Address: 37°48'33.0"N 121°56'53.6"W (Short Ridge Unit: End of Sherburne Hills Rd, Danville, CA 94526) OR 37°48'27.6"N 121°56'40.3"W (Short Ridge Unit: Sycamore Valley Park, at end of Holbrook Dr, Danville, CA 94526) OR 37°47'42.4"N 121°55'53.1"W (Sherburne Hills Unit: End of Northview Ct, Danville, CA 94526) Parking: Free parking lot at the first two addresses above, free street parking available at the third address (please be respectful of residents) Hours: 5AM-10PM Type: Hike (moderate) Regulations: Dogs allowed off-leash if under voice control in undeveloped areas Best time to visit: Spring, winter, or early mornings on a hot day
Description: Hike two separate parks: The 361-acre Short Ridge Unit and the 328-acre Sherburne Hills Unit, which are not connected and have a combined 6 miles or so of trails to hike. The Sherburne Hills Unit is mostly exposed to sunlight with hilly grassland. The Short Ridge Unit has some oak trees and patches of shade. During our hike, we hiked the Short Ridge Unit, which begins along a creek via the Shady Slope Trail. Unfortunately it was mostly dry during our visit, even though it had rained last week. You will soon come to a bridge crossing the creek, where it looks like there would be a beautiful waterfall if it had recently rained. The narrow trail snakes up along the hillside and under large oak trees. It then climbs up to the ridge where you’ll begin to see views of the surrounding city. We continued up a steep hill to the Short Ridge Trail, where there are stunning views of the surrounding hills and even Mount Diablo. To our left, we saw several small ponds and cattle in the distance. You can continue to hike the ridge until it joins the Sand Hill Trail, and then back along the creek via the Tatcan Trail. We did not hike the Sherburne Hills Unit during our visit, but I did find the entrance after several attempts.
Portable toilets and trash cans available at the Sherburne Hills trailhead. Bring plenty of water, as there is no water available throughout the park.
Photos of the Short Ridge Unit, beginning from the Sherburne Hills Road Trailhead: