Address: 5101 Coach Drive, Richmond, CA (approx). There are also trail heads at the end of Heavenly Ridge Lane and Conestoga Lane. Apple maps will incorrectly tell you to go to Rain Cloud drive, and although it's possible to reach the trail, you'll have to scramble up a loose rock/gravel hill, so I recommend one of the other entrances. Parking: Free residential parking at the address above. Please be respectful of residents. Hours: 5 A.M. to 10 P.M. Type: Hike (moderate) Regulations: Dogs allowed off-leash in undeveloped areas if under voice control. Best time to visit: Anytime if it's not a hot day. There are a few shady sections of trails but the trails in the middle of the park are fully exposed to sunlight.
Description: This 277-acre park seems larger than expected and has a lot to offer. It's a quiet park, so don't be surprised if you run into more deer than people! It has a beautiful shady manzanita forest with curved trees enclosing the entire trail. You can also hike along the ridge and will have a great view of the bay. If you choose to hike down you'll be rewarded with mossy trails lined with bright green ferns. The only drawback of this park is that there isn't a nice loop you can take to circle the park. If you hiked every trail in the park, it would be about a 2.5 miles, and if you take the main trail back you could finish at a little less than 4 miles for your entire hike. There are some hills in the park and you'll have about a 350ft elevation gain when you reach the peak at about 750ft. Don't forget to bring a picnic or a snack because there are some well-placed picnic tables throughout the park. There's one in the middle of the Ridge Trail at the peak where you'll have a perfect bay view during your break. There are other tables in shady oak groves where you may spot deer snacking on vegetation nearby. Our favorite parts of the hike were the Manzanita Loop Trail, the peak at the top of Manzanita Trail and Sobrante Ridge Trail, as well as the 0.67 mile shady, fern-lined section of the Sobrante Ridge Trail leading down to Conestoga Way. If you do decide to head down this section, you'll make a left at the power tower (someone has scratched out the trail sign and we were lost for a short time). The EBRPD has a Wildlife Refuge Pond on their map at the end of this trail, but unfortunately there wasn't much to see. You could catch a glimpse of the cattails sticking out of the pond, and you could hear water running into it, but the vegetation was too high to see much. However, the trail itself is worth the hike. All of the trails are pretty well maintained, but be careful if your dog goes off the trails because there's some poison oak on the sides (most predominantly on the section mentioned above which narrows in places). We found a lot of side trails that we initially mistook for main trails, especially near the Ridge Loop Trail, but if the trail is a little overgrown, it's not a main trail. Below are pictures of all the trails as well as pictures of a few of the neighborhood trailheads.
There are no restrooms available in the park. Doggy clean-up bags are available at the Conestoga Way trailhead. You can hike into Pinole Valley Park for restrooms and drinking fountains.