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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Pinole Valley Watershed

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A less-visited section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

Point to Point

775' 236 m

High

212' 65 m

Low

1,050' 320 m

Up

935' 285 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

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Need to Know

There are multiple cattle gates on the trail, some of them are locked. Permits may be required.

Description

These infrequently used trails provide expansive views of the relatively untouched Pinole Valley Watershed, and the Bay Area landscape beyond. Covering 3,681 acres, the watershed lands were purchased in the 1950s for a potential reservoir site. The open grassland offers much scenery, but the ranch roads can be steep in places. The first section up to Fernandez Ranch is part of the Carqui- nez Strait Scenic Loop Trail. There is little shade, so take the hike or ride in cooler weather.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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Bay Area Ridge Trail Staff

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