT - CANCELLED
Carquinez Straits: Bull Valley
Thursday, November 18, 2010 @ 9:45 AM
NOTE: I have only been to this park once so, this is an exploratory hike of APPX. 4+ miles with an elevation gain of under 900 ft total. This is a very scenic hike with views from the CARQUINEZ BRIDGE to the BENICIA BRIDGE and MNT DIABLO, be sure to bring camera. will do a combined out and back and loop hike. There are primitive facilities at the staging area. Best facilities are at ECKLY PIER where we will have a sort rest break. You will be able to see an unknown volcano (just ask me to show it). We will take a lunch break at the east end of the park with views of BENICIA and portions of PORT COSTA. DOGS are allowed off leash.

NOTE: Well you asked for it so here it is!!! To the Summit we go! We'll be starting at the Castle Rock parking lot and heading up to the summit of Mt Diablo, via BBQ Terrace trail. This will be 12-14 miles with an elevation gain of 3300'. Im not sure where the water is along the route, so bring adequate fluids for a cold weather hike. (Ill bring an extra gallon or so just in case.) We'll have lunch somewhere along the route, so bring food and snacks. Plan on this trip taking about 7-8 hours.

NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet of elevation gain with a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route will be via Castle Rock, south Shell Ridge Loop, and top of Shell Ridge trails down to Borges Ranch. Return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Shell Ridge Loop and Castle Rock trails. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: Please set your clocks back saturday PM. Daylight savings is over. This is a strenuous hike because of the elevation gain, 2,000+ feet. We will climb to the Comm tower not once but twice. The second time is tough because we will be getting tired. We will pause before that to rest and snack. This is a loop hike. Mostly sun. If you have an EBMUD hiking permit, please bring it (not required). I have modified the hike so that it is almost 7 miles. Hiking poles helpful. Ignore the Trail Notes.

NOTE: A 5+-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Alamo, Hanging Valley, Twin Ponds, and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds, and Foothills Trails to the Livorna trailhead. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a Halloween hike. Come in costume if you can. I am. I will be your worst nightmare. We can snack afterwards. Services at Macedo and covered picnic tables. Dogs not allowed. Please bring cameras. Parking fee is now $6. Bring exact change.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a saturday hike. It is led by Trail Gail from East Bay Parks. 10+ miles, 2,200 ft of elevation, and about 5 hours. It would be rated 3B by the Sierra Club. Challenging. $6 parking fee and $2 Ohlone permit required. Gail will pause to allow the hikers to regroup. Use it to drink or snack. Heavy rain would cancel this hike, but not light rain.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Wiget Lane Entrance
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Route will be via Lower Buck, Deer Lake, Corral Spring, Costanoan, Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop we will return via the Borges Ranch, Costanoan, Corral Spring, Upper Buck, and Lower Buck trails to Wiget Lane. About a 5-mile hike with approximately 850 feet of elevation gain. Full facilities at Borges Ranch, none at the trailhead. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

NOTE: We will be hiking in a clockwise direction. Watch the weather, we are entering the rainy season. All sun (hopefully). Hiking poles are helpful. We will pause midway to snack and take in the views.

Briones Regional Park: 3 Trail Loop
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will be celebrating Bobbi's birthday with this hike and you are invited to join us for a potluck at Bobbi's home in Pleasant Hill following the hike.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a special hike for me. After a long absence, one of our favorite hikers is returning. Please welcome her back. This hike is all sun and will probably be breezy. It is relatively easy.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas Peak
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: This is a saturday hike. Trail Gail from East Bay Regional Parks is leading this hike. She is very good but she pauses often to allow everyone to regroup. If that's not your style, this hike isn't for you. You will learn so much about this land we walk on. This partnership is very beneficial to both our groups. We both are expanding our coverage. Think marketing. Please come and enjoy. We are so much faster than these folks. Please don't let it be an impediment. This is a frequent hike you have probably done before.I don't know the exact route she is taking, but it should be similiar to this. The hike is scheduled for 4 hours. Dogs are welcome.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, October 14, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 4 1/2 to 5 mile loop hike, part sun and part shade. Route will be via the south Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via the Borges Ranch and north Twin Ponds Loop trails. No facilities at the trailhead, but full facilities at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails. Note that the trailhead is at the very end of Rockspring Place.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 1/2-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 1400 feet that covers both sides of Las Tampas Ridge. Route will be via Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop on the Ridge about halfway. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock loop
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We'll be taking a trip up and around the sandstone spires of Castle Rock Park and also explore some of the caves in the area. We will have a couple of spots to turnaround, as the scrambling down the mountain could be a bit tough for some. Trail is dog friendly.

NOTE: We will meet at the end of Castle Rock Rd. We take the Castle Rock trail to Stage Rd to the Dusty trail. Ascend Dusty to Briones Mt Diablo. Right a short distance to Little Yosemite on our right. We descend to Stage Rd and will pause there to rest and snack. Then back to the start. Lots of shade but about 25% sun. Water and restrooms near the start. Hike is about 7 miles and elevation about 600 ft. A relatively easy hike. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, September 30, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike of about 5 1/2 miles to Borges Ranch and return. Route will be via the West Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek, Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap Loop, Costanoan, and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and East Fossil Hill Loop Trails to the traihead. Only water at the trailhead, but good facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Green Valley/Rock City Loop
Sunday, September 26, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate+ loop hike of about 8 miles and a 1300-foot elevation gain from Macedo Ranch to Rock City. There will be a rest/snack stop at Rock City with an opportunity to explore the area before our return. There are good facilities at Macedo Ranch, Oak Grove Campground and Rock City. Dogs are not allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

NOTE: Meet at the start of the Nimitz Way trail, west side of parking lot. Arrive early to find suitable parking. Parking lot fills up quickly. This hike is dog and baby stroller friendly.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch with 800-foot elevation gain. Route will be Corral Spring and Costanoan trails to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Ridge Top, Ginder Gap and Indian Creek trails to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: It's time for a Pot Luck hike at Peggi's home in Clayton. Bring finger food/snacks to share. This is a fun event and a chance to socialize with your fellow hikers. Peggi will pass out directions to her home at the Regency staging area. We can caravan there. The hike up Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt is moderate in elevation and mostly sun. The return via Back Creek is mostly shade and a single track trail.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Main Staging Area
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a loop hike of approximately 5-6 miles with an estimated elevation gain of 1000 feet. The hike starts on the Miwok Trail for about 1.6 miles then turns left on the Hardy Canyon trail to return to the staging area. Water and restrooms at the staging area. Due to the sensitive nature of the wildlife habitat at Round Valley, dogs are not allowed in the park.

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a strenuous hike. All ups and downs. While the Rim trail is 5 miles, it is 0.75 miles from Via Granada so the total mileage is 6.5. I rate it moderate plus. Mostly sun but some shade. We hike up to the Rim from Via Granada and then turn left going clockwise around the Reservoir. We will rest at the top of killer hill. It's not the last hill. Restrooms at the Dam where we will take a brief rest before returning to Via Granada.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 6-mile loop hike with about 1000 feet elevation gain. Route is Coyote, Stone Corral, Volvon Loop, Blue Oak, and Volvon trails. Mostly sun with water and restroom at the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the midpoint. Dogs are allowed and off-leash is OK on trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Almost a 6-mile loop hike with about 1000 feet elevation gain. Route is Coyote, Stone Corral, Volvon Loop, Blue Oak, and Volvon trails. Mostly sun with water and restroom at the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the midpoint. Dogs are allowed and off-leash is OK on trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This hike will be described by the Event Notes. Ignore the Trail Notes route. We start from Skyline Gate staging area and take the Stream trail to the Canyon Meadow staging area. We rest and snack here at one of the picnic tables. We return to Skyline via the Stream trail. The entire hike is through the magnificent Redwoods. Water and restrooms along the trail and at both staging areas. The hike is 6 miles total with minimal elevation gain. The trail is dog friendly but they must be leashed. The hike is almost all shade.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Foothill Staging Area
Saturday, September 04, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is being led by East Bay Regional Parks. The leader has asked me to keep my hikers in the group because she is legally responsible for us. Please comply. She is a friend and I would like to continue it. If you don't think you can do this, please don't come. My credibility is on the line here. Hike should be about 5 miles. Easy for this group.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike about 5 miles through mostly-shaded 2nd growth redwoods. The route will be via the Ridge, Eucalyptus, Stream, Tres Sendas, French, Flower, and Madrone trails to Redwood Bowl for a short rest/snack stop. Return will be along the West Ridge trail to the Skyline Staging Area. Water and restrooms at both Skyline and Redwood Bowl. Dogs allowed, off-leash OK on most trails. Parking at Skyline should not be a problem on a weekday morning.

NOTE: This is a historic Native American site. Not a difficult hike. When we rest at the top to snack, I will go to the next door peak to look for the site I know is there. You are welcome to join me. It's all sun.

