Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
3 days 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.

23 days 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
26 days 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.

walking
2 months ago

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

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

Great views all around! The first mile makes for an awesome workout...nothing but climbing!! Would love to live close to some climbs like this so I can do repeats as my evening workouts.
My party followed this route up to the summit then north peak. From there we went on the trail for the Grand Loop Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful! It was a little confusing finding the start of the trail (we didn't know where to park), but it was a great 7 miles. Only one major uphill climb.

hiking
3 months ago

Lot of parking options, go down near the stables (not the school) for your best options. The start of the hike is pretty average - not much to look at other than Castle rock. Crossed a few very small streams but easy to navigate without getting wet. The back half of the hike is pretty amazing - green wide open space and some interesting rock formations. Few more Mountain bikers & cows on this section but still peaceful

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike - especially in the morning before it gets busy. Can very different in the winter vs summer.
Lots of options on trails Trail in good condition and plenty of parking

Good hike with awesome views.

If heading clockwise, your first 2+ miles are generally downhill. Then the (choose your adjective) begins. 3+ miles up. And on some stretches, it’s very steep, and doesn’t seem to let up. However, the vantage points near the summit are worth the weary legs (and lungs).

Enjoy a savory meal and a beverage afterwards. You’ve definitely earned it.

Great views from above the fog line. Well maintained trail, half on fire road. Start counter clockwise if you want less steeper climbs.

hiking
4 months ago

FYI the Little Yosemite portion of the trail was marked with a sign that said no dogs.

If you want to feel that you are in the middle of the Swiss Alps without getting an air ticket, do this hike. It's one of my favorite hikes around. I would say its a Moderate+ but rewarding none the less.

awesome views

It was beautiful! I went in the morning and loved it. The trail is really muddy, so make sure to bring extra shoes for when you finish.

5 months ago

Nice and close to town.

on Castle Rock Trail

5 months ago

Love this hike.

It was great hike with great views of Bay Area and part of Central Valley. Sunset from eagle peak was awesome.

hiking
5 months ago

Interesting rock formations

Great trail for October ...

hiking
7 months ago

Went with a group of guys and no one fell out but, people started to slow down closer to the top. Make sure to bring water, since we are young and stupid guys... we decided to start this trail at 11:00 AM local time and ended up exposed and in the open, which is 90% of the fire-trail.

Good Exercise and awesome views, this is a definite!

Would be a five star hike in Spring-Winter. Excellent loop hike from Regency Drive with mostly single track paths (see my track below). Bring lots of water I mean lots and start really early! All of the springs are dry this time of year.

A lot of this is on a fire road rather than an actual trail. We went clockwise, starting on Meridian Ridge and ending on Juniper. The bits that weren't on the fire road were nice, but the fire road itself was steep uphill and downhill all the way. Bring three-four water bottles on this hike and be prepared for a beating! I woke up with a nosebleed, and I'm going to be sore for days.

Challenging, but totally worth it! Come prepared with enough time to enjoy all the views

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