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This Glorious Weekend, Hike One of These East Bay Trails

It's the perfect time.

Mt. Diablo

Mt. Diablo 

 

Too much time minding monitors, swiping screens, and making calls? Need to get away without going very far? The East Bay offers more than cheaper apartments, pop-up breweries,  and hella crowded commutes. Grab a friend, grab a knapsack, and reconnect with nature on the other side of the bay. It's the perfect weekend for it, with temperatures expected to climb to the low seventies. 

Bear Creek Trail (Orinda)
Distance: 7.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
The Hike: With hills that top off just as you’re about to call it quits, bucolic meadows of grazing cattle, and an array of springtime wildflowers that justify a mid-March visit, the Bear Creek Trail in Briones is just right for hiking—and, just off of Highway 24, it’s not far from civilization.
The Afterhike: In Lafayette, treat yourself to one of 12 draft beers on the patio of the Cooperage American Grille

Las Trampas Rocky Ridge Loop (San Ramon)
Distance: 4.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
The Hike: For ornithologists, this trek through the grassy hills of Las Trampas provides plenty of opportunities to spy birds of all kinds. Bask in the sun as you work out your calves.
The Afterhike: Supercharge post-hike with a power-packed acai-berry bowl. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

Wildcat Canyon and Tilden Regional Park Loop (Richmond)
Distance: Variable
Difficulty: Moderate
The hike: Choose your own adventure (and distance) at Wildcat Canyon. It's a bit of journey to get there, but worth it to spend time on multiuse fire trails that wind alongside Wildcat Creek and through hills near the San Pablo Reservoir. This hike is good for horse-riders, dog-walkers, and people who like pets. Multiple trails provide options for shorter hikes.
The Afterhike: If you finish before five, find caffeine at the dog-loving Catahoula Coffee Company.

Summit and Secret Valley Trails Loop (Mt. Diablo)
Distance: 6.0
Difficulty:
Moderate
The Hike: Why hike Mt. Diablo when you can find equally stunning vista views and redwood canyon stair-climbing at this little loop? High points of the trail will have you looking out on the expansive East Bay, while a lower pass through dusty valley roads will put you back in the footsteps of early settlers.
The Afterhike: Park yourself at Forge Handcrafted Pizza for refreshing local brews on tap and Neopolitan pizza fresh from the woodfired oven. 

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve (Oakland)
Distance: 2.3
Difficulty: Moderate
The Hike: The side-split volcano just off of scenic Skyline Boulevard may be less well known, but is totally worthwhile. Enjoy the flora and exposed rock formations.
The Afterhike: Jump over to Lake Temescal, the perfect place for a post-hike picnic, a bit of fishing, or a dip in the water. 

 

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