From Waterfall Trails to Delicious Ales

Surrounded by open space for hiking and biking, and with a new craft beer trail, Concord is primed for a winter visit. Here are five ways to spend the day.

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1) Grandest Picnic of Them All

Pair your lunch with one of the biggest views in the West! At 3,849 feet, Mount Diablo’s summit has a panorama of more than 200 miles of California landscape. Which is why the 6.5-mile Grand Loop trek around the East Bay’s tallest peak should be on your spring to-do list.

2) Six Waterfalls

Have you seen Mount Diablo’s cooler and splashier side? After a good rain, six scenic waterfalls encircle the mountain’s rugged northern canyons. Hike a 5-mile loop for the grand tour.

3) Bounties of Briones

Pump up your fat tires and get to Briones Regional Park for 35 miles of mountain bike trails. Winter and spring are ideal for lush green scenery and rainbows of popping wildflowers.

4) To-Do: Todos!

Named one of three Great Places in California by the American Planning Association, Todos Santos Plaza is 2.5 acres in downtown Concord. Kick back in the heart of the plaza—a beautiful park with picnic tables, benches, and a medley of trees (okay, there’s Wi-Fi, too!).

5) Craft Beer Trail

Several craft breweries make a nice addition to any outdoor excursion. Pick up a Beer Trail Passport and explore the alehouses along Concord’s new Beer Trail. Those who complete the whole thing (no purchase necessary) get a chance at a bonus prize!

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