Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Castle Rock Family Hike

DESCRIPTION

A moderate loop hike on wide trails undulating through oak grasslands and oak groves. Castle Rock is a peregrine falcon nesting area with beautiful geologic formations to behold. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots recommended. 

Rating: Easy

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation change: 75'

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May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Round Valley Family Hike

DESCRIPTION

Discover the gorgeous green hills at Round Valley Regional Preserve on the eastern slopes of Mount Diablo. Known for the abundant prey species that hide in its grass, Round Valley naturally attracts predators including badgers, bobcats, golden eagles, and mountain lions. Join us for a leisurely stroll along Round Valley Creek and experience one of the most scenic valleys in the east bay, a true jewel. There are restrooms and a picnic area at the staging area. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots recommended. 

Rating: Easy

Distance: 4 miles

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Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

Landscape Photography Skills Hike: Oak Hill Lane

DESCRIPTION

Hiking Mt. Diablo offers many great photographic opportunities. Great views, vibrant and diverse forests, waterfalls, dramatic rock formations and many other spectacular scenes are common. In this one day workshop, you’ll learn the most effective techniques and tools for capturing the beauty of the area with your unique vision.

You’ll learn:

- Camera setup and best approaches for landscapes
- Composition techniques and approaches
- Understanding and using weather
- Using light and angles
- Tools and equipment

We’ll start the day off in the "classroom" at Curry Canyon Ranch or a quick presentation and tutorial and then head out to Save Mount Diablo's Oak Hill Lane property to get hands on experience. Get unique photographic access to these lands as you build your skills and creativity. 

You’ll need:

- Tripod
- Hiking shoes, 
- Water, snack, lunch

Rating: Easy

Distance: 2.5 miles

Elevation change: 300’

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Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Landscape Photography Skills Hike: Curry Canyon Lower 200

DESCRIPTION

Hiking Mt. Diablo offers many great photographic opportunities. Great views, vibrant and diverse forests, waterfalls, dramatic rock formations and many other spectacular scenes are common. In this one day workshop, you’ll learn the most effective techniques and tools for capturing the beauty of the area with your unique vision. 

You’ll learn:

- Camera setup and best approaches for landscapes
- Composition techniques and approaches
- Understanding and using weather
- Using light and angles
- Tools and equipment

We’ll start the day off in the "classroom" for a quick presentation and tutorial and then head out on the trails in the protected lands of Save Mount Diablo. Get unique photographic access to these lands as you build your skills and creativity. 

You’ll need:

- Tripod
- Hiking shoes, 
- Water, snack, lunch

Rating: Easy

Distance: 2.5 miles

Elevation change: 300’

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May
30
9:00 AM09:00

Marsh Creek 8 "Big Bend" Family Hike

Join Save Mount Diablo on a walking tour of our new acquisition, Marsh Creek 8. Fondly referred to as “Big Bend”, this 51 acre property captures the meandering Marsh Creek riparian corridor as it dissects the landscape into three distinct floodplains. The property also boasts beautiful blue oak uplands with fantastic views of the mountain. The 3 mile hike will be moderately paced with very little elevation gain, approximately 300 ft. Prepare for warm weather! Please bring plenty of water and snacks and wear appropriate clothing, a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen!

RSVP to smdinfo@savemountdiablo.org or 925 947 3535

Leader: Paul Salemme

Meet: 14350 Marsh Creek Rd. east of Clayton. Directions: The 14350 Marsh Creek Rd property driveway is 3.6 miles east of the intersection with Morgan Territory Road, and 3.2 miles west of the intersection with Deer Valley Road. East of Aspara and Gill Roads, the canyon will widen out on the south, you'll pass a large faded green barn, and a large flat area along the creek will come into view--right as you're about to pass the driveway. It's the first, westernmost of two side by side straight, north-south driveways. Look for a Save Mount Diablo sign; no reliable cell phone signal and Google maps will send you too far west.

Fee: No fee

RSVP to smdinfo@savemountdiablo.org or 925 947 3535

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Apr
6
10:15 AM10:15

Functional Movement Training

Don’t accept dwindling strength, flexibility and balance as a natural part of aging. You can roll back the clock with some guided exercises which build upon each other to deliver a better functioning body. The CRUfit FM (FM= Functional Movement) class is aimed at improving each participant’s strength, flexibility and balance with progressive exercises that safely strengthen core muscles and other major muscle groups while heightening body awareness. By partnering balance training with core development, participants improve their functional movement and minimize their risk of injuries and falls. Each participant can work through the CRUfit FM progression at their own pace. The class utilizes body weight exercises, light weights and other tools to give participants a unique training experience. All ages and fitness levels welcome.

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Apr
1
6:30 PM18:30

High Intensity Interval Training

This is a High Intensity Interval Training class designed to build cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Classes will include muscular development using TRX, Kettlebells, body weight exercises & other modalities, and short interval bursts that are designed to enhance cardiovascular fitness and overall athletic performance. HIIT has been shown to be a powerful and effective way to burn fat. CRUfit HIIT is the ultimate balanced workout for people seeking to reach peak levels of fitness. You are encouraged to wear a heart rate monitor if you have one.

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Apr
19
11:00 AM11:00

San Francisco Wildlife Refuge Hike

I will be leading a hike on April 19th at the Don Edwards San Francisco Wildlife Refuge. This is an easy 4 mile hike on level terrain. We'll hike two miles, stop to rest, and return. We'll be walking past a marsh that is a feeding location for a variety of migrating birds, and the home of a rare mouse. Read more in the Refuge newsletter.

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From the newsletter:

*Coyote Creek Lagoon Trail – 4 miles roundtrip
Meet at the trailhead in Fremont - 11:00 a.m.


Take a walk with Paul Salemme on this little-known trail hidden behind a business park. See what refuge staff call the “Mouse Pasture” and what birds have not yet migrated. Hats, water, and sunscreen are strongly recommended. Directions: The south trailhead can be reached by taking the South Fremont Blvd/Cushing Pkwy exit from I-880 in Fremont. Drive 
south on Fremont Blvd. until it dead ends. There is a parking lot on the right next to 48481 Fremont Blvd. 


Meet in the parking lot. There are no restroom facilities 
on this trail.

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Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Round Valley Regional Preserve Hike

Hike in Round Valley Regional Preserve

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The sprawling open space of Round Valley Regional Preserve was once home to native americans. It was eventually used as a ranch, and later sold to the East Bay Parks in 1988. This time of year, the rolling hills around the park are lush and green. We'll take the Miwok Trail to the Hardy Canyon Trail, and hike the rolling hills through oak groves and buckeyes. If we're lucky, there will still be water running through the streams. On these trails, I've seen Audubon cottontails and California ground squirrels, which are food for the nesting golden eagles that live here. The climb up the Hardy Canyon Trail is challenging, so be aware. We'll be hiking up hill for a few miles. The trail will give us great views of the valley behind the park, and we'll stop occasionally to enjoy the views, hydrate and snack. The hike is 4.66 miles. Be prepared with plenty of water, food, and good footwear. We'll be in full sun at times during this hike, so wear a hat and bring sunscreen. There is good parking here, and a bathroom. I will give a presentation on hiking safety at 9:30 if you can get there early.

Photos of this hike

Trail Map

Hike Notes

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