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Exercise and nature are good for us!

Here are several easy and more difficult local hikes on trails that allow maintaining 6 ft of social distance between passing parties.

4  Hikes for you:

Both routes follow ranch roads & are wide enough to maintain 6 ft separation when passing.  Shell Ridge on the backside of the church is gentle, Acalanes above Acalanes HS is steep.

Download map for Shell Ridge

Download map for Acalanes

Here are two more hikes.  Both start from Springhill trailhead. Briones Regional Park, near Springhill & Pleasant Hill Rd.  Both are steep ranch roads that allow 6 ft social distancing when passing others.

Download map for Springhill 2.2 mile loop

Download map for Springhill 4.1 mile loop


Some Walks and Hikes During Shelter In Place from Mary Allan

(with parking and fewer people)


Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, Bull Valley Staging Area, Crockett ~

web of wide/narrow and flat/moderate hill trails, with water views from Carquinez to Benicia Bridges, dogs allowed off-leash

(Hwy. 4 west ~ McEwen Rd. exit ~ windy road towards Port Costa ~  L on Carquinez Scenic Drive ~ Bull Valley Staging area on R near top of hill ~ parking availab3le)

Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, Little Bull Valley Staging Area, Crockett ~

web of wide/narrow and flat/moderate hill trails

(Hwy. 4 west ~ McEwen exit ~ windy road towards Port Costa ~ R on Carquinez

Scenic Drive ~ .4 mile ~ first gate on L, at top of hill no sign ~ parking available)

George Miller Trail, Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, Crockett ~

asphalt trail for walkers and bicyclists/between the Post Costa area and Martinez/intermittent views of the water, hills and lush woodlands

(Hwy. 4 west ~ McEwen Rd. exit ~windy road towards Port Costa ~ R on Carquinez Scenic Dr. to the dead end ~ parking available.)    .

Mt. Wanda, Martinez ~ wide/ and steep trail/glorious wildflowers

(parking near the intersection of Alhambra Valley Road  and Highway 4)

Martinez Regional Shoreline, Martinez ~ flat/accessible/wide and narrow trails along Martinez shoreline

(Highway 4 west ~ exit at Alhambra Avenue ~ R on Alhambra Avenue towards downtown Martinez  ~ R onto Escobar ~ L on Ferry St. ~ cross the railroad tracks ~ R onto Joe DiMaggio Way and then follow the road to the L, as it turns into N. Court St. ~  main parking lot immediately on L.)

Paso Nogal Park, Pleasant Hill  ~ web of wide hilly trails

(Pleasant Hill Road towards Martinez ~ R on Taylor ~ L on Morello ~ L on Kiki ~

parking at end of street, near park entrance)

Hidden Lakes Park, Martinez ~ mostly flat/some moderate hills/web of trail choices around a series of lakes/creeks

(Pleasant Hill Road towards Martinez ~ R on Paso Nogal ~ L on Morello ~ R on Chilpanchingo Pkwy. ~ L at first stop sign ~ trail starts at end of the court ~ parking

in the neighborhood)

Black Diamond Trail, Clayton ~ woodland wide, flat trail (for about 20 minutes) that moves into steeper climbs into the lush green hills

(Clayton Road past Clayton ~ U-turn at Peacock Creek Drive ~ go .1 mile ~ R into parking lot at Black Diamond Trail

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