NOTE: We are hiking to the Tao house and it is now more friendly to the public. You just show up and explore the house. 6 miles and not difficult. Poison oak along the single track Ringtail. We will not do a loop because nobody liked hiking streets. It's an out and back. No services at the start. The directions should have told you where to exit 680. It's at El Cerro. My infamous blunder that I heard about for months.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is an 8 mile hike on the Ridge. For those who would prefer 5 miles, there is a turnaround at marker 15. I will show you the direction. This is a moderate hike, ups and downs but nothing steep. About 1,500 feet of elavation gain. We will pause midway after passing through a gate. There is water and shade. A great place to snack. Probably just me leading so please stay close by. It is dog friendly, but watch out for the stock ponds.

NOTE: starting from the Briones overlook staging area we will be doing a counter clock loop around the reservoir. This is a 13 mile hike for conditioned hikers,,, please know your abilities. Mostly sun with shade on the last 4-5 miles. STAY ON THE FIRE ROAD with the reservoir on your right(dont take any trails towards or down to the water) Bring plenty of fluids, sunscreen etc..Permits required

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, August 19, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 6 mile hike with moderate elevation gain. Nothing steep.You are in the back country on this hike. It is a loop and there is lots of sun. No services. Please be prepared. Only me leading so please stay close by. We do enter Mt Diablo, so it is not dog friendly. I have never seen a Ranger here. We park by the side of the road. You will see my red Civic Hatchback.

Del Valle Regional Park: Del Valle
Sunday, August 15, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will be a total of 6 miles. At the 3 mile mark we can snack and try to spot the eagle's nest on the opposite shore. Almost all sun. We start by climbing a big hill. Gentle ups and downs the rest of the way. A porta potty and picnic table at the parking lot. The parking ticket dispenser hasn't worked in 2 years but bring some singles just in case.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will be about 6 miles with a 1000 foot elevation gain. We'll be heading up and around Castle Rock peak, with an adventure option!!! At the top some of us will continue along the marked trail, and some will head down to explore the caves along the sandstone cliffs. The option is VERY SAFE and no climbing skill is required. However, I dont recommend hiking sticks as the trail gets very steep and some scrambling is required. Pack light and bring a snack!

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, August 08, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will go to Bear Creek staging area. It is so similiar to Chabot, only shorter (7 miles). Almost all of it in the shade through the forest. It's an out and back hike. Potties at both staging areas but no water. No dogs on this trail. I will bring more cold drinks to share. If you have an EBMUD hiking permit, please bring it. Otherwise just show up. Permit holders are allowed guests.

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch, Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge, Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via Borges Ranch and Foothills Trails to the Livorna trailhead. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is 9 mile loop around the Lake. Most of it is at lake level, but there is a 2 mile section where we go into the hills. Much more shade than sun. We meet and start at the Marina and take the East Shore trail about 2 miles that takes us to a trail junction on our left(Honker Bay). Down a little ravine and across a wooden bridge to the Columbine trail on the left. Keep the Lake on your left and you are going in the correct direction. We eventually come to Bass Cove trail, cross the dam, and return via the West Shore trail to the Marina. Snacks, cold drinks and restrooms there. Parking in the lot is now $5 or $6. You can park in the street for free, but obey the signs.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: A moderate 5-mile, 800-foot elevation gain hike with a midway rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Route will be via the Costanoan, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones to Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. Return by the Costanoan and Sulfer Creek trails to Synder Lane. Water, restroom, picnic tables and ranch animals at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Stanford Ave
Saturday, July 24, 2010 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Full Moon Hike! This is a short but tough 3 mile out and 3 mile back hike. Approximately 2000 ft elevation gain in those short 3 miles! Come prepared with plenty of water and a snack. We'll rest and snack at the peak for a bit to enjoy the sunset and scenery. Bring a flashlight! It can be cold and windy at the peak, so layer up.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, July 22, 2010 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: About a 5+-mile loop hike with estimated elevation gain of 850 feet in one of Walnut Creek's Open Spaces. Route is from Arbolado Park via the Ohlone, Paraiso and Lime Ridge Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via the Buckeye, Blue Oak and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park, meet at restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

NOTE: This is an out and back from the Overlook staging area to the San Pablo Dam trail. We will hike to the boat launching site. Picnic tables and pottys. Lots of shade. We descend a 500 ft hill at the start but have to climb it on our return. A good hike for hot weather. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits if you have one. Distance is 5+ miles and elevation is 500 ft.

NOTE: A moderate 5-mile loop hike with approx 800 feet elevation gain. A midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. Full facilities at both Castle Rock and Borges Ranch. Route will be Castle Rock, south Shell Ridge Loop, Briones Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. Return via Shell Ridge Loop and Castle Rock trails. Dog friendly.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: Today, we will be joined with ANDREW who is leading a group to Deer Flats and return. The rest of us will hike to the summit and back ,,,will be about 15 miles so figure on 6+ hours. It is mostly steep and strenuous after the first couple of miles in Mitchell canyon. This is an out/up and back hike on the same fire road & trial. Potty and water at the staging area. Rest Stops at deer flats(no water, no potty). Juniper campground (water, potty) and the summit (water, potty). Dogs are not allowed anywhere in Mnt Diablo State park. know your physical abilities Bring sun screen, $6 for parking and plenty of fluids ------------------------------------------- We will meet in the parking lot. Starts out easy, but soon changes to difficult. Shade early but then all sun. Bring your cameras for a group photo at the summit. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging Area. --------------------------------------------

NOTE: This hike is in tandem with Mars' Summit hike at the same time. We will go to Deer Flat, snack, rest and then return. His group will continue on to the Summit. Now you have options. Count on 3+ hours for this hike. Mars' hike will be closer to 7 hours. Be prepared for hot weather. No dogs allowed. Parking fee is now $6.

NOTE: Hike via the Corral Spring, Deer Lake, Upper Buck Loop and Costonoan trails to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop at the ranch which is equipped with water, restroom and covered picnic tables. Optional return route dependent upon weather and desires of hikers. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

NOTE: Another of my favorite hikes. We hike the paved trail all the way to the missle base. We will hik all the way on the Nimitz Trail. You can turn back at any time and be safe. Very popular. Also a great stroller hike. Spectacular views. Porta potty but no water on the trail. Lots of sun.

NOTE: This is a saturday hike. It is also a pot luck hike. Bring some finger food to share after the hike. 6.1 miles and 1,200+ ft of elevation gain. Lots of shade in the beginning, but also lots of sun on the return from Wall Point Ridge. Sheltered picnic tables, water and flush toilets at Macedo. It is one of my top 5 hikes, and Howard discovered it. No dogs but horses OK. Figure that one out. The parking fee is now $6. Bring exact amount for the iron ranger.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike to Las Trampas Peak. About 5 miles with 900 feet elvation gain. Route will be the Chamise and Las Trampas Ridge trails to the Peak. A short rest/snack stop to enjoy the view, and return via the Las Trampas Ridge and Bollinger Creek trails to the parking lot. Porta-potty and water at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approx 6+ mile loop hike with 850 feet elevation gain as described in the Trail Notes. There will be a short rest/snack stop at Hidden Valley Park (about halfway). Water and restrooms are available at the staging area and Hidden Valley Park. All in the sun. Dogs are allowed.

NOTE: SCHEDULE CHANGE!!!

This will be an in and back hike. We will pretty much stick to the main Castle Rock / Stage Coach Road Trail. Plan is to hike for about 2 hours (1 hour in and 1 hour back), so mileage may vary depending on your pace, but anticipate 4-6 miles roundtrip. Dogs NOT permitted on this hike as we will be venturing into the Mount Diablo State Park side as well.


NOTE: Please note the 8:45 start. This is the same starting point as John's hike. We follow Pine Creek to the Dusty trail, turning right. We take Dusty to the Wall Point trail turning left. At the Briones Mt Diablo trail we turn right a short distance to the Little Yosemite trail, turning right down a beautiful ravine to Pine Creek. There are 2 picnic tables here that we can use for snacking. We follow Pine Creek back to the Castle Rock picnic grounds where there are flush toilets and water. More shade than sun but dress appropriately. Hike is about 6 miles and 700 ft of elevation gain.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5-mile, 800 foot elevation gain loop hike with a rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. The route will avoid the recently burned over area, if possible, but will give us a chance to survey the damage to one of our favorite parks. Water, restroom and covered picnic tsables at Borges. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Elderberry Loop
Sunday, June 13, 2010 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: Hiking will start up the Elderberry Trail to the Rocky Ridge Trail. Then north on Rocky Ridge to the Comm tower. And down the paved Comm tower road to return to the parking lot. About 5-miles with approx 1000 feet elevation gain. Water and toilets at parking lot. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

NOTE: About a 5-mile hike with 900 feet elevation gain on a different counter-clockwise route. Hike from the parking lot on the Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to a spot near the peak where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Then continue on Brushy Peak Loop and West Side Trails for return. Restroom and water available at the staging area. Dogs OK, but must be on-leash. Mostly sun but some shade near the peak.

