Black Diamond Railroad Trail
Location: Contra Costa County, Ca
Features: Hiking trails, dog friendly, kid friendly, mountain biking, camping.
Nestled within the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, the Black Diamond Railroad Trail is among the 65 miles of trail located within the 6,000 acres preserve. A former mining site turned agricultural land, the preserve supports a diverse wildlife population and serves as a tourist destination for Bay Area nature enthusiasts.
The Black Diamond Railroad Trail, meanwhile, is a short trail which can be explored by foot or by bicycle. The preserve, from which the trail is located, has been used for industrial and agricultural means, leveling land which makes its perfect for all ages, young and old. The trail head is found on the south end of the parking lot. The trail itself is surrounded by interesting scenery – Mt. Diablo foothills, Somersville Road, as well as a diverse collection of flora and fauna.
The trail becomes narrower as you ascend. Moreover, there is no shade along the trail. It is best to bring sun protection and extra bottles of water. The hike may be tiring but the trail’s end offers a rest area with picnic tables and restrooms.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Black Diamond Trail is a short rail-trail with minimal inclines that is best for hikers, young and old. On the other hand, there is no shade along the trail. So it is best to bring sun protection along.
2) Explore Black Diamond Mines
The trail is found inside Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve – a 6,000-acre area that supports diverse wildlife population. Sites that can be explored around the area include original mine openings, a cemetery, and a visitor area where memorabilia and artifacts are found depicting Black Diamond Mines’ mining era.
3) Enjoy A Picnic At The Trail’s End
The canyon becomes narrower as you ascend. Moreover, the trail’s end is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic – the area is complete with picnic tables, restrooms, and a small parking lot.
What better way to enjoy your picnic than with Portable Bluetooth Speakers to listen to your favorite songs.