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City: Martinez Region: EastBay Park: Fernandez RanchPark Map URL: Click Here
Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 9:30 AM
Choose either a 6 mile 1,000 foot or a 7.25 mile 1,300 foot elevation gain loop hike starting in JMLTs Fernandez Ranch just off HWY 4. This can be a difficult trailhead to find, directions below are very good or use 1015 Christie Road, Martinez for GPS. Route will be Windmill Trail, right onto Woodland Trail. At the end of Woodland Trail short hike will go through the gate and turn left on Franklin Ridge Trail. Long hike will not go through the gate but turn right uphill onto Canyon Loop Trail, then up Vista Trail pausing at the top to take in the view, back down Vista Trail, left on Franklin Ridge Trail. Both hikes continue on Franklin Ridge Trail, reentering Fernandez Ranch at the second gate. Sharp right onto Woodrat Trail, Whipsnake Trail, stopping at Viewpoint Bench to snack. Return continues on Whipsnake Trail and Black Phoebe Trail back to the cars. Pit toilet but no water at trailhead.
Cell Phone: (925) 323-7384
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From I-80: Head east on Highway 4. *Take the first exit AFTER Franklin Canyon Golf Course onto Christie Road. (Use caution, Christie Road is a minor exit off of Highway 4. Look for trestle overpass and turn RIGHT onto that small road just before it.) Fernandez Ranch is .7 miles down Christie Road on your right. From Martinez: Head west on Highway 4. Take the Franklin Canyon Exit. Turn LEFT and carefully merge onto Highway 4 eastbound. *Follow above directions.
Other Fees: None
The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Thursday, November 30, 2017.
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