The East Bay Regional Park District’s 21st annual Trails Challenge is off and running! Each year, the Park District has challenged Alameda and Contra Costa residents to get outdoors and enjoy their Regional Parks and Trails for fun and fitness. Thanks to a partnership with Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, the Trails Challenge is offered free to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The Trails Challenge is a self-guided hiking program that gives participants an incentive to discover their Regional Parks, while promoting fitness through enjoyable outdoor exercise. “This is a great opportunity to explore parks for the first time – or visit old favorites,” said Park District Board President Ayn Wieskamp. “There’s really something for everyone, from paved walks, to ambitious hikes - each with their own rewards.”
Participants who register for the Trails Challenge receive a free T-shirt and online access to the 2014 trail guidebook. The booklet includes detailed trail descriptions, including driving directions, for hikes in 20 Regional Parks or Trails. Hikes range from easy to challenging. There are trails open to hikers, bicyclists, dogs, and equestrians, and many are wheelchair accessible. While the program is designed to be self-guided, a number of naturalist-led hikes are offered during the year as well.
To complete the challenge, participants are asked to hike five of the trails – or 26.2 miles of trails –and submit a trail log. They receive a commemorative pin mailed to them. As in past challenges, the honor system applies.
Registration is now open, at www.RegionalParksFoundation.org. No telephone registrations are accepted for this program.
2014 Featured Parks & Trails
1 Big Break to Marsh Creek Regional Trails – Oakley/Brentwood
2 Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space – San Ramon
3 Briones Regional Park – Martinez
4 Brushy Peak Regional Preserve – Livermore
5 Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline – Martinez
6 Contra Loma Regional Park to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve – Antioch
7 Crown Memorial State Beach – Alameda
8 Hayward Regional Shoreline
9 Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area– El Sobrante
10 Lafayette Moraga Regional Trail
11 Lake Chabot Regional Park – Castro Valley
12 Morgan Territory Regional Preserve – unincorporated Contra Costa County
13 Ohlone Regional Wilderness – Sunol
14 Old Moraga Ranch Regional Trail
15 Point Pinole Regional Shoreline – Richmond
16 Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve – Orinda (Oakland hills/Orinda hills)
17 Roberts Regional Recreation Area – Oakland
18 Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve – Danville
19 Temescal Regional Recreation Area – Oakland
20 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 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study.