Acalanes Ridge is located on the northwest edge of Walnut Creek, at the intersection of Interstate 680 and Highway 24. It is a relatively small natural area that serves as a green belt between Walnut Creek and Lafayette. The ridgeline offers an incredible 360-degree view of the Carquinez Strait and the Delta to the north and Mount Diablo to the southeast. There are a number of short hiking opportunities, including a hidden sylvan creek and a spectacular spring wildflower.
Visiting The Acalanes Ridge
While the 23-acre Acalanes Ridge is physically small compared to the other properties of the John Muir Land Trust, it is of exponential importance to those who live in the community and enjoy the scenery, trails and sweeping views of the region. The land is located within the boundaries of the City of Lafayette and encompasses a scenic ridgeline visible from Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Highway 24 and beyond.
Acalanes Ridge is accessible for day-to-day use on several trails, including the regional trail between Briones Regional Park and Mount Diablo State Park. A 360-degree panoramic view of the Livermore Mountains, Mt. Diablo, Suisun Bay, Carquinez Strait, Briones Regional Park, Oakland Hills and Las Trampas Regional Park can be found on hikers arriving at the 781-foot summit of this open-air sky. The location of the property adjacent to Acalanes Ridge Open Space (AROS) also offers trail connectors to the popular trail system of the recreation area.
Dogs are welcome on the trails, but they’re not the only animals in the area! Acalanes Ridge provides a suitable habitat for a variety of wildlife including deer, foxes, coyotes, mountain lions, birds of prey and a variety of reptiles.
JMLT acquired Acalanes Ridge in partnership with the City of Lafayette, the City of Walnut Creek and the East Bay Regional Park District. Members of the local community have played a major role in the property protection campaign.
The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation has worked diligently on its behalf, helping to raise much-needed funds from the ballot box, philanthropy organizations, and generous people in the neighborhood. Protection of the Acalanes Ridge from development could only be achieved through this unique partnership. In perpetuity, JMLT will continue to own the property.
This amazing landmark is located near the following amazing site in Walnut Creek, California:
- Acalanes Ridge
- Alma Park
- Arbolado Park
- Borges Ranch
- Castle Rock Sports Fields
- Del Valle Theater
- Diablo Shadows Park
- El Divisadero Park
- Heather Farm Park
All of these wonderful facilities are located just a short distance from our location located at 2890 North Main Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!