Sky Ranch

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Trail Distance: 6.5 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min +
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description

Sky Ranch is a property owned and protected by the John Muir Land Trust, nestled into the hills of Southwest Martinez. This 702 acre property proudly offers glorious views of the Suisun Bay and Mount Diablo. The ridges, hills, and wildlife on the property can be explored through a network of trails. Best of all, once you’re within the John Muir Land Trust property, Fido is free to romp around off-leash like a wild dog. Just be sure your doggo stays nearby and under voice control!

The park entrance and trailhead can be found along Dutra Road. There is parking on the left side of the stables and trailhead, but there are only four parking spots so you may want to carpool. From here, you’ll take the Contra Costa Feeder Trail #1 one mile up to the park entrance, where you’ll find the Sky Ranch information kiosk and trail maps. Keep in mind that the Feeder Trail is a fire road and not within Sky Ranch yet, so you’ll need to keep your pooch leashed on this portion. Just the Feeder Trail is an adventure in itself, winding through native plants, crossing the Franklin Creek and climbing the scenic Franklin Ridge.

From the Sky Ranch Kiosk you and your pupper have a couple options. Many people choose the famous Dutra Loop, which is about 2.5 miles. An offshoot of the Dutra Loo Trail is the 3 mile Tina Batt Trail. This trail is also a loop, and offers breathtaking views Mount Diablo, Contra Costa and the Carquinez Strait. Along any of these trails you and your dog may see or sniff out some interesting wildlife, like deer, fox, coyote, or red-tailed hawk.

There are some endangered or special status animals that call this place their home, so please make sure your doggo doesn’t disturb the wildlife. There are no restrooms or drinking fountains within the park so you’ll need to come prepared. Don’t forget the waste bags and drinking water for your parched puppy! You and your dog are sure to enjoy the fresh air and freedom within the hills at Sky Ranch.

Trail Features
Mountains, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Some mountain lions have been spotted at Sky Ranch. Although the animals keep their distance and there's no need to worry, you should keep your dog within sight at all times. These trails are also used by mountain bikers and horseback riders, so stay aware of your surroundings to avoid a collision. The trails can be very exposed and get hot in the summer, so make sure you and your pup stay hydrated!
Address
Mcharry Ranch Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Hours
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Address
Mcharry Ranch Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset