Kennedy Grove Loop Hike

Kennedy Grove Loop Hike

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Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area

6531 San Pablo Dam Road

El Sobrante, CA 94803

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Join Greenbelt Alliance for a shady summer hike in the East Bay hills!

About this event

Our amble takes us along the Sea Foam and Black Oak trails to see a variety of native shrubs and trees including (surprise, surprise) the Black Oak. What is the particular affinity this tree has to California? Why did the Indigenous peoples of America prize it? What is its strange connection to the Academy of Sciences? Learn this and more as we walk in hills that were preserved in one of Greenbelt Alliance's earliest open space conservation campaigns.


This is a moderate hike of four miles with a few hundred feet elevation change.


Ken Lavin and Liz Watson


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There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee.


We’ll assemble near the main parking area beyond the entrance kiosk.


Bring water and snacks. Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. Questions? Contact Ken Lavin at or 415-543-6771 x321.

Photo: sfbaywalk via Flickr

About the Leaders

Ken Lavin is Outings Coordinator for Greenbelt Alliance. Ken is also a naturalist for Diablo Nature Adventures in Mount Diablo State Park and worked as a National Park Ranger at Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands (where he was referred to as the “cool ranger” by school children). Ken has been featured by several Bay Area media outlets for his hiking experience and is the featured hike leader in the Sierra Club’s nationally distributed “How to Lead a Hike” video.

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Liz Watson is a special education teacher at Liberty High School in Brentwood. Liz holds a California naturalist certification from UC Davis extension and volunteers at the Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital in Walnut Creek.

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