"What, another hike through the rolling grasslands and oak-studded hillsides of the East Bay? Well, sure. Remember, you’re in East Bay Regional Park District territory, where one park can look just like another. Still, open space is open space, and this park system is dog-friendly, so you might as well enjoy what they have to offer. And this hike, on the east side of the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline near Martinez (where hiker extraordinaire John Muir was born), offers something the others can’t—exceptional views of the strait, which is the gateway to the San Joaquin Delta. You’ll be hiking up and down and up and down, but there are enough benches and rest stops for gazing out onto the choppy, frothy, olive-brown waters of the strait. From the top of Franklin Ridge, you’ll also see Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, as well as ships passing under the Interstate 680 bridge."