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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…