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Condor, Coyote, Stone Corral, Valley View, Manzanita, Miwok, Blue Oak, Hummingbird, Volvon, Prairie Falcon

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Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Condor, Coyote, Stone Corral, Valley View, Manzanita, Miwok, Blue Oak, Hummingbird, Volvon, Prairie Falcon is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Diablo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail. Coyote Trail in particular was very beautiful. Mossy. Lots of shade. Take plenty of water and stretch b/c there were frequent steep uphill parts along Valley View and Manzineta Trail. Took us a little over 4 hours to complete the trail including water breaks and a lunch break. Saw many cows, birds, and some lizards. Our dog also loved it! (Giving 4 stars b/c the many uphill climbs were very tough for us, but it's a nice trail!)

Love this trail! So many options, some parts are shaded some parts don’t have any shade! Saw some cows, a snake, a gecko, and beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful expanses of green pastures coupled with groves of oak, manzanita and fragrant bay laurel. Grand vista of Mt. Diablo and the Delta from the northern end of this loop.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Did this trail on Sunday morning. Started kind of early 8:30 and did not see a single person until we were almost back to the parking lot! Totally agree with previous reviewer, mossy forest on the coyote trail and Prairie Falcon views were great. Certainly some mud, but nothing you wouldn't expect. Lots of trees, greenery, cows, hill, and most refreshing solitude!

hiking
3 months ago

Maybe it was the weather but I definitely would rank this trail as a 5 for sheer interest and enjoyment. We went on an overcast day with dappling rain and enjoyed the variety of landscape and vistas. Was hoping for more wildflowers but still had some - perhaps too early. Loved the mossy green Coyote trail. We went counter clockwise and think that was a good choice. Be ready for hills. Found the trail easy to follow - Don’t skip Prairie Falcon loop!

Beautiful day. Gorgeous views. Hills sucked a bit but weren’t terrible.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of bees. Damp but not wet. Nice trail, took longer than I though- some steep sections. There are so many marked trails and fire roads, sometimes it’s hard to avoid heading down some alternate trail by mistake.

Great on a moderate weather day. Low wind. Shade and open space. Got some sun.

running
5 months ago

1/23/2020 hike Did this hike as part of the EBRPD 2020 Trails Challenge. I think rating the difficulty of this trail as hard is generous. There are actually 2 other trails that set out from the same staging area that have more distance and elevation gain and they're rated as moderate. Also, no bikes on Coyote Trail, so that activity should be removed. The Coyote Trail was the highlight of the whole hike and by going counter-clockwise I unknowingly saved the best for last. All the mossy rocks on the southern end were really picturesque.

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!

hiking
bugs
muddy
Sun Feb 10 2019

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.

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

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!

Tue May 29 2018

Meh. Nothing really noteworthy to report. Fairly easy, kid and dog friendly, trail. No jaw dropping scenery, but just enough time keep you from falling asleep. A decent trail to get some miles in, nothing more. When I was there (May) it was super duper windy. Like hurricane winds. It got better in some areas where we were protected from on the sides by hills, but wasn’t pleasant in other areas.

Sat May 19 2018

Did this hike in mid May. Wildflowers in full bloom, the initial descent along the single track coyote trail is very shady, watch out for poison oak crowding the trail. The trail soon turns into a shady stroll along the upper reaches of Marsh Creek, just enough water to occasionally hear it speaking to you. As you turn onto the Stone Corral portion of the trail the landscape changes dramatically to wide open grass covered hills to start the ascent back to the ridge. Best to do this stretch in the morning as there is little shade as you make a gentle climb with a couple steeper sections. It levels off when you hit the Volvon trail with some nice vistas of the Central Valley and Mt. Diablo. A lovely peaceful hike.

mountain biking
Mon Mar 12 2018

Not for Mt Biking as the park has posted signs on parts of this trail. We were following the all trails map and found this out when going in a counter clockwise direction. Easy at first with wide trails then single track with lots of obstacles and poison oak, and climbing several hundred feet in the last mile over tough terrain.

hiking
Sun Dec 03 2017

Great hike to let the dog run, best in the cooler seasons. Easiest if done clockwise. If done CCW, it will be a moderate to difficult climb out of the creek at the end.

hiking
Tue Dec 06 2016

I really enjoyed this hike. Starting off in a beautiful wooded area and then moving into an open hilly scene was lovely. Very dog and horse friendly; my canine might've enjoyed it more than we did. More than half of the hike was in direct sunlight, so bring extra sunscreen. Make sure you go off onto the side trail on the way back to get a great view of Mount Diablo!

hiking
Thu Sep 15 2016

Pretty simple hike that doesn't get that much use. Spring would be best for wildflowers. Uneventful enough so that I never did it a second time.

hiking
Sun Jun 12 2016

Nice hike... I like that I could bring my dog. I'd definitely do this hike again. It says 4.7 miles but my GPS said it was a little over 5 miles....

mountain biking
Fri Aug 22 2014

Biked this yesterday with a buddy for his first MTB ride mainly because its relatively easy. As Tariq states, there are areas that can be dangerous. Meaning, due to the dry climate and lack of rain it is quite parched. A lot of sand on the trails which can cause a serious fall. Take it easy and get familiar and once you do you will find this a great moderate MTB ride good for beginners. There are few hard climbs but lots of flats and areas to rest your legs without stoping your bike. It is open grazing range so be prepared to come face to face with harmless docile cattle. Take lots of water and maybe a few snacks and enjoy! -Steve

hiking
Fri Oct 05 2012

Went for a 10'ish mile hike around the entire perimiter with a friend on a 90-degree day. While not real difficult, there is an illusion of always going uphill. I think this stems from the fact that the downhills are gentle slopers and the uphills are fairly steep (but not real bad). All in all, you feel like you're always going uphill. Keep in mind that this is just the perimeter trail. I have never hiked any of the internal trails (yet). A bit of a yawner except that it was 10 miles so gave me and a buddy a good workout! There are some very nice views out towards the delta valley and sacramento valley(?). You can also view Mt. Diablo which is pretty close to here.

mountain biking
Sun Jun 17 2012

This is a good network of trails for mountain bikers of all levels. It's fast, but has periodic climbs that can get challenging. Out in Livermore it does get hot in the summer but there's plenty of shaded areas from trees. The scenery is quite nice as you're able to see for vast distances. So we periodically stopped just to enjoy the view. When going downhill the trail eggs you on to go fast - but be careful as the terrain suddenly gets treacherous in a few spots. So ride the trail a few times to familiarize yourself as to what the safe speeds are.

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