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Hiking 101

Hiking in no different than walking. Except a hike is a walk that takes place in a natural setting with the goal of exploring and enjoying the scenery!  The San Ramon Open Space and Trails provide safe, convenient and beautiful places to hike.  Trails are available for all fitness levels and in and around San Ramon.

Easy trails are under 2 miles and relatively flat with room to walk side by side with a companion.  Good for people starting a fitness routine, families with children, or anyone interested in an easy-paced outing.

West Alamo Creek/Redhawk Trail - 1.56 miles
Tassajara Ridge Trail to Overlook - 1.66 miles
San Ramon Cross Valley Trail (paved) - 0.73 miles


Moderate trails are 2 to 5 miles long with uneven surfaces, varied terrain and elevation gains.  You will notice some physical exertion on these trails.

Monarch Loop Trail - 2.40 miles
Rolling Hills Trail - 2.82 miles
Alamo Creek Trail - 2.90 miles
Windemere Ridge Trail (paved) -1.20 miles

Strenuous trails are 4 miles or longer and feature steep climbs or rugged terrain.  These trails are recommended for experienced hikers  in good physical condition. 

Bollinger Creek Loop Trail - 2.70 miles
Hidden Valley Ridge/Alamo Creek/Trails Loop - 2.95 miles
Tassajara Ridge Trail - 4.46 mile

Bishop Ranch Open Space

The Bishop Ranch Open Space is actually outside of the City limits and is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District.  The Park District has an extensive website with information on the park. You can reach the Bishop Ranch specific webpage by clicking here.

Open Space Partners

The City of San Ramon partners with several different groups to protect, promote and enhance Open Space in the San Ramon Valley.  Our Partners include:

East Bay Regional Park District:  The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the east of San Francisco. The system comprises 121,397 acres in 73 parks, including over 1,250 miles of trails. We acquire, manage, and preserve natural and cultural resources for all to enjoy now and into the future. Our parks are ideal for healthful recreation and environmental education. We invite you to enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, boating, golfing, and nature study in our parks.

Save Mount Diablo:   Save Mount Diablo (SMD) is a nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area.Save Mount Diablo has been preserving lands on and around Mount Diablo and educating the public to the mountain’s natural values since 1971. We are biologists, conservationists, hikers, bikers, equestrians, bird watchers, and people who just love to look at the mountain.

Bay Area Open Space Council:  The Bay Area Open Space Council is a network of 75 nonprofits, public agencies, businesses, and individuals that serve tens of millions of people each year; maintain thousands of miles of trails; produce delicious food; and steward over 1 million acres of publicly accessible parks.