All Stories from East Bay

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    Solano Salutations

    This is for those who like to find their hiking thrills in the hills! Make this destination near Fairfield one of your spring strolling—and birding—sites.

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    Wanda-ful Hike

    When John Muir wasn’t trekking the Sierra, he could usually be found hiking near his home in Martinez, at Mount Wanda, named for his daughter.

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    Bridge the Distance

    You like a good trail mix? Hike a blend of ridgetop rambling, bridge and bay views, and a eucalyptus forest at Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline.

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    Hill Yeah!

    The East Bay's Crockett Hills Regional Park has a 3-mile loop overflowing with rolling landscape and beautiful scenery.

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    Go North!

    Mount Diablo's little-visited North Peak is the real summit to scale. Unlike the main mount, which you can get to by car (or bike), the North Peak can only be reached via a 1.8-mile (one-way) moderate hike.

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    Easy Does It, East Bay

    Lafayette Reservoir is an East Bay classic and this time of year we recommend simply stretching your legs on the trail around the reservoir.

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    Sibley Sensations

    Make your way to Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland Hills for a 3.5-mile (round-trip) hike alongside the East Bay’s 10-million-year-old volcano.

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    Fernandez Fabulous

    There’s a lesser known hiking haven located in the northern range of the East Bay Hills. Fernandez Ranch has beautiful trails through the park’s golden hills and under oak savannahs. This 4-mile recommended loop hike bonuses with glorious view of San Francisco Bay.

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    Banner Briones

    There’s a challenging 3.9-mile hike at Briones Regional Park where the reward is some of the East Bay’s best views.

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    Berkeley's Bounty

    Berkeley’s best ingredients for fall hiking: forest for some color, ridges for some huge views, plus redwoods and a tranquil lake. Ta-dah! It’s all within this 3.3-mile hike in Tilden Regional Park.

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    Del Valle Daytrippin'

    Livermore is popular for its tasty wines, but it has another liquid asset for a triple-play summer day. Head to the East Bay’s Del Valle Regional Park for a reservoir-to-ridge hike, a scenic boat ride, and some beach time. From the boat launch area, start hiking on the East Shore…

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    Oakland Beat & Beer Garden

    Oakland walks to the beat of its own drum with a super vibrant arts scene. One of the easiest places to check some of it out is in the Northgate neighborhood—home of the “Art Murmur.” The Murmur began a few years ago as an art walk with participating galleries and mixed-use art…

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    Bike to Beers (& Bites)

    Ride your bike on a car-free trail and take a break at an alehouse … yes, please! Backed by looming Mount Diablo, the East Bay’s Contra Costa Canal Trail is an easygoing 23-mile (all-in) trail following its namesake canal, passing parks and open space. We recommend this 12-mile…

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    Post Hike Happy Hour(s)

    Where can you find Mount Diablo’s best post-hike Happy Hour? Todos Santos Plaza in the heart of downtown Concord has 2.5 acres of gorgeous green park with picnic tables, benches, and a medley of trees—along with surrounding restaurants offering al fresco dining, plus coffee shops…

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    Well Rounded

    Epic views, fields of flowers, and ridgeline thrills offering one of the biggest views in the West: Hiking the Grand Loop at Mount Diablo State Park in spring is eye-candy, with reams of poppies and more than 200 miles of California landscape rolling to the snowcapped Sierra…

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    To Do: Tilden for Wildflowers!

    Ingredients for a lush and lovely hike in Berkeley’s backyard: Just add water. And wildflowers! It all comes together in Tilden Regional Park. Hike in a landscape of greenery and wildflower scenery on a quick 2.5-mile loop. Begin hiking on Quarry Trail and find yourself suddenly…

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    Hello, Sunol

    It’s one of the grandest hikes of them all: Sunol Regional Park positively beams this time of year. And it’s even more banner after great rains. So take the grand tour and see all the major landmarks in the park on a 6-mile (round-trip) hike featuring everything from fast-flowing…

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    Creek, Peak, and Poppies!

    Combine newly blooming wildflowers and fresh flowing streams with staple redwoods and scenic ridges on this 6.8-mile hike in Redwood Regional Park. Start at the Skyline Staging Gate Area and follow the Stream Trail into the valley below. Redwood Creek soon greets you as you…

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    Redwoods Star Power

    Want to hang out with the stars? Go visit Leah, Rachel, and Nellie. They’re the names of the three marquee telescopes at the Chabot Space and Science Center in the East Bay, where every Friday and Saturday evening no-cost telescope star viewings are encouraged from the center’s…

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    Sunol Salutations

    New Year, new points of view … lots of views, thanks to a less-hiked trail in the East Bay. Well-known Sunol Regional Wilderness has 6,800 acres of bountiful terrain, yet few hikers actually experience the best views the park offers. Those are found along this 4-mile loop in…