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Best trails in Antioch

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Looking for a great trail near Antioch, California? AllTrails has 34 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Diablo State Park or Franks Tract State Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area or Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 20 moderate trails in Antioch ranging from 2 to 12 miles and from 196 to 1,610 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Nortonville and Black Diamond Loop
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Note: This parking lot is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, the lower parking lot at Sydney Flat is open and you can walk the extra distance to the trailhead from there. Once a booming coal mining area, the hills are now quiet and peaceful. Yet, they still offer a glimpse into the past mining history. Five coal mining towns once occupied the Black Diamond area from the 1860s until the early 1900s, the most famous being Nortonville and Somersville. Almost four million tons of coal were removed before coal mining stopped and sand mining began by the Hazel-Atlas glass company. Part of these underground mines are still accessible via guided interpretive tours. This route takes you through the heart of the Black Diamond Mines historic area, and offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and delta. As you initially ascend the ridge, you will pass the Rose Hill Cemetery, which is a grim but fascinating reminder of the town of Nortonville and the challenging lives its citizens lived. Past the graveyard, you will come to a lookout point that offers the first of many panoramic views. Later, descending the Black Diamond Trail, colorful sandstone rock walls tower above the scattered oak woodland. As you make your way down Black Diamond Way keep your eyes open for the giant Coulter Pines, and see if you can find “Jim’s Place”, where the “door” is always open! A little further up Black Diamond Trail is a small side trip to the Air Shaft. Make a right on Cumberland Trail, go about 100 yards and it’s on your left. Turn around and return to Black Diamond Trail to continue uphill on main route. Enjoy other beautiful views and rock formations on the rest of the hike. Park at the parking lot .8 miles up the road from the Visitor Center. Walk up the trail, past the restrooms, and continue straight and slightly to the right onto Nortonville Trail. Follow the trail posts, staying on Nortonville Trail as it begins to climb towards Rose Hill Cemetery. You may wish to explore the cemetery or bypass it by staying on the main trail. Once past the cemetery, continue uphill and over the ridge, and drop down into Nortonville. Stay left on the trail straight into Coal Canyon and head up the single track trail, straight ahead at the base of the canyon. At the top past Jim’s Place make a left on the paved Black Diamond Trail. Continue uphill until you reach a closed Park Gate. Take the left just before the Gate on a dirt road which is Black Diamond Trail. Continue on this all the way back to the ridge above the cemetery and make a right at the fork onto Nortonville Trail and retrace your steps down past the cemetery, descending back to the parking lot where you began. Fees: $5 Seasonal, weekends and holidays, $4 per trailered vehicle, $2 per dogShow more
#2 - Chapparal, Manhattan Canyon Black Diamond Mines Loop
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Note: This parking lot is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, the parking lot at Sydney Flat is open and you can walk the extra distance to the trailhead from there. It wasn't always like this: In the 1800s, a coal economy ruled the region. When the coal ran out, the miners moved on, leaving tombstones where towns once stood. Mining resumed years later: this time they dug sand for a local glassmaker. Tours of the old silica sand mines are a popular fixture of Black Diamond Mines. This route starts out in the parking lot on the old Somersville town site, passing the Rose Hill Cemetery and moving on to Nortonville, another town site lost to time. Show more
#3 - Miner's Trail
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
Note: This parking lot is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, the parking lot at Sydney Flat is open and you can walk the extra distance to the trailhead from there. A nice introduction to the Black Diamond Mines Regional Presserve. 5,717 acre preserve with coal mines, historic cemetery and Bay Views. Take the Canyon trail to connect to the Black Diamond Trail Temperatures in the summer can be extreme. The 5,717 acre preserve contains 3 historic coal mining sites, a historic cemetery and approximately 50 scenic trails. Very hilly terrain offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area. Dog allowed on leash in developed areas/under voice command in undeveloped areas of the parkShow more
#4 - Nortonville, Coal Canyon, Black Diamond, Manhattan, and Chaparral Loop
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Note: This parking lot is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, the parking lot at Sydney Flat is open and you can walk the extra distance to the trailhead from there. Park Features: Black Diamond is a former coal and silica-sand mining area. Five mining towns once thrived in the area. Past the Nortonville town site is Rose Hill Cemetery, a historic Protestant graveyard for Nortonville miners and their families, preserved by the Park District; an interpretive brochure with information on the cemetery is available at the Visitor Center when it is open. Restrooms and drinking fountains can be found at the parking lot, but be sure to bring your own water for this relatively long and seasonally hot route. Trail Highlights: A few hundred feet past the parking lot you will see an interpretive panel which describes the features of Somersville, one of five towns in the Mt. Diablo Coal Field in the late 19th century. At the end of Coal Canyon Trail is a mysterious excavation dubbed Jim’s Place, possibly occupied during the coal mining boom of the 1800s; no one knows for certain who made this sandstone room. Trail Directions: Head southwest (right) from the parking lot to get on the multi-use Nortonville Trail toward Rose Hill Cemetery; hike past the cemetery and at the trail junction on top of the hill go straight, heading downhill to the Nortonville townsite. Go left through the hiker gate at Black Diamond Trail; continue straight at the next junction onto the single-track Coal Canyon Trail, tucked between large rock formations; continue until you reach the paved Black Diamond Trail and go left. Stay on Black Diamond Trail and veer left as it becomes unpaved again; go right at signs for Manhattan Canyon Trail. Keep going straight at the next junction and continue on Chaparral Loop Trail; go left at the foot bridge but do not cross it. After about .21 miles, at the next trail intersection, go left and head down the steps; when you come to the Eureka Slope mine entrance, take the stairs across the road leading to the Greathouse Visitor Center and then down to the parking lot where you began. Park Curfew/Hours: 8 a.m. – Varies Fees: $5 parking fee and a $2 dog fee applies seasonally, weekends and holidaysShow more
#5 - East Shore West Shore Loop Trail
Contra Loma Regional Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance and parking lot is closed. However, you can still park on Frederickson Lane and walk the extra distance to the park from there.Show more
#6 - Antioch Community Park, East Shore, West Shore, Ridge, Lake View Trails
Contra Loma Regional Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance and parking lot is closed. However, you can still park on Frederickson Lane and walk the extra distance to the park from there. Park Features: Contra Loma is a unique 780-acre park that features an 80-acre reservoir for year-round fishing and a seasonal swim lagoon. Hiking, biking and nature study are also popular uses at this eastern Contra Costa County oasis. Trail Highlights: Though marked "Easy," this hike has a few very steep sections. The route allows you to experience two very different areas of the same park, see gorgeous views of the delta, and even cool off in a swimming lagoon (check website for hours). On clear days you can see the Sierras. Bring plenty of water and snacks as the weather heats up in summer and fall. Water fountains and restrooms are located at the staging area and near the mid-point of the hike. Dogs must be on leash. Trail Directions: From the west side of the parking lot of the Antioch Community Park, follow the paved trail up the hill .20 miles to the top of the dam. Continue to your right across the dam (past the three yellow bollards) and follow the West Shore Trail for about .63 miles. Near the volleyball court and small fishing permit machine, veer right and walk up towards the fence-line to connect to the Ridge Trail. Turn left on Ridge Trail and follow to the cattle gate. Ridge Trail is not marked here; you will pass a small service yard to your right. After closing the gate, continue straight uphill on Lake View Trail. Stay on the wide trail up the hill. The trail veers right going up and down the hills, which provide excellent views of the surrounding areas. At the high point you may take a steep but short detour to the hilltop on the Overlook Trail. To continue the hike, follow Lake View Trail downhill as it becomes very narrow. Pass through two cattle gates and then turn right onto Ridge Trail which will lead you back to West Shore Trail. Turn left on West Shore Trail and retrace your steps back across the dam and downhill to Antioch Community Park. Park Curfew/Hours: Varies seasonally Fees: None Website: www.ebparks.org/parks/contra_loma/Show more
#7 - Stewartville and Ridge Trail Loop
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
#8 - Star Mine Trail
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
#9 - Old Ranch Loop Trail
Contra Loma Regional Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 59 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, the main entrance and parking lot is closed. However, you can still park on Frederickson Lane and walk the extra distance to the park from there. Park Features: Contra Loma’s 780 acres of parkland offers a diverse range of recreational activities such as swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. The park has an 80-acre reservoir and a swim lagoon that has a sandy beach, concession stands, and shaded picnic areas. The reservoir is stocked with catfish, black and striped bass, bluegill, trout, and red-eared sunfish for fishing. A Daily Fishing Access Permit is required to fish and is available for purchase at the park entry kiosk. Trails Highlights: A scenic, looping trail has wide views of the reservoir, delta and neighboring golf course. The unpaved trail travels through rolling grasslands and scattered oak woodlands, with wildflowers in season. This trail has very little shade and no water, so try to do this trail early in the day or outside of the summer months. Trail Directions: After passing entry kiosk, make first right at East Lake Road. Park in the parking lot near the corrals, and access the trail through the cattle gate. Make a left onto Old Ranch Loop Trail and head away from the corral. The trail will loop around and bring you back to where you started in just under 3 miles. Park Hours: Sunrise to Dusk Fees: $5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus. $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free. Beach Access; $3 ages 16-61, $2 age 1-15, $2 seniors 62+ or disabled, Free under 1 year of age. More info: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/contra_loma Show more
#10 - Shell Ridge: Pine Canyon Loop
Shell Ridge Open Space
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 5 h 32 m
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