The East Bay Regional Park District invites the public to join its 24th annual Trails Challenge program, in which participants hike at least five trails or a minimum of 26.2 miles in the East Bay Regional Parks. Thanks to support from the Regional Parks Foundation and Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, the program is free to East Bay residents.
The program launched on January 1st, 2017, and participants have until Dec. 1st to complete the challenge – which is self-guided and self-paced. Participants turn in a trail log to receive a commemorative pin, while supplies last. As always, the program runs on the honor system. No verification of the hikes is required.
Participation is easy. For faster service, registration is no longer required. Hikers may go to www.ebparks.org to immediately download a PDF of this year’s trail guidebook; or stop by a participating EBRPD Visitor Center to pick up a hard copy – and a free T-shirt – while supplies last. A complete list of participating Visitor Centers is also available at www.ebparks.org or by calling 1 (888) EBPARKS, option 2.
Each year, the guidebook highlights 20 different trails throughout the Park District. A handy guide is provided so that you may pick out the trail that’s right for you: easy, moderate, or challenging, and with a variety of features. An icon alerts park visitors to trails that are open to dogs – most are. Six of this year’s trails are accessible to wheelchair users.
“We’re pleased to invite you outdoors once again with another year of this popular program,” said EBRPD Regional Interpretive and Recreation Services Manager David Zuckermann. “With a menu of exciting options, it makes visiting the parks easy and accessible for all.”
This year’s featured hikes include trails in the following locations:
Alameda Creek Regional Trail, Union City/Fremont
Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Oakland
Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont
Crockett Hills Regional Park, Crockett
Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore
Five Canyons Open Space, Hayward
Garin Regional Park, Hayward
Leona Canyon Regional Open Space, Oakland
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, Pleasanton
Redwood Regional Park, Oakland
Roberts Regional Recreation Area, Oakland
Contra Costa County
Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve, San Ramon
Brushy Peak Regional Preserve, Livermore
Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, Richmond
Marsh Creek Regional Trail, Oakley/Brentwood
Martinez Regional Shoreline
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, Richmond
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 120,931 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.