“Excellent workout with great views of Mt. Diablo.”
— Mukesh Jyothi
This is a very rewarding quick hike in Danville that gives a great workout for the legs and has one of the nicest views of Mt. Diablo. It's only two miles one way and most of the trail has a moderate to steep incline. More than half of the trail is along a 10-ft. wide dirt road that winds its way up. There's no better way to get a great workout and enjoy the views and peace. Go early in the morning to avoid company. Most of the people I've seen are the locals.
Need to Know
No fees. Street parking available.
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness staging area in Bollinger Canyon Road opens only at 8 AM. But this trail starts at the east side of the park at the end of Camille Avenue in Danville.
From the street parking, the Las Trampas Regional Trail starts towards the left. There are abundant eucalyptus trees at the start of the trail and the smell of eucalyptus permeates the air. After about 0.4 miles, you'll reach the first and only gate on this hike. Go through the gate and continue climbing up. Here the trees are primarily oak.
After 0.2 miles, you'll reach the intersection with the Madrone Trail
. Take a right and keep going up. There is little shade beyond this point until we reach the Corduroy Hills Trail
at around one mile from start of the hike. Just keep following the road uphill, it's wide and steep and exposed. But the good thing is that the views really open up and Mt. Diablo looks better the higher we go up.
After 0.4 miles, you reach a hill from where a narrow path starts going up. This path leads into a shaded forest area that goes all the way to Eagle Peak. From here you'll have the last and the best view of Mt. Diablo from here. You can head east down a small spur path to explore the summit a bit. Return the same way.