Looking for a great trail in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, California? AllTrails has 20 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve ranging from 1.6 to 8.4 miles and from 1,377 to 2,260 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. 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

Nice hike, not super easy but not super challenging either. Went around a tree that had fallen on the path. Saw a bull once we got to the meadows but it minded it’s own business. Would do again!

Nice trail in the open with some elevation climbs. Very scenic and nice look East off the ridge halfway through and Mt Diablo to the Northwest. Thumbs up!

Perfect for young kids

I only give this hike a 4 because it was my bad in not bringing an excess of water. So this is a reminder to myself and others to bring lots of water on this trail. It was so beautiful, with stretches of open grasslands, with chunks of shady areas. I took my dog and she was always to excited to find shade. This hike is on the harder end of moderate. There were a handful of hills that were tough as well.

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3 months ago

Did this trail in modified fashion. Took Volvan, Condor, Blue Oak, Whipsnake Upper Loop, back to Condor and parking lot. About 6.3 miles total. Hiked it late June but a cool breeze and sunny conditions. Long stretches of the trail have no shade. Good views of Los Vaqueros lake on Whipsnake, and Mt. Diablo on the Condor. A few challenging elevation climbs for the out of shape like me, but nothing insurmountable or more than about 300-400 ft climbs at once before leveling off.

My recording of this is more like 9 miles. Great views of Mt. Diablo and surrounding areas. Thank goodness for the wind and the breeze-and we went on a pretty mild summer day starting at 8:45. Great hike for getting in shape for summits and such. Probably would be prettier in spring.

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blowdown
4 months ago

Great trail - single lane last few miles to get to trailhead but plenty of parking. Great start near stream - opens up afterwords with slight up hill - great views before turning back

Done this trail a few times now. Has something for everyone from great views of Mt Diablo to single track trails.

Good mix of road and narrow paths. Great for dogs and kids! Great views on the canyon

This is about as "wilderness" as it gets in the Tri-Valley area. Morgan Territory is very isolated and pristine and a great place to escape for a day of hiking. The Clyma/Highland Ridge/Raven loop is a great hike to take in the views and seclusion of the area. Starting from the staging area, you traverse up and down through the riparian creek areas, rolling hills, and oak woodlands. The Clyma stretch is decent view-wise but the best parts of the hike are connecting to the Raven trail and climbing up to the Highland Ridge trail. The views of Mt Diablo are stunning as well as the views across the Central Valley. I am in good shape and this hike took me roughly 3 hours, so make sure you allot plenty of time and pack at least 2 liters of water. Some of the reviews call out the bad shape of the trail. This is true, the trail is quite torn up by cattle and rain. Make sure to wear proper hiking boots, to keep dry (the trail can get muddy) and prevent turning an ankle. It is not as difficult to navigate as some reviews mention. There are maps at the staging area. This would be best to visit in the late winter/early spring before it gets too hot, but don't do it within a week after the last rain, as the trail remains muddy for a long time.

This was the worst trail I’ve ever been on. Rains have both washed the trails out/promoted new grass growth over them. Poorly marked by the park itself and no markers left by other hikers. I started my hike with 70% battery on my phone and the trail got so confusing because there are so many different trails/offshoots from the main trail, I had to keep using the map on all trails to even have a chance at staying on course and even then, I still got lost! I’m not a novice hiker either. I ended up draining my battery because of this and by then it was dark and I still had a mile and a half to go. Had to scramble up the highest hill I could find with the last bit of daylight and was able to spot the lone light in the Morgan Terr. parking lot, so I walked towards the light and used my compass, alternately climbing over and under barbed wire. That was fun. Not. Never been so relieved to see my car. What shoulda been an 8.4-ish mile hike turned into 12.2 (mostly uphill). will not be returning to MTP ever again. Even without that mishap, the mud and ugly look of the hills wasn’t worth it, although the view at the top was kinda nice. Still not worth it! Most of this isn’t shaded either, so it’s better to do this in cooler weather. Would not recommend tho.

Nice trail, cows, views. It was muddy throughout but not to bad.

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muddy
7 months ago

Such a beautiful trail - nice mix of dense oak woodland and exposed ridges with beautiful views of the surrounding hills and Mount Diablo. Some stretches are very muddy at the moment; it's possible to avoid getting wet, but it'll likely be more pleasant in a couple weeks. Saw cougar scat and boar tracks, so be wary.

Fun trail. Went counterclockwise which seemed much harder getting out. Dogs enjoyed it. Saw some cow skeletons and stopped at a Volvon site on the way. Very interesting. Great hike. Prob would do clockwise next time.

Great trail to run. Views are very good and trail gives some difficulty but not crazy.

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.

Beautiful out-of-the-way trail. Very few people. Morgan Territory Road is a one lane road for almost 9 miles so, it is slow going but once you get there this is a great hike. Mostly flat, a few hills. Very peacefull woodland setting with the reservoir in the distance. Great Hike.

This is a great hike to start with if you want to delve further into hiking. There is a feeling of being in a forest at the beginning of the trail and then arriving into an open "meadow". Nice hills, trees, some views and cows!

nice hike. some trees. a good workout after heart surgery

Pretty nice hike. The last 2 miles up the Raven trail were tough (16-20%) grade, but the 360 deg. view at the top was incredible. Saw some mule deer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Great hike, amazing old groves of blue, valley and live oaks. Tons of deer, a striped skunk and even a feral pig (scary). Crystal clear view of Mt. Diablo.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

it was a good hike, but I'd like to go when it's green during the fall

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Beautiful but super dusty. I recommend Volvon Trail to Volvon Loop for more tree cover, prettier trek up to the loop which affords spectacular views on clear days. I do these trails a few times a week, great park. ❤️

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