The Sycamore Valley Short Ridge trail is pawfect for pet owners looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors with their canine by their side. The majority of the trail meanders through green grassland, sprinkled with cattle and wildflowers, offering spectacular views of rolling hills and towering Mount Diablo in the distance. Be respectful of nearby residents when you park and begin your journey. The trailhead begins at the closed gate, which opens up to a spacious pasture. You will see the Short Ridge Trail marked. The terrain is mostly a dirt and grass path which winds up and around the hills, passing buckeye and valley oak trees. This Open Space Preserve features an array of wildlife, some of which can be dangerous (i.e. coyotes and rattlesnakes). Make sure to keep your pawfriend close by and avoid adventuring off the trail.
Midway along the trail will be a steep hill to climb, offering panoramic views of surrounding landscape. Take a break amid the oak trees for a picnic, but remember to pack out what you pack in! Here, you and your pup can observe grazing cattle and quaint ponds in the distance and might get to spot wild frogs, birds, raptors, raccoons, deer and more. If you wish to lengthen your hike, the Short Ridge Trail connects at several points to the Sand Hill Trail. Otherwise, the moderate Short Ridge Trail already offers a whirlwind of adventure for you and your pup to enjoy!