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Contra Costa Canal Trail is a 13.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.2 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

paved

views

wild flowers

One of the most popular trails in the Park District system, this multi-use, whole-access trail (accessible to persons in wheelchairs) is a paved pathway suitable for bikers, runners and equestrians. Meandering along the Contra Costa Canal, following a horseshoe-shaped path through central Contra Costa County, the trail intercepts a number of local parks in Pleasant Hill (Las Juntas Park), Walnut Creek (Larkey Park, Heather Farm Park), and Concord (Lime Ridge). It also makes important connections to a number of regional trails, including the California State Riding and Hiking Trail, Briones-to-Mt. Diablo Trail, and the Iron Horse Trail, and will connect with the Delta De Anza Trail when it is completed to Martinez.

1st time on the trail, nothing to write home about, but i appreciate being able to cover a lot of ground without worrying about vehicles. looking forward to my next ride!

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent paved road bike worthy trail. just enough ups and downs to keep you going. Great for getting a nice long smooth workout.

No parking at trail head go down to the next street crossing besides that beautiful long trail

road biking
7 months ago

Took my 11 month old out on the maiden voyage of her new bike trailer. The pathway is definitely wide & smooth enough for her to fall asleep on the way to heather farms. On the way back she was wide awake with not a single fuss, she was just taking in the scenery. Definitely easy to access the trail, which translates into greater likelihood of going back out with the family. Also has various places to stop for bathroom breaks or refreshments (not on the trail obviously, but close to the trail) So if you have kids, you might wanna give this a try.

walking
no shade
9 months ago

This trail is multi-use and accessible. Is a paved pathway, it's very good for bikers, runners, hikkers, dog-walkers. It makes connections to a number of regional trails. Very easy and confortable to do.

road biking
11 months ago

Great for commuters as it goes right by Pleasant Hill BART

walking
Monday, March 19, 2018

easy, paved trail with beautiful views. great for kids or folks with disabilities.

walking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mostly level great for a long run

walking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Nice, easy paved trail along canal. Lots of birds.

road biking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Didn't give this 5 stars.....gave it 3 so maybe we'll get a correct average...

road biking
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Good trail if you live next to it and good for walking. Terrible for biking since it can get crowded and you have to constantly stop for streets and traffic lights.

running
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Scenic route, small gradients, with the water flowing by.

walking
Friday, March 14, 2014

Walked the Contra Costa Canal Trail, from 5:30- 7:45p. Started at Willow Pass Park. Not many people, but lots of gnats on certain parts of the trail. Will do again Abby, Organizer of Concord's Young Adult Outdoor Adventurist We always looking for new members! http://www.meetup.com/Concords-Young-Adult-Outdoor-Adventurists-Group-20s-30s

road biking
Monday, July 30, 2012

This is a favorite loop. Easy enough to take people of different levels and make sure all make it. For those who like more effort just increase the speed and wait at selected spots for the rest. You go through areas of West Contra Costa that you usually drive but never notice the bicycle path. It's always fun. This was my second time this year.

mountain biking
7 hours ago

mountain biking
5 days ago

recorded Contra Costa Canal Trail

road biking
9 days ago

mountain biking
29 days ago

running
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
Sunday, September 02, 2018

road biking
Saturday, March 24, 2018

hiking
Sunday, March 04, 2018

road biking
Friday, February 16, 2018

hiking
Sunday, January 28, 2018

running
Friday, January 26, 2018

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