“Pretty, moderate loop combining views of Wall Point, Mt. Diablo, and valley creek bed.
— Rob Culin
Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views
There is a $6 parking permit for using the Macedo Ranch staging area.
This is a pleasant loop hike that provides a scenic route and a manageable distance.
Start at the Macedo Ranch staging area, and begin up the fire road. After roughly 0.5 miles up hill, bear right onto Wall Point Road
. Head over a shoulder and down a winding dirt fire road, through trees to Stage Road
in the valley. Left on Stage Road
as it crosses a stream several times, which will be dry in the summer. Beautiful old oak trees, views of rock outcroppings - and lots of Poison Oak.
Follow Stage Road
for about 1.3 miles until you go through a gate and see a small picnic area on your left. Look for the sign post indicating Little Yosemite Valley Trail
cutting back to your left. This is a singletrack trail not allowing bikes. This cuts pretty steeply up out of the valley floor onto the ridge where you started. Some great views up top of the ridge line, rock outcroppings and Mt. Diablo peak.
When you reach the ridge, turn left again onto Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail
and after 0.4 miles your at the starting intersection and follow Wall Point Road
to your right, back down to your car.