Tips, Warnings and Other Stuff

TIPS AND WARNINGS

  • Wet and windy weather can often cause dangerous conditions on these trails.  Please check the East Bay Regional Parks website for up to date closures and cautions: http://www.ebparks.org/
  • Know your limits:  I have noted lengths and terrain of every trail. If you’re just starting out, take it slowly with shorter hikes on easy to moderate terrain.
  • Wear shoes with good tread.  Many trails have a layer of soft dirt that can be slippery in dry and wet weather.
  • Suggested:  I wear pants and long sleeves because I don’t want to find out what poison oak feels like.  And I don’t want some tick sucking my blood and passing along god-knows-what diseases to me in the process.  But that’s just me.
  • If you’re going out for well over an hour, take some water with you.  Longer than 2 or 3 hours, bring some nuts or raisins too.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen.  I try to be detailed about if/how much trails are exposed to the sun.  But keep in mind the sun changes positions throughout the day and the seasons.
  • Make sure you know where you’re going.  I think I have a good sense of direction, but sometimes even I get a little disoriented.  Take a map if you can, or write down your directions.  Here’s a link to Redwood Regional map.
  • Do NOT leave valuables in the car.  I typically just bring my phone, and Drivers License when I leave the house and carry them in my pocket while I hike.  My locked and alarmed car was broken into while hiking once in another park and everything was taken.  Not fun.
  • Please do not leave your trash on the trails.  If you pack it in, pack it out. Period.

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Dogowners and Dogwalkers:

Here is a list of East Bay Parks rules and FAQs for dogowners and dogwalkers: http://www.ebparks.org/activities/dogs

If you’re planning to walk your dog here, please make sure you understand what’s expected of you and your dog(s) as rules vary from park to park.  These rules were developed to keep the trails, the land, flora and fauna, other hikers and even other dogs safe.

But most of all, please pick up your dog’s poop and throw it away in a garbage can or carry it out of the park.  I hate that I even have to mention this, but unfortunately I see bags on the side of certain trails too often to not offer this reminder.  Even if you see other filled bags left on the trailside, this does not mean it’s ok to leave yours.

  • Be a Helper!

Want to help keep these trails beautiful and safe?  EB Parks is always looking for volunteers.   See how you can help here.

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