Bay Area Hiking

Rim Rovers/Rim of the Bay Hikes

The RIM OF THE BAY program was developed to encourage hiking by Scout Troops, Webelo Dens, and Cub Packs in Northern California. There are six Mountains that make up this series. Every time you climb a mountain, you earn the patch and a rocker.  Patches can be purchased at the MDSC or SFBAC Scout Shops.  All of these trips can be completed in a single day.   Most “peaks” have multiple trails to the top, so you can vary the experience depending upon the skill of the hikers.  They make a great Patrol outing.  

1. Mission Peak near Fremont/Milpitas

2. Mt. Diablo near Walnut Creek

3. Mt. Tamalpais near San Rafael

4. Mt. Wittenberg  at Pt. Reyes

5. Mt. St. Helena near Sonoma

6. Pinnacles near Hollister

For more details, including driving instructions, follow this link to the SFBAC website.


Camping and Overnight Outings

Mt Diablo – There are some great campsites for Scouts on Mt. Diablo. My favorite for large groups is BBQ Terrace, partly because the Scouts can pitch their tents up by the horse tethers and the adults can stay down by the parking area, giving each group plenty of space. There is also a nice walk down to Rock City and a good hike to the top of the mountain. From 2005, there are some new trail camps for backpackers who want to hike around the entire mountain.

Resting in Briones

Scout Resting in Briones

Briones has miles of good backing with access from multiple locations.  Briones Regional Park  The Maud Campsite has a large covered campfire area in case it rains.  Wa-Ta-Chi camp is also great.  You have to walk into these campsites, although sometimes the Rangers will let you drive in and unload if the conditions are right.

Las Trampas near Danville is a popular area for day hikes.  (There are no campsites.)  Drive to the end of Bollinger and you will find several trailheads and there are usually maps available.  .

Sunol Regional Wilderness has many trails and fun things to do, especially for younger boys.  The Indian Joe Caves and Little Yosemite are common destinations.  Great campsites, including a group site right next to the parking lot.   

Things heard on the trail:

“Ego is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” “Stupid should be painful.” “Stupid is as stupid does.” “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” “Is that a rattlesnake by your foot?”

2 Responses

  1. J. Reynolds – Troop 302
    On Mt. diablo, we use Juniper campsite during the fall; there’s usually no problem getting a reservation, it’s nice and cool up that high. There are water points all over, and the campsites are reasonably level. In Sept/Oct/Nov, there are often hang gliders jumping off the side of the mountain at the Juniper parking area, and some of them are willing to chat with Boy Scouts.

  2. J. Morrison – Troop 815
    On Mt. Diablo, Wild Cat is a good group site, had about 24 Scouts camped overnight. There is running water available and pit toilets. Good rocks nearby to scamble and a short hike to Rock City. In early spring there are plenty of wildflowers in bloom. Make sure food is stored, there are many raccoons that come out at night. You can hear coyotes at night when the moon is out.

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