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Castle Rock Regional Rec Area - ORCHARD STAGING AREA

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Castle Rock Regional Rec Area - Orchard Staging Area

1027-1031 Castle Rock Rd · Walnut Creek, CA

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GPS: 37.896861,-121.998131. Google map search for: 1027-1031 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek

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Saturday we'll have perfect weather for this beautiful route. Now is the time to do it before the heat comes. There are hills and ponds, cows, and maybe horses as there are stables nearby. LEASH YOUR DOGS around horses please!

We can reduce the hike to about 5 miles if the group wishes. Otherwise, it's a 6.5 mile hike according to the Park map.

HIKE RATING: Moderate to Challenging depending on your skill level.

HIKE PACE: Semi fast.

DEPARTING: Promptly at the start time (if you're late arriving, see route below to walk fast and catch up). If you run into trouble on the day of the hike, you can try texting/calling me at[masked] however, reception may be spotty. There are bathrooms at the staging area.

ROUTE: Trail (mileage)- Castle Rock (.18, .03) Shell Ridge (.13, .29, .23, .53, .14) Fairy Lantern (.08, .27) Buckeye Ravine (.22) Mokelumne.../American Discovery/Briones-Mt. Diablo (.3) Twin Ponds (.3, .14, .17) Hanging Valley (.39, .36, .34) Mok/AmDis/Briones-Mt D (.81, .03) Buckeye Ravine (.4) Castle Rock (.39, .5, .07, .13, .09, .18)

Map: https://www.ebparks.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=24279

DIRECTIONS TO STAGING AREA
From the North:
1. From I-680S, exit 48 toward Treat Blvd/Geary Rd. Keep right and merge onto N Main St.
2. Left on Treat Blvd 1.2 miles.
3. Right on Bancroft Rd 0.7 mi.
4. Continue onto Walnut 1.6 mi.
5. At traffic circle, take 1st exit onto Oak Grove Rd.
6. Continue onto Castle Rock Rd 1.3 mi.
Parking lot is on the right. It used to be Orchard Staging Area, but it may have changed to Castle Rock Trail Entrance. If the parking lot is closed, park across the street in the overflow parking lot.

From the West and South:
1. From 24E, exit 15B to I-680N.
2. From I-680N, exit Ignacio Valley Rd.
3. Right on Ignacio Valley Rd 1.2 mi.
5. At traffic circle, take 1st exit onto Oak Grove Rd.
6. Continue onto Castle Rock Rd 1.3 mi.
Parking lot is on the right. It used to be Orchard Staging Area, but it may have changed to Castle Rock Trail Entrance.
If the parking lot is closed, park across the street in the overflow parking lot.

Efforts will be made to keep the group together however, if you are unable to keep up with the group pace, the organizer will not be on the lookout for you. I recommend you obtain a map at the beginning of the hike in case the group is separate.

PLEASE READ LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: https://www.meetup.com/Wag-n-Trails/pages/27817785/LIABILITY_DISCLAIMER

We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you have read and accept the liability disclaimer.

Briefly, the disclaimer discusses the following:
The fact that we aren't trained as guides, dog trainers, park rangers, medical responders or anything else you may expect us to be. There are risks. You are responsible for yourself, your guests, and your pets for anything that might happen on an event. You are responsible for following Park rules. You assume risks for using information on this website; it's best to use up to date information on EBRP's or other relevant website.

We choose routes and locations, but it is up to you to decide if it is appropriate for you. Ultimately, YOU are responsible for yourself.We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you have read and accept the liability disclaimer: https://www.meetup.com/Wag-n-Trails/pages/27817785/LIABILITY_DISCLAIMER