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

Sycamore Valley regional Open Space Preserve

2101 Holbrook Dr, Danville, CA 94526

This regional park encompasses nearly 697 acres of space along with two major ridges south of Mount Diablo. Perceived as a small oasis, in the midst of the dense suburbia of the Sycamore valley, it offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

The local settlers utilized the lands, once home to the Bay Miwok native people through various activities like grazing and farming. In fact, they’re the ones responsible for the complete transformation of the Sycamore Valley into a highly productive agricultural region. 

Varying from 600 to 1000 ft in elevation, the trails offer pleasant hikes amid green rolling hills. And, the best time to visit is either winter or spring. 

In the region, there are two separate parks for hikers - the Short Ridge Unit which spans across 362 acres (begins along a creek via the Shady Slope Trail) and the sweeping 28 acres Sherburne Hills Unit. Combined, they offer 6 miles of trails to hike and are not connected. The Camino Tassajara separates them, as does the residential neighborhood of Wood Ranch

The former has some patches of shade and is enveloped by Oak trees, while the latter’s hilly grasslands remain mostly exposed to sunlight and is also more secluded since the hike is a little strenuous. But, nonetheless, it offers better southward views. 

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The narrow trails snaking up beside oak trees and hillsides house a wide array of wildlife amongst which you can hike. They offer you stunning views of the surrounding city, hills and the lush green foothills of Mount Diablo. Water bodies like small ponds diffuse the place. They provide restricted limited wetland habitat for red legged frogs and garter snakes. And, it’s very likely that you notice cattle grazing in the distance.  

In general, the habitat supports scrub jays, gopher snakes, northern pacific rattlesnakes,scrub jays, acorn woodpeckers, lazuli bunting, racers, black tailed titmouse, Northern orioles. The woodlands of the northern unit are mature and support great horned owls and red tailed hawks. Luckily for nature lovers, these plots of land have managed to elude development. 

In a sea of houses, this is your ideal destination spot where nature thrives and you can stretch your legs away from concrete. While restricted severely in terms of activities being nestled in the heart of civilization, it still has an assortment of flowers, birds, critters and views to enjoy. 

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
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         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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