If you'd like to hit the trail over hill and dale, but not too far or too steep, the East Bay Regional Park District has produced two new brochures just for you.
"Short-Loop Trails: Easy Paths for Walking or Biking" are now available for the northern and southern regions of the two-county district.
Most trails described are a mile or two long, on flat or only gently hilly terrain. The scenic walks are perfect for seniors, people in wheelchairs, parents with small children, or anyone who wants to start out easy, then work up to more strenuous expeditions.
For the southern region brochures lists hikes at Brushy Peak in Livermore, Sunol Wilderness near Sunol, Lake Chabot in Castro Valley and Martin Luther King Shoreline in Oakland.
The northern brochure has hikes at Big Break in Oakley, Contra Loma in Antioch, Martinez Regional Shoreline, Miller-Knox and Pt. Pinole in Richmond, Tilden Park in Berkeley, and Redwood Park in Oakland. And these are just a few of the options.
You can view and print the Easy Loop Trail descriptions and maps online at www.ebparks.org/activities/hiking/shortloopwalks. Or pick up a brochure at a park district visitor center. Or send an e-mail with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
time travelers: At Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore,
Non-campers are welcome; please park by the campground store. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Del Valle is located at the end of Del Valle Road off Mines Road, about nine miles south of Livermore. There's a parking fee of $6 per vehicle. For details, call 888-327-2757, ext. 3249.
Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at email@example.com.