If you are looking to get fit this year and hit more trails, the Trails Challenge 2017 is a great place to get started. There is a guidebook that was put together and sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Regional Parks Foundation that gives you 20 different hikes you can try out over the course of the year. Participants get a free Trails Challenge t-shirt if they visit select visitor centers.
The challenge is a great way to get to know our local trails and parks and have a little fun!
Turn the Trails Challenge into a Day of Fun
While you are out and about hitting up the trails you can also enjoy some of our areas other great restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Below is some brief information on some of the trails and what you will find close by so that you can make a day of it.
Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve – There are three different trails you can explore here the Stream View, Red Tail Hawk, and Grey Fox Trail. Hikers, bikers, dogs and horses are all welcome on these relatively easy trails.
- After you have hiked Bishop Ranch you can relax for lunch at one of the surrounding restaurants including Gianni’s Italian Bistro, Clementine’s or the Prickly Pear Cantina.
Roberts Regional Recreational Area – Just a short drive away in Oakland this 82-acre park has 5 different easy trails to explore. You can bring your dog, horse, bike or hike it.
- Head out to Roberts Regional Recreational in summer and you can cool down after your hike at Roberts Pool. There is a playground for the kids as well as an adult and kids pool.
Five Canyons Open Space – With 4 different trails with moderate difficulty and trails that are open to dogs, horses, hiking, some even allowing bikes, this is a great place to check out if you are looking for a more challenging hike.
- Since this hike is more moderate you may be hungry afterward. Val’s Burgers is a retro diner in Hayward that offers up the classic American diner menu including burgers & shakes.
Redwood Regional Park – If you are looking for a more challenging hike, one that will really get the heart pumping, Redwood Regional Park offers difficult trails with spectacular scenery.
- If you take the kids with you into the Redwoods they might just deserve a little fun. Check out Children’s Fairyland on Bellevue Avenue in Oakland. Rides, performances, and lots of storybook fun will make a great ending to a whimsical day.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park – Located in Castro Valley, Anthony Chabot Regional Park has 7 challenging trails to master. The trails blend together to make an 8.92 loop that is challenging for any level hiker.
- The Oakland zoo is practically a hop, skip and jump from Anthony Chabot Regional Park. If you are not up for too much walking you can take one of the shorter tracks in the park then head over to the zoo to stretch it out.
More Information on the East Bay Regional Park Trail Challenge
If you a would like to tackle the Regional Park Trail Challenge, grab a t-shirt and earn your pin, you can find more information on the East Bay Regional Parks District website. Be sure to check out some of the great finds in the local area after hitting the trails.