Welcome to Trails Challenge 2021!


The Park District’s Trails Challenge is a popular program that connects people to nature through hiking and biking. This free program, entering its 28th year, offers 20 diverse trails each year ranging from easy to challenging. The Trails Challenge is part of the global Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) movement that underscores the connection between a healthy green environment and community health.

While we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, one thing has become very clear, PARKS ARE ESSENTIAL. They play a vital role in sustaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health. We appreciate your support in loving and protecting this beautiful system of parklands and shorelines in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

In addition to the Trails Challenge, we hope you’ll take time out to explore our newest park in Oakland – Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline at the eastern touchdown of the Bay Bridge. Visit the restored tidal marshlands at Bay Point Regional Shoreline with views of Suisun Bay. Or take a walk or bike ride on the new bridge and new trail segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail next to the restored Albany Neck and Beach.

We thank Kaiser Permanente and the Regional Parks Foundation for sponsoring Trails Challenge and supporting our mission to “forever provide the opportunity for a growing and diverse community to experience nature nearby.”

To protect yourself and other park visitors, please wear your face mask and observe the 6-foot social distance. Enjoy the trails, invigorate your health, and create fond memories in nature!

Guidebooks are available online on our Trails Challenge page.

Beginning Jan. 9, guidebooks and t-shirts will be available outside our Visitor Centers on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 10am to 2pm while supplies last (one t-shirt per person & one guidebook per family). Visitor Center hours & info.

Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor