The East Bay Regional Park District is well-known for being pet-friendly in most of its parks. These spacious preserves have plenty of open space areas and winding trails that you and Spot can explore together. At the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, for example, you can discover the sacred Native American territory, with trails named for the First People who once resided on its grounds. This beautiful space stretch across nearly 5,000 acres in the Mount Diablo region, spanning east from Riggs Canyon to Round Valley Preserve.
There is a backpack camp within Morgan Territory about 4.5 miles out from the parking lot and staging area. You will need a permit for overnight parking, which you must obtain from their Oakland office. The staging area also has restrooms, picnic areas, and water access. Be sure to load up on water before making your way into the park, as the California heat can be unforgiving! There are restrooms at the backpack camp as well, but whether they have showers is unknown. In addition to the entrance fee, a non-refundable $8 deposit will be required to make a reservation at the campsite.
You may encounter cattle or other wild animals on your trip, so if Spot is easily spooked, we recommend they remain leashed for their safety. Additionally, your dog must stay on a leash when at the campsite, but you are free to let them off in the open spaces, provided they can follow voice commands successfully. In addition to the campgrounds, you should keep Spot safely leashed in all parking lots, staging areas, picnic areas, and any developed sites throughout the preserve.
The Morgan Territory Regional Preserve is a gorgeous place home to over 90 species of wildflowers, plenty of wildlife (including the elusive mountain lion), and breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo and Mount St Helena. Plan a trip out here with your favorite travel companion to hike the numerous trails stretching across the park and explore the creeks and various nooks in the preserve.