NOTE: It is my privilege to offer this bon voyage hike for our friend Diane. She is moving to Indiana to be close to her daughters. Our leader John Bondon will be leading and my buddies will be assisting. John will be hosting a lunch afterwards. Now is your chance to meet him. He is the reason this is all possible. Oh yes, the hike is 6 miles with 1,000 ft of elevation and we all can do it. No services on this hike.

Sycamore Valley Open Space: Sand Hill Trail
Thursday, June 03, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate hike of about 4.5 to 5 miles with approx 850 feet of elevation gain in the northern porion of Danvilles Sycamore Valley Open Space. A figure 8 loop hike that will cover most of the trails in the area. Water and restrooms at the trailhead. Mostly sun but some shade on return. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is one of my 5 favorite hikes. It is the last Lake hike. It is all ups and downs, featuring Killer Hill. 6.5 miles and at least 1,500 ft of elevation gain. Not for begginers. No services at the start but in the park. Dog friendly. Mostly fire road except for the start. Perfect prelude to a barbeque afternoon.

Mt. Diablo State Park: 3 Peaks on Diablo
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: 3 pks of rugged hiking for the sturdy and adventurous. This is not for beginners. The distance isn't a killer at 6 1/2 miles,,, it will be the multiple ups and downs we will be doing. Come join us as we conquer 3 of DIABLOs 4 major peaks. (mostly single track)If u have been a recent regular hiker or completed the recent summit challenge you can do this one.Will meet at the over look just outside Juniper campground. Limited parking so carpool if u can and remember the Day Use entrance fee. No dogs allowed

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch Loop, Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch trails. Then a short rest/snack stop in the shade at Borges Ranch which is equipped with picnic tables, water and restroom. Return will be via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds, Stonegate and Foothills trails. RAIN CANCELS

Los Vaqueros Watershed: Los Vaqueros Marina
Sunday, May 23, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is an easy 7 mile hike along the west shore of the Reservoir. Yes it is another Lake hike. It's all sun so be prepared. The parking fee is $4 for Contra Costa water district customers. All others, it is $6. Honor system.

NOTE: this will be a 7 mile loop hike with excellent views of the delta and east county. APPX 1100 ft total elevation gain makes this a moderate hike. Dogs are allowed little shade but is still cool this week.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: OMG, another Lake hike. We will explore the Upper San Leandro Reservoir from Moraga. This time we will hike clockwise. We will climb the big hill early and then it's downhill the rest of the way. The hike is dog friendly. Porta potty but no water at the staging area. Bring those EBMUD hiking permits. Sign in required if you drove.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, May 13, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. The outbound route will be the Costanoan trail, returning via the Costanoan and Sulfur Creek trails. A dog friendly hike.

NOTE: Yes, it's another Lake hike. Expect more. Mostly shade, but one mile in the sun. Mild ups and downs through the forest. One of my favorites that I am borrowing from a friend. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit or get one online. Only $10 for a year. I think it is EBMUD.org Phone is 510-287-0459. I know it is Mother's day. So bring her to this hike.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, May 06, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of 1000 (est) feet. Route will be via Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop on the Ridge about halfway. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot.

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a nice hike around Chabot. The leader will be Gail from EBRP. She is cool.

Briones Regional Park: Lafayette Ridge Trail
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: You park at the staging area on the west side of Pleasant Hill Road, just south of Springhill Elementary School. This starts as a steady climb of about one half hour, which levels out to gently rolling hills at the top. I have never led it so don't know how far we will get, but I plan to hike at least 2 hours. Dogs may run off leash in undeveloped areas. Cattle may be present.

ALERT - CANCELLED
Mt. Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon
Sunday, April 25, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is the Event. Everyone that made it to Juniper can make the Summit. The conditions last sunday were not good. I am so looking forward to seeing you all on the Summit. 15 miles total and 3,300 feet of elevation. It is a difficult hike. Restrooms and water at Juniper and the Summit. At least 6 hours. You will remember this day.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with 750 feet elevation gain. Route will be Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo Trail to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs allowed off-leash on the trails. There may be some mud on parts of the trails, but should not be too bad.

Del Valle Regional Park: Del Valle
Sunday, April 18, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We start by hiking up a 500 foot hill and then we hike along the rim the rest of the way. Small ups and downs on a fire road. I plan on 8 miles total and we can split into shorter groups. The views are awesome. Bring your camera. We will snack at the turnaround pt. This is where I run. Porta potty, water and a picnic table at the parking lot. The parking machine hasn't worked in 2 years. We are doing what the Event Notes say. Dogs OK.

NOTE: A good post-rain hike when the other trails are wet. Dogs OK and may be off-leash on trails. Water and restroom at the parking lot.

NOTE: This is hike #2 of our journey to the Summit. The hikers that reached Deer Flat were more than halfway to the Summit. It is only 1.6 miles further to Juniper Camp. There is 900 feet of elevation gain from Deer Flat to Juniper. I know you all can do it. There are flush toilets and water at Juniper. We will rest for as long as you want. We will make a brief rest stop at Deer Flat. $6 parking fee at Mitchell, but also flush toilets and water.

Clayton Community Park: Clayton Volkswalk
Saturday, April 10, 2010 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Come early to the Clayton Community Park and look for a group of walkers at a table. Pat will be there with an East Bay Casuals sign to help you register. We will do our traditional circle and head count at 9 AM and start our group walk of the 10K (6.2 mile) route.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 to 6 mile loop hike with about 1000 feet elevation gain. Route is Coyote, Stone Corral, Volvon Loop, Blue Oak, and Volvon trails. Mostly sun with water and restroom at the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the midpoint. Dogs are allowed and off-leash is OK on trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html

NOTE: doing the reverse loop route of last weeks hike Stewartville to ridge trail and back If it is clear we will see the Delta region and as far east as the Sierras. We will be taking a lunch/snack/rest break near there STEWARTVILLE TOWNSITE. Restrooms and water available at trail head, primitive toilet only at rest stop. dogs are permitted. APPX. 500/600ft elevation change disregard the previous trail notes below . 6+ miles for this hike

NOTE: This is the first of 3 hikes we will do to get us to the Diablo Summit. If you have wanted to do this, this is your chance. We first hike to Deer Flat. Next to Juniper Camp and finally the summit. You can do it , please try. We will assist you. We hike up Mitchell along fireroads to Deer Flat. Wildflowers near Deer Flat. Be prepared for changeable weather.

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Miwok Trail
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: this will be a 6.25 mile out and back hike on the MIWOK TRAIL(think fire road all the way). There is very little elevation gain on this hike, just a few rollers in the beginning. It should be beautiful out in the valley this time of year (think green grass , old tractors and farm implements and maybe wild flowers too) Bring fluids as there is only water and restrooms at the staging area. We will be having a brief rest/snack stop at the gate to the LOS VAQUEROUS WATERSHED. NO DOGS allowed in this park

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate loop hike, about 5 1/2 miles, to Borges Ranch. Route will be Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek, Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap Loop, Ridge Top, Briones Mt Diablo and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and return via Borges Ranch, Briones Mt Diablo, Indian Creek and Fossil Hill Loop Trails to the traihead. Only water at the trailhead, but good facilities at Borges Ranch. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on trails.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Stewartville Loop
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: taking the STEWARTVILLE TRAIL, then taking the RIDGE TRAIL east and connecting back into the STEWARTVILLE TRAIL.If it is clear we will see the Delta region and as far eaast as the Sierras. We will be taking a lunch/snack/rest break near there STEWARTVILLE TOWNSITE. Restrooms and water available at trail head, primitive toilet only at rest stop. dogs are permitted. APPX. 500ft elevation change

NOTE: Plan on arriving at Castle Rock park at least 15 minutes early to allow for the walk from the Orchard Staging area if parking is not available at the end of Castle Rock Rd. The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd (Pine Creek) to Dusty Rd, then over the hill to Macedo Ranch where we will have a short rest/snack stop. Return will be up the hill from Macedo Ranch to the Little Yosemite Trail and then down to Stage Rd to Castle Rock Park. Distance is about 6 1/2 miles with 1000 foot elevation gain. No dogs allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

Las Trampas: Eagle Peak at Las Trampas
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: I have not hiked Cordouroy Hills trail. Let's explore. A short but steep hike. Take a

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Stewartville Loop
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Join us for a ST PATS day hike be sure to wear your green as we view the awesome green of the parks hillsides. If it isn't hazy we should have views of the central valley and the sierra Appx 5 miles with 500 ft elevation no parking fees during the week disregard the trail notes below

NOTE: See Saturday's hike description as this will be the same only in the opposite direction. We will stop near the Falls for a short rest/snack/photo break. Daylight Saving time begins on Sunday.

NOTE: This hike will be in a counter clockwise direction. Donner Canyon to the Falls trail. Back along Hetherington. Bring poles, good shoes and gloves. This is an awesome hike you just have to do in the spring. Please note this is a saturday hike. A similiar hike will probably be offered for sunday.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate out-and-back hike up the Chemise Trail and south on the Ridge Trail to the turn-around point. Mostly sunny trails so there should be minimal mud.

