1700 Castle Rock Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(Northern Staging Area)
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4526
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Nov 1 - Feb 28
7:30am - 7:00pm
Mar 1 - May 31
7:30am - 8:00pm
Jun 1 - Oct 31
7:30am - 9:00pm
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No cattle are currently grazing in Diablo Foothills.
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Annual Closure Notice
Starting February 1st – July 31st the rock formations knows as the “Castle Rock” area of Mount Diablo State Park will be closed to all visitors. This closure does not affect the Castle Rock Recreation area. This area is accessed mostly by Stage Road Trail which is in Diablo Foothills Park and near the Castle Rock Recreation area of EBRPD. The majority of trails in Diablo Foothills will not be affected by this closure. Stage Road Trail will NOT be affected by this closure, but all areas east of the trail leading up to the rock formation areas will be off limits. This closure is to help protect the American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum). This protected species is territorial and highly sensitive to disturbance during nesting season. The rocks – located in Pine Canyon – are closed to all access during these same months each year.
Although the peregrine is no longer endangered, it is still a fully protected species in California, and disturbance of nesting peregrines is punishable by fines and even arrest. Please abide by the posted regulations, stay out of the restricted areas and don’t disturb the nesting birds. Public cooperation will be key to the success of the program.
For further please contact the Park Supervisor Bridget Calvey at 510-544-3086.
Diablo Foothills is an imposing gateway to the beautiful parklands of Mt Diablo State Park and Walnut Creek Open Space. The Foothills 1,060 acres are valued for their striking geologic formations, their sweeping panoramas of the San Francisco Bay Region and the rural quality of the adjacent rolling grasslands.
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Adjacent to Diablo Foothills is Castle Rock Recreation Area located in a scenic canyon along Pine Creek. The area is dominated by oak woodlands and prominent sandstone formations. Castle Rock has historically specialized in preparing picnic events for large groups of 300 or more people.
Besides panoramic views of the mountain and its surroundings, Diablo Foothills' 1,060 acres contain interesting geologic features, beautiful wildflowers in season, and a variety of bird and animal life.
Vegetation varies from grassland and oak savannah on the hills to riparian and oak woodland in the valley. Pine Creek flows through Pine Canyon and is within the eastern portion of the Walnut Creek watershed, which drains 150 square miles of central Contra Costa County into San Francisco Bay.
Diverse habitat types support an equally diverse array of wildlife, including mule deer, bobcats, coyote, grey fox, long-tailed weasels, raccoons, gophers, rabbits and ground squirrels. Birds such as red-winged blackbirds, northern mockingbirds, scrub jay, California quail and brown towhees use the park for nesting and foraging habitat. Rock outcrops shelter garter and gopher snakes, western fence lizards, southern alligator lizards, tree frogs and California salamanders. The perennial pools of water in Pine Creek ensure the survival of green sunfish, mosquitofish and largemouth bass.
Diablo Foothills offers abundant open land for horseback riding, hiking, bicycling and nature study. There are no developed facilities in the park.
The pathways within Castle Rock Recreation Area are wheelchair accessible. Other wheelchair accessible facilities in Castle Rock Recreation Area include a restroom and a drinking fountain, and an accessible lift into the pool.
- Northern Staging Area: Exit I-680 at Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek and drive east. After about three miles turn right on Walnut Avenue. After about two miles turn right on Oak Grove Road, then bear right onto Castle Rock Road and follow it to the Orchard Staging Area on the right. Limited parking is available at the end of Castle Rock Road.
- Southern Staging Area: Exit I-680 at Livorna Road. Head east about three miles to the Livorna Staging area located just west of Stonegate Drive in Alamo.
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