This is a new hike for me, so using Marianne's description below. Please be sure to print out and bring a map with you. Note that I expect this to be considerably harder than last week's hike.
Description from Marianne:
Join me and my awesome trail dog, Ananda, for a ramble at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness (near San Ramon). This is one of my favorite parks, especially in spring--weather permitting, there are gorgeous views from the ridge, and the lovely emerald green hills are spotted with wildflowers.
We'll be doing an up-and-over-and-up-and-over again loop, 6+ miles. Starts with a good stiff climb up to the ridge, then back down the other side to the evocatively named Devil's Hole, then another haul back up to the ridge, then a nice cool-down descent back to the staging area.
General trail route: Rocky Ridge View Trail-Sycamore Trail-Devil's Hole Trail-Rocky Ridge to either Cuesta or Elderberry Trails for the return. There is a lot of up and down, so I would characterize this as moderate-strenuous, depending on your fitness level.
Hiking pace: moderate/average (2.5 miles hr.). Everyone is free to hike at their own pace; we will pause briefly at all trail intersections (and/or make sure that hikers coming behind see which way we're going) but everyone should carry a map (available at the trailhead, and from the EBRPD website: http://www.ebparks.org/Assets/_Nav_Categories/Parks/Maps/Las+Trampas+map.pdf) and be prepared to make your own way if separated from the group.
Friendly, well-socialized dogs are welcome, allowed off-leash on the trails; please make sure your dog is up for a fairly strenuous hike, and keep your fur-pal leashed in the parking area. Make sure to carry PLENTY of water for yourself and your dog(s); there is water at the trailhead but no sources en route. There is a creek at Devil's Hole but it may not have water and should not be relied on for a refill.
COWS may be encountered. If your four-footer is a known chaser (listen up, Ananda!) be ready to leash 'em up if cows are sighted. Other hazards include the usual suspects of East Bay hills hiking: ticks and poison oak.
DIRECTIONS: See location above; follow Bollinger Canyon Road to its terminus at the main parking/staging area. NO parking/dog fee; water, toilets, maps available at trailhead.
Please be on time; we will wait no more than 15 minutes after the posted start time. If you arrive after we've headed out just follow the Rocky Ridge View trail (paved road) from the parking lot and you'll likely catch up with us.