Look off to the west from the 3,849-foot summit of Mount Diablo, and you’ll see what makes the Tri-Valley such an alluring draw for the Bay Area’s outdoors enthusiasts. Lace up your hiking boots, book your tee time, or put on your bike helmet and get ready to soak in all of the natural wonders of the Tri-Valley.
Whether you’re an expert athlete, a complete newbie or somewhere in between, there are plenty of ways to explore the Tri-Valley.
- THE COUCH POTATO (EASY)
It’s hard to have a bad day at Livermore’s Lake Del Valle – the focal point of Del Valle Regional Park and an angler’s delight. Reel in rainbow trout or inland chinook salmon, or chill out and enjoy. You can rent a canoe or motorboat, or stay shoreside – just make sure to get a permit from the park before casting out. ebparks.org/parks/del_valle
- THE WEEKEND WARRIOR (MODERATE)
The views from atop Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park are breathtaking – literally. Hiking from the Foothill Staging Area, located just off Highway 680, up to the Thermalito Trail and the Ridgeline Trail is a bit of a climb but worth the sweat. ebparks.org/parks/pleasanton
- THE SUPERMAN (CHALLENGING)
Get some serious air by signing up for a lesson from East Bay Hang Gliding in Dublin. Start small with a launch off a 50-foot hill, and eventually move up to the 600-footer. eastbayhanggliding.com