The California State Riding and Hiking Trail was first envisioned in 1945, but has not yet been completed. The Contra Costa County segment of the trail was a pilot project of the program, and the level of completion it has attained has been due in part to strong public interest in the East Bay. In 1982 Senator Dan Boatright, with support from legislators Robert Campbell and Bill Baker, arranged for a state grant of $300,000 to the Park District using 1964 State Park Bond funds. Coupled with the conveyance of land rights acquired by the state, the District was able to acquire and develop the trail.
This historic trail provides spectacular views, community access, and a challenging and rewarding experience to trail users of various abilities. When completed, it will extend 16 miles and will connect Martinez to Mt. Diablo State Park. Currently the trail is completed from Martinez to Concord, and will soon make the final link to Mt. Diablo. The trail passes from Carquinez Regional Shoreline over the Franklin Hills and makes a connection to the John Muir Historic Site. It passes over and through the hilly residential area of southern Martinez, past city parks (Hidden Lakes, Las Juntas), and into Pleasant Hill, where it utilizes a portion of the Contra Costa Canal Trail. It follows the Canal Trail past Walnut Creek's Larkey Park and Heather Farm Park and leaves it it the vicinity of Lime Ridge Open Space in Concord. From there it courses through open space and residential areas of Concord and into Concord's Newhall Community Park. A portion of the trail is under construction at Ygnacio Valley Road, and the trail currently ends south of Crystal Ranch Drive. The trail can be accessed from the variety of parks and schools it connects to, as well as other local parking adjacent to the all-dirt portion of the trail corridor.
Certain sections of the trail are wheelchair accessible.
Safe multiple use of this and other multiple use trails requires everyone's cooperation. Each trail user is asked to exercise common courtesy. BICYCLES YIELD to horses and hikers. HIKERS YIELD to horses. Stay to the right of the trail except when passing. NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES are permitted on the trail, wheelchairs excepted.
Violations of any of the following may result in citation.
All Trail Users:
Trail conflicts or violations should be reported to the Trail Hotline at (510) 733-6991. For an immediate response, call (510) 881-1833. In case of emergency dial 9-1-1.