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Best bird watching trails in Diablo Foothills Regional Park, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Diablo Foothills Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Diablo Foothills Regional Park, California
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#1 - Castle Rock, Little Yosemite, Mt. Diablo Regional, Hanging Valley, Stonegate, Mokelumne, Fairy Lantern, Shell Ridge, Diablo Scenic Trail
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
With sweeping vistas, nesting peregrine falcons, rare endemic plants, and spectacular rock wall formations, this park has a lot to offer those who are prepared for a workout! Lots of steep up and down single-track trails and fire roads abound. Typical chaparral and oak woodland savannah habitat are lovely in the Springtime. From Orchard Staging, head South on the Castle Rock Trail, following it .86 miles to the junction with the Little Yosemite Trail. Make a right turn and follow this single track trail uphill to the intersection with the Briones to Mount Diablo Regional Trail. Take a right turn onto Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail and follow it past the China Wall road turnoff to the intersection with the Hanging Valley Trail. Turn left onto Hanging Valley Trail and go 1.09 miles to the sign post for Stonegate Trail. Take a right and follow Stonegate for .19 miles. Veer left to join the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail. *Note that the trail splinters here with 3 options that are social trails but they all rejoin the main trail.* After .38 miles, turn right onto the Fairy Lantern Trail. Follow this single track trail downhill for .35 mile till you reach the intersection with the Shell Ridge Trail. Take a left onto Shell Ridge and follow it exclusively for .9 miles. **Note, alternatively you could take the Shell Ridge Loop trail which connects up with the Shell Ridge Trail.** At the intersection with the Diablo Scenic Trail, take a right to follow it .39 miles. At the bottom of the hill, take a hard left on the Castle Rock Trail .4 miles to bring you back to the staging area. Show more
#2 - Castle Rock Stage Road Trail
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance to the park is closed. Walk-in access is allowed. For an updated list of EBRPD closures, please see https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closedShow more
#3 - Alamo, Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail, Stage Ravine and Little Yosemite Valley Loop
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
Diablo Foothills is an imposing and inspiring gateway to the beautiful parklands of Mt Diablo State Park and Walnut Creek Open Space. The foothills’ 1,060 acres are valued for their interesting geologic formations, their sweeping panoramas of the San Francisco Bay Region and the rural quality of the adjacent rolling grasslands. This route starts out in a suburban neighborhood and follows a regional trail to take you quickly into rustic parklands. You will enjoy rolling hills of scattered oak woodland, beautiful rock outcrops, and a meandering, seasonal creek as you make your way around the loop. In Pine Canyon, keep your eyes open for peregrine falcons, as they are known to use the rocky cliffs for nest sites. Make sure to bring water and use the restroom before you take off for the hike; there are no amenities in the staging area. Dogs are not allowed on the trails in Diablo State Park. Park at the Livorna Staging Area, cross Livorna Road, and make the first right onto Serafix Road. Once on Serafix Road, take an immediate left through three fence posts to access the Alamo Trail. Follow Alamo Trail behind the housing development and uphill through a cattle gate. Continue uphill past the next trail marker, making your way past the water tank. At the next trail marker turn right onto Hanging Valley Trail. Continue until the next intersection where you will turn right onto the Briones-To-Mt. Diablo Regional Trail. Shortly, you will pass through the gate that divides EBRPD parklands and Mt. Diablo State Park. Stay on the trail as it goes over the rolling hills, passing the giant outcrops of rocks on your right. At the fork in the road stay to the right; at the next trail post, turn left onto Little Yosemite Trail. Follow Little Yosemite Trail as it winds along the hill and follows the seasonal creek. Cross the small wooden footbridge and continue straight; the trail will become Stage Road Trail. Follow Stage Road Trail to the left for about .75 miles and then turn left onto Fairly Lantern Trail which leads you to Buckeye Ravine Trail. Ascending the hill, Buckeye Ravine Trail will lead you steeply through the narrows of two hills. At the plateau, make a left at the next trail post onto Mokelumne Coast-To-Crest Trail. At the next immediate fork in the road stay to the left and stay on Mokelumne Coast-To-Crest Trail for .81 miles. Turn right at the next trail post onto Hanging Valley Trail for .34 miles. At the next trail post make a left, continuing downhill on Alamo Trail. Alamo Trail will take you all the way back to the Livorna Staging Area where you parked.Show more
#4 - Castlerock Loop via Fairy Lantern Trail
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance to the park is closed. Walk-in access is allowed. For an updated list of EBRPD closures, please see https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closedShow more
#5 - Stage Road to Little Pine Creek Road to Sunset Trail
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance to the park is closed. Walk-in access is allowed. For an updated list of EBRPD closures, please see https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closed Mount Diablo 10K RouteShow more
#6 - Stage Road and Castle Rock Loop
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance to the park is closed. Walk-in access is allowed. For an updated list of EBRPD closures, please see https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closed The initial climb up Castle Rock, otherwise the trail is easy. This area is off limits from February to July due to Peregrin Falcon nesting. Great little loop with lots of birds and wildlife.Show more
#7 - Castle Rock Diablo Foothills Loop
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance to the park is closed. Walk-in access is allowed. For an updated list of EBRPD closures, please see https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closed A loop trail using Castle Rock Stage Road, to Shell Ridge trail and back to the parking lot. Dogs can be off leash for most of the trail but there are horses and cattle that share the trails. Can be muddy during wet season. Show more
#8 - Stage Road, Mount Diablo, Wall Point and Borges Trail Loop
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance to the park is closed. Walk-in access is allowed. For an updated list of EBRPD closures, please see https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closedShow more
#9 - Diablo Foothills Crests and Creeks
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 53 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance to the park is closed. Walk-in access is allowed. For an updated list of EBRPD closures, please see https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closed This route includes Diablo Foothills Regional Park and the western side of Mt Diablo State Park. In the spring this route crosses many seasonal creeks and streams, and climbs up and down from ridges to ravines. Castle Rock and China Wall are interesting rock formations to check out along the way.Show more