NOTE: There is no rain in the forecast for this W/E. This time I will not deviate from the plan. No Elderberry. Trail notes are accurate. If you want to bring your dog you can. You will be on a parallel trail right next to us. We will reconnect on the trail.

NOTE: About a 5-mile hike on a different counter-clockwise route. Hike from the parking lot on the Laughlin Ranch Loop, Tamcan and Brushy Peak Loop Trails to a spot near the peak where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Then continue on Brushy Peak Loop and West Side Trails to return. Restroom, and now water, available at the staging area. Dogs on-leash OK.

NOTE: This is an 8 mile hike (total) on a paved trail to the old missle site. If weather permits, there will be fantastic views of the entire Bay. Dress for showers but hope for sunshine. Hike is relatively easy with gentle ups and downs. Restrooms but no water at the staging area. Hike is dog friendly.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate, approximately 5-mile partial-loop hike to Borges Ranch with 750 feet elevation gain. Route will be Briones Mt Diablo, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top, Briones Mt diablo and Borges Ranch Trails to the Ranch. A short rest/snack stop and then return on the Briones Mt Diablo Trail to the trailhead. Water, restroom and picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dogs allowed off-leash on the trails. There may be some mud on parts of the trails, but should not be too bad.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: About a 5+-mile loop hike with estimated elevation gain of 850 feet. Route is from Arbolado Park via Ohlone Trail, Blue Oak and Buckeye Trails to the summit where we will stop for a short rest/snack stop. Return via Lime Ridge, Paraiso and Ohlone Trails. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park, meet at restrooms near the tennis courts. Sorry, no dogs allowed in parts of Lime Ridge. Arbolado Park address is 3500 Arbolado Dr for mapquest or Google users.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: Easy, fairly level trails to pamper my hurt ankle but quick-paced fro exercise. This is a very last-minute hike.

NOTE: This is a short strenuous hike. It is not easy. Hike is rain or shine. Porta pottys and water at the parking lot. Part of the hike is on a paved road and the ridge top drains very quickly. It is doable.

EBRPD: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: These are easy level trails that don't aggravate achilles tendonitis. Best of all, they are not muddy, although waterproof hiking boots are best if it has rained recently, because there may be puddles. Most trails are paved with asphalt or gravel, and the few that are not are layered with eucalyptus sheddings. Bring binoculars if you are interested in water birds. Dogs are welcome and may run off leash on most trails. Bring towels if they like to wade. There is a water fountain midway through the hike. The minimum time will be two hours, but if we detour for more bird sightings (only if others want to) it could take longer. Hikers needing a shorter hike can simply backtrack. I did this hike last Saturday after a rain and it was quite pleasant.

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Proposed route is from the Livorna trailhead via the Foothills, the cutoff to Bullfrog Pond, Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge, Briones-Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds Loop to Bullfrog Pond, up the hill to Foothills Trail to the Livorna trailhead. Subject to change depending on trail condition. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: We will take Briones/Mt Diablo to Borges Ranch. It's all sun. We will return via the Ridge Top trail. I can guarantee that trail will be dry and the views excellent. Services at Borges but not at Marshall. We should have a break from the wet weather. This hike is dog friendly and they can be off leash. We can feed the farm animals at Borges.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will do a slight variation from the Trail Notes. Our return fom Borges will take us to the Ridge Top trail and on to Ginder Gap. Hike will be about 5 miles and about 800 ft of elevation gain. It is dog friendly.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail loop
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will return to the new Hidden Valley Open Space in the Dougherty Valley. The route is as described below with a short rest/snack stop at Hidden Valley Park. About 4.5 miles with 800 feet elevation gain. Dogs OK. For a more complete description of

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This 7+ mile hike over the Ridge is on fire roads. The inclines are gradual except for a 200 foot section at the mid point. We snack before we start this section. It is dog friendly. There are wild critters in the Park. No fees. Pottys and picnic tables at the parking lot. The Ridge is in Alameda County.

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Foothills, the cutoff to Bullfrog Pond, Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge, Briones-Mt Diablo, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds Loop to Bullfrog Pond, up the hill to Foothills Trail to the Livorna trailhead. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike. A bit of elavation, but not much. 4+ miles. Dog and horse friendly. Gidgets are welcome.

EBRPD: Diane's Castle Rock Loop
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: This loop is about 10+ miles, meanders on about 4 or 5 different trails, and because of some significant elevation gain -- about 1300 feet -- it is recommended for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY who know their ability. If you have never been to Castle Rock Park, please allow plenty of time to find the staging area...it is at the very END of the road past a staging area that you will see on your right. We will begin our hike at 8:00 a.m. SHARP! The staging area is past both horse stables at the end of the road. I anticipate this hike taking approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. While there may be some mud from past weeks' rains, I anticipate the trails being quite nice by Friday. If you are not familiar with this trail, please come prepared with a map of the area.

Lafayette Reservoir: Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The hike is all ups and downs. It is not easy. Hiking poles are helpful. If you can finish the hike in under 2 hours, bring quarters ($2 limit on the meter). Otherwise park in the all day section for $6. Services only on the lower trail. I'm planning on a counter clockwise direction, but will listen to the majority. We start on time. The hike is dog friendly but must be leashed. No EBMUD permits needed.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, December 20, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will take the Corral Spring trail to Castanoan and then on to Borges Ranch. We will return via Briones to Mt Diablo. Should be about 6+ miles and is not difficult. It is dog and horse friendly. All fire roads. No services at the start but toilets and shelter at Borges Ranch. Also small animals. All sun, hopefully. Remember to exit Ygnacio at Walnut Blvd not Walnut Ave. Very close to 680.

Mt. Diablo: Rock City
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Due to very limited parking at the trailhead let's try meeting at the St. Timothy's Episcopal Church parking lot at 1550 Diablo Road and carpool from there. This is a rain or shine hike.

NOTE: This is my birthday hike. Dress for any weather condition. Last year there was hail on this hike. This is a relatively easy 8 mile hike that you can cut short at any time. Lots of people.

NOTE: We should get some good rain filling the falls in advance of this hike. The forecast is for a chance of light rain during the hike, which is ok by me. This will be a rain or shine hike.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Modelled after Andrew's hike last year. This will be a 5+ mile hike. We will hike Fossil Hill, Indian Creek and wherever else we want to go. There may be fog early, but it will clear. This hike is from Walnut Blvd, not Walnut Ave. WB is close to 680. WA is close to Concord. This hike is very dog friendly, (they are allowed off leash). This hike is in EBRP not EBMUD. No permits needed.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We take Donner Canyon Rd to Meridian Pt trail and turn right at Back Creek trail. Back Creek is single track and is a fun trail to hike. We take it back to the start. No dogs allowed.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The hike will be a loop of about 8 miles with an elevation gain estimated at 1400 feet. The route is Old Finley Rd, Sulpher Spring and Black Hills Trails, Crestview, Highland Ridge and Morgan Ridge Rds to The Red Corral at Morgan Territory Rd. After a short rest/snack stop, return will be via Old Finley Rd to the trailhead. Since part of it is in Mt Diablo State Park, dogs are not allowed. No water or facilities are available.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is one of my 5 favorite hikes. Shade, sun, it has it all. Hiking poles helpful. I think the parking fee is now $6. No dogs, but horses are OK. Hike description is accurate. Bring some snacks to share after the hike.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of 800 feet. Route will be via Chamise, Mahogany, Trapline, Sulphur Springs, Del Amigo, Las Trampas Ridge, and Bollinger Creek Trails back to the parking lot. Some steep sections, so poles would be helpful. We will take a short rest/snack stop on the Ridge about halfway. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on the trails. Water and toilets available at the parking lot.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This hike has great views. It is relatively easy, but there is a big hill we must climb and descend. Hiking poles helpful. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit if you have one. All vehicles must sign in at the parking lot. Dogs not allowed but horses are OK. The Moraga Road name changes to Canyon Rd after the Moraga Way intersection.

Hidden Valley Open Space: Tassajara Ridge Trail loop
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: An exploratory hike in the new Hidden Valley Open Space in the Dougherty Valley. The route is as described below with a short rest/snack stop at Hidden Valley Park. About 4.5 miles with 800 feet elevation gain. Check the links for a more complete description.

NOTE: This is Peggi's Pot Luck hike. After a 5 mile hike we will caravan to her house for the Pot Luck. Bring finger food to share. She will pass out directions after the hike. If you can't make the hike, please join the potluck. I estimate we will be leaving about 11:30. We will not hike to Deer Flat. We will return way before that.

EBRPD: Elderberry to Devil's Hole (Las Trampas)
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a difficult hike because of the steep descent into Devil's Hole and then the steep ascent to the ridgetop. The hike is entirely within Las Trampas so it is dog friendly. No EBMUD permits needed. Hiking poles recommended.

