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Green Hills are Beckoning

Jan 02, 2018 12:14PM

Get Outside and Enjoy Our Bountiful Open Spaces

In case you’ve missed it, the hills and open spaces that surround us are emerald green and gorgeous!  It’s hard to resist the lure of trails that wind over enchanting creeks and up through the oaks, rewarding hikers with stunning views. And there’s no better prescription for purging the overindulgence and lethargy we tend to allow ourselves during the holidays.

With the number of open space stewards in Central Contra Costa, there’s no shortage of resources for planning your hikes.  You can stick to old favorites or unearth a new trail every time you head out.

With 6,255 acres and numerous trailheads, Briones Regional Park offers endless hiking options through rolling hills, secluded, shady canyons, and peaks with panoramic views that are well worth the climb. On a clear day you’ll see Mt. Diablo and the Diablo Valley to the east, the Sacramento River and Delta to the north, the East Bay hills and Mt. Tamalpais to the west, and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness to the south. Visit www.ebparks.org/parks/briones for trail maps and park information.

John Muir Land Trust has been preserving and protecting properties in Central Contra Costa since 1989.  With 13 properties and 3,100 acres under management, East Bay residents can explore trails from JMLT’s most recently acquired property, Carr Ranch in Moraga, to Fernandez Ranch, just east of Martinez off Highway 4, and over 1,000 acres under stewardship on properties in between.  Visit www.jmlt.org for complete descriptions of the properties and maps of lovingly maintained trails just waiting to be discovered.

Mt. Diablo State Park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay
Area. Every season has its special qualities. Discover the mountain's beautiful
wildflowers, extensive trail system, fascinating wildlife, and distinctive rock
formations. View the stars from its lofty heights, bike ride to its 3,849-foot summit,
or explore the more remote trails by horseback. The park offers hiking, biking,
horseback riding and camping. For more information, visit www.parks.ca.gov.


Shady creek crossing at Fernandez Ranch. Photo by Adam Weidenbach



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