Save Mount Diablo saved the day when it stepped into a cash-only auction to purchase 145 critical acres adjacent to the city of Pittsburg. Largely a grassland property with highly variable topography and great views, Thomas Home Ranch is crossed by Kirker and Hess Creeks. It is at the mouth of historic Nortonville Canyon, which rises to a mining ghost town site in Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.
Rare alkaline wetland, native grassland and riparian woodland create ideal conditions for several rare and endangered species. In addition the property includes an 1880s farm house, historic barn and other structures and a cattle tunnel under Kirker Pass Road which will become a very important recreational connection. Join us to learn about the fascinating history and natural resources found on the 130 year old Thomas Home Ranch. Be sure to dress in layers and wear sturdy boots or shoes; bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a snack.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation change: 50’
Leaders: Thomas Home Ranch Property Stewards, Deborah Wechsler and Bruce Bilodeau
Meet: 5755 Nortonville Rd, Pittsburg, 94565.
Directions: From Walnut Creek head east on Ygnacio Valley Rd which becomes Kirker Pass Rd once you pass Clayton Rd. Follow Kirker Pass Rd for 3 miles past the Concord Pavilion, turn right on Nortonville Rd, take the 1st driveway on the right. From East County/Hwy 4 take Railroad Ave south for 2.5 miles, turn left on Nortonville Rd, take the 1st driveway on the right.