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.

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Looking Northwest down Cummings Skyway.

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 which made for a moderate 12.9-mile hike with less than 2,000 feet of elevation gain.

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We believe these to be the buds of a buckeye tree. Please correct us if we are wrong.

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The pond along Back Ranch Loop as seen from the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

There were quite a few miles of new trail in the park, it looks as though they have re-routed the Sugar City Trail and are working on the South Frog Loop Trail.  These new trails are scattered with speed bumps. We can only guess that these are meant to slow mountain bikers as they speed downhill; these double as an interesting leg workout for hikers.

If you are looking for a short hike, take the Edwards Creek Trail Loop around the Northern section of the park. However, the best views lie in the Southern Section; the junction of Sky, Big Valley, and Sugar City Trails is a short, fairly level hike from the underpass and has great views with a couple of picnic tables. Getting further into Big Valley, you’ll completely forget that CA-4 and I-80 are so close by.

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A Northerly view down Big Valley.

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This section of trail along Back Ranch Loop was nearly untouched and the various hues of green were stunning.

The park was not very busy and most people we ran into seemed to be regular visitors.

Hopefully, EBRPD will open the adjacent lands banks soon!

For more hikes nearby, visit our East Bay Regional Park District Agency Page.

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