Acalanes Ridge is located on the northwestern edge of Walnut Creek above the Interstate 680 and Highway 24 intersection. It is a relatively small natural area serving as a greenbelt between Walnut Creek and Lafayette. The ridgeline provides incredible 360-degree views with the Carquinez Strait and delta to the north and Mount Diablo to the southeast. There are several short hiking opportunities including a hidden sylvan creek and spectacular spring wildflowers.
Alcaranes Ridge is a beautiful place to explore. The ridge has some of the best views in the state, and it’s close enough for anyone within driving distance to get there. If you want to take nice panoramas this is the place. It is also good for stargazing. Whether you are hiking or looking for a quick escape from your desk, this is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon.
You can easily access the ridge from Hacienda Drive off Hwy 24, There are also trails in the Sun Terrace neighborhood, but you will have to park at one of several churches or shopping centers nearby.
The best time to hike Alcaranes is during the spring when there are wildflowers. During winter, it is possible to see locals hiking with ice axes on some of the steep slopes. The area provides a nice escape from traffic noise and air pollutants since it sits between two ridges that block the flow of car exhaust. Hiking on this side of Mount Diablo means your chances of clear skies are higher than if you were closer to San Francisco Bay.
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Alcaranes Ridge is full of short trails that are perfect for walks or day hikes. Hikers can easily explore the area in an hour but should plan to bring water if they go during warm months. Hanging out on the ridge will feel like you are somewhere far away from civilization, yet this is one of the closest hiking areas to Lake Herman Road and other East Bay destinations.
Remember to share Alcaranes Ridge with your friends and family. The trails at Alcaranes Ridge are part of a special place for many locals to relax or have fun outdoors with their kids. Hiking off-trail may negatively impact the habitat that local wildlife depends upon, so please stay on the path throughout your visit to Alcaranes Ridge.
There are so many reasons to head out and explore this hidden gem. The views, the hiking trails, and even the opportunity for a much-needed golf break during peak season! Acalanes Ridge is also perfect for those who like to work up an appetite before or after their round with one of its incredible restaurants that have been open since 1979.
Walnut Creek, California is home to a variety of hiking areas and trails that are excellent for all skills and levels. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
All of these wonderful hiking areas are located just a short distance from our location at 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 in Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!