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Mount Diablo via Macedo Ranch (Mount Diablo State Park, CA)

Rising more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor, Mount Diablo (3,849’) is perhaps the most iconic peak in the East Bay, a behemoth for which the broader Diablo Range—which extends around 200 miles south into central California—is named. Most … Continue reading

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Fern Creek – Dipsea – Sun Trail Loop (Muir Woods National Monument, CA)

Sure the towering California redwoods are lovely, but Muir Woods National Monument on the Marin Peninsula has become almost comically crowded, mobbed by throngs of locals and visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area alike. Visitors must now have advance … Continue reading

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Kelly Lake, Coit Lake, and Pacheco Falls Loop (Henry W. Coe State Park, CA)

Central California’s Henry W. Coe State Park is a popular destination for Bay Area backpackers seeking to condition during the winter/spring season for trips to the Sierra Nevada later in the year. In fact, the terrain at Henry Coe is … Continue reading

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Madrone Soda Springs – China Hole Loop (Henry W. Coe State Park, CA)

The second-largest state park in California, Henry Coe State Park spans 87,000 acres of rolling hillsides and stream valleys in the central Diablo Range. Most visitors stick to the “Western Zone,” accessed from the Coe Ranch Headquarters and Campground on … Continue reading

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Middle Ridge – Manzanita Point Loop (Henry W. Coe State Park, CA)

At 87,000 acres, Henry Coe State Park is the second largest state park in California and offers a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and woody ridges in the Diablo Range southeast of the Bay Area. Lacking any towering peaks, Henry … Continue reading

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Lafayette Ridge Trail to Russell Peak (Briones Regional Park, CA)

The East Bay’s Briones Regional Park is a hiker’s paradise, with dozens of interlocking trails traversing a scenic stretch of hills between the suburban centers of Lafayette, Orinda, and Pleasant Hill. Lafayette Ridge—a lengthy spine that stretches southeast from the … Continue reading

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Ridge Top – Indian Creek Trail Loop (Shell Ridge Open Space, CA)

Winter and early spring is far and away the best time of year to hike in the East Bay, when temperatures are good and the rolling hillscapes—typically brown, dusty, and dry in summer—are lush and verdant. The jade-colored hues in … Continue reading

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Top 10 Hikes in 2020

Well, what a strange year it has been. In the early days of 2020, it was hard to imagine that, by March, much of the world would be dealing with a global pandemic that would take the lives of millions … Continue reading

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Phleger Estate – Huddart Park Loop (Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA)

Moderate loop hike through redwood-covered Phleger Estate and Huddart County Park on the San Francisco Peninsula. Continue reading

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Diablo Foothills Loop (Diablo Foothills Regional Park, CA)

Beautiful loop hike in Diablo Foothills Regional Park, featuring rugged canyons, verdant hills, and shady ravines. Continue reading

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