It was pretty darn cold this past weekend, but I still enjoyed a Saturday morning hike at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness with my hiking group. At the start of the hike, the temperature was about 30 degrees, and it heated up all the way to about 36 by the end of the hike. I know for many of you in other parts of the country and around the world, this is actually pretty warm at this time of year. But for us wimpy Californians (at least, those of us who live near the coast), it’s really cold. Of course, as soon as we started to hike, we warmed up quickly and peeled our outer layers off.
On a clear day, the views from Las Trampas Peak are incredible. As stated on the East Bay Regional Parks website… “the view from the ridge affords the sights of the Ygnacio, San Ramon and Amador valleys, Mt. Diablo, Carquinez Straits and other distant points of interest.” Lovely.
Interested in going? This is about a four mile hike, with some strenuous uphill climbs (I’ve seen this hike rated in guide books as moderate, but that may be somewhat deceptive). You’ll find the Staging Area in San Ramon at the very west end of Bollinger Canyon Road. To reach the peak, take the Bollinger Creek Trail to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail. See map for details… www.ebparks.org/parks/las_trampas. Note that there is no potable water within the park… bring your own, especially if hiking here in the summer, when it can get HOT! As for this time of year (winter) be aware that the trails can get extremely muddy.
For more photos from this hike, check out: It’s been icy!