Top 3 Ridge Trail Routes in Vallejo, Benicia, Crockett Hills, and Mount Wanda
1. Vallejo Benicia Waterfront Trail
From: Benicia State Recreation Area
To: Benicia Point at F Street and Carquinez Bridge Overlook Trail
Mileage: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Why we love it: A family-friendly trail for all ages and abilities through historic Vallejo and Benicia.
Description: Take a trip through Mexican and early California history on two routes that follow the Carquinez Strait waterfront through the thriving towns of Benicia and Vallejo. Enjoy brisk breezes and occasional fog as you watch the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers funnel into San Francisco Bay. This route travels mostly level trails, including sidewalks, paved and unpaved trails, and foot paths.
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2. Contra Costa: Crockett Hills Regional Park
From: Crockett Ranch Staging Area
To: Highway 4 (no outlet to Highway 4)
Mileage: 5 miles one way
Total Elevation Gain: 1,250 feet
Why we love it: An incredible multi-use trail that provides the 360 degree views that make the Ridge Trail unique.
Description: Climb to high grasslands for East Bay views from Carquinez Strait west to Mt. Tamalpais and north to Hood Mountain and Bald Mountain on 3 miles of new, improved singletrack Ridge Trail. Great views and quiet wooded canyon.
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3. Contra Costa: Martinez City Streets to Mount Wanda
From: Franklin Canyon Road and Alhambra Avenue
To: Mount Wanda
Mileage: 4.1 miles one way, 2.8 miles to John Muir National Historic Site
Difficulty: Difficult, Moderate if only hiking to John Muir National Historic Site
Total Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Why we love it: Take a hike or bike ride starting in an urban area and end surrounded by wildlife high above the city.
Description: The Hulet Hornbeck Trail leads you through the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline which comprises 1,415 acres of bluffs and provides a gateway to the river delta region along the northern edge of Contra Costa county. Stop along the trail between the Regional Shoreline and Mt Wanda on the north side of Highway 4 at the John Muir National Historic Site where the writer worked, wrote and raised his family. The ascent to Mount Wanda is a short, but unrelentingly upward trip, with an elevation gain of 460 feet which leads you to vast views of Carquinez Strait and surrounding hills from a hilltop often visited by John Muir and his daughters.
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