Couples interested in more remote assignations will appreciate the solitude of Rocky Ridge in the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. This ridge sits atop the unexpectedly arduous Rocky Ridge Loop trail, a 3.8-mile jaunt that ascends sharply from the parking lot of this underappreciated East Bay treasure. The same commanding views that once qualified this ridge as an ideal Cold War-era Nike missile site today make it a prime place to view the surprising wealth of unspoiled terrain that still remains in the East Bay. The perch offers nice views of Contra Costa County, particularly the undulating crest of Las Trampas Ridge directly to the east. But what makes the vista truly special is the vast expanse of wilderness to the west, in the protected watershed of the San Leandro Reservoir, which shimmers seven miles in the distance. The Rocky Ridge perspective is the flipside of the fabulous view available from the well-traveled East Trail of Redwood Regional Park, but from a far more opportune vantage point. The land in between, some of the East Bay's most lush and unspoiled terrain, can only be hiked with a permit in hand from the East Bay Municipal Utility District (call 510-287-0469).
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