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Las Trampas Rocky Ridge View Trail

Las Trampas Rocky Ridge View Trail

Total distance: 5.67 mi
Total climbing: 1834 ft

Located in the backyard of Alamo/Danville/San Ramon, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers tri-valley residents a nearby getaway with spectacular views of Mt. Diablo and the San Francisco Bay/Delta.

A little bit of trivia: The home of the America’s only Nobel winning playwright, the Eugene O’neil lies situated within the park. Visits allowed by tour only.

Las Trampas Essential Info

Distance: 5.6 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
Dogs: OK
Trail Map

Hours:

Jan 1 – Feb 13
8am – 5:30pm
Feb 14 – Mar 8
8am – 6pm
Mar 8 – May 20
8am – 7pm
May 21 – Sep 3
8am – 8pm
Sep 4 – Nov 1
8am – 7pm
Nov 2 – Dec 31
8am – 5:30pm

Note that these are gate opening/closing times. It’s possible to park outside of the park and hike in.

How To Get There

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

From 680:

Exit Crow Canyon road west. Proceed about 1.3 miles, passing a Home Depot on your right. Turn Right onto Bollinger Canyon Road. Proceed another 3.4 miles to the entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

The Trail

Rocky Ridge View Trail
Rocky Ridge View Trail

Checkpoint: Start

Start out at either the main staging area or, if you arrive before the gate opens, the Little Hills Picnic Ranch parking just before the gate. If you choose the latter, there’s a trail head you can take which passes the Corral Camp and brings you to the main staging area.

From here, proceed through the cattle gate towards the Rocky Ridge View Trail. The first half a mile is a wide paved road.

Checkpoint: Radio Tower Relay

Radio Tower
Rocky Ridge Trail up to the Radio Tower

Continue up the relatively steep paved road. At the time of this writing, a stretch of pavement just near the top had been damaged by the 2016 winter rains. Simply take the detour around the left hand side of the damage. You’ll eventually come up to a locked gate. Veer left to continue on the Rocky Ridge trail.

 

Checkpoint: Fossil Rocks

Upon reaching the ridge, be on the lookout for the EBMUD gate and check out the clump of rocks next to it for fossils.

Las Trampas lay within the ocean millions of years ago and through geologic uplifting, formed the ridges present today. Read more here.

Moving along the top of the ridge, you’ll be treated to all kinds of wonderful views of the bay area on a clear day. Peering over the east bay hills with binoculars, the bay and San Francisco are easily visible.

Checkpoint: Shady Tree

Shady Tree
Shady Tree

A lone tree dots breaks up the continuity of the Rocky Ridge trail. The trodden dirt underneath belies its popularity with the cows.

Checkpoint: Cave Rocks

A short spur from the Rocky Ridge View trail along the Sycamore trail will bring you to an interesting mass of rocks, deformed through cavernous weathering.

Cave Rocks off of the Sycamore Trail
Cave Rocks off of the Sycamore Trail

It’s possible to continue along the Sycamore trail which will return to the Rocky Ridge View trail via the Devil’s Hole trail. This will add about 3 miles to the hike.

Assuming you are not doing the additional loop, return to the main trail and proceed about 1.1 miles. Turn left onto the Elderberry trail which will bring you back to the Corral Camp. From there, you can veer right to the Little Hills parking lot or left towards the main staging area.

Alternate Hikes

  • Ringtail cat trail from the northern side of Las Trampas
    • We’re working on a write up of this. Stay tuned!
  • Mission Peak
    • Great views! One long climb upwards….
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness
    • Flag Hill trail
      • Similar elevation climb with views of the Sunol valley.
    • Little Yosemite
      • Gushing waters of Alameda Creek through giant granite boulders (best during spring)

 

 

 

Crockett Hills – Soaring Eagle Trail

Crockett Hills – Soaring Eagle Trail

Little known Crockett, just below the Crockett Hills, on the south side of the Carquinez Straight is a little known town, rich in history as the headquarters of C&H Sugar Company. Up till 2017, The “California and Hawaii” Sugar Company shipped cane sugar from Hawaii into Crockett where it refined it for consumption across the rest of the country.

The hills rise just above the town, providing fine views of the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta and San Francisco Bay.

Total distance: 3.24 mi
Total climbing: 827 ft

Crockett Hills Essential Info

Length: 3.2 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 788 ft
Web Page: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/crockett_hills/
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (later in spring/summer)
Dogs OK

Getting There

Crockett Hills Regional ParkThe Crockett Hills are located south of the town of Crockett which is just below the Carquinez Bridge. The hills are bisected by the Cummings Skyway (and some nav systems will erroneously direct you to an address off of this road) but the main entrance is off the much smaller Crockett Blvd.

Depending where in the Bay Area you’re coming from, you can either take 680 or 80.

From 680

To get there via 680, take 680N to Highway 4W. Exit at Cummings Skyway. Take Cummings Skyway for about 2 miles and turn right onto Crockett Blvd. After approx 2 miles turn left into the Crockett Hills main parking lot.

From 80

Take 80W and take the Pomona Street exit located right before the Carquinez Bridge.

Turn left onto Pomona Street towards Crockett. Turn right onto Crockett Blvd and after only a couple hundred feet, turn right again into the Crockett Hills main parking lot.

 

The Trail

Crockett Hills Soaring Eagle Trail

Starting out from the parking lot, you’ll pass an old barn and apiary on the way to the trailhead. Take the Crockett Ranch Trail and ascend up the hillside.

Checkpoint: Tunnel Underpass

From the underpass, stay on the right side where the Soaring Eagle Trail will fork off.

After traversing the hillside and passing by numerous westward vantage points, the trail will eventually intersect the Sky Trail.

Turn left on the Sky Trail to return to the underpass.

Once you go back through the underpass, turn right onto the Edwards Loop Trail which will ascend for a few feet before descending down to the Edwards Creek Trail and returning to the parking lot.

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