Discover Hiking Activities, Classes and Programs!
New to the Regional Parks? The free Trails Challenge is a great way to explore your Regional Parks.
Short-loop trails provide opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature on a relatively non-strenuous walk on trails and pathways in the Regional Parks. These walks are suitable for senior citizens, persons in wheelchairs, parents with small children or with children in strollers, or for anyone not ready for the more demanding trails of wilderness parklands. Please read the full description of each walk before you go on the walk. While most are gentle, some trails may have rough or narrow sections or steeper climbs, and there are bicycle and dog restrictions in some of the parklands.
Challenging trails are those with significant elevation gain (1,000 feet or more); 6 – 20+ miles in length; take 4 – 8 hours to complete. Trail conditions vary from good to rugged. These hikes are not for the faint-hearted! See list of Challenging Hikes.
Explore some of the unique habitats of the East Bay with our friendly walking group. Discover the natural and human history of our beautiful parklands and improve your health on a fast-paced, morning hike.
The Wellness Walks range from 2 to 2.5 hours. Each walk is led by a Park naturalist presenting on the unique history of the park, wildlife, and natural resources; and a health instructor, such as a yoga teacher, fitness trainer, performance artist, or laughter yoga practitioner. The instructor engages participants in dynamic movements that create flexibility, build resilience, and reduce stress. The walk often concludes with games and heart circles (where participants share their experience of their day in Nature with each other) and a shared meal.
Enjoy sunset in a Regional Park on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Walks vary in terrain and difficulty. These are family hikes, not always suitable for organized groups. Bring water, snacks, and flashlight. Wear layered clothing and hiking shoes with traction. Call the hike naturalist for more information. Parking fees may apply.
Pole Walking & Pole Hiking Programs
Learning how to use poles helps walkers and hikers improve endurance, posture, balance, confidence, and strength as well as enhances your enjoyment of the outdoors. All class levels focus on anatomically-optimal techniques to achieve your desired performance while learning how to avoid joint stress or strain. The Outdoor Recreation Department offers poles classes taught by Jayah Faye Paley, an AFAA & ACE certified personal trainer and creator of comprehensive educational media on how to use poles, including two award winning DVDs. Register for classes.
Trail Safety and Etiquette
- Safety tips and resources
- Rules and Regulations Regarding Hiking and Riding Trails (Section 600)
- Leave No Trace Principles
The Regional Parks are home to many plants and animals.
- Can you tell a gopher snake from a rattlesnake?
- Do you know how to avoid ticks and poison oak?
- How should you behave around animals in the parks?
Prepare for your outdoor adventure.
- Download the flyer: Wildlife Encounters