Growing by the Bay

Sobrante Ridge

Most guides will have you enter the Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve from Coach Drive in Carriage Hills, but if you enter from the El Sobrante side — the trail head is at the end of Heavenly Ridge Lane — a short hike past the endangered Alameda Manzanita will take you to the top of the ridge, where a selection of pictnic tables awaits you. A view of Mt. Tamalpais lies to the west.

sobrante ridge view to west: mt. tam and marin county

To the east is Mount Diablo, and to the south Wildcat Canyon.

sobrante ridge view to south: wildcat canyon

You can descend to Carriage Hills to the north, if you wish.

carriage hills from sobrante ridge


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass


Congratulations, Cardinal


  1. I’m really enjoying your posts about all the parks, flora and fauna in the Bay Area. I tend to forget what a banquet we have spread around us. Great photos as well!

  2. Thanks, Nancy

    I’ve been blogging five days a week on Right Reading, Frisco Vista, and Buried Mirror for a while now, and I’m finding it challenging to keep up that pace, what with my day job in the mix. I might reduce FV and BM to three or four days a week. We’ll see.

  3. I’m constantly amazed at how much you do and at the quality of your posts. I’ve got a LJ and my photo blog but the quality goes from OK to so-so. But you always maintain a high standard.

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