Monday, March 23, 2015
This is a Martinez walk/hike from Holiday Highlands Park to the top of Muir Ridge. The leisurely jaunt provides ample stops for me to check out the wonderful early spring flowers around my neighborhood.
Follow the path through Holiday Highlands Park to Ridgewood Dr.
Enjoy the array of spring flowers on Ridgewood Dr and Sunhill Ln.
Head east on Midway Dr to Milano Way.
Mile 0.7-turn left and take the path leading up to Muir Ridge.
Mile 1.0-veer right to the open vista point and enjoy the ridge top views!
Return to the main path. Mile 1.1-stop at the sitting rock next to the tree and enjoy the views of the East Bay Hills!
The path continues along the top of the ridge overlooking the neighborhood homes with fabulous views of the Diablo Range, Carquinez Strait, and the marshes and wetlands around Mallard Reservoir.
Mile 1.4-the path goes around the bend for a roller coaster pitch up to the open grassy clearing.
Enjoy the panoramic and 360 views of the entire area!
Mile 1.5-the path winds down from the ridge through tall grass; a sign of infrequent hikers.
Mile 1.6-the path ends onto a gravel road through a rural neighborhood in Pacheco.
Mile 1.7-continue down the gravel road pass the recycling center to Pacheco Blvd.
Mile 1.9-turn right onto Pacheco Blvd; the road goes pass a couple of new subdivision developments to Sunrise Dr.
Mile 2.2-turn right onto Sunrise Dr; this road cuts through the commercial businesses around Sunrise Business Park.
Mile 2.6-turn right onto Arnold Dr for a hike up to Milano Way/Glacier Dr and continue down Arnold to Fig Tree Ln.
This scenic neighborhood hike along the ridge offers fabulous views of the East Bay Hills and our lovely local refineries. Remember to stop and “smell the roses” so to speak- spring flowers are out in force!
4 Miles with 390′ of elevation gain
Time: 2 hours with many flower stops
Sunny and warm with temps ranging from the high 50’s to the low 60’s
Parking: street parking-water & restrooms available