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

I was curious to see the smoky air from a higher vantage point . went hiking with a mask on because of the smoke from all the CA fires. the air quality was very unhealthy. It looks like an alien landscape from the drought. The ground is cracked up like a giants puzzle. everything is dried out, looking like The aftermath of an apocalypse.
Needless to say I was the only one hiking out there today.

road biking
15 days ago

Great for commuters as it goes right by Pleasant Hill BART

Couldn’t find trail head, directions led me to cul de sac of driveways.

Easy trail to hike. A perfect next door get away 10 min from home. Walked at leisurely pace and completed under 3.5 hours. The dogs loved every minute of it!

I love this trail which is quite shaded if you take the left side of the loop starting at Twin Ponds.

Great hike with varied terrain, areas of bright sun as well as shaded stretches. It’s a rolling hills ascent, so I never felt like I was just climbing without an end in sight. My dog loved it, jumped in the mud pond and the cattle water, and overall got very happily dirty. Definitely will do again. For us, it was 6.1 miles in about 2.5 hours.

only rated as hard because of the initial climb up Castle Rock, otherwise easy, this area off limits from Feb to July due to Peregrin Falcon nesting. Great little loop. almost five miles but because of the climb took two hours. We hit the trail at 6am and only passed one hiker on the way out. Nice bit of isolation. Lots of birds, Nuttals Woodpeckers, hawks, seen a skunk as well.

This is the first hiking at Walnut Creek. It was better than I expected. Above all yellow grass was swaying. But there was little shade for me to take a rest for a while.

I liked the trail, but the heat was very tiring. There is practically no shade - keep that in mind.

This was so dry and hot Sept 1. Barely one good view.

2 months ago

beautiful hike

Great trail! Beautiful scenery. Prepare to have dusty ankles and shoes at the end.

Little unknown park in Walnut Creek. You really need to go very early and you will have the park to yourself. We park down the street and enter before the ranger unlocks the gate. Nice little 3 mile morning hike to start your day. Lots of birds, deer we have even seen a bobcat.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this trail. It’s a nice shady trail. As another post says the trail can easily be extended. We did witness lots of wild life even late afternoon. Only minor issue was that it’s a horse trail so watch where you step as you go on the trail.

i gritty hike and some decent formations to view. the hike has two tough sections - near mt. olympia and new the summit. overall it can be a moderate for a pro to hard for occassional hiker. the summit and the ridge trail after my olympia can be windy. it can be a good training ground for longer hikes.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Hard if you are not in shape but the trail is in very good shape. Enjoyed the views!!

Great sweeping views, really awesome! We hiked counter clockwise. I recommend hiking sticks as many parts of trail are steep with loose rock. There was a lot of poison oak, sometimes very close to the trail. Take water! We started hiking at about 830am. Good to start early. Road to Juniper has lots of bikes and traffic. $10 per car fee at gate.

Some great views but whomever made the markings of this trail did a terrible job, it was very confusing. Also, I don’t think it was very difficult, not sure while it is labeled that way.
IF we went through the proper trail, started at Juniper trail then you have to hop on a couple of trails (forgetting the names of them now but luckily a park ranger helped us figure out where to go) then you go down to back out to the road and there is one tiny little sign that shows it’s the North Peak trail but then there is no other signs after that... you just keep going. Once we got to the top there was building of some kind off to the side and we walked around that and there is a nice Peak, it sure if that was North Peak... but like I said the red lines that show you how to get to the trail were terrible and confusing!!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great loop. We start at 7am and very few people is any at this time.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful loop through a fairly diverse landscape, along rock formations, creeks, meadows, cow pasture, forest. Easy to extend the hike if you're motivated, we made it an 8 mile loop.

Perfect for an end of the day walk that’s not too difficult. Look out for rattlesnakes and pollen in April and May

This is a great trail. We started at Indian Valley Elementary which I would recommend in the summer months because the climb to the Ridge Top offers little shade but once you get there it is full of great views and cooling breezes. The trail is "closed" and mile 3.1 on this map so technically you should take the Ridge Top Bypass at mile 3. We hopped the barrier because we did not want to backtrack and found the descent at mile 3.2 pretty challenging. The Twin Ponds section (5.2 and beyond) is beautiful and shaded. Lots of raptors and other birds and reptiles -- we were even treated to a California King snake!

love running here. beautiful place!

Counterclockwise. This was a very difficult trail. Not because of the length or up and downs. Bit because of the “slipperiness” of the trail. The down hills especially had to be traversed with baby steps because if this. And lots of brush overhanging the trails not good for ticks and poison oak. $10 self service to get in. All day never saw a park employee. I will not be back and don’t suggest this trail, not much fun.

6 months ago

So beautiful!! Bring a lot of water and go early. A lot of trails and mostly uphill. Walking stick would be useful. Watch for rattlesnakes we saw one on the trail and even saw a baby scorpion!

hiking
6 months ago

I live 3 miles from this trailhead. Great short 3 mike hike. If you go early Morning like I get to do it’s great, very little people. Falcons nest. Red tail hawk nest. Stellar’s Jays, Quail, Turkeys, lots of birds. The Ranger is a super nice guy.We have even seen a Bobcat.

Just don’t go in the afternoon with the crowds of loud groups of people.

My go to short hike.

hiking
7 months ago

First mile (and last mile) really muddy - but loved the hike - great workout for the first 2+ miles and amazing views. Needed to cross 3 very small streams so shoes got a little wet

walking
8 months ago

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

Easy peasy hike for all fitness levels. Only 200’ elevation gain which is nothing. HOT in summer but this is a perfect after work hike to do with my dog. Dogs are allowed off leash here, there’s grazing cattle and the usual wildlife that you find in the EB hills. After a rain, parts of the trail are really muddy so make sure you wear real hiking boots and not sneakers.

Great views and you just feel like you are in the wide open with no one around.

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