Explore 2018 EBRPD Trails Challenge - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

For 25 years, the Trails Challenge has been designed to get you outdoors, exploring on your own, with friends, or with loved ones. This year’s Trails Challenge highlights 20 of our most interesting parks and unique trails for all abilities. We have included easy, moderate, and difficult routes, leading hikers to scenic destinations through a variety of parklands. We’ve also included information about special features in the selected parks. Keep in mind you can use any trail route to complete the Challenge, not just those listed in this year’s Guidebook, by exploring at least five trails or 26.2 miles (the distance of a marathon). Be sure to visit our 2018 Trails Challenge Web Page at ebparks.org.

2018 EBRPD Trails Challenge Map

Well this is more on a moderate trail. I brought my husband here who has back issues and thought this would be an easy trail as it described but it wasn’t. There was more hills and elevation on this than it mentioned. So be wary of the trail at the end. There’s trees in the trail and looks very daunting.

21 days ago

some step options. great view.

Amazing views and shade.

Beautiful loop.
Very muddy.
Nice to see water in the creek.

The winter rain left some muddy parts to forge; but hey hiking in winter aloft the expanse of the Bay- who cares? A great get out of the hub-bub and hike kinda place. You’ll have cows on the trail to skirt around but they seem oblivious. Saw dogs chasing a Coyote and wondered about the owners, but not too long. Great open hills to climb.

loop trail located near Antioch, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

This is basically my backyard and I love it. So much here to explore

This is one of the better trails in the park. Although it’s under six miles, it is a strenuous hike, with lots of steep grades.

Slipping, sliding and slogging up and down hills through mud. That definitely added some difficultly to the otherwise moderate terrain. The trail is pretty poorly marked, so it's easy to go off on tangents. There were tons of cows and timid calves out. Saw two turkey vultures and a pair of ravens. Pretty awesome views of Mt Diablo and the east bay. The rock scramble was pretty short, but I would recommend going counter clockwise so that that section is on the uphill. Loved the mossy oak environment.

Nice hike but with varying trail signs, which made it hard to tell if you were on the loop or not. Very beautiful though! Lovely at sunset. Good for dogs.

Lovely long walk with varying difficulties, and so close to the city! Traveling clockwise will put the hard hills first. Dogs can be off leash, just beware of roaming cattle. The forest section can get a little muddy and slippery at times, so wear decent footware if it's rains recently.

With help of this app trail was easy to navigate..

the trail was very slushy due to recent rains. the early part of the trail is mostly shaded. the cattle roam around the trails and can sometime seem threatening but mostly they go about their business. we went at around 8am, the time Gates for the parking opens and went around the trail in about 4 hours. it's moderate trail except for the Ravens trail which can be steep if you go counter clockwise. the view from the top of Highland Ridge is amazing. you can see all across the Central valley and we were lucky to see all the way to the snow clad Sierra hills. on the other side you have a great view of the same Ramon valley and beyond. overall a good hike in the cooler time if the year. summer can be brutal as expected in the East Bay trails.

It’s been a long time since I hiked there but it was a favorite when we lived in Antioch.

Did this late in December. Not an easy hike in sneakers and lots of wet terrain. Looks easier to navigate some sections on bikes and saw a few bikers on various parts.
Even saw some runners, but not sure that is much fun given all the mud laden sections. Almost took a header navigating the steep muddy beginning! Since it was overcast, missed any true views, but overall a pleasant hike devoid of summer crowds and bugs!! Hope to find more challenging hikes in the future.

epic bike trail down the hill ha but was a great hike lots of vertical challenges, very well marked all different levels of expertise

Nice local trail. Not too many people, very cool single-track trails rimmed with Manzanita trees. Lots of birds, Redtail hawks, a Harrier and lots of Acorn Woodpeckers. The hills are turning green, nice hike close to home.

Be prepared for several pocked trail pitfalls. Steep narrow heavily over grown trees to hike through. Not an easy trail. The take away is the broad views. Take a friend.

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