While the 23-acre Acalanes Ridge is physically small compared to other John Muir Land Trust properties, it is of exponential importance to those who live in the community and enjoy its scenery, trails and sweeping views of the region. The land is located within the boundaries of the City of Lafayette, and encompasses a scenic ridgeline visible from Lafayette, Walnut Creek, the Highway 24 corridor and beyond.
Acalanes Ridge is accessible for day use via several trails, including the regional trail between Briones Regional Park and Mount Diablo State Park. Hikers reaching the 781-foot summit of this sky-reaching open space will find a 360-degree panorama of the Livermore foothills, Mt. Diablo, Suisun Bay, the Carquinez Strait, Briones Regional Park, the Oakland Hills and Las Trampas Regional Park. The property’s location adjacent to Acalanes Ridge Open Space (AROS) offers trail connectors to that recreational area’s popular trail system as well.
Dogs are welcome on the trails, but they won’t be the only animals in the area! Acalanes Ridge provides suitable habitat for a variety of wildlife including deer, fox, coyote, mountain lion, raptors and a variety of reptiles.
JMLT purchased Acalanes Ridge in partnership with the City of Lafayette, City of Walnut Creek and the East Bay Regional Park District. Members of the local community played a huge role in the campaign to protect the property. The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation lobbied diligently on its behalf, and helped raise much needed funds from ballot measures, philanthropic organizations, and generous people in the neighborhood. Protection of Acalanes Ridge from development could only have been achieved through this unique partnership. JMLT will continue to own the property in perpetuity.
From Martinez: Head south on I-680. Merge onto Highway 24W and take the exit for Pleasant Hill Road. Make a right on Stanley Blvd. Stanley Blvd. becomes Springbrook Road. Make a left on Bacon Way and another left on Bacon Court. Make a left on Peaceful Lane and park at the end of the road.
From I-580: Head east on Highway 24 and merge onto I-680 south. Keep left and follow the signs for Mount Diablo Blvd. Make a left on Camino Diablo. Make a right on Springbrook Road. Make a right on Bacon Way and a left on Bacon Court. Make a left on Peaceful Lane and park in the lot at the end of the road.
Acalanes Ridge dedication Saturday - Contra Costa Times - June, 2011
A Ridge with Great Views - Contra Costa Times - June, 2011
Dedicating the Acalanes Ridge Open Space- Lamorinda Weekly - June 2011
Concert to Benefit Acalanes Ridge Open Space Contra Costa Times - May 2011
Room for a View - Contra Costa Times - March, 2010 (PDF)