Contra Costa Canal Trail is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
One of the most popular trails in the Park District system, this multi-use, whole-access trail (accessible to persons in wheelchairs) is a paved pathway suitable for bikers, runners and equestrians. Meandering along the Contra Costa Canal, following a horseshoe-shaped path through central Contra Costa County, the trail intercepts a number of local parks in Pleasant Hill (Las Juntas Park), Walnut Creek (Larkey Park, Heather Farm Park), and Concord (Lime Ridge). It also makes important connections to a number of regional trails, including the California State Riding and Hiking Trail, Briones-to-Mt. Diablo Trail, and the Iron Horse Trail, and will connect with the Delta De Anza Trail when it is completed to Martinez.
Didn't give this 5 stars.....gave it 3 so maybe we'll get a correct average...
Good area to ride your bike safer than on most streets. Open enough so if you have a little patience it's easy to navigate through walkers. i used to do it in the early afternoon and there was less traffic. It would be a decent and safe place for wheelchairs as well.
Good trail if you live next to it and good for walking. Terrible for biking since it can get crowded and you have to constantly stop for streets and traffic lights.
Scenic route, small gradients, with the water flowing by.
This is a favorite loop. Easy enough to take people of different levels and make sure all make it. For those who like more effort just increase the speed and wait at selected spots for the rest. You go through areas of West Contra Costa that you usually drive but never notice the bicycle path. It's always fun. This was my second time this year.