Your Guide to the Best Biking Trails in Concord

California is a great place to get outdoors. Here are some of the best biking trails in Concord, California.

There are many options for biking trails throughout Concord with each leading to better health, less stress and quality time alone or with friends and family. Here are a few favorites:

Photo courtesy of AllTrails

Iron Horse Trail

The Iron Horse Trail spans 32 miles connecting Concord to Pleasanton, following the Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1978. Along the way, you’ll see 100 year-old oak trees, high-end shopping centers and even a couple of bridges.

For trail maps and other information, visit their website HERE.

This trail is a leisure bike, walk, or run path with smooth terrain and few hills in between, making it a great trail for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Image courtesy of Hiking With Chico The Boston Terrier.

Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail

The Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail brings brings bike riders gorgeous vistas as well as stunning wildlife and wildflowers as the path heads from Acalanes Ridge to Mt. Diablo State Park.

This trail is multi-use with paved and unpaved portions, and offers opportunities for trail users of all abilities. The paved portions are accessible to trail users in wheelchairs. Sweeping views of Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek may be seen from portions of the trail.

Contra Costa Canal Trail

Contra Costa Canal Trail allows cyclists to navigate near parks and open spaces and includes multiple rest stops and recreational spots. Cruising along the Contra Costa Canal, the horseshoe-shaped path intercepts a number of local parks in Pleasant Hill (Las Juntas Park), Walnut Creek (Larkey Park, Heather Farm Park), and Concord (Lime Ridge).

This multi-use, whole-access trail (accessible to persons in wheelchairs) is a paved pathway suitable for bikers, runners and equestrians.

Photo courtesy of Walnut Creek Open Space

Lime Ridge Open Space

Lime Ridge Open Space is perfect for short or long rides with its 25 miles of welcoming shade, picturesque flowers and stunning sunsets. This trail contains some of the last remaining chaparral in Walnut Creek. Lime Ridge gets its name from the limestone in the area that was quarried by the Cowell Portland Cement Company.

There are many hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing opportunities through multiple plant communities and quarries.

Photo courtesy of Pal Salemme

Mt. Diablo

Mt. Diablo provides trails for those who love to mountain bike. Although these treks are more rigorous and for the experienced cyclist, the views alone are worth it.

This trail features uphill and downhill terrain, and hosts many beautiful wildflowers throughout the blooming season.

Read the Mt. Diablo Biking Guide for important rules and information.