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Future Local Hikes
The Next Scheduled Hikes Will Be:
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Castle Rock to Macedo Ranch Loop
Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
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.

Redwood Regional Park (Redwood Road Entrance)
Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
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!!!


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