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Hiking Activity Calendar
Discover Hiking Activities, Classes and Programs!

Trails Challenge

New to the Regional Parks? The free Trails Challenge is great way to get to know your Regional Parks.

Short-Loop Trails

Short-loop trails provide opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature on a relatively non-strenuous walk on trails and pathways in the Regional Parks. These walks are suitable for senior citizens, persons in wheelchairs, parents with small children or with children in strollers, or for anyone not ready for the more demanding trails of wilderness parklands. Please read the full description of each hike before you plan your walk–while most are gentle, some trails may have rough or narrow sections or steeper climbs, and there are bicycle and dog restrictions in some of the parklands.

Challenge Hikes

Challenging trails are those that have significant elevation gain (1,000 feet or more), are 6 – 20 miles or more in length, trail conditions vary from good to rugged, and they generally take 4 – 8 hours to complete.  These hikes are not for the faint-hearted! See our listing of Challenge Hikes.

Wednesday Walks

Explore some of the unique habitats of the East Bay with our friendly walking group. Discover the natural and human history of our beautiful parklands and improve your health on a fast-paced, morning hike.

Wellness Walks

The Wellness Walks typically range from 2 to 2.5 hours. Each walk is led by a Park naturalist who presents on the unique history of the park, the wildlife and natural resources; and a health instructor, such as a yoga teacher, nutritionist, fitness trainer, sound therapist, performance artist, or laughter yoga practitioner. The instructor engages the participants in dynamic movements and activities that create flexibility, build resilience and reduce stress. The walk often concludes with games and heart circles where participants share their experience of their day in Nature with each other. After this, they partake in a shared meal of ethnic cuisine.

Pole Walking & Pole Hiking Programs

Learning how to use poles helps walkers and hikers improve endurance, posture, balance, confidence and strength, and enhances your enjoyment of the outdoors. All class levels focus on anatomically-optimal techniques to achieve your desired performance while learning how to avoid joint stress or strain. The Outdoor Recreation Department offers poles classes taught by Jayah Faye Paley, an AFAA & ACE certified personal trainer, and the creator of the only comprehensive educational media on how to use poles, including two award winning DVDs. More information and register for classes.

Tuesday Twilights

Enjoy sunset in an East Bay Regional Park, Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Walks vary in terrain and difficulty. These are family hikes, not always suitable for organized groups. Bring water, snacks, and flashlight. Wear good hiking shoes and layered clothing. Call the hike naturalist for more information. Parking fees may apply. 

Wildlife Encounters

The East Bay Regional Parks are home to many plants and animals.

Can you tell a gopher snake from a rattlesnake?
Do you know how to avoid ticks - and poison oak?
How should you behave around animals in the parks?

Prepare for your outdoor adventure.

Trail Safety and Etiquette

Regional Trails Mileage Guides

Trails Mileage Summary Report Garin to Chabot
Alameda Creek Trail - Paved Green Valley
Alameda Creek Trail - Unpaved Iron Horse Regional Trail
Bay Area Ridge Trail Lafayette / Moraga
Big Break Regional Trail Las Trampas to Mt. Diablo
Black Diamond to Mt. Diablo Marsh Creek Trail
Briones to Mt. Diablo Ohlone Wilderness
Calaveras Ridge Trail Old Moraga Ranch
California Riding and Hiking Trail San Francisco Bay Trail
Contra Costa Canal Trail Tassajara Creek
Delta De Anza Trail Wildcat Creek
East Bay Skyline National Trail -
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