Need to Know
There are multiple cattle gates on the trail, some of them are locked. Permits may be required.
These infrequently used trails provide expansive views of the relatively untouched Pinole Valley Watershed, and the Bay Area landscape beyond. Covering 3,681 acres, the watershed lands were purchased in the 1950s for a potential reservoir site. The open grassland offers much scenery, but the ranch roads can be steep in places. The first section up to Fernandez Ranch is part of the Carqui- nez Strait Scenic Loop Trail
. There is little shade, so take the run or ride in cooler weather.
This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book
from Wilderness Press.
Shared By: Bay Area Ridge Trail Staff