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Hike Details for Pleasanton Ridge

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Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
Pleasanton Ridge
RSVPs - 58 -- YES: 15 NO: 30 MAYBE: 13

Pleasanton Ridge
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City: Pleasanton
Region: EastBay
Park: Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

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.

Contact: Howard   
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 548-8783

Trail Notes:

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.

Dogs permitted.

Trailhead Directions:

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.

Parking Fee: no charge
Other Fees: dogs free!

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Tuesday, May 16, 2006.

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