Strawberry

Strawberry Creek: Great Basin NP

The Strawberry Creek Campground provides free camping on the Northern end of the park. The sites each have a picnic table and tent pad. A pit toilet and trash cans are available near site 3. For those of you with horses, a corral is located next to the pit toilet. Osceola Ditch From Strawberry Creek Trailhead,…

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Baker Creek TH: Great Basin NP

Note: Starting November 1 until winter ends, Baker Creek Road is closed just before Grey Cliffs Campground. From the closure, it is a 2-mile, 1,000 foot climb to Baker Creek TH, by road or trail. Note: The trails are not heavily used during the road closure. We encountered ice and downed trees along the trail.…

The Glacier

Wheeler Peak Area: Great Basin NP

The Climb to Wheeler Peak Campground Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is closed November though (approximately) June. If you are visiting the park during the closure, you will need to use the pull-out at Upper Lehman Trailhead for trails heading to the Bristlecone Forest, Rock Glacier, Stella and Teresa Lakes, and Wheeler Peak. The climb is…

Golden Gate

EBRPD Challenge: Wildcat Canyon RP

Our hike in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park began at the main parking lot and head up the creek. We looped back around via the Havey Canyon Trail and San Pablo Ridge Trail and finally through Alvarado Park for a 9-mile, moderate hike. Alvarado Park Area This area of the park was privately owned from 1909 until…

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EBRPD Challenge: Old Moraga Ranch RT

Rancho Laguna Park This hike starts at the parking lot of Rancho Laguna Park. There is a restroom and water. Rancho Laguna Park belongs to the City of Moraga and is used by dog owners in the early morning and late afternoon as an off-leash dog park. The rest of the day it serves as a picnic…

Tiny Houses

EBRPD Challenge: Lafayette-Moraga RT

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail – 7.65 miles  one-way, paved, moderate The passage was once a mule train, then a railroad for lumber, then a utilities corridor, and, since 1972, a multi-use trail operated by the East Bay Regional Park District in cooperation with CCCSD, EBMUD, PG & E, Lafayette, and Moraga. Paved all the way, the…

The Lawn

EBRPD: Kennedy Grove RRA

While small, Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area is a great place to spend a day. The park seems to be quiet and not much visited (possibly with the exception of the picnic area). Longer hikes can be achieved by connecting to other parks. Take a picnic and enjoy lunch in the lawn area after your…

Chabot's Dam

EBRPD Challenge: Lake Chabot RP

Lake Chabot Regional Park – 10-mile loop, moderate NEWS: There is currently a bald eagle breeding pair and their offspring nesting in a restricted area of the park. They can be view from Alder Point. Stay on trail and do not enter the restricted area. (November 2014) NEWS: Blue-green algae is currently on the lake.…

Fall in the Valley

EBRPD Challenge: Sycamore Valley ROSP

Short Ridge Unit News: As of November 2014, the Shady Slope Trail is closed for repairs. It is scheduled to re-open during the Summer of 2015. Respect the closure. Trails don’t build/maintain themselves and you’re making the work of EBRPD and volunteers much harder by ignoring (or worse, destroying) the signs. Close to I-680, this…

Viewpoint

EBRPD Challenge: Carquinez Strait RS

Nejedly Staging Area – 3.75 miles, easy This park comes in 4 parts, in the midst of private land, with a scenic drive connecting them. From the ridgeline, you can see Martinez, Crocket Hills, and Benicia State Recreation Area. Several spur trails leads to benches with scenic views overlooking the strait. Our hike on the Franklin…