Pinole Watershed Ridge Trail offers stunning views of North and East Bay
Ridge Trail Council partners East Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) recently opened 3 miles of realigned and improved Trail along the eastern edge of their Pinole Watershed property. Part of the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail, the new route connects from Pereira Road in Alhambra Valley to the top of Fernandez Ranch, and the western route through the Watershed. Climbing to the summit of Pinole Peak, this latest addition to the Ridge Trail reveals expansive views of Alhambra Valley, the Berkeley and Franklin Hills, Marin Headlands, Mt Tamalpais, San Pablo Bay, Mt. Burdell, Sonoma Mountain, the Montezuma Hills and Mt. Diablo.
The old route used existing steep ranch roads with erosion issues, near sensitive wildlife habitat. The gorgeous new alignment provides a safer, more sustainable and enjoyable Trail for hikers and equestrians (sorry, no mountain bike access yet). Ridge Trail Council, REI and East Bay Trail Dog volunteers, did much of the hard work to finish the improved trail, as part of the REI - Ridge Trail Service Day, and other volunteer Trail work parties.
All Ridge Trail maps are available for free download, you can download the Pinole Watershed map here. If you go, watch for golden eagles enjoying the uplift from winds ascending the face of the canyon…(and don’t forget your EBMUD trails access permit, available from the EBMUD website here: