Activities, News

Walking Buddies: Hiking on paved or gravel paths

Photo Above: Twelve Walking Buddies participated in the hike via Larkey Park on May 18, which we described in a recent WCSC newsletter. The picture was taken at the turnaround point by Dan Crowley.


by Rolando Salazar

Meet at the Trailhead
Tuesdays at 8:45 am.
Drop-in group
Walks are about 4 miles or 1 1/2 hours on flat paved or gravel trails.

The year 2022 is here and the Walking Buddies group is planning its Tuesday walks/hikes for the year.

In January, our first walk will begin at the Concord end of the Iron Horse Trail. We start at the trailhead on Concord Ave. and walk to Hillcrest Community Park. This is an open walk with no shade. The trail follows the Walnut Creek Channel north and to the actual beginning of the IHT. The section also parallels Buchanan Airfield. There is a connection to the Delta De Anza Trail which leads into Hillcrest Community Park, which we will follow and where we will turn around and return to our starting point. It will be close to 4 miles or about an hour and twenty minutes.

The Iron Horse Trail is a multi-use, whole-access trail between the cities of Concord and Dublin. It follows the Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977. It begins in Concord near Highway 4, and continues through Concord, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo, San Ramon and ends near the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.

It is one of the trails which we will be walking in segments of approximately 2 miles (total round-trip of 4 miles) during the year. The entire trail is almost 30 miles. We will alternate between the IHT, Contra Costa Canal Trail, Lafayette-Moraga Trail, Ygnacio Canal Trail and other locations in the area throughout the year.

If you would like to join the Walking Buddies group on these walks, contact Rolando Salazar at for information.


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