State Park, Interpretive Association sign trail; signals East Bay-Contra Costa segment is finished

Even more trail goodness! This time Mount Diablo State in the East Bay – Contra Costa County segment.

In June – September 2015, Mount Diablo State Park officials, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, town of Clayton, and the trail council worked together scouting potential alignments & attaching trail signs on posts. We are grateful to Mark Sinclair of State Parks, John Mercurio, and MDIA’s Mike and Ruth Ann Woodring for completing the state park signing.

The result: newly open trail entering the park from the southwest via the Briones-Mt Diablo Regional Trail (managed by East Bay Regional Park District) and from the northeast via the town of Clayton (home to MCCT trail-co founder George Cardinet Jr.)

Hooray!! The MCCT is now continuous between Martinez (and Berkeley) to Antioch’s Big Break Regional Shoreline, the gateway to the Delta. This announcement marks the 2nd completed MCCT segment, with three segments to go (another completed segment is planned to come online in 2018.)

View the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail map using the free ArcGISExplorer App (search term MCCT) or via the free ArcGISOnline site on your laptop. After checking out the map, plan your trip in this segment using East Bay Regional Park District’s interpark regional trails info. Happy trails!

Open now: 7 mile loop trail overlooking Pardee Reservoir

We appreciate all you do, EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District)!

John Bull Trail is now open in MCCT’s Camanche-Pardee segment near Valley Springs in the Sierra Foothills. EBMUD’s announcement:

In our continuing efforts to support our trail users, we added a new loop trail located one and a half miles east of the Campo Seco Staging Area. This new segment of trail branches off the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) to the northwest at Lawry Flat, winding through beautiful rolling hills above Pardee Reservoir. Pardee View vista point (open now) and the spur trail to the top of John Bull Peak (elevation 1053 feet) which will open later this year, offer spectacular vistas of the surrounding watershed landscape.

John Bull opening flyer
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Visit our Camanche-Pardee segment for trail permits, maps, weather tips and safety guidelines. Share photos and comments here or on our FB page.

Independence Flat Loop Trail Highlights

This map shows MCCT’s last area under construction by EBMUD. June 2nd, National Trails Days, is set to be an historic day! EBMUD estimates this trail’s construction will finally be completed.

Notable facts:

    • Over 1.16 miles of abandoned water ditch between Middle Bar and Big Bar will be developed as part of the new Independence Flat loop trail
    • This loop does not extend or connect east to BLM’s new “Mokelumne River Whitewater Trail Big Bar Launch” & parking lot at Hwy 49
    • New river access will be available along the trail. EBMUD will provide this information after the loop trail is opened. View the Google map below to learn more about river access using EBMUD’s Middle Bar Take Out located just across the river (link is good but is dated before Big Bar Launch)

Progress to Date:

    • Conversion of ditch remains to trail tread started in August of 2011, relying on hand tools and hard work. On average, the crew completes 150 feet a day.
    • The cross-country portion of trail is being built on 60% to 75% cross slope using a 1-ton mini excavator. With around 1,050 feet of the cross country portion complete, that leaves a balance of about 400 feet. Several gulch crossings were also developed.

More information: call Steve Diers 209-772-8260 or sdiers@gmail.com

Saturday June 2, 2012 – National Trails Day on EBMUD’s MCCT Trail


 Assist EBMUD Rangers in building a portion of the proposed 300 mile Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail near Mokelumne Hill, California. From our start location we will hike in about 1 mile with our tools and gear to the job site.Participants should be prepared for warm to hot weather and bring a bag lunch, hiking shoes/boots (no open top shoes), backpack, ½ gallon of water minimum, sunscreen, insect repellent, long pants (to protect against stickers. poison oak & ticks), binoculars, and camera for the event.

This is a strenuous but rewarding work suitable for those 14 and older. Advanced registration required. RSVP with Ranger/Naturalist II Steve Diers

West Calaveras Rotary: Handshake

The Trail Council provided a trail update yesterday at the invitation of the esteemed West Calaveras Rotary meeting at La Contenta Golf Club in Valley Springs. We highlighted what’s happening in their backyard along the Camanche-Pardee Reservoir shores. Here’s the short presentation:

Along the James Bar Trail near Valley Springs

A Kodak moment: MCCT opens for business in East Bay-Contra Costa

an early 1990s photo with Mt. Diablo in the background

Diablo Foothills Regional Park will always hold a special place in our collective MCCT heart — for it is the first of the East Bay Regional parks to publish their website map showing the MCCT passing through it. Learn more here.

We’re so thankful and excited travelers will soon be able to hike from Martinez or Berkeley to the Antioch Bridge or Brentwood, following MCCT trail signs for almost the entire way.

MCCT invited to present to CA State Recreational Trails Committee

Presenters l to r: Jennifer Tripp, Maryanne Vancio, Mary Boblet, Laura Thompson

California State Parks holds an annual Trails & Greenways Conference that brings in all the major trails managers and builders from around the state as well as the various and dedicated interest groups who use and maintain them. It truly is a great learning experience.

4 of the state’s major trail organizations were invited to speak on their trail’s progress and challenges at the annual CA State Recreational Trails Committee meeting held in conjunction with this conference last year.

Pacific Crest Trail — Jennifer Tripp with the Pacific Crest Trail Association reported on the founding, partners and length of this National Scenic Trail and the mission of the Association.

Trans County Trail (or Sea to Sea Trail) — Maryanne Vancio of San Diego County reported on the MOU, location and barriers to completion.

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail — Mary Boblet with Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail Council reported on the organizational structure, location, goals, partners, and challenges of completing this 300 mile long route.

San Francisco Bay Trail— Laura Thompson from the Association of Bay Area Governments reported on the partners, funding and challenges with this trail.