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TrailPhoto Guides and TrailPhoto Scenes - East Bay Region Overview
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Rumpled, golden green hills roll to infinity at Mission Peak Regional Preserve
The East Bay Region of the San Francisco Bay Area contains many parks, reservoirs, and wilderness expanses with hundreds of miles of trails. East Bay open spaces are blanketed with heavier woods and cooler climes in the west side hills just above Berkeley and Oakland down through Fremont. Open expanses of rolling hills and oak trees dominate the terrain east of the Berkeley/Oakland hills.
The East Bay Region of the TrailPhoto Guides and TrailPhoto Scenes extends throughout the entire counties of Alameda and Contra Costa, to the east of San Francisco. The maps shown below indicate the general location of trails covered in this section of TrailPhotos. Each of the highlighted park districts and other park areas shown on the detailed map that follows have links to further information on websites provided by their land management organizations.
East Bay Region TrailPhoto Guides and TrailPhoto Scenes locations (Arrows on these maps show approximate location and viewing direction of the photo at the top of this page, in the East Bay Regional Park District).
East Bay Region TrailPhoto Guides and TrailPhoto Scenes Descriptions
This TrailPhotos website has a thumbnail photo index and descriptions of thirty-one East Bay Region trails. Descriptions of these TrailPhoto Guides and TrailPhoto Scenes are available along with purchase information from this Photos: East Bay TrailPhoto Guide Trails link for the trails listed below. These include descriptions of fifteen of the EBRPD park areas, three EBMUD areas, Mt. Diablo State Park, and two open space areas maintained by city departments. This does not encompass all the main parks of the East Bay, but does cover several areas that have major trail mileage.
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is the primary open space agency in this area, though Mt. Diablo State Park is the single most dominant park.
There are other trails as well, in the watershed lands of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), Shell Ridge open space in Walnut Creek, and Lime Ridge open space in Walnut Creek and Concord. Miles of open country and forest covered trails await the adventurous.
These lands are open to all, and most can be visited free of charge. There is a small entrance fee at Mt. Diablo State Park parking areas, and the EBMUD lands require that a trail permit be obtained ahead of time, also for a minor fee. A few of the EBRPD lands have parking fees, though many trailheads do not.
East Bay Region open space descriptions and external links to the parks and trails covered in the East Bay TrailPhoto Guides and TrailPhoto Scenes are shown below, matched to the the corresponding numbers on map above:
Note: Park links underlined below connect to information about them at external websites, in a new browser window.
IN ALAMEDA COUNTY :
1) Boas - San Pablo Ridge Trail 6) High Ridge Trail
Tilden Park 7) Vista Peak Loop Trail
2) Quarry - Seaview Trail Mission Peak Preserve
Sibley Volcanic Preserve 8) Hidden Valley - Eagle Trail
3) Round Top Loop - Volcanic Trail Sunol / Ohlone Wilderness
Roberts / Redwood Park 9) Indian Joe - Grande Vista Trail
4) Graham - West Ridge Trail 10) McCorkle Trail
5) Grass Valley - Goldenrod Trail 11) Thermalito - Ridgeline Trail
IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY :
12) Elderberry - Upper Ridge Trail 17) Clayton - Black Diamond Trail
13) Las Trampas Ridge Trail 18) Stewartville - Ridge Trail
14) Lafayette Ridge Trail 19) Miwok Trail
15) Briones Crest Trail Morgan Territory Preserve
16) Old Briones Road Trail 20) Blue Oak - Valley View Trail
Castle Rock /Diablo Foothills Park 21) Highland Ridge Trail
See Trail # 29 - Also joins with
Shell Ridge Park
22) Finley Road Trail 24) Black Hawk Ridge Trail
23) BBQ Terrace Road 25) Diablo Falls Trail
26) Ramage Peak Trail 28) Briones Reservoir Trail
27) San Leandro Reservoir Trail
29) Costanoan Trail 30) Kovar - Ridge Top Trail
31) Quarry Trail
TrailPhoto Guides and TrailPhoto Scenes for this Region:
Some great external links for exploring East Bay natural areas and trails:
Bay Nature The premier website & magazine for San Francisco Bay Area natural areas
Transit & Trails A great website allowing you to plan your trips to Bay Area trails via public transit
TrailPhotos Index Site Map for all TrailPhotos areas and maps.
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