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Dublin, CA destinations for fun and socially distanced hikes

A wonderful view of a mountain

With social distancing still being the order of the day, you’re likely looking for fun things to do in Dublin, CA that don’t involve group gatherings. So why not lace up those hiking shoes and explore the great outdoors? 

Not only is hiking a great way to get exercise, but it’s also a socially distanced activity by its very nature. Luckily, you have several excellent trails to choose from, including:

Canyon Creek Trail
Alameda County

For a short and sweet hike, head out to Canyon Creek Trail, a scenic two-mile stretch that’s perfect for beginners. The path snakes along the eponymous creek and cuts a path through a forest, making it one of the few shaded trails in the area. You may also extend your trek into Dublin Hills Regional Park, where Canyon Creek Trail terminates. Even better, the trail is dog friendly, though your pooches must be leashed at all times.

Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail
Alameda County

Few sights are as relaxing and rewarding as the rolling, grassy hills of  Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail. Along the way, you’ll see wildflowers in bloom and cattle grazing on the field. There are some steep sections, but they are thankfully short and well-spaced apart. The path is fully exposed, however, so dress accordingly and bring plenty of water. Luckily, you can fill up your water bottles at a drinking fountain at the Donlon Point Staging Area.

Windy Hill Trail
San Mateo County

Windy Hill Trail’s wide path makes it easy to socially distance while hiking. True to its name, the trail’s signature feature is its breezy and grass-covered hilltop, which offers stunning views of San Francisco, San Jose, and Mt. Diablo. Hiking here presents an excellent opportunity to get to know the local fauna and flora. Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as raptors, songbirds, and coyotes. Equally impressive are the oak, redwood, and Douglas fir trees that line the path.

Llagas Creek Loop
Santa Clara County

Located at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Llagas Creek Loop offers one of the most family-friendly trails near Dublin, CA. Its half-mile stretch is paved, making it possible for young kids to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Verdant grasslands and a tranquil stream are highlights of the trek, as are the wild turkeys, if you’re lucky enough to spot them. More advanced hikers, meanwhile, should give the Catamount to Bald Peaks Trail a try.

Alma Trail
Santa Clara County

Opened in 2019, the Alma Trail may be the newest hiking spot on this list but it is no less impressive. The path takes hikers through dense fir and redwood forests, which not only provide remarkable views but also much-needed shade. The Alma Trail also intersects the Redwood Springs Trail and Madrone Knoll Trail, giving you more hiking options. Note, however, that the trail has an average grade of 7% (and up to 23% in certain parts), so it is recommended for more experienced hikers. 

Of course, easy access to nature trails is just one of the perks of buying homes for sale in Dublin, CA.  If you’d like to know more about the local real estate market, feel free to call me at 925.216.0676 or simply send a message here. I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!