Diablo Foothills RP

The Eastern Edge of Diablo Foothills RP Diablo Foothills RP is small and busy but can serve as a starting point for longer, challenging hikes into less visited areas. Our hike followed a straight line along the Eastern edge of the park, adjacent to Castle Rock RRA, and into Mount Diablo State Park. This hike is…

Bill’s Hill and More: Henry W. Coe State Park

Bill’s Hill and Kickham Ranch Unit Office: 10 miles, 1,600 ft of gain (moderate) Note: This hike includes cross-country travel. Make sure you have a good map, a decent sense of direction, and know how to use both. Note: Beginner Mountain Bikers: Hunting Hollow Road is very scenic and relatively flat. It’s a great place to…

Newell and Lynch Canyon OSPs

Newell Open Space Preserve Fifteen years in the making, Newell Open Space Preserve opened during the Summer of 2014. The land, 620 acres, was donated by Jack and Bernice Newell to the City of American Canyon in 1999. We found the park staring at Google maps, looking for a place we haven’t already hiked. And…

Crockett Hills Regional Park

Crockett Hills Regional Park is a great place to take an afternoon stroll, walk your dog, or practice your mountain biking skills. Located near the Town of Crockett, the park offers stellar views of Mount Tamalpais, the San Pablo Bay, and the Carquinez straight. We opted to loop around the outer edges of the park…

Tilden Regional Park

A Brief History Opened in 1936, Tilden was one of the 3 original parks in the district (along with Temescal and Sibley Volcanic Regional Parks). The park is named after Major Charles Lee Tilden, one of the founding members of the district and its first president of the Board of Directors. The park remains a…

Sausalito to Muir Beach: Golden Gate NRA

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is comprised of several units. Routes of various lengths and difficulties can be achieved not only in the NRA but also in the adjacent state and local parklands. If you don’t like an overabundance of choices, planning a hike in the area can be challenging. We decided to start at the Morning…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…