Las Trampas Park

lastrampashiking3Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers residents and visitors to the San Ramon area over 5,000 acres of wilderness to explore. There are many ways you can explore the park while feeling all alone thanks to the park’s size.

Explore Las Trampas

How you choose to explore the thousands of acres at Las Trampas is up to you. Here are some great ideas to get you started.

  • Pack a Picnic – There are two picnic areas close to the Steelhead and Shady parking areas. The tables and facilities are on a first come first serve basis. If you are looking to hold a party The Little Hills Picnic Ranch offers a shaded picnic area, swimming pool, and green space. This area is reservation only.
  • Take a Hike – There are plenty of trails to explore in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Whether you are looking to climb, view beautiful wildflowers, take photos of the wildlife or hike along the creek, you won’t run out of trails. Many hikers have reported seeing packs of cattle grazing along the trails. Trails vary from very rugged to gentle. You do need a permit to hike on the East Bay Municipal Utility trails.
  • Bring Your Bike – There are designated areas within the park where bicycles are allowed, the one road you cannot ride your bikes on is the Rocky Ridge View Trail.
  • Enjoy Birdwatching – If you are an avid birdwatcher there are plenty of birds to be seen within the park. Other birders have reported seeing several species of hawks and even golden eagles on occasion.
  • Go Horseback Riding – Horses are allowed in certain areas of the park and if you are looking for riding lessons you can find them for both adult and children at Las Trampas Stables.

If you are looking for information on any of these activities you can find more information on the East Bay Regional Park District Site.

Getting to Las Trampas

From San Ramon take I-680 to Crow Canyon Road, head west, turn right onto Bollinger Canyon Road. This will lead you into the park.  From Castro Valley take I-580 to Crow Canyon Road, take Crow Canyon Road north turning left onto Bollinger Canyon Road. This will then lead you into the park.

Pack a lunch, grab some water and don’t forget the sunscreen, it is likely once you get to Las Trampas you won’t want to leave.

 

This article originally appeared on Villa Properties’ blog at http://info.myvillaproperties.com/blog/las-trampas-park.

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