Ruby Recommends: Pleasant Hill Hikes with your Hound
PLEASANT HILL HIKES WITH YOUR HOUND
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful spot in the world than Pleasant Hill in the springtime! If you are looking for a great spot for a hike with your canine companion, it’s literally just minutes to a nearby park that’s perfect for you and your pup!
GENERAL REMINDERS WHEN YOU’RE HIKING WITH YOUR DOG
Remember, dogs must be on a leash AT ALL TIMES on the open space hiking trails. Please respect others on the trails who may or may not like a friendly (or not-so-friendly) greeting from your canine companion. Don’t forget to pick up after your dog to keep the trails clean and sanitary for all to enjoy.
Safe hiking also includes bringing plenty of water (for you and your furry friend) and to be mindful of the outdoor temperature when traversing the trails with Fido. Their paws can get hot really quickly, even in somewhat mild weather.
Are you ready to hike: Check out these Pleasant Hill gems:
Dinosaur Hill Park
Dinosaur Hill Park (also known as Dino Hill) is located off Taylor Blvd and includes 13 acres of open space with great hiking and scenic views. From the small parking area, a staircase and railroad tie steps lead to the top of the hill.
Be sure to check out the park’s fabulous views of Mount Diablo. On the 4th of July, several simultaneous distant fireworks displays can be enjoyed. The park offers a panoramic view of Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek and the northern reach of the Diablo Range.
Paso Nogal Park
This park is designated as open space and offers a fenced-in dog exercise park area (2.5 acres) if you’d prefer to let your buddy romp and play. Both you and your dog need to use good manners in a dog park. You’ll love the park’s small picnic areas and 63 acres of scenic hiking trails. Looking for a quick hike? Don’t miss the Figure Eight Loop, a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features a lush forest setting and is appropriate for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Briones Regional Park
In the rolling hills bordering Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Lafayette and Walnut Creek lies Briones Regional Park with spectacular trails, breathtaking vistas and in April, a stunning showcase of wildflowers!
Briones Regional Park’s impressive network of hiking trails is highlighted by Briones Peak. With an elevation of 1483 feet, Briones Peak is the highest point in the park and showcases panoramic views from Mount Diablo to the Berkeley Hills and Mt. Tamalpais to the west.
The park is home to an abundance of wildlife including turkey vultures, black-tailed deer, cougars, coyotes, squirrels, and red-tailed hawks. And keep an eye out for cattle, sheep and goats that graze on the hillsides in the park. Remember, keep your pup on leash because cows aren’t crazy about being chased
So, grab a water bottle, a leash, a few snacks and your little Buddy, and head out into Pleasant Hill’s hiking trails to enjoy the breathtaking vistas of a Bay Area springtime. It’s one of the perks of an East Bay lifestyle.