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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Fernandez Ranch and Pinole Valley Watershed

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1.5 mile 2.3 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 391' 119 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 662' 202 m
Low: 271' 83 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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A lovely section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail heading through open grassland and oak woodlands.

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Description

Fernandez Ranch is a quintessential California landscape of open grassland and oak–bay woodland. The Ridge Trail, also a section of the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail, passes through varied habitats, and both sun and shade, before it reaches the Pinole Valley Watershed. Visit in the spring to see the green hills covered in poppies, lupine, and Mount Diablo sunflower.

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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