Loading Events

East Bay Alumni: Fernandez Ranch Hike

DAR, Chapter Events, East Bay

1081 Christie Rd, Martinez, CA 94553, USA |
June 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Enjoy this 4.2-mile loop trail in Martinez near Port Costa. This moderately challenging route takes an average of 2 hours to complete. 

This is a popular trail for birding, hiking, and mountain biking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of the day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. 

Bernardo and Carlotta Fernandez’s historic property had remained within the family for nearly 150 years when John Muir Land Trust approached the Fernandez family to preserve what remained of the original 7,000-acre ranch. The first acquisition was made in 2005. Two years later, the first 702 acres opened to the public. An important adjacent 483-acre property of intact habitat, formerly known as Franklin Canyon, was acquired and added in 2010 after a widespread grassroots effort by the community to save the property from development. When taking the ADA-accessible Black Phoebe Trail, you’ll find picnic tables and benches at the edge of South Meadow. Black phoebes feed along Rodeo Creek. At the top of the Whipsnake Trail, breathtaking views await. Hikers may catch a glimpse of a rare animal or two, including the endangered Alameda whipsnake, the California red-legged frog, the western pond turtle, and perhaps an American badger. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/black-phoebe-whipsnake-and-windmill-trail-loop


Questions? Contact Liz Harvey Roberts, [email protected]