NOTE: This is a 5 mile hike and I rate it moderate plus because there is a 1,000 ft elevation gain in the first mile. That is about a 20% slope. Not easy, and we will rest often. Once we are to the top it is relatively easy. We hike Rocky Ridge to Elderberry and back to the parking lot. We do the work early and then enjoy the scenery the rest of the way. It can get windy up there. Hiking poles are helpful. If you have an EBMUD hiking permit, please bring it (not required). Hike is dog friendly and safe. Also friendly for horses.

NOTE: Plan on arriving at Castle Rock park at least 15 minutes early to allow for the walk from the Orchard Staging area if parking is not available at the end of Castle Rock Rd. The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd (Pine Creek) to Dusty Rd, then over the hill to Macedo Ranch where we will have a short rest/snack stop. Return will be up the hill from Macedo Ranch to the Little Yosemite Trail and then down to Stage Rd to Castle Rock Park. Distance is closer to 7 miles with 1000 foot elevation gain. No dogs allowed in Mt Diablo State Park.

NOTE: We will only do a 6 mile hike to the Alamo trail junction. The first mile is through the woods to the top of the Ridge. Turn right and sun until we soon enter the forest again. Feel free to hike to the Peak. Last mile is steep. Dogs are welcome. No services.

Del Valle Regional Park: Del Valle
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: I am planning on a 6 mile hike. If there are enough leaders we can split into groups with an 8 mile option. We climb a big hill in the first mile and then it's rolling terrain. We just stay on the fireroad. I rate this a moderate hike. All sun (hopefully). Porta Potty and water at the parking lot. The views of the Lake are worth the climb. Dogs are welcome but there is a $1 fee. The parking fee may be $3 now. Bring singles for the gate machine.

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike in the Shell Ridge and Diablo Foothills Parks. Route from the Livorna trailhead will be via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch, Sugarloaf - Shell Ridge, Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch Trails to Borges Ranch. After a short snack/rest stop return via Borges Ranch and Foothills Trails to the Livorna trailhead. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on the trails.

EBRPD: Diane's Castle Rock Loop
Sunday, October 18, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This loop is about 10+ miles, meanders on about 4 or 5 different trails, and because of some significant elevation gain -- about 1300 feet -- it is recommended for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY who know their ability. If you have never been to Castle Rock Park, please allow plenty of time to find the staging area...it is at the very END of the road past a staging area that you will see on your right. We will begin our hike at 9:00 a.m. SHARP! The staging area is past both horse stables at the end of the road. I anticipate this hike taking approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. While there may be some mud from this week's rains, I anticipate the trails being quite nice by Sunday.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Laughlin Rd Staging Area
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike from the trailhead via the West Side Loop, Brushy Peak Loop trails and return with an option on the Tamcan Trail to the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near Brushy Peak. Water and a restroom are at the trailhead. About a 5-mile moderate hike. Dogs welcome but must be on-leash. Rain will cancel the hike.

EBMUD: Valle Vista
Sunday, October 11, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is an exploratory hike. I have the maps, let's explore together. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. No water at Valle Vista. We meet at the kiosk in the parking lot.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Finley Rd Entrance
Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will reduce this route to about 6 miles. Pace and hike difficulty will be moderate. Route is Old Finley Rd, Highland Ridge Rd, Crestview Rd, Black Hills Tr, Sulphur Springs Tr to Old Finley Rd and return to trailhead. We will stop at about halfway for a short rest/snack stop. Since part of it is in Mt Diablo State Park, dogs are not allowed. No water or facilities are available.

Lafayette Reservoir: Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail (2)
Saturday, October 03, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
NOTE: This is a full moon hike. The weather forecast is good. It should be great. I did this hike last month when it was full moon; it was wonderful. To make it a little shorter than the Via Granada entrance, we will be starting at the junction of Rheem Blvd. and Zander Drive The total distance is less than five miles, should take about two hours. On a clear night with the full moon I didn't need a flashlight, but may be good to have it. Layered clothing may help.

Sunol Regional Wilderness: Sunol to Mission Peak
Saturday, October 03, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a difficult hike that will be led by my friendly EBRP Naturalist, Gail. You will like her. I will be watching out for all the hikers. The hike will take up to 6 hours. The return could shorten it.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Wiget Lane Entrance
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Route will be via Upper Buck, Deer Lake, Corral Spring, Costanoan, and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop we will return via the Borges Ranch, Costanoan, Corral Spring, Upper Buck Loop, and Lower Buck trails to Wiget Lane. About a 5-mile hike with approximately 750 feet of elevation gain.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike with a good amount of shade. I love feeding the chickens at Borges. This hike is dog/horse friendly. Bring your pony.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Donner Canyon to Meridian Pt
Sunday, September 20, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We take Donner Canyon Rd to Meridian Pt trail and turn right at Back Creek trail. Back Creek is single track and is a fun trail to hike. We take it back to the start. No dogs allowed.

After the hike Peggi will host a pot luck for us. She will provide directions at the hike. She lives close by. Bring something to share. Snacks, finger food and the like.


ALERT - CANCELLED
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas Peak
Thursday, September 17, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will start from the main staging area at the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. We take Bollinger Creek to Calaveras Ridge to the Peak. After resting, we return via Las Trampas Ridge to Chamise and back to the staging area. Chamise is a steep descent so hiking poles are helpful. Hike is 5 miles and about 1,000 ft of elevation. Mix of sun and shade. Dog friendly. Water and restrooms at the staging area.

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Approximately a 5 1/2 mile hike, mostly in the sun. An excellent cardio-vascular workout. Weather is predicted to be cooler on Sunday so this hike should be enjoyable.

Regional Trails: Ygnacio Canal Trail @ Arbolado Park
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a baby stroller and pet friendly hike.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, September 10, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be similar to our Thursday, July 30th hike, although we will follow a somewhat different route. About 5 mostly-shaded miles through the 2nd growth redwoods. The route will be via the Ridge, Eucalyptus, Stream, Tres Sendas, French, Flower, and Madrone trails to Redwood Bowl for a short rest/snack stop. Return will be along the West Ridge trail to the Skyline Staging Area. Water and restrooms at Skyline and Redwood Bowl. Dogs allowed, off-leash OK on most trails. Parking at Skyline should not be a problem on a weekday morning.

NOTE: This hike is baby stroller/child and dog friendly.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Saturday, September 05, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Some shade but mostly sun and all up and down. We start from Oak Tree trail and take it the top of the Ridge where it meets the Olive Grove trail (marker 10). We continue on Olive Grove until it meets Thermalito (12). We continue on Thermalito to (20), where it meets the Ridgeline trail. Turn right and take Ridgeline all the way to Oak Tree (10) and back to the parking lot. Water at the parking lot and several locations in the park. Porta Potties at the parking lot,along with several picnic tables.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 4 to 5 mile loop hike, part sun and part shade. Route will be via the south Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch trails to Borges Ranch. After a short rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via the Borges Ranch and north Twin Ponds Loop trails. Note that the trailhead is at the very end of Rockspring Place.

Point Pinole Shoreline: POINT PINOLE COOL DOWN
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will meet around the flag pole near the entrance kiosk. Dogs and children are welcome on this hike. Dogs are not allowed out on the pier but may be off leash in the wilderness areas of the park.

FEE: $3 per car $ 2 for dogs

There will be two car pools for this event East County hikers meet at the Hill Crest/Bart/Tri-Delta park & ride at Hill Crest and Hywy #4 at 8:15 #2 @ Johns work parking lot...201 North Civic Walnut Creek meet 8:30 Departing no later than 8:45 am.


Mt. Diablo State Park: Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is about an 8 mile loop, with 1400 feet of mostly gradual climbing. The hike offers a nice mix of open vistas and shaded valley trails. We will hike from the Macedo Ranch trailhead to Wall Point Road, then up the Ridge View Trail to Wildcat Group Camp for a snack or lunch break. We'll return down Barbeque Terrace Rd to Stage Rd, then loop back toward Macedo on Dusty Road. Parking at Macedo Ranch is $6, and you will need to have exact change.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Laughlin Rd Staging Area
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A nice 5-mile loop hike on the recently opened Brushy Peak loop trail. Mostly sun but some shade near the peak where we will take a short rest/snack stop. Restroom and water now available at the trailhead. Dogs OK but must be on-leash.

NOTE: This is a moderate plus hike because of the distance and elevation gain. No services for this hike. The first and last mile are shaded, the rest is mostly sun. Dog friendly. We can snack at the Peak. It's all downhill after that. Hiking poles are helpful.

NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike to Borges Ranch via the Foothills, Hazard, Franco Ranch Loop, Twin Ponds Loop and Borges Ranch trails. Then a short rest/snack stop in the shade at Borges Ranch which is equipped with picnic tables, water and restroom. Return will be via the Borges Ranch, Twin Ponds, Stonegate and Foothills trails.

