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Park: Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
Sunday, June 11, 2006 @ 10:30 AM
Meet @ 9:45 AM
At: Whole Foods complex, , San Ramon
Bring plenty of water, snacks/lunch and a camera.
Car Pool Option
San Ramon Whole Foods complex. Meet at 10:00 am by the Cingular Store. (Exit 680 South bound at Bollinger Canyon Road, Left at stop light onto Bollinger, Left at second stop light onto Sunset Road, Left into wholes foods complex. Drive till you see Target, make a left and park near Cingular/Baja Fresh.
Cell Phone: (848) 000-0000
This is a 7.4 miles moderate to strenuous hike with a total elevation gain of 1500 feet. Explore deep canyons, sweeping grassy slopes, and open ridge tops in this remote foothill country covered with colorful wildflowers in spring. This hike features an abundance of gigantic, graceful, and distinguished coast live oaks that are splendid stand-alone specimens. The landscape has been deliberately kept as perhaps it was ages ago, with groves of century old olive trees currently being restored. Most of the sandstone and cobble gravels that form the rocks of Pleasanton Ridge evolved from up to 70-million-year-old eroded marine formations deposited in the inland Pacific Ocean. Fossils from marine dwelling snails, clams, oysters, and sand dollars are still found here. Red-tailed hawks, buzzards, and occasionally golden eagles soar above the grasslands searching for ground squirrels and western fence lizards. Western bluebirds and meadowlarks flit about closer to the ground. Mountain bikers and horseback riders use these trails, and dogs are allowed in the park.
Parking Fee: no charge
Take 680 South take the Bernal Avenue exit west for 0.2 miles. Turn left (south) on Foothill road, drive for 3.2 miles and park in the large dirt lot.
Other Fees: dogs free!
The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Tuesday, May 16, 2006.