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Best trails in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, California? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve ranging from 2.6 to 8.4 miles and from 784 to 2,572 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Nestled in the Diablo Foothills, Morgan Territory is a stunning and remote 4,708 acre preserve with plenty of opportunities for exploration. Hiking and horseback riding are the park’s premier activities. For intrepid visitors, the park also features a backpacking campground. Sandstone outcrops, lowland valleys, and expansive ridgetop views make for a varied experience. Make sure to pack plenty of water and a map or trail app; you may not come across many other hikers. Park Features: Acquired in 1976, this park is a key section of a much larger multi- agency open space corridor that protects Mount Diablo and its foothills. Sandstone hills within the park’s 4,708 acres are adorned in spring with more than 90 species of wildflowers, including the Diablo sunflower which grows only in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Deer, coyote and even the elusive mountain lion may be seen here, and a variety of raptors frequently soar overhead. The staging area at 9601 Morgan Territory Road has picnic tables, restrooms and drinking water. Hours: Jan 1 - 31: 8am - 5pm Feb 1 - Mar 12: 8am - 6pm Mar 13 - Apr 17: 8am - 7pm Apr 18 - Sep 5: 8am - 8pm Sep 6 - Nov 5: 8am - 7pm Nov 6 - Dec 31: 8am - 5pm

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#1 - Condor, Coyote, Stone Corral, Valley View, Manzanita, Miwok, Blue Oak, Hummingbird, Volvon, Prairie Falcon [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Park Features: Acquired in 1976, this park is a key section of a much larger multi- agency open space corridor that protects Mount Diablo and its foothills. Sandstone hills within the park’s 4,708 acres are adorned in spring with more than 90 species of wildflowers, including the Diablo sunflower which grows only in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Deer, coyote and even the elusive mountain lion may be seen here, and a variety of raptors frequently soar overhead. The staging area at 9601 Morgan Territory Road has picnic tables, restrooms and drinking water. Trail Highlights: This route features a number of unique habitats, from a creek to chaparral-filled hillsides and grasslands to ridge-top oak woodland. Expansive views of Mount Diablo and the eastern slope of the Roger Epperson Ridge lie to the west. Mount St. Helena can be seen to the north, and to the east, the Bay-Delta, Round Valley Regional Park, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, and the snow-covered Sierra Nevada. Although the difference between the highest point (2,046’) and lowest point (1,346’) is only 700 feet, the total elevation gain on this hike is 1,640 feet. All hikers are advised to bring a couple liters of water. The best time to hike this trail is in the spring, when temperatures are cool, and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Trail Directions: Begin at the staging area information board, starting on Condor Trail. Quickly veer left onto the Coyote Trail after .12 miles, descending to a creek bed. As you come out of the shaded area after .68 miles, continue on the wide Coyote Trail. After .76 miles, continue straight onto Stone Corral Trail. Pass by Volvon Trail on your right and Eagle Trail on your left, as you loop north to southeast. Go left at Valley View Trail. Hike .74 miles and go left onto Manzanita Trail. Continue for 1.2 mile, then turn right onto Miwok Trail. Head uphill for .77 miles then turn right onto Blue Oak Trail. After a short while, turn left onto Hummingbird Trail and a then quick left onto Volvon/Bob Walker Trail. Hike .21 miles and turn right on Prairie Falcon Trail, an exciting, scenic loop. After the loop, turn right onto the Volvon/Bob Walker Trail. Turn right again onto the Condor Trail and follow this trail back to the parking lot.Show more
#2 - Clyma, Highland Ridge and Raven Loop [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Morgan Territory is named for Jeremiah Morgan a former gold miner who started ranching the area in 1857. Morgan Territory is located within the traditional homeland of the Volvon, one of five Native American nations in the Diablo area who spoke dialects of the Bay Miwok language. Today, the sandstone hills within the park’s 4,708 acres are seasonally adorned with more than 90 species of wildflowers, including the endemic Diablo Sunflower. Deer, coyote and even the elusive mountain lion may be seen here, and a variety of raptors frequently soar overhead. This trail begins in a heavily shaded, narrow wooded canyon and then passes through rolling hills and an old