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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Carquinez Strait to John Muir Historic Site

Intermediate

A rolling trail in northern Contra Costa County on a trail named for longtime trail enthusiast Hulet Hornbeck.


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4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

85%

Runnable

669' 204 m

High

103' 32 m

Low

1,115' 340 m

Up

630' 192 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Description

Roam rolling ridgelands in northern Contra Costa County following the old California Riding and Hiking Trail, a round-the-state trail system planned in the mid-twentieth century, and the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail. The route follows wide, unpaved service roads along the exposed ridge south of the Carquinez Strait to the Franklin Valley, and then enters the national historic site and climbs Mount Wanda, a hilltop that John Muir and his daughters often visited. Some short sections are steep, but the ridgetops offer terrific views in all directions.

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.

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Mar 13, 2021 near Martinez, CA
Took us about 20-25 minutes from Mt Wanda parking area to get up the steep initial part.   Beautiful views.   Great trail.
Mar 29, 2020 near Martinez, CA

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