Explore Las Trampas Hills

Join us for a rolling hike through Las Trampas Regional Wilderness to round out your Saturday afternoon. Las Trampas offers remote and rugged areas and great panoramic views. Starting at the trailhead near the Bollinger Canyon Staging Area, we will embark on a loop hike between 4-6 mi. Hike leader will determine best route depending on who shows up and desired length / difficulty as indicated by the participants. Since there are no "easy" trails in Las Trampas (beyond the creek trail which is only the first .5 mile), please self-select according to your fitness level.  There are numerous short, somewhat steep ascents and descents, and the total elevation change may exceed 2,000 feet, depending on what route we choose.

You will be rewarded with great views of the local hills (including Mt. Diablo) and possibly the smell of sage and other herbs growing near the trail.

Directions: Trailhead is 45 min. drive from downtown Oakland or Berkeley. Best approach is via CA 24 > 680 S from Berkeley or else I-580 > 680 N from Oakland.  THERE IS NO THROUGH ROAD FROM MORAGA.  Bollinger Canyon Road is blocked in Moraga before it leads into the park.  Therefore you must enter the park from San Ramon.  Traveling north on I-680 in San Ramon, take exit 36 (Crow Canyon Road) west to Bollinger Canyon Road, turn right (north) and follow it into the park.  Drive to the end of the road and park in the staging area. If parking lot is full, which is likely, park on the side of Bollinger C. Rd. nearby. Carpooling with others is a good idea to avoid a preponderence of cars (it is also why I am limiting the number of hikers.)

Cancellation: Steady rain cancels. Bring: Wear long sleeve pants and shirt for poison oak. Carry some light snacks and 1 liter drinking water. Bring sunglasses if it's bright out. Carpooling with others is a good idea. Carpool: Leave a comment below if you are interested in carpooling and we can self-organize. Leader: Kent Lewandowski, kentlewan [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Note: below is a picture I took on 4/13 along the Las Trampas Ridge Trail, which I intend to include in our hike.

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  • Clare

    Would love to know how far we hiked and the elevation gain. Thanks again Kent for everything! So glad I went.

    April 27, 2013

    • Clare

      Thanks Kent, looking forward to the next hike you might lead!

      April 28, 2013

    • Robert

      Great choice of hike Kent. A terrific outing and good pizza after.

      April 28, 2013

  • Kent

    carpool is departing at 1:15 from MacArthur BART. Sorry for the late notice.

    April 27, 2013

    • SH

      Oh really sorry I missed that about carpooling! I'll join next time :)

      April 27, 2013

  • DEAN ALLEN J.

    Something came up so I won't be able to arrive on time. I hoped that the 2:00 P.M. start would make it easier to attend the hike. Oh well, maybe next time.

    April 27, 2013

  • SH

    Hi! Could I carpool from SF with anyone? Or I meet at a Bart station in Berkeley? Pls let me know. [masked]

    April 26, 2013

  • Kent

    Glad to see so many people signed up. A couple lady friends of mine are joining me. There will be some climbing. But, if you have hiked hills in the past couple weeks, and were not gasping at the top, then don't be afraid :-)

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming from Berkeley/Oakland? Or I'd be happy to meet you at a BART station somewhere..

    April 19, 2013

    • Barbara S

      Rebecca: I may be able to give you a ride; I'm near Castro Valley BART .. we can check with each other mid-week?

      April 21, 2013

    • Barbara S

      Actually, the elevation gain may wind up being more than I care to do ... I will likely change my RSVP; will know more on Monday evening.

      April 21, 2013

  • Barbara S

    Rebecca: I may be able to give you a ride; I'm near Castro Valley BART .. we can check with each other mid-week?

    April 21, 2013

  • Tamara P.

    I was there today. So lovely with the wild flowers in full bloom. It was very warm, so suggest lots of water and layers. Amazing views!
    Enjoy!

    April 19, 2013

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