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…

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…

Big Break RS and Marsh Creek RT

  Big Break Regional Shoreline – paved trails, exhibits, kayaking For those of us that live in the Pittsburg/Antioch/Oakley area, Big Break Regional Shoreline is great day trip. The area, used by farmers for many years, was so named after a 1928 break in one of the levees which separated an asparagus farm from the…

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…

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…

Hayward RS and Robert Crown State Beach

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…

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…

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…

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;…

Brushy Peak and Morgan Territory Regional Preserves

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve – 6 miles, moderate At a meek 1,702 feet, Brushy Peak might seem insignificant but it was an important landmark for trade routes amongst the Bay Area Ohlones, Bay Miwoks, and Northern Valley Yokuts. The area has also been used as grazing grounds even to this day; the effects of grazing…