Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Antioch with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

These two trails are fire roads. Lots of runners, bikers, and a few hikers. Once you get out a couple of miles, it becomes nice and quiet. There is very little shade, so do this in the spring/fall and take water.

The trail is very pretty on the backside. Once you make it up Stewartville trail to the junction of Ridge trail, turn around and look at Mt Diablo - what a beautiful sight! There is a nice little bench there to sit and look at the beauty and cool down.

I saw crows, hawks, and one long eared rabbit.

There is a ton of dog poop all over the trails. I wish East Bay parks would just ban all dogs off the trails. I am a responsible dog owner and still saying this because it is unhealthy for human and dog alike to be around a lot of dog poop. If you don't want to carry your dogs poop around the trail with you in a bag, then don't take your dog. Take some responsibility and give respect to the trails and those that use them.

What can I say about this hike? Amazing views, history and elevation galore! Will do it again!

hiking
15 days ago

Decent hike..a lot drier than I had anticipated but normal for this time of year. Not a hike you want to take on a hotter day as there is not a ton of shade to rest along the way

This was a pretty good workout!! I was planning on doing this alone, but glad I didn’t. There were3 gates that had to be hopped over in order to follow the route. It always makes me wonder if I’m doing something I shouldn’t. There was not as much for views as I was hoping. Lots of cows to look at adjacent to Black Diamond Way. I think there are probably better hikes to take. I gave it 3 stars for lack of a true trail because of the gates and the lack of scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Definitely moderate if you’re just doing Miners Trail. If you add in the Corcoran Trail the difficulty and work out goes up.

it was a good hike and you get a workout, especially with the hill climb. I went clockwise, but I think in the future I'd do it counterclockwise. There was a lot of smoke in the distance because of the fires.

hiking
1 month ago

Various trails at this park

mountain biking
2 months ago

It has a very strong slope, needs to climb up the right side of the mountain. On the left side difficult to climb pedaling.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hiking area. Trails are marked and easy to navigate. Mines are short but cool. Scenic!

Loved this trail, very clean. Lots of beautiful scenery and very interesting hike!
Would not come here on a hot day, not a lot of shade.

This loop was one of the best hikes I have done in a while. I followed the red trail marker and didn’t take any deviations. Didn’t see any cows or cow poop, horse poop was minimal, and even though it was Memorial weekend Saturday, the people were minimal after passing the cemetery. It offered a nice variety of scenery and landscapes, vast views, trail surfaces, history, and several different geological formations and soil types. Although just outside of Antioch, it seemed much more remote. I will do this one again.

Loved everything about it

I wanted to test out my new pack and poles. Nice day for a quick hike. I saw a young rattlesnake and a baby sunning themselves. A few raptors and a coyote in the distance. No cows, but plenty of evidence. Nice views, but think this trail would be prettier when everything is green.

Beautiful view especially at the beginning couple of miles. Going up the rose hill for a panoramic view of the rolling hills.

Great trail to do especially in spring or winter... Too hot and dry in summer.

backpacking
5 months ago

Day one backpacking. Great place!

This was a nice hike and if I lived in the area I'd do it often, but it wasn't worth the 45-minute drive. There were tons of very cute cows blocking our trail and the recent rains combined with the cow hoofprints made it a muddy and uneven (but fun) experience. This is definitely a hike to do in winter and early spring as there is no shade and Antioch gets pretty hot in the summer/fall.

Great views!

Great views!

hiking
6 months ago

Very scenic, you will not be disappointed! I love that I can bring my dog with me up there. I would bring a lunch and sit by the edge to enjoy the view for a few minutes before my trek back down. Bring good hiking shoes for grips....the path vary from smooth to rocky and uneven.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty good hike. Lots of views. Antioch looks like a decent town from up there.

So beautiful!!!!!

7 months ago

Always a good place to get out and stretch your legs

hiking
7 months ago

There is a kiosk at the entrance to the park which will collect $5/car to enter the park if the kiosk is staffed. When I went on a Saturday in January at 10:30 a.m. though, there was no one at the kiosk so we did not have to pay the entrance free. I would recommend that you expect to pay $5/car in case the kiosk is open when you come though.

Note: The trailhead is not the first parking lot that you see after the kiosk. Drive father down the road into the park to find the trailhead parking lot.

This trail will feel moderate for moderately experienced hikers and will feel difficult for inexperienced hikers or folks who are out of shape. This park reminds me of Briones Regional Park with rolling hills, city views, and lots of cows grazing in the park. Except I saw about twice as many cows here as I did in Briones Regional Park.

Definitely watch your feet for cow feces because it’s pretty much everywhere. I also couldn’t really find a good place to break for lunch midway through the hike, so settled for a scratchy patch of grass in semi-shade in between piles of cow feces.

There is a steep ascent on part of this trail that will freak out inexperienced hikers and make them rethink coming. If you bring a group of people with a mix of hiking experience, this is where you will see the most difference in people’s fitness levels and most likely people will not be able to hike at the same pace as at flatter parts of the trail.

This hike is ideal to do during cold and cloudy weather since there is full sun exposure pretty much the entire trail. Make sure you bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses even when going during winter. Also bring plenty of water since the sun will wear you out.

I’m glad I experienced this park, but don’t see myself coming back soon.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, very pretty, everything was very green. The kids thought they were dying (19,16,11,9) but had a great time.

8 months ago

I love this trail, and all the trails here at Black Diamond. awesome views, easily attained. my dog loves it too!

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful trails out there, kids liked all the different mines and sights. lower trails are fairly muddy after the rain, but once you get up the hill a bit it is rockier and less muddy.

This is one of my favorite trails in Black Diamond Mines. I like to hit it with my 2 year old son in a hiking carrier near the end of the day. I’m tall and there’s no brush for me to dodge!

The trail is what you make of it. If you take your time, it’s pretty easy after the first mile. I am always up against the park closing, especially in the winter, so I do this as fast as I can. It’s a great workout, if you keep the pace up.

Also the views from the top are amazing. In the early morning you can see the sun reflecting off the delta, in the evening you can see the sun setting with Mt Diablo in the background.

Great Hike. I did this loop Counter Clockwise. Pretty flat at the start after .7 miles at the switchback too river view trail it starts too climb. Not super steep. Lots of cows. End of the loop is really steep going down.

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