nature trips



trail running

This parkland comprises 1,415 acres of bluffs and shoreline between the towns of Crockett and Martinez. It is home to mule deer, gray fox, and many small mammals. Birds such as the western meadowlark and American goldfinch forage and nest in the area. Visitors might also spot owls, hawks, and other birds of prey roosting in the eucalyptus. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, and picnickers enjoy this scenic space. Boats cruise through the strait into the river delta. Remnants of a grain warehouse, residences, and a brick office building in the Eckley area are reminders of the history of this region.

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3 days ago

Wanted to like it more, but spent most the hike dodging cow pies and mud puddles. Nice views of Benicia here and there and a good constitutional close to home, but otherwise not worth a revisit. Is no one else terrified by the cows?

This trail starts in someone’s driveway, definitely going to pass on this one....

3 months ago

I loved this trail. I would definitely use it as a training trail for running. It’s out of the way of traffic so it’s easily to get to. The hike up is very moderate you do get a good heart rate going and then down hills are a little sketch but do able. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it starts to rain.

Nice easy trail with sweeping views of plains and a good mix of light forestry. Extremely quiet and relaxing.

great hike...steep start than as you turn to come back...BIG hill

Love this hike! Have done this hike almost every day for the last 8 years. I start and end in a slightly different spot. During the winter months, it can get very muddy and hard to hike but it is still an amazing hike. Great cardio workout.

4 months ago

Greats views of the straight. A couple up:down hill sections but worth the effort. First part is steep but not too long.

Very nice short hike with some beautiful views at the top. Pretty steep climb at the beginning but then pretty easy. If you’re going in the summertime recommend going early because there’s not a whole lot of shade.

Great views of the bridge. Spotted some hawks. Easy walk.

8 months ago

Good trail and not over crowded with tons of people. Someone mentioned below about the tick warning and that wasn't a joke. We purposely wore knee high white socks and pulled almost a dozen off and we didn't stray off trail, they're just that narrow and overgrown right now. We checked ourselves before getting in the car but backpacks must have even had them cause we found 2 in the car after. Gorgeous weather and tons of greenery right now, but not sure I'd go again this time of year

8 months ago

Franklin Ridge Loop is one of my favorite little loops. I suggest an alternate route, which skips the steep climb from the parking lot. Instead keep driving out on Carquinez Scenic Drive (west) instead of taking the left turn into the parking lot. The road stops at a gate, but just before that on the hairpin turn noted on this map is the actual trail head for Franklin Ridge Loop. If you take this route and walk in a counter clockwise direction, the climb is gradual. As you hike always stay on the fire road and take intersection turns to the left until you have come back to the last turn at the bottom of your loop and then take a right back to your car, (as seen on this trail map) (street parking is limited, but usually not full)

Nice jaunt, great for a short hike, nestled near scenic old town of Port Costa. End up at Bull Valley Restaurant or Warehouse Bar after your hike. Shhhh. Not overrun with tourists ...... yet. Let’s keep this jewel a secret.

8 months ago

Beware of ticks- I’ve hiked this trail a lot and enjoy it. However I don’t recommend hiking during this time (April) with shorts or bringing any pets because of ticks. The trails are overgrown right now and you can’t avoid getting ticks. I found over 10 ticks on me during the hike.

Good hike, nice views and close to home. Very steep in some areas but overall good.

Nice, short and relatively easy hike with great views of the Benicia bridge, Carquinez straight and Carquines bridge. Especially nice during spring with green hills and a few wildflowers.

Such a beautiful trial but very hard to find the entrance as it’s located in a small neighborhood on top of a hill. You must park in the parking lot in the town and walk up Caynon Lake Dr and take a right on Prospect Ave and follow that up. There you’ll reach the trail. Not good for strollers but easy to backpack with a baby. Very dog friendly, you can take your pup off leash but make sure they’re on command as others have dogs both on and off leash. The views from the top are GORGEOUS! And the town is so cool.

Hiked this trail today. The views are gorgeous! I can't wait to go again and take some of the other trails. There are some steep areas, but the scenery is well worth it

Great views, peaceful, and quiet. Well placed benches for a rest with a view. Muddy/slippery on the Hulet Hornbeck portion of the trail. I am glad I scaled that portion at the beginning going up and did not have to navigate it as a mudslide coming down. Fantastic hike!

Great view, easy walk, and the dog loved it.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Beautiful views of the bay, Benecia and bay bridge.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Quite. Minimal biking.

I have a ny injury that I cannot do a lot of up and down hill walking. This place is great for me and the dogs.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Nice little flat walk with great water views.

You need to go to the Bull Valley staging area to access the loop. Once there you will double back the way you came on McEwen Rd. Follow the trail along the fence line until you come to a gate that you leads into the town of Port Costa. Not a bad hike.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Great trail, encountered someone with their dog off leash was not friendly with my dog. Also people need to pick up after their dogs as well. Well maintained trail though.

Great trail. friendly ppl. watch out for dog crap on trail,some ppl don't pick up after they're dogs

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nice easy loop.great view. nice breeze..

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Most of the trail is on wide fire roads & out in the sun. The views are great but the hike to get to & from the ridge is STEEP. Plus, I found 4 ticks on my dogs once we got home.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great views of Carquinez Strait and Grizzly Bay, decent mileage, and parts of the trail are actually moderate-hard, not just moderate.

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