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Morgan Territory Regional Preserve/East Bay

Pros: Glorious in the Springtime
Cons: Blazingly hot in Summer
Best For: Great terrain in the East Bay

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

This loop hike rambles up and down along 4700 acres of oak-studded meadows, creekbeds and hills with stunning views. The Morgan Territory loop is 4.7 miles in length, but it is not necessary to do the whole hike, in order to enjoy the beauty of this nature preserve. Climb a hill, have a picnic and enjoy the vistas. Imagine Jeremiah Morgan, for whom the park is named, building his ranch here in 1857.

From the parking lot, if planning to do the loop, start on the Volvon Trail and return by the Coyote Trail. Be sure to bring along a map of the trail system, as several trails merge and form junctions at various points along the walk.

Noteworthy: After heavy rains the route will be muddy, so wear waterproof hiking shoes. Also, early Spring is prime time here. Wildflowers abound and the grass is psychedelic green.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
Directions From San Francisco:
Take the bay bridge and bear right after the toll plaza, getting onto I-580 East (Exit 8B). After about 16 miles stay left on I-580 at the split with CA 238. Go another 18 miles and take Exit 52B onto North Livermore Avenue. Go North on North Livermore. After about 4 miles, the road makes a sharp left and becomes Manning. Shortly after, turn right onto Morgan Territory Road. Drive about 5.5 miles on the narrow, winding, one-lane Morgan territory Road to the signed park entrance on the right side of the road.

For park info including printable trail map: