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Great hike but sad that Paradise Valley Trail area is recovering from the wildfire in late June. Still beautiful but bits of green coming back makes for a hopeful hike.

4 months ago

Excellent warm spring hike. Mind the snakes. Busy season for them. Saw three on this hike!

We hike many of the loop variations often and like the flexibility of various distances and degrees of effort

Loved it so beautiful

8 months ago

Good trail. More bikers than hikers, but everyone was friendly.

I did a smaller loop and really enjoyed the trail. There are many options. Not much shade so prepare.

Did this ride from my home in Concord to the Castro Valley Bart station with my son Jeremey. Awesome ride and a great day! We saw quite a few bicyclists on Crow Canyon Rd.

The Iron Horse Trail was a few blocks from my house. I did this ride many times but the most memorable was the 1st time with both of my sons. The trail can be a little crowded in a few spots but a great, safe place to ride, especially with kids. The Concord area has a great system of bike trails.

9 months ago

Convenient collection of trails. Multiple ways to loop through the open space and with many good views as well. Hiked today in the rain with some strong gusts of wind. Good times! I highly recommend this for quick access to the outdoors.

Rattlesnakes still out! Watch your step. Great hike!

11 months ago

trail running
Sunday, August 06, 2017

This loop is a bit longer than 5 miles. It doesn't have a lot of coverage so bring lots of water and wear plenty of sunscreen because there's little to no shade. Good amount of hills even though it says "moderate". This is a good challenging trail of you are running it!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

In this hike we combined the Lime Ridge South and North Loop into a longer loop. We started from the Lime Ridge South staging area at the Boundary Oak Golf Course; hiked up to the Paraiso Trail, crossed the Ygnacio Valley Road using the underpass, continued onto the Lime Ridge Trail. We then followed the Cottonwood Trail, Ygnacia Canyon Trail and Manzanita Trail. We finally took the Ohlone Trail back to the staging area. Total distance was 6 miles with 1,312 feet of elevation. I would rate it moderate. It was a beautiful hike with blooming of the spring wildflowers.

trail running
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nice quick loop, great for hill repeats. Cattle movement can close routes though so it wouldn't be ideal for timed runs.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Decent trails. Went up Manzanita to the peak which makes it shorter but more difficult. Path was washed out sandstone but it was a nice change of pace. Broken glass by the bench at the top which was upsetting. Nice little loop overall.

Monday, January 02, 2017

We had a pleasant hike at Lime Ridge Open Space on this New Year's day. This loop had a mix of fire roads and single-track trails with a total ascent of 1,350 feet over 5.8  miles. Lime Ridge is located on the eastern edge of Walnut Creek on a dominant ridge leading to Mount Diablo. It contains some of the last remaining chaparral in Walnut Creek and a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Lime Ridge gets its name from the limestone in the area. We had great views of the surrounding cities and countryside. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Perfect length and challenge. Steep at times but mostly pretty easy.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Quick and easily accessible way to get away from it all. Did a short loop today and found it a perfect change from the 'neighborhood' jog. I started up top off Ygnacio. Took the Paradise trail through the shade then up and over Blue Oak trail. Met the Oholone trail and headed back to complete the short loop. Very peaceful midday hike and not overly exhausting even in 95 degree heat.

The convenient location and tons of trail options mean I'll be back to hike and bike this park many times!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love this place I have seen lots of animals, flowers and birds. It's a nice easy trail I can take young kids on.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Beautiful, very hilly. Trees starting to get swollen buds, will have leaves very soon. Great view.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I saw the reviews and was a bit skeptical about the trails, but I have to say that I have really enjoyed this one. Parking is a snap. And I can start up the hill directly to the left and leave the city behind in just a few minutes. Even though you are so close to Ygnacio Rd. the noise from the cars quickly dissipates and you feel like you are much farther away than you are. I thought it was a very nice place to get a hike in without having to drive very far. Ive been here at least a dozen times. Also, it is not very crowded at all. there are days when I don't even run into another person.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Very boring trail. There are so many better trails within 10 minutes of this park, skip it unless you're doing it as a workout. Watching sunset on the ridge is the best part of this trail, so plan your hike around that if you must go. We did spot a California King Snake and a bunch of rabbits on the trail.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Time to complete: 1.5 hours
Level: moderate
Exposure: Full sun

Best in Winter and Fall to avoid rattle snakes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Very confusing. Got lost. Some signs said dogs had to be on leash, some signs said no dogs aloud, and some signs said dogs must be within sight and sound (off leash but under control). Very little shade.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Too sandy for mountain biking, although it looks like an ok place to hike.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A neat trail the delivers some great views of Diablo Valley after some solid elevation gain. Lots of different directions you can head and nice overlooks. Easy to get to and fun for a quick trip

trail running
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Good hard running trail. Good elevation.

Monday, June 13, 2011

There are some good singletracks and jumps if you know where to go but the rangers are bitches and dont let u ride there

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