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Now that you have read about the best waterfall and wildflower hikes, why not enjoy more of Spring's great weather. Take a guided hikes and learn more about bird watching and spotting wildflowers, or enjoy one of the outdoor festivals or naturalist journeys just for kids. There's something for everyone so get out your hiking boots!

MT. DIABLO STATE PARK

Apr 8, Sat, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mt. Diablo Four Peaks

This is a strenuous 14-mile hike from Regency Gate in Clayton, to Eagle Peak, Summit Mt. Diablo, North Peak and Mt. Olympia, concluding with a well deserved meal in Clayton.

Meet at Mount Diablo State Park at Donner Canyon & Back Creek, end of Regency Dr. off Marsh Creek Rd., Clayton. Advance sign-up requested. Bring lunch and water.

Leader: Mark Hill, (916) 343-1779

Apr 8, Sat, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Trees of Mount Diablo

A one-hour easy hike through various plant communities and the trees that typify them. You will also see plants and animals that interact with the trees.

Meet at Mount Diablo State Park – Curry Point, below junction of North and South Gate Roads. Bring camera, water and snacks.

Leader: Ranger Jack Duggan, (925) 837-6129

Apr 8, Sat, 10am – 2pm
Spring Flowers Walk in Mitchell Canyon

A leisurely walk (3-4 miles) up Mitchell Canyon Rd, and back via Globe Lily trail to look for spring flowers, including the endemic Mt. Diablo fairy lantern (Calochortus pulchellus). Bring snack or lunch.

Meet at Mount Diablo State Park - Mitchell Canyon Staging Area, south end of Mitchell Canyon Rd., Clayton.

Leader: Yulan Tong, (925) 945-6068

Apr. 19, Wed, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Wildflowers at Three Springs


This is a nature walk to see what flowers this spring has brought. About 3 miles with one steep climb. Wear boots or sturdy shoes.

Meet at Mount Diablo State Park – Three Springs Entry, Marsh Creek Rd. 2.2 miles east of Regency Dr.

Leader: Susan Watson, (925) 254-4077

Apr 29, Sat, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Mt. Diablo Summit


Explore narrow canyons and sharp ridges on this climb to the summit of Mt. Diablo (3,849 ft.). Moderate pace, but frequent stops for flower identification Bring: Lunch, liquids, layered clothing, and well-fitting hiking boots.

Meet at Mount Diablo State Park - Mitchell Canyon Staging Area, south end of Mitchell Canyon Rd., Clayton. Or Carpool: Walnut Creek BART 8:15 a.m.

Leader: Steve Bakaley (925) 945-8205

May 6, Sat, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
This Hike is for the Birds!


Get ready for some bird watching on Mt. Diablo! One hour easy hike towards Knobcone Point. Learn about Mount Diablo’s birds and their interdependence with the mountain. Bring binoculars, camera, water, and snacks.

Meet at Mount Diablo State Park – Curry Point, below junction of North and South Gate Roads.

Leader: Ranger Ryen Goering, (925) 837-6129


BRIONES NATIONAL PARK

Apr 29, Sat, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cowell Ranch State Park

Brand new 4,000 acre Cowell Ranch State Park isn’t open to the public, but you can join Save Mount Diablo for a preview. Hike through Briones Valley and learn about John Marsh, Contra Costa County's first U.S. settler, and the interesting history of Rancho Los Meganos. Incredible birding. Moderate hike, 4-5 mile loop. Bring lunch, liquids, and sunscreen.

Meet at Round Valley – Marsh Creek Road – 1.6 miles east of Deer Valley Road between Clayton and Brentwood.

Leader: Ken Dyleski (925) 207-5716

IN SUNOL REGIONAL WILDERNESS

April 8, Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Spring Wildflower Festival

The hills are alive with wildflowers at this all day event for the whole family! Go on a wildflower hike, view colorful slideshows, make crafts, play nature games, and learn about the diversity and complexity of the blooms around you. Hikes will vary in their destinations and length. The final hike of the day will go past serpentine outcrops at Little Yosemite. Fee for some crafts.
Parking fee may be charged. This is a drop in program; no registration is required. Bring lunch.
(925) 862-2601.

Wilderness Trekkers programs for Kids
Thursday April 20-Family Time for Blues and Woodies

Wednesday May 24-Rattlesnecrets and Lizard tales
Kids are invited to explore the springtime wilderness and the mysteries of newt knots, snake snoozing, bird babies and other wildlife wonders with a naturalist as your guide. Dress for the weather and be prepared to hike! Enrollment limited. (Grades K-6)

Parking fee may apply. Registration required. (510) 636-1684.


MORGAN TERRITORY REGIONAL PRESERVE

Apr 5, Wed, 9:30am
Morgan Territory Loop Hike

Enjoy wooded and sunny trails on this moderate loop hike in Morgan Territory. Bring lunch and water.

Meet at Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Main Parking Lot, on Morgan Territory Rd., 9.4 miles south of Marsh Creek Rd., 10.7 miles north of 1-580/N. Livermore exit.

Leader: Mary Bjorkholm, (925) 485-9131

Apr 9, Sun, 10am – 1:30pm
A Splendid Black Hills Spring

One of the finest shows of the season awaits. Bring binoculars for birds, perhaps and eagle of falcons. Check out wildflowers and the best views in the county! 5.5 moderate miles.

Call leader for meeting place information and to register. Registration required.

Leader: Mike Moran (925) 757-2620

Apr 9, Sun, 10:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Morgan Territory Ridge Tops


Celebrate the green hills of spring and explore Bob Walker and Highland Ridges during wildflower season. One-way hike with car shuttle to be organized at trailhead. Bring Lunch.

Meet at Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - Main Parking Lot, on Morgan Territory Rd., 9.4 miles south of Marsh Creek Rd., 10.7 miles north of 1-580/N. Livermore exit.

Or Carpool: Walnut Creek BART, 9:30 a.m; meet leader by entry gates.
Leader: Bob Solotar, (510) 525-2110

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