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…

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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…

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Exploring the White Mountains

The White Mountains live in the Eastern shadow of their taller, but younger sibling, the famous Sierra Nevada. While millions of visitors flock to parks such as Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon every year, only a handful outside-the-box thinkers venture into the Whites, and their journey is greatly rewarded. Unparalleled night skies, breathtaking views…

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EBRPD Challenge: Shorelines

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach – 5 miles, easy This artificial beach is a great place to enjoy a sunny day with friends and family. The beach is 2.5 miles long with a bike path running the entire length. Kayaking, car-top boats, and SUPs are allowed but there is no official put-in so no…

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EBRPD Challenge: Bishop Ranch ROSP

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve – 3.5 miles, easy This is a small preserve 6.5 miles south of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Parking is available on the street. No bathrooms or water are available. You can opt to complete the 2.5-mile loop or, as we did, hike to the Northern edge for a 3.5-mile…

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

A Brief History Long before Humboldt Redwoods was a state park, the Sinkyone-Lolangkok lived in the area. Europeans began to arrive in 1850; this is when things began to go awry for the Redwoods. 1914 brought a railroad and 1922 brought the Redwood Highway to the area; with new transportation came heavy logging. Luckily, in…

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EBRPD Challenge: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline – 4 miles, easy Popular with locals, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline offers great views of the San Pablo Bay. The park once housed explosive manufacturers, was considered for NASA Mission Control Center, and was eventually acquired by the East Bay Regional Park District. Remains of its sordid history are still visible;…

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EBRPD Challenge: Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail

We decided to thru-hike the Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail, from Sunol Regional Wilderness to Del Valle Regional Park, in 1 day. 23 miles, 5,600 feet of elevation gain, and 9 litres of water later, we could barely walk. For those looking for a more leasurely time, we recommend taking 2 or 3 days to complete…

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Brokeoff Mountain and Lassen Peak: Lassen Volcanic NP

Fall has arrived! With fall comes dramatic weather, cooler temperatures, and rain. What’s a hiker to do? Hit the trails! So we packed our warmer sleeping bags and rain gear and off we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park… Lassen Peak – 5 miles, strenuous The California Conservation Corp and National Park trail crews have…

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Manzanita Lake Area: Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Manzanita Lake Area is probably the busiest area of the park that we have visited thus far. Camping cabins, a store, showers, laundry, and easy lakefront access make this area attractive to families and others on a relaxing weekend. While the area is great for families, rugged adventurers can also find enjoyment. While good…