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…

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…

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…

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…

Sibley Volcanic RP, Temescal RRA, Roberts RRA

We completed these 3 hikes in 1 Friday afternoon. The circuit took approximately 8 hrs (includes driving time). These 3 parks are in close proximity to each other. Plan a driving route before leaving to optimize your time. You could also bike from park to park for a full day of exercise.

Briones RP

For our second East Bay Regional Trails Challenge Hike, we headed to Briones Regional Park for a 12-mile (Ivan Dickson memorial) loop. Briones Regional Park was once Rancho Boca de la Canada del Pinole and also contains parts of Rancho Canada del Hambre y las Bolsas and Rancho Acalanes. The ranch was first settled by…