Acalanes Ridge is situated on the northwest side of Walnut Creek, above the junction of Interstate 680 and Highway 24. It is a relatively small natural area between Walnut Creek and Lafayette acting as a greenbelt. With the Carquinez Strait and delta to the north and Mount Diablo to the southeast, the ridgeline offers spectacular 360-degree views.
In collaboration with the City of Lafayette, the City of Walnut Creek and the East Bay Regional Park District, JMLT acquired Acalanes Ridge. Local community leaders have played an important role in the property conservation program. The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation campaigned tirelessly on its behalf, helping to collect much-needed money from local ballot initiatives, philanthropic groups, and charitable individuals. It was only through this unique collaboration that Acalanes Ridge could have been protected from growth. JMLT shall in perpetuity continue to own the land.
There are a range of short hiking possibilities including a secret sylvan stream and beautiful wildflowers in the spring. Trail traverses the park. As for dogs, rangers are suggesting that dogs still stay leashed. The dogs must be under clear sight and voice order while they are off leash. Offering 4 miles of dog-friendly trails with panoramic views, on 202 acres.
Various trails, including the regional trail between Briones Regional Park and Mount Diablo State Park, make Acalanes Ridge available for day use. A 360-degree panorama of the Livermore foothills, Mt. Diablo, Suisun Bay, Carquinez Strait, Briones Regional Park, Oakland Hills and Las Trampas Regional Park are accessible to hikers entering the 781-foot summit of this sky-reaching open area. Position of the property adjacent to the Acalanes Ridge Open Space (AROS) also provides trail connectors to the common trail network of that recreational area.
Dogs on the trails are welcome, but not the only animals in the field! Acalanes Ridge offers ideal wildlife habitat for deer, fox, coyote, mountain lion, raptors and a number of reptiles. Acalanes Ridge takes its name from the early Native American inhabitants of the area, the Sacalanes.
Want to visit this ridge? Take Pleasant Hill Road north from the exit on Highway 24 just before Walnut Creek merges intoI-680. Turn right onto Stanley Boulevard. This transforms into Springbrook Road. Render Bacon Way to the left and Bacon Court to another. Take a left on Peaceful Lane and park at the end of Peaceful Lane, near the Acalanes Ridge entrance. And, reach, and you can find it, “Peaceful Lane, Lafayette, CA” in a smartphone navigation app.