orchard. Raven Trail leads you to the top of the hill where you can see Mt. Diablo to the west, Mount St. Helena to the north, and the Delta, Central Valley, and the Sierra to the east. Take a moment at the top of Raven Trail to look around and take in the beautiful panoramic views. This trail is a very steep climb and there isn’t water available on the trails, so be sure to bring plenty. Ample parking, restrooms and water fountains are available at the Morgan Territory Road staging area. Park at the Morgan Territory Road staging area and walk towards the street-side of the parking lot. Near the park residence, there will be a sign for Clyma Trail. Follow the trail, crossing Morgan Territory Road. Go through the gate and across the small wooden footbridge. Stay on Clyma Trail for the next two miles. At the fork, make a left onto Highland Ridge and head uphill. At the next trail post, turn right onto the Raven Trail and at the next fork in the trail stay on the higher path, continuing on Raven Trail. At the next fork, turn left, in a switchback, remaining on Raven Trail. Follow Raven Trail steeply to the top of the hill. At the top of the hill turn left on Highland Ridge Trail. Take Highland Ridge Trail all the way down the hill. Keep following Highland Trail and turn right onto Clyma Trail. Clyma Trail will take you back to the staging area.Show more
#3 - Clyma, Mollock, Highland Ridge, Eagle, Volvon Loop, Valley View, Volvon, Blue Oak, Hummingbird, Condor Trails Loop [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. The hike begins with breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo in the distance. As the trail descends into the valley, it becomes beautifully rugged and wooded. By the time it crosses Morgan Territory Road, it parallels a creek and is lush and green. After a long climb up Highland Ridge and Eagle Trails, the Valley View trail rewards you with sweeping views of Round Valley Regional Park below as well as the Los Vaqueros watershed lands and reservoir to the south. Trail Directions: From Morgan Territory Road Staging Area, cross Morgan Territory Road using the path marked Clyma Trail.. Once across the road, head through the cattle gate and follow Clyma Trail for .4 mile, then keep straight at the fork. After .06 mile, turn left onto Mollock Trail for .74 mile. At the next trail marker, keep straight to take Clyma Trail. After 1.36 miles, you’ll reach a junction with many trails. Head right and downhill for .1 mile, then, at the signpost, take the left fork, following signs for the Diablo and Bob Walker Regional Trails. Walk .28 mile until you come to Morgan Territory Road. Safely cross the road and enter the gate on the other side. Walk for .12 mile, then head straight at the fork to take Highland Ridge Trail. After .84 mile, head right on Eagle Trail and continue for .42 mile. At the signpost, turn left to follow Volvon Loop Trail for .7 mile, then turn left to take Valley View Trail. After .74 mile, continue straight to stay on Valley View for another .37 mile. Then, turn left on Volvon Trail and cross through the cattle gate. Continue for .08 mile, then turn left on Blue Oak Trail. In .63 mile, turn right on Hummingbird Trail to head back to Volvon Trail. After .1 mile, turn left. Follow Volvon Trail for .41 mile, then turn right on Condor Trail. After .39 mile, cross through the cattle gate and continue straight for .12 mile to return to Morgan Territory Road Staging Area. Show more
#4 - Bob Walker Ridge: Condor, Volvon, and Blue Oak Trails [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Hike the Bob Walker Ridge in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve. This loop hike offers some of the best views in the Regional Preserve. Enjoy the oak speckled landscape by foot or bike. From the Morgan Territory Road Staging Area take the Condor Trail to the Volvon Trail. Continue to the Volvon Loop Trail. You are now on Bob Walker Ridge. Enjoy the views! Return via the Stone Corral Trail and Coyote Trail.Show more
#5 - Condor and Prairie Falcon Trails to The Lost Lens Cap Overlook [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 50 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.Show more
#6 - Shiba Spot via Volvon Trail [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.Show more
#7 - Old Finley Road, Highland Ridge, Black Hills and Sulphur Springs Loop [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.Show more
#8 - Volvon Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.Show more
#9 - Volvon and Blue Oak Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.Show more
#10 - Blue Oak, Manzanita, Valley View, Colvon, Eagle, Highland Ridge, Coyote, Condor [CLOSED]
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.Show more
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