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Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Few parks in the East Bay park system can surpass Morgan Territory in any season. In winter, its green velvet ridges offer panoramic views of Mt. Diablo from the south, foreshadowed by the kelly green hills of the Diablo foothills and Las Trampas' rocky ridges. To the north is Mt. Shasta, and to the east the snow-capped Sierra. In spring, hikers wander through groves of bay and eucalyptus and grasslands filled with flowers. There are creeks and hot hillsides, and also significant elevation changes. Keep an eye out for the rare Mt. Diablo sunflower and watch for increasingly brave deer and shy coyotes, or even signs of a mountain lion. In summer, the hillsides are golden, hot, and expansive, and the sky is full of red-tailed hawks, ever-present turkey vultures, and possibly a few kestrels, or maybe even a golden eagle or two that has wandered over from Round Valley. Loop hikes are great here or get adventurous and organize a shuttle hike from Morgan Territory through Vasco Reservoir to Round Valley.
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