NOTE: An exploratory hike that I would classify as difficult due to mileage and elevation change. This hike should only be attempted by experienced hikers who can hike more than 13 miles and tolerate heat well because it is going to be a very warm day.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Saturday, August 15, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We start at Arbolado Park which is next to Boundary Oaks golf course. We take the Ohlone trail to Lime Ridge trail and on the summit where we can snack. We descend to the Paraiso trail and reconnect with Ohlone. Water and flush toilets at the parking lot. Take the second entrance into the park. It's just past Sutton Dr on your left. There are picnic tables here where we can snack after the hike. Lime Ridge is EBRP, not EBMUD. No permits needed.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of about 750 feet. And a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. The outbound route will be the Sulfur Creek and Costanoan trails, returning via the Costanoan trail. Some shade along the Sulfur Creek trail, but mostly sunny.

EBRPD: Hardy Canyon (Round Valley Regional Park)
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate hike up a big hill. Views are quite nice. Weather should be good. The trek up the hill is a single track trail. Bring fluids and be prepared for sun. Picnic tables at the parking lot. Bring snacks. No dogs allowed. The trail notes say this hike is 8+ miles. It's not. 5+ miles. All of us can do it.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Volvon Trail
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5 to 6 mile loop hike with about 1000 feet elevation gain. Route is Coyote, Stone Corral, Volvon Loop, Blue Oak, and Volvon trails. Mostly sun with water and restroom at the trailhead. There will be a short rest/snack stop near the midpoint. Dogs are allowed and off-leash is OK on trails. A description of the hike in the reverse direction is available at: http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/morgan.html

Garin/Dry Creek: Gossip Rock Loop
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: The route is High Ridge Loop to Gossip Rock, and then on to Meyers Ranch trail. Great views and shade at Gossip Rock. It's not easy.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, July 30, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will increase the distance to approx 5 miles in the mostly shaded 2nd-growth redwoods. Route will be via the West Ridge, Tres Sendas, French, Redwood Peak trails to Redwood Bowl for a rest/snack stop, Return will be via the Madrone, Star, Eucalytus, and Ridge trails. Water and restrooms at Skyline trailhead and Redwood Bowl. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash at all times. Parking may not be a problem on a weekday morning but no guarantee.

NOTE: We will hike on the San Pablo Dam trail, in the shade, to a nice rest stop before the boat entrance. 6 miles total and 500 ft of elevation gain. It's all in the last mile. Potty at Overlook , but no water. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. http://www.ebmud.com . No dogs on this hike. This is an easy hike except for the last mile.

NOTE: This hike is a 13 mile loop starting on the Oursan Trail and finishing up on the Bear Creek Trail. This is NOT an easy hike because of the numerous ups and downs as well as the distance. Please only attempt this hike if you are comfortable doing more than 10 miles as we keep moving to finish before it gets too hot. We meet at the Briones Reservoir Overlook staging area.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: About a 5 mile, 750 feet elevation gain hike to Borges Ranch via the Fossil Hill Loop, Indian Creek and Briones/Mt Diablo trails. A midpoint stop at Borges Ranch where there are water and restroom facilities. Also shaded picnic tables for a short rest and snack. The Indian Creek trail is shaded, so about half of the hike will be shady and half sunny. A dog friendly hike, off-leash OK on trails.

NOTE: What a wonderful graph. I wish I knew how to do that. The parking fee may be $6. The $2 map fee is for the Ohlone Regional Wilderness. We don't need it. This hike is in the Sunol Regional Wilderness (EBRP). This is a moderate hike by my standards. Very doable. Especially if you climbed the Diablo Summit with us. 30% shade. I would like to snack at Little Yosemite. I will jog back from there. Please join me.

NOTE: Approx a 5-mile partial loop hike with 700 feet elevation gain. Route will be via the Pine Creek/Stage Rd to the Burma Rd to Little Pine Creek Rd to Falcon Rd to Sunset trail and return via Pine Creek/Stage Rd. Full facilities at Castle Rock Park. No dogs allowed because part of the hike is in Mt Diablo State Park.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon
Saturday, July 11, 2009 @ 8:45 AM
NOTE: Hike is on a Saturday to have a day for recovery. This hike to the summit and back will be around 15 miles so figure on 7+ hours. It is mostly steep and strenuous after the first couple of miles in Mitchell canyon. This is an out/up and back hike on the same fire road & trial. Potty and water at the staging area. Rest Stops at deer flats(no water, no potty). juniper campground (water, potty) and the summit (water, potty). This hike is not for beginners or children under 12. Dogs are not allowed anywhere in Mnt Diablo State park. Please know your physical abilities before attempting. Bring appropriate $$ for entry fee and plenty of fluids

Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, July 09, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A 5-mile loop hike with a midpoint rest/snack stop at Borges Ranch. The outbound route will be the Costanoan trail, returning via the Costanoan and Sulfur Creek trails. A dog friendly hike.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A typical Shell Ridge hike, about 5 miles and 750 feet elevation gain. Route is via the shaded Indian Creek trail to Borges Ranch. A short rest/snack stop at Borges before returning to the trailhead. No facilites at tralhead but water, restroom and shaded picnic tables at Borges Ranch. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Since we are in a heat wave this is a good hike. 80% shade. Dress for the weather. You need your EBMUD hiking permits for this one. No dogs and no water. Potty at the parking lot. The hike is less than moderate, very doable.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, June 28, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The hike is about 6 + miles through forest and grassland. The big hill is tough but doable. I borrowed this hike from a good friend. I hope she shows. Hiking along the reservoir is really nice. Porta potty at the start. Bring your water. I doubt if dogs are allowed, so assume they aren't. I need your EBMUD hiking permits. We are allowed 3 guests, so just show up if you don't have one.

NOTE: Upper Trail is a dirt trail. We will start out our hike by the water tank (Rheem Reservoir) area Walk up the path in front of Zander Drive on Rheem Blvd. at the crest of the hill. This hike is 4.69 miles in length. Unlike the lower paved route around the reservoir, the rim trail has a lot of up and down, including some rather steep grade portions. Overall I consider this trail to be fairly moderate for an experienced hiker, but could be quite challenging for the novice or newbie. Plan 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete this trail. For a trail map, click here and look for Rheem Reservoir (PDF format). To be back before dark we will start on time.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: A loop hike to Borges Ranch via the Ridge Top trail. Snack/rest stop at Borges Ranch and return via the Costanoan and Corral Spring trails. About 5 miles with 750 feet elevation gain. Dog friendly, off-leash OK on trails. No facilities at the trailhead, but water, restroom and shaded picnic tables at the Ranch.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: I am going through my list of 5 favorite hikes and here is one of them. Hike description is accurate. It is dog friendly and there are several stock ponds along the trail. Restrooms and water at the staging area. There are picnic tables at the staging area where we can snack at the end of the hike. By my standards, this is a moderate hike.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas Peak
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 5 mile loop hike to Las Trampas Peak. We will return via the Ridge and Chamise trails. Hiking poles would be helpful. The Park is dog friendly. An almost even mix of shade and sun. It is a moderate hike because of the elevation gain. Since I am making this a loop hike, it is slightly longer than the Trail Notes.

NOTE: This is a 6.1 mile hike in 50% forest. 1,200 ft of elevation gain. I rate this hike moderate. Wonderful views, bring that camera. It is a loop hike. This is one of my 5 favorite hikes. We will have excellent views of Rock City. This is a pot luck hike. At the finish, let's share snacks and finger food. Covered picnic benches. Parking fee is $5.00.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Wiget Lane Entrance
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another moderate loop hike to Borges Ranch from a different entrance to Shell Ridge. No facilites at trailhead, but restroom, water and picnic tables at Borges Ranch where we will take a rest/snack stop.

NOTE: Plan on arriving at Castle Rock park at least 15 minutes early to allow for the walk from the Orchard Staging area if parking is not available at the end of Castle Rock Rd. The route to Macedo Ranch will be along Stage Rd (Pine Creek) to Dusty Rd, then over the hill to Macedo Ranch where we will have a short rest/snack stop. Return will be up the hill from Macedo Ranch to the Little Yosemite Trail and then down to Stage Rd to Castle Rock Park.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike to Borges Ranch and back from Sutherland Dr. in Shell Ridge. Half the hike will be along Indian Creek because it is shaded. It is really an out and back hike. At Borges we will snack, refresh and feed the chickens. Flush toilets at Borges but not at the start. Dress for the weather. This Park is dog friendly. We pass several ponds for them to romp in. Under our new hike rating categories, this would be a moderate hike. I think it is relatively easy.

Del Valle Regional Park: Del Valle
Sunday, May 31, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Please join me for a hike where I run. Ups and downs and beautiful views of the lake. There is a porta potty at the start. That's it. Bring plenty of water. We will do either 6 or 10 miles. The hikers will decide. We can split the group. Welcome to my world. This is where I live and I love it. Parking fee is 5 or 6 dollars. Carpool with someone who has a parking permit.

NOTE: A nice loop hike on the recently opened Brushy Peak loop trail. Restroom and water available at the trailhead. Dogs OK but must be on-leash.

EBMUD: Macedo Ranch to Castlerock
Sunday, May 24, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Note that parking fee at Macedo Ranch is now $5 with exact change needed. No dogs allowed in Mount Diablo State Park.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Thursday, May 21, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike up the Elderberry Trail to the ridge top. A lot of shade, but some sun. The elevation gain is about 800 ft. We can split and make this a longer hike. It is dog friendly. Bring them. The hike will be an out and back.

NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike through grassland hills and forests. Distance is 5+ miles and about 500 ft of elevation gain. No services at the start but there are at Borges. This hike is dog friendly. Enjoy the chickens at Borges. They are great beggars.

EBRPD: Utility Trail to Canal Trail
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Please arrive early in order to look for parking. Additional street parking along the side roads. We will walk 1.11 miles to the Contra Costa Canal Trail, turning right at the junction. Then it's up to you how far you wish to go. Trail ends at Glacier Drive in Martinez (at Hwy 4), an additional one way distance of 5.73 miles.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Thursday, May 07, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Another loop hike to Borges Ranch where there are nice facilities for a rest/snack stop. Dogs are welcome in Shell Ridge. Off leash OK on trails.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Rockspring Pl
Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike the Sugarloaf Trail to the Briones/Mt Diablo Trail to the Ginder Gap Loop Trail to the Costanoan Trail to Borges Ranch. After a short stop at Borges Ranch, return will be via the Borges Ranch Trail to Twin Ponds and then the north Twin Ponds Loop trail to the Rockspring Pl starting point.

ALERT - CANCELLED
NOTE: Heavy rain CANCELS. Hike is dog/stroller/child friendly.

NOTE: The hike is 11 miles with 2,400 feet of elevation gain. This hike will not be at a leisurly pace but at our own pace. I estimate 4 hours. Juniper Camp is only 1.8 miles and 850 feet of elevation from the Summit. It is out and back on fireroads. Flush toilets and water at Juniper. The parking fee is now $6. Hopefully the owl is still residing in the tree near the Interpretive Center.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Cowell Rd.
Thursday, April 09, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 5 mile hike through grasslands and woods. Dogs are not allowed. Ignore the event notes. The grasses are a foot tall so dress accordingly. Tick season. No services in this park.

ALERT - CANCELLED
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Black Diamond
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: ( ignore the trailnotes poste below) this variation will have nearly 8.5 miles of 80% all sun and little shade. Appx 500 ft elevation gains. We will be doing a clock wise loop of the park with a smaller exploratory loop of the Star Mine Trail. Start location is the Stewartville trail head at the western end of Frederickson lane. We will be doing the Star Mine loop before a break for snacks/rest/potty at the Stewartvill campsite. Beyound the old towne site of Stewartville we will climb to the summit and pick up the RIDGE TRAIL. Once we get to the Acorn trail it will be mostly down hill for us as we then go onto the Old Homestead loop that will take us back to our cars at the staging area. This is a dog friendly park. Please be sure to bring plenty of fluids as there is no potable water in the sections of the park we will be hiking.

NOTE: 13.2 miles in 75% sun with lots of hills. This is not an easy hike, so please be aware of your ability and stamina. Haven't decided whether to go clockwise or counter-clockwise yet, but will make that decision on Sunday. No dogs are allowed on the Bear Creek trail. An EBMUD permit is required. Please plan on arriving by 9:00 a.m. to sign in. If you do not have a permit, please make arrangements with someone who does. We will start hiking no later than 9:15 a.m. Please bring plenty of water as this hike can be difficult especially if it is very warm on that Sunday. The staging area has a bathroom with a flush toilet, but no other services until we reach the Bear Creek staging area.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Black Diamond
Saturday, April 04, 2009 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: DOT NOT go by the trail notes below...we will meet at the trail head on Frederickson lane in ANTIOCH 7 miles 80% sun (unless we get lucky and have a few clouds this weekend)it dry out here so Bring water ( a camera if U have one)as it will be warm but not hot yet. We are getting close to the times when snakes will be out so heads up for those guys. we will do a clock wise loop of appx 7 miles. Its fairly easy if you have been a regular hiker over the past month. a couple of hills ( one of about 400 ft). We will be on the Stewartville Trail for more than 1/2 the hike. Will take a rest/water/snack/potty break at the StewartVille Camp site near the old town site of StewartVille. At the summit we will pick up the Carbondale trail and head north to meet the River View trail. From there connect with the LARK and Homestead loop trails and back to the starting point. This is a dog friendly preserve.

ALERT - CANCELLED
Shell Ridge Open Space: Snyder Ln
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: From Snyder Lane trailhead to Borges Ranch via Sulfur Creek and Costanoan trails. After a short rest stop, return via Borges Ranch, Briones/Mt diablo, Ridge Top and Costanoan trails to Snyder Lane trailhead. About a 5 mile loop with 750 feet elevation gain.

NOTE: ignore the trail notes below.... This is a partial exploritory hike on a few trails I have not been yet, with other trails I have. This should be fairly easy with a few ups and downs and APPX; 4 1/2 miles no more than five (5) Will leave from the upper end of the paved parking lot. Starting out on the NortonVille trail we will stop off at Rose Hill Cemetery for some insight to the history of the park. We continue on exploring the Back Diamond Trail, Manhattan Canyon, Chaparral , Ridge, Carbondale and River View trails before returning to our cars.

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Sunday, March 29, 2009 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Moderate mostly but couples of areas are pretty steep. Total distance will be approximately 5.5 miles. It is really beautiful right now with all the rain, the views are great. One stop around half way, toilets are available. We should go at a moderate pace should take about 2 1/2 hours. The weather is projected to be great on Sunday. Here are some links http://www.ebmud.com/services/recreation/east_bay/lafayette/ http://www.ci.lafayette.ca.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B433453F4-4D83-49A2-8403-FC81F3DA6896%7D&DE=%7BB991A11B-76BA-43D1-8A24-F61ED60C7CF6%7D

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock
Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: This hike will last about 4 hours including a lunch break. The pace will be moderate to slightly fast so this hike isn't recommended for slower hikers. What few hills and inclines there are are gentle in angle. DO NOT park at the staging area on the right near the end of Castle Rock Rd. Continue on the road curving in an s shape past the horse stables and over the small rise until you can't drive any farther. This is the entrance to Castle Rock recreation area.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a beautiful hike through mostly forest. The reservoir will be in view most of the time. Bring your EBMUD permits. We can probably cover you, but it's easy to get one. Check their website. It's EBMUD but I don't know the address. It's a relatively easy up and down hike through the reservoir perimeter. The tough hike is to go all the way around (my favorite). But that one is 13.1 miles.

NOTE: We will hike to Borges Ranch via the Indian Creek and Briones/Mt Diablo Trails. After a rest/snack stop we will return via the Costanoan and Corral Springs Trails to the Marshall Drive trailhead. Dog friendly and off-leash OK on trails.

NOTE: This hike will last around 6 hours and cover an estimated 9 miles. We will hike at a slower to moderate pace with periodic stops including a lunch break. there will be a bathroom break at the Mitchell canyon staging area within the first and last hours of the hike. Most of the excursion will be relatively easy except for an approximately 1700 ft. elevation gain near the half way point before lunch. This hike is not recommended for very fast hikers since I want to keep the group together. If you have any questions call Paul on his cell phone during the week or after 9:30 a.m. on the day of the hike at 925-705-3262.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Thursday, March 19, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate hike through grasslands and forest. We start from Arbolado Park which is right next to Boundry Oak golf course. Flush toilets at the Park. No dogs allowed on Lime Ridge South. Route will be Ohlone trail to Lime Ridge trail to Manzanita trail to Paraiso trail to Ohlone trail to Arbolado Park.

NOTE: (there should be maps available for everyone) from the FREDERIKSON Lane staging area take the Stewartville trail south into the park. This is an easy moderate loop hike with only a couple of hills to get us breathing. Will be stopping at Stewartville backpack camping site for a snack and potty break B 4 heading on. At the top of the ridge we will pick up the ridge trail and head east dropping down on the Contra Loma trail to get back to the starting point. Bring water and snacks, dog friendly hike....

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The Falls were awesome last saturday. They will disappear soon with no rain. We will not follow the route in the Trail Notes. We know a better way. This hike is very doable and not scary. But it's not for beginners. There are 3 Falls. You will love it. We will rest on the Falls Trail to snack. The only mud is near Donner Canyon Trail. Bring your camera.

