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108 La Casa Via, Ste 102, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Spanish for the snares or traps, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers beckoning views. It is an expanded trail system composed of two hilly ridges - Las Trampas on the east which features a plant community. With sweeping views over San Ramon Valley, the region is exquisitely scenic. 

Rocky Ridge lies on the west, especially noted for its views, unique rock formations and green hills lightly forested with oaks and California Bays. It offers a healthy dose of soul reinvigorating solitude for the hikers who venture here.

Vegetation on the ridges, especially in the western and southern slopes is predominantly hybrid manzanitas, black sage, elderberry, chaparral currant, chamise and buck brush, gooseberry, coffeeberry, poison oak, sticky monkeyflower and various other species. 

It offers 5342 acres of wilderness and an opportunity for hikers and riders to enjoy the remote and rugged areas, most of them being long, tough hauls. The Las Trampas and Bollinger faults are responsible for the erection of four, well defined geographical formations. 

There are three trails that emerge onto the ridgeline on the rocky ridge side - Ricky Ridge view trail, Cuesta Trail and Elderberry Trail  - while the Las Trampas side offers numerous loop possibilities. In essence, this is a park of steep climbs, dirt roads. 

The single track trails are all narrow, overgrown and rough. Its ruggedness is a part of the package. This is the bad boy of East Bay, there being only steep rugged trails and intersecting geology imbued with fantastic views. The climb to Eagle Peak is one of the finest hikes in the area, despite its being nothing more than a small rock perched on a ridge. The trail winds through wide meadows dotted with oak, while the Rocky Ridge trail remains Las Trampas’ marquee destination. 

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The climb being thoroughly steep implies rapidly changing views once you ascend. On clear days, the Sierra Nevada is visible. Once you have made it through the climb, the hawk encircled ridgetop trails will give you an adequate site to take a stroll.

For a long time now, Las trampas has been a favorite wilderness escape and is bisected by the Bollinger Creek. This unparalleled continuity of wilderness includes Little Hills Picnic Ranch for groups up to 1500 people, and the Las Trampas stables for horse boarding and lessons. Other facilities include play fields, barbeque picnic areas and a swimming pool. Added to these, you can enjoy views of Carquinez Straits and many other remarkable points of interest.

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California:

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  •         Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  •         Shell Ridge Open Space
  •         Briones Regional Park
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Howe Homestead Park

 

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California:

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  •         Shell Ridge Open Space
  •         Briones Regional Park
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         Howe Homestead Park

 

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