Danville’s Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is a park of steep climbs: for each mile hiked, you’ll climb about twice as much as in most other Bay Area parks. What’s more, the singletrack trails all seem to be unofficial trails that were adopted; they’re narrow, rough, overgrown, and generally not as pleasant as purpose-built singletrack. It’s a scenic park, but its ruggedness makes it difficult to find really enjoyable hikes.
The park has two ridges. Las Trampas Ridge is more scenic, with sweeping views over the San Ramon Valley. Rocky Ridge is more isolated and more rugged. The east side of each ridge is covered with scenic oak groves and meadows; the west, hot, dry scrub.
Eagle Peak is just a little rock on a minor ridge, but the climb to the peak through open, oak-dotted meadows has superb views of the San Ramon Valley.
From the Elworthy Staging Area, the exceptinally scenic but little-used Las Trampas Ridge Trail climbs through ridgetop cow pastures with sweeping views of the San Ramon Valley.
Las Trampas’ marquee destination, the high, narrow Rocky Ridge, offers scenic views of Bollinger Canyon and the wooded Oakland Hills.
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