Top Adventures in Walnut Creek

  • Hiking Briones Park's Lafayette Ridge

    This is a nice and casual hike through the meadows and rolling hills, dotted with cows and hawks and sometimes goats or foxes. As you head up Lafayette Ridge, you'll be rewarded with the beautiful vista spanning from the Oakland Hills to sparklin...

    4.5 miles

  • Explore the Castle Rock Trail

    Located near Walnut Creek, the trail is easily accessible from anywhere in the Bay Area. The trail is kept open year-round, and happens to be part of the American Discovery Trail and the Coast to Crest trail. If you are not done hiking, connecting...

    5.7 miles 1190 ft gain

  • Run the Mt. Diablo Foothill Loop

    Continue by car down Castle Rock Road until it dead ends at the beginning of the trail. Parking is usually easy to find. If full, there is another overflow lot about 500 ft back the way you came in.You'll walk a good half mile down the trail befor...

    6.2 miles 875 ft gain

  • Explore the Lafayette Reservoir via Rim Trail

    Lafayette Reservoir is perfect for canoeing, mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. The Reservoir trail system is also used for nature walks and birding. The loop has several high points that have amazing views. The trails become very muddy a...

    5 miles 1085 ft gain

  • Running the East Bay Wilderness

    Take time to stop in the first area, Rocky Ridge with it’s grassy knolls to enjoy views in all areas. Head up the Eldeberry Trail, which will take you up the muddy or sunny (depending on the time of year) side of the ridge. Once you’ve made it thr...

  • Explore the Rocky Ridge View, Sycamore, and Devil's Hole Trail

    Turn right on Rocky Ridge Trail for .38 miles and turn left on Elderberry for 1.67 miles mostly through the woods. At the bottom where there are picnic tables, turn left for .37 back to the parking lot. The trail begins at the end of Bollinger Can...

    6.3 miles 2076 ft gain

  • Hike the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail

    Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers an extensive trail system for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The trail is open year round and dogs are allowed. The Las Trampas and Bollinger faults spread apart to reveal a wonderful wildernes...

    2.7 miles 731 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Diablo

    Mt. Diablo has some of the most expansive views in California, despite it's relatively low peak elevation. It played a large role in the surveying the Bay Area during its early discovery. Getting There: To get to the staging area, take Interstate ...

    13 miles 3323 ft gain

  • Bike Pinehurst Road to Grizzly Peak

    This 25-mile loop starts at the Valle Vista Staging Area in Moraga, CA.  Take a left out of the parking lot onto Canyon Rd.At 0.65 mi, turn right onto Pinehurst Rd.  This road will take you through Canyon's redwood tree forest and the beginning of...

    25 miles 2294 ft gain

  • Bike the Oakland Hills via Pinehurst and Skyline

    This 14.6-mile loop starts at the Valle Vista Staging Area in Moraga, CA.  Take a left out of the parking lot onto Canyon Rd.At 0.65 mi, turn right onto Pinehurst Rd.  This road will take you through Canyon's redwood tree forest, the beginning of ...

    14.6 miles 1441 ft gain

  • Camp at Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo SP

    Mount Diablo's summit in Mount Diablo State Park rises to 3,848ft, with Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo SP is at approximately 3,000ft in elevation.  Juniper Campground overlooks the valley below and some of the San Francisco Bay.  Reservations...

  • Explore the Mount Diablo North Peak Trail

    Dogs are not allowed here, but horseback riders love this trail network. The trail features wildflowers in the spring, and the occasional creek after winter rains. The trail is best used from March - October.  This is also a good beginner hike for...

    6 miles 2208 ft gain

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