Celebrating 80 years of the East Bay Regional Park District: New Exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley: The museum of San Ramon Valley is connecting parks to the people through their new exhibition of “80 years of the East Bay Regional Park District. The show is open from May 10 to June 8, 2014. This exhibit will trace the history of EBRPD from 1934 to 2014, focusing on the Iron Horse Regional Trail and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Preserve. The show will include a video, maps, and brochures, as well as Saturday programs you can attend.
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness has an expansive trail system throughout 5,342 acres of gorgeous wilderness for hikers and horseback riders to enjoy. The remote and rugged terrain enables visitors an opportunity to escape from urban society. The vast variety of woodland vegetation allows for a beautiful landscape and abundant life. The park is home to an array of wildlife including foxes, opossums, bobcats, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and deer. According to the Las Trampas website, the park received it’s name from Erwin G. Gudde’s California Place Names. It describes that traps were once set in the chaparral of the hills to catch elk. and Las Trampas is Spanish for “The Traps” or “The Sanres”.
Mountain lions and Antelope were plentiful in the last century according to historical records. Hawks, golden eagles, and big cats are occasionally sighted as well. Some of the grassland is leased for cattle grazing which lessens fire hazard as the grass height is kept down. Hiking, picnicking, bird watching, biking, and group camping are among the activities available to the community. Trail Maps, directions, hours, and park events are available on the East Bay Parks website.One of the best views of the Bay Area can be seen if you climb to the top of the Trampas Ridge or Rocky Ridge. One could spend a whole day hiking the ridge and the Devil’s Hole area, admiring the gorgeous vistas, seasonal wildflowers, and wildlife.
The Iron Horse Trail and surrounding areas are rich with important history of San Ramon Valley’s ranching and agricultural past. This popular trail roughly follows interstate 680, connecting two counties (Alameda and Contra Costa) and runs through twelve cities. It follows the Southern Pacific Railroad which was established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977. The 20-foot-wide trail is extensively used by the public through lively commercial districts, business parks, schools, shady greenbelts, parks, community facilities, regional trails, and public transportation (BART & County Connection) and quiet residential neighborhoods.
The trail plays an important recreational and commuter component for the communities it connects. People love to run, ride their bikes, rollerblade, or walk their dog along the 24.5 mile long trail. It begins in Concord in the north and passes through Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, and Dublin, ending at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. There are plans to extend the trail on the northern and southern end which will finish it at a distance of 55 miles. . A running dirt path runs adjacent to the asphalt bike trail, offering joggers to run on a more rugged path. Directions to the northern and southern trailhead are available on the Trail Link website. Sign up for MyTrailLink if you want free access to view all of their trail maps, find railheads, parking, and restrooms, and save your favorite trails. View the East Bay Regional Park District website for more information, maps, hours, rules, and events for the Iron Horse Trail. The entire length of the trail provides opportunities to view Mt. Diablo and other landscape features, the valley ridge line, and provides a pleasant trial experience.
We are fortunate to live in San Ramon which offers outdoor amenities such as the Iron Horse Trail and Las Trampas for our family to enjoy. It improves our quality of life to have access to these landscapes where we can exercise and enjoy the peaceful outdoors while living in suburbia. Visit available homes on my website in San Ramon.
Museum location: 205 Railroad Ave, Danville
Museum Hours: Tues-Fri 1-4pm, Sat. 10-1pm, Sun noon-3pm
Celebrating 80 years of the East Bay Regional Park District: New Exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley