The Best Walnut Creek Hiking Trails [Updated 2020]
Walnut Creek is nestled to the east of northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area. Walnut Creek is a suburban oasis with an urban flair thanks to its sprawling landscapes, warm weather, fine dining, posh shopping district and local wines. Staying at Walnut Creek provides easy access to San Francisco and Oakland through Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) or take a quick drive to explore the world-famous Napa and Livermore Valley Wineries. Local attractions include the Heather Farms Gardens and the Lindsay Wildlife Center, an educational and wildlife rehabilitation centre. To the east of the city is Mount Diablo State Park.
Walnut Creek and the adjacent East Bay area feature a range of wildlife, sweeping forests, and nature trails that draw tourists to the local area.There are 30.5 miles of hiking / equestrian trails that pass through the rolling hills of Walnut. The breathtaking, rolling natural topography offers a place of reflection for walking, mountain biking, and hiking. The City maintains a trail network running 23.5 miles. The City’s trails connect for a total of 30.5 miles to seven miles of Los Angeles County Trails. Three resting areas are accessible along the equestrian / hiking trails. The rest areas are north of Amar Road on Lemon Avenue; on Nogales Boulevard, south of Francesca Avenue; and on Lemon Avenue, just north of La Puente Road. All three rest areas have shade-providing picnic tables, garbage cans, and trees.
As our beloved John Muir said, “Stay close to the heart of nature… and break away now and then, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. “A one-to-three-hour hike will give you a rejuvenating boost. Any need to climb a mountain or spend a week attempting to do it; there are several trails in the Bay Area providing easy to moderate elevation and stunning views. Five of our favorites are here in and around Walnut Creek. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
You will see that you are wedged between Ygnacio Valley Road and downtown Walnut Creek until you are in the open space surrounded by native grasses, valley oaks and gently sloping foothills of Mt. Diablo. Marshall Drive dead ends next to Indian Valley Elementary School at the start of the road. (Try not to go to school beginning or dismissal while the route is struggling or stumble with parents.) Follow the trail straight as it bends and curves gently. When you have reached a bench on your left, brace yourself for a steep climb as the track bends to the left. You can either turn right at the top and come down on a parallel line, then go back the way you came. When you turn left and follow the road, it curves around the other side of the hill–with stunning views of Benicia–at Marshall Drive ending up. If you’ve been working up an appetite, restaurants in downtown are only minutes away.
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- Diablo Foothills Regional Park
- Shell Ridge Open Space
- Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
- Lime Ridge Open Space
- Franco Ranch Loop Trail
- Sugarloaf Open Space
- Acalanes Ridge
- Mount Diablo State Park
- Howe Homestead Park
All of these wonderful trails are located just a short distance from our location at 2890 North Main Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!