NOTE: This is a paved canal trail hike that will take place rain or shine. I prefer the opposite direction than what the Trail Notes describes. We will hike north and go under Ygnacio Valley Rd through a tunnel into Lime Ridge. Great views from here. Bring those cameras. There will be lot's of ducks in the canal and bikers on the Trail. Services at Arbolado and Heather Farms. Park in the street at Arbolado or in the first parking lot on the left. We will meet at the Trail Crossing.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail
Saturday, March 07, 2009 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: Its time for the spring pilgrimage to the Mt. Diablo waterfalls. This will be a RAIN OR SHINE HIKE so be prepared with proper clothing and shoes. The long range forecast calls for rain in the morning with possible partial clearing by afternoon. The hike will be at a slow to moderate pace lasting about 4 hours with periodic breaks including a lunch break. We will gain 1200 ft. You need to be sure-footed and not have an overwhelming fear of heights. A little mud will be encountered initially. Hike at your own risk. If you have questions during the week and after 10 a.m.Saturday morning call me (Paul) on my cell phone.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This hike will take place rain or shine, except for lightning. We will hike the paved trail to the comm. tower and then head south along the ridge top. About 5 miles, but it is not easy. The first mile has 1,000 feet of elevation gain. That's a 20% slope. I rate it moderate plus. Views are awesome. It is dog friendly. Water and restrooms at the staging area. Bring your EBMUD hiking permit. Should take 2+ hours.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Sunday, February 08, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike to Las Trampas Peak from the main parking lot. Approximately 5 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain. Route will be via Chemise Trail to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to the peak. Return via the Ridge Trail, Bollinger Canyon Trail and Creekside Trail to the parking lot. Chemical toilets and water at the parking lot. Dog friendly, off leash Ok away feom parking area.

NOTE: This is a moderate + hike. It is not easy, but doable for most of our members. We take Ringtail Cat to Madrone all the way to the Peak. A good amount of forest, but a bigger amount of grasslands. The last mile + to the Peak is fairly steep. It is dog friendly. No services at all. Bring fluids and take care of business beforehand. An easier companion hike will be submitted with the same start time to give you all a choice.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, January 25, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: The elevation gain is not difficult. Just constant. I will find a co leader for a 5 mile version of this hike that most folks in EBCH can do. It is dog friendly. We can snack at Stephanie's (deli) afterwards if there is interest. Bring your camera. I wish I wrote the trail notes but I didn't.

Mt. Diablo: Eagle Peak
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Rain cancels, restroom at the trailhead

Sugarloaf Open Space: Sugarloaf to Borges Ranch
Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A moderate 6 mile roundtrip hike with 750 feet elevation gain to Borges Ranch. We will take a short stop for rest and snacks at Borges Ranch before we return. Dog friendly and off-leash OK for part of the hike. About 750 ft of elevation gain.

NOTE: We'll hike a 7 mile loop counterclockwise at a leisurely pace. There will be several rest breaks. We'll take the Meadow, Gray Pine and Bald Mountain trails. Don't forget to bring your camera! We should be back by 5 pm.

Optional stop after at the Vineyards Inn Restaurant (www.vineyardsinn.com) in Kenwood for chips and salsa.

Note: If you like to hike fast and don't like taking rest breaks with a group, this hike is not for you.

Note: Dogs are not permitted on Sugarloaf Ridge State Park trails.


Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Brushy Peak Preserve
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will hike the Brushy Peak Loop Trail in the reverse direction from our November hike, starting at the Westside Trail. About 5 miles and 800 feet elevation gain. Dog friendly and sunny. Water and restroom at trailhead. This description supersedes the Trail Notes.

EBRPD: Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:30 PM
NOTE: We'll hike 3 mostly flat and paved miles to Lafayette Community Park. If everyone is especially motivated, we can extend our hike a little further. After taking a break, we'll turn around and go back. Round trip is around 6 to 7 miles. We should be back around 3 pm.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Deer Flat from Mitchell Canyon
Saturday, December 27, 2008 @ 12:15 PM
NOTE: We'll hike 3.5 miles at a leisurely pace to Deer Flat and take a short break before returning.

Optional stop after at A Sweet Affair Bakery (www.sweetaffairbakery.com) in Walnut Creek. If it is crowded, we will go to Peet's Coffee and Tea. Both are in Ygnacio Plaza Shopping Center, 1815 Ygnacio Valley Rd., corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and San Carlos Dr.

Note: If you like to hike fast and don't like taking rest breaks with a group, this hike is not for you.


Regional Trails: Iron Horse @ Stone Valley Rd
Thursday, December 25, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: We will enjoy a few hours on the beautiful paved portion of the Iron Horse Trail. The air should be fresh and crisp. This is a wonderful time of the year to be on the trail.

Starting time will be 12:00 PM and round trip mileage is 5.5 miles. When we get to the main part of Danville (2.75 miles), we'll have coffee at Starbucks.

The Iron Horse Trail is all pavement and completely flat so all you need to bring is water, sweater/jacket, and umbrella in case it rains.We should be back around 3 pm. There are restrooms at the railroad museum in Danville, Starbucks and at the Safeway in Alamo. Note:This is not a dog friendly hike.


Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Foothill Staging Area
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is really a 5+ mile hike because I am changing the the route to stay on the sunny trails. This way it will be drier. It is supposed to be a dry W/E. It will be cold. Dress accordingly. After the hike I would like to eat at Stephanie's Cafe (it's a Deli). It's right next to the freeway entrance. Please join me. Call me by 9:00 sunday if you are not sure of the hike. This park is dog friendly. Several stock ponds. Park where you want, it's a daytime hike.

NOTE: Want an easy hike with spectacular scenery and a secret staircase? Secret staircase you're thinking. What is that? Well to find out come along on this easy 6 mile round trip hike on one of Marin County's lesser known bike paths!

We'll hike south from Ross along the bike path by Corte Madera Creek and enjoy views of the bay wetlands and Mt. Tam. Then when we get to Larkspur we'll stop for either pizza at Picco or some genuinely Italian pastries at Emporio Rulli. But you'll probably want to take an optional walk up the secret staircase before or after we eat. Or both. An experience not to be missed!

Meet at the south end of the post office parking lot in Ross by the beginning of the bike path.


NOTE: Yes, it's time for my birthday hike, rain or shine. Dress for the weather conditions. Paved trail, porta potty at the start. Bring water. This hike is dog friendly. Best to keep them leashed because there is a lot of traffic on this trail. You can get fantastic photos on this hike if the weather cooperates. Lets snack at the mid point (Nike missle site).

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike to Borges Ranch via a new route and trailhead. Approx 5 miles and 750 feet elevation gain. Dog off-leash friendly. Water at trailhead, full facilities at Borges Ranch where we will relax and snack before return.

NOTE: We won't do the waterfall part because there isn't any water yet. We will hike 5 to 6 miles. We will take Donner Canyon to Back Creek for the return. After the hike there is a Christmas pot luck at Peggi's place (nearby). We will caravan there. Peggi will hand out directions at the staging area. Bring finger food to share (cookies, fruit, cheese, etc.). Let's get into the Christmas spirit.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike. We will hike Fossil Hill, Indian Creek and wherever else we want to go. There may be fog early, but it will clear. This hike is from Walnut Blvd, not Walnut Ave. WB is close to 680. WA is close to Concord. This hike is very dog friendly, (they are allowed off leash). This hike is in EBRP not EBMUD. No permits needed.

NOTE: Between 5 to 6 mile loop hike to Borges Ranch and return. We will rest and snack at Borges before returning to Livorna. Rain will cancel.

Annadel State Park: Lawndale Trailhead
Saturday, November 29, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: The hike starts at noon so you can sleep in and still have time to drive there. However, you'll have to give yourself at least 90 minutes for driving. Carpooling is encouraged.

The trails in the park are well graded so as long as you are in shape, you'll do fine. However, be prepared to sweat as the first three miles are uphill (900 foot elevation gain). We'll hike at a leisurely pace with rest breaks at the various benches along the way. Bring a camera and a snack; dress in layers.

Note: If you like to hike fast and don't like taking rest breaks with a group, this hike is NOT for you.

Our mileage will be around nine miles, plus or minus a mile depending on how we feel. The last mile and a half will be on a country road as we backtrack to the parking lot.

Our hike will take us to the junction of the Marsh and Two Quarry trails. Then depending on how we feel, we'll continue on to Buick Meadow or turn around and explore Ledson Marsh. Then, we'll descend the Schultz Canyon Trail and stop at the scenic vista halfway down before walking back to the cars on beautiful Schultz road.

We should be back to the parking lot no later than 4:45 pm. After the hike, there will be an optional stop at either The Vineyards Inn Restaurant in Kenwood for chips and salsa or Yeti Restaurant in Glen Ellen for Himalayan appetizers.


Regional Trails: Iron Horse @ Stone Valley Rd
Thursday, November 27, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: Who says you can't go hiking on Thanksgiving? Spend a few hours working up an appetite for the big meal with a fun hike on the paved portion of the Iron Horse Trail in Alamo and Danville.

Starting time will be 12:00 PM and round trip mileage is 5.5 miles. When we get to the main part of Danville (2.75 miles), we'll relax in the picnic area near the railroad museum or have coffee at Starbucks.

The Iron Horse Trail is all pavement and completely flat so all you need to bring is water, sweater/jacket, and umbrella in case it rains.

We should be back around 3 pm. There are restrooms at the railroad museum in Danville and at the Safeway in Alamo. This is not a dog friendly hike.


Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Brushy Peak Preserve
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike a different route. The loop trail just opened. It is beautiful. You have to see it. Howard and I previewed it today. Almost 5 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain. A moderate hike. The scenery is spectacular. It is dog friendly, and also very sunny.

NOTE: This is a moderate hike over hilly terrain. 1,000+ feet of el