Three Essential Hikes in the East Bay

enaldo “Glenn” Gregorio Pena was a district advisor with the Contra Costa County of Education, where he reviewed and analyzed schools’ budgets and financial reports. Outside of his professional pursuits, Glenaldo G. Pena enjoys hiking in the San Francisco East Bay. Here are three top hikes for outdoors enthusiasts in the East Bay.

Skyline Gate Loop — Located in the hills above Oakland, Skyline Gate Loop gives visitors a view of the famous California redwood trees. Hikers also can catch a glimpse of wintering ladybugs, which gather in large clusters from November through February.

Crockett Hills Regional Park — A 5-mile hike located in the shadow of the Carquinez Bridge, Crockett Hills Regional Park takes hikers along a moderate path of rolling oak woodlands and sprawling meadows. The trail is perhaps best known for its view of the San Pablo Bay, as well as Mount Tamalpais and Mount Diablo in the distance.

Briones Reservoir Loop — For the more ambitious hikers, Briones Reservoir Loop offers a 13.5-mile excursion with waterfowl, pasture lands, and vibrant wildflowers. Before entering the park, all visitors must purchase a daily permit for $3.

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