#5 Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Las Trampas is located in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in California. It is part of the East Bay Regional Parks District.

Distance: 4.7 miles

Flora: Manzanita, Oak

Fauna: Red Tailed Hawks, White tailed kite

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Two major Bay Area faults come together in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, making the geology of this park something quite special. We followed the trails across thin crests from one hill to the next and noted how to our left were sweeping grassy plains and to the right volcanic rock.

I believe you entered Las Trampas from the north or west, you could take another combination of trails and feel like you were in a completely different park. This region is large enough for you to do just that!

We hiked on a clear day and could see Sutro Tower in San Francisco and Mount Tamalpais in Marin county to the west. To the North, we could see the wind farms in Pittsburgh Bay Point. To the east, a stunning look at Mount Diablo.