Explore the most popular wildlife 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
1 month 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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.

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!

hiking
2 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
3 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

Great hike, keep an eye on the map, because it's easy to switch on a another trail without noticing it! But really nice one, super green right now! Warm and sunny!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 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
5 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
5 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

Southern and eastern aspects of loop are quite exposed. Late January and I found myself wishing for a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. That is, until coming down into the valley of the northern and western aspect of the loop (I journeyed counter clockwise) which is shady from the oaks, full of moths and birdsong, and has a few creeks running across. More muddy than I expected and finished within two hours at a strong pace.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Great cardio! The first hour or so is just up up up. So if you’re not a regular hiker this will feel more like an extreme or strenuous hike instead of moderate. Great views! BBQ trail very nice and wooded. We have seen baby bob cats. Haven’t seen the mothers so be aware. Lots of mtn bikers. They go fast so just be looking ahead. Everyone is very respectful. Usually takes us 2:40 minutes to do.

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.

on Castle Rock Trail

7 months ago

Love this hike.

on Secret Valley Loop

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Interesting rock formations

The very last part of the Ridge Top Trail part of this loop was fenced off, so had to double back and take the bypass trail. Apart from that great hike and phenomenal 360 views from the ridge top.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

falcons soaring over head. The beauty of Mt Diablo and the rolling hills set as the back drop of several trail choices. Many fun and low difficulty rating trails.

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous views, plenty of variety, good mix of sun and shade. Kids loved finding the 'secret' valley. One edit - dogs are NOT allowed unfortunately. AllTrails marks it as pet friendly, but regrettably they have posted warning signs.

Beautiful trail, especially the "secret" part!

Good trail, strenuous at times. Excellent views to go with a nice workout.

trail running
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Followed exact course and GPS said 1,300 ft elev. Also 6 miles. It was beautiful!! Mostly runnable hills except for a few sections. Deer, rabbits, vultures. Some sections torn up by rain and then livestock. Made it more technical than it used to be. If running, highly recommend trail shoes.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Lovely hike through Caste Rock today. It's been breezy and temperatures in the high 60s, low 70s. I saw a family of quail, with lots of little ones still, and a family of turkeys with about 6 youngsters. Water running in the creek still and wildflowers still out but reaching the end.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful the entire way! Up and down, lots of hills, but gorgeous! Do it!

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