A New Year in the Regional Parks

By Ned MacKay The East Bay Regional Park District will usher in the New Year with special programs at several of the parklands. For the energetic, there’s an ascent of Wildcat Peak in Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley. It’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, led by naturalist Anthony Fisher. The […]

Castle Rock Falcons and Wildflowers

  by Beverly Lane   It’s nesting season again for peregrine falcons at the Castle Rocks near Walnut Creek, so the rock formations are closed to the public. The rocks are located within Mt. Diablo State Park. However, people often access them from the Stage Road Trail, which runs along Pine Creek through Castle Rock […]

Beautiful Briones

Beautiful Briones By Beverly Lane; If you’re looking for a regional park that’s convenient to urban areas, but nevertheless has a wild and remote sense to it, Briones is the place to go. With more than 6,000 acres of grassy ridgelines and forested canyons, Briones Regional Park is a nearby wilderness surrounded by the towns […]