Alum Rock Park
Nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range, the Park’s 744 acres of natural, rugged beauty provide visitors with many leisure outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and more. Picnic tables, barbecue pits, water and restrooms are available in most picnic areas, with lawns and a children’s playground in the mid-canyon area.
The unique canyon contains many delicate plant and animal communities. There are a variety of grasses, poison oak, holly leaf-cherry, sage brush, and scattered live oak trees. Black-tailed deer, brush rabbits and quail can be seen by quiet, observant hikers. Red tailed hawks and turkey vultures can frequently be seen riding the air currents overhead. Trees such as the California black oak, bay, madrone, and California buckeye are abundant, while smaller shrubs like the toyon, wild rose, and wild blackberries are found in more sunny areas. The chattering of gray squirrels and Steller’s jays are common sounds.