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Contra Costa Canal Trail

EASY 60 reviews

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.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail was amazing! I did not hike the entire trail however I did parts of it on different days and I enjoyed every second of it. Beautiful scenery, nice elevations, easy hiking trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Paved and flat. Easy but beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

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
6 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
9 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
10 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
Sun Nov 04 2018

Great for commuters as it goes right by Pleasant Hill BART

walking
Mon Mar 19 2018

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

walking
Tue May 30 2017

Thu Jan 19 2017

Mostly level great for a long run

walking
Wed Jan 04 2017

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

road biking
Thu Sep 15 2016

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

road biking
Wed Oct 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
Thu Jun 11 2015

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

walking
Fri Mar 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
Mon Jul 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.

road biking
13 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

road biking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

running
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
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mountain biking
1 month ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

recorded Contra Costa Canal Trail

road biking
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

running
3 months ago

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