Walk With Me on the Contra Costa Canal Trail

The Contra Costa Canal Trail is a popular, mixed-use trail located in the East Bay region of California, connecting the cities of Martinez, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill. The trail is open to equestrian, bicycle, walking, and wheelchair use, and is paved and wheelchair accessible for its entire length.

The trail follows the Contra Costa Canal, making for a beautiful setting and providing a functional route around Walnut Creek and the surrounding communities. It intersects several parks, including Larky Park and Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek, as well as the Contra Costa Center.

Many people use the trail to commute, especially in the morning, biking on the trail and then taking public transit into the city. It is also connected to the Iron Horse Trail and passes through both natural and industrial areas.

The Contra Costa Canal Trail is a beautiful and functional trail that provides a variety of different experiences through the East Bay region. Whether using it to commute or just to enjoy a walk or bike ride, the trail is a great way to explore the area.

Trail Basics

The hours of operation are from 5am to 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted. If you have any questions or would like more information, you can contact the Contra Costa Trails Office at (510) 544-3028 or toll free at 888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4517.

Visitors’ Thoughts

We analyzed 23 perspectives about the trail from visitors. Visitors to the trail had overwhelmingly positive experiences. They mention that the trail has end points in Martinez and Concord, and passes through Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek.

Las Juntas Park, which is on the trail, has a gorgeous view from the top. The path itself is flat and paved, with the same conditions maintained until it reaches Martinez and Pleasant Hill.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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