Bishop Ranch ROSP

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve – 3.5 miles, easy

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve; east bay; east bay regional parks This seasonal stream was dry as a bone; hopefully, it will start flowing soon.

This seasonal stream was dry as a bone; hopefully, it will start flowing soon.

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve; east bay; east bay regional parks; trees A lot of Old Man

A lot of Old Man’s Beard in this park. It looked great on these oaks.

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 hike. After climbing out of the creek bed, you will enjoy views of 3 valleys; San Ramon, Dublin, and Pleasanton. Mount Diablo looms in the background the entire time. As you look down on the valleys, try to imagine what they looked like before they were settled. Then try to imagine what they will look in the years to come. Many of the hills around you have been leveled off to make way hilltop homes and yards. What must it have been like to hike those hills 50 years ago?

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve; east bay; east bay regional parks; sunset Image what these hills look like before being leveled for over-sized housing.

Image what these hills look like before being leveled for over-sized housing.

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve; east bay; east bay regional parks The view into San Ramon from the ridge. Mount Diablo looms in the background.

The view into San Ramon from the ridge. Mount Diablo looms in the background.

This small preserve shows us what the hills were once like (minus the grazing) and serve as a reminder that we cannot simply trample all that surround us; we must preserve something.

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For more information and adventure ideas in the area, please visit our page: East Bay Regional Park District