Diablo Foothills Regional Park offers beautiful views of gigantic sandstone structures, rolling grassy hills, oak groves, and Mount Diablo. The park totals more than 1,000 acres and contains a network of trails linked to Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, Mount Diablo State Park and Shell Ridge Open Space.
We entered the Diablo Foothills through Castle Rock.
There are trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Hikers sharing the trails with horseback riders should be careful of horse poop on the trails. While we love seeing and walking with the horses, the poop is a downside to the area.
Except within the Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area where dogs must be on leash, dogs are allowed to hike off leash with their owners in the foothills. Kento and Moka had a lot of fun running free on the trails and did an amazing job following voice commands. Of course, the treats in our pockets may have helped with that.
“Did you call us? Is that a treat in your hand?”
This time of year, Pine Creek is flowing with water and frogs croak harmoniously. In the fall, tarantulas can be seen looking for love.
Occasionally our trail was interrupted by the creek. Kento had no problem splashing through. To our great surprise, Moka waded through without a pause, too. We were so proud of her.
We took the Dogger™ stroller with us on this expedition which allowed us to hike much further. The pugs could ride when they were tired or hot and we could keep going. Tomorrow we will post more of our experience with the Dogger™ on this trip.
Kento got his feet wet and he got excited. Then his feet got muddy and he got more excited.
This was what his paws looked like at the end of the hike.
Other photos from our hike at Castle Rock and Diablo Foothills Regional Park: