Round Valley Regional Preserve Trails

Walnut Creek, California 94595

Round Valley Regional Preserve Trails

Round Valley Regional Preserve Trails Professional Guide

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"Loop through this preserve, which forms an important link in the East Bay’s open space chain, using the Hardy Canyon and Miwok trails. The rolling, oakshaded hills here are daubed with floral colors in spring, and the impressive expanse of Round Valley itself has few rivals in the Bay Area. This is a popular equestrian area, and the single-track Hardy Canyon Trail takes a beating. Follow a path that curves left from the trailhead to a T-junction with a dirt road. Turn right and go across a bridge over Marsh Creek. The Miwok Trail, which you will use later, is right, but you turn left on the Hardy Canyon Trail and stroll beside Marsh Creek. Staying right at a fork, you follow a rutted track through an open field and curve away from the creek. Among the trees found in this preserve are California buckeye, valley oak, blue oak, coast live oak, Fremont cottonwood, hoptree, Western sycamore, and California bay. The trail rises through a blue oak savanna and then enters the canyon holding High Creek."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jane Huber
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"Round Valley’s single trailhead is on a lonely country road that winds through the eastern foothills of Mount Diablo. Hikers can take long out-and-back or shuttle hikes through this preserve and neighboring Los Vaqueros Watershed, but this is the sole official loop at Round Valley, a three-creek, 4.1-mile tour through rolling hills of oak woods and grassland."

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Trail Information

Walnut Creek
Nearby City
4.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season

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