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Thomas Home Ranch Property Tour

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5755 Nortonville Road

Pittsburg, CA 94565

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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. The property also includes an 1880s farm house, a historic barn, and other structures, as well as a cattle tunnel under Kirker Pass Road that 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.

RVSP: To allow everyone equal access in signing up, registration for this hike will open two months prior to the hike.

Land: East Bay Regional Park District

Rating: Easy

Distance: 2.5 miles

Elevation change: 50’

Leaders: Deborah Wechsler and Bruce Bilodeau, Save Mount Diablo Property Monitoring Stewards

Meet: 5755 Nortonville Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565

Directions: From Walnut Creek, head east on Ygnacio Valley Road, which becomes Kirker Pass Road once you pass Clayton Road. Follow Kirker Pass Road for 3 miles past the Concord Pavilion, turn right on Nortonville Road, and take the first driveway on the right. From eastern Contra Costa County or Highway 4, take Railroad Avenue south for 2.5 miles, turn left on Nortonville Road, and take the first driveway on the right.

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