People of the East Bay have a volcano at the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve at their doorstep. Originally called Round Top Park, Sibley holds the distinction of being one of the founding parks of the East Bay Regional Park District, with Temescal and Tilden. Later the preserve was named in honor of Robert Sibley, who helped found the District and served on its board of directors for 10 years.
The most prominent feature of the preserve is the Round Top (altitude 1763 ft. above sea level).
The unstaffed visitor center at the staging area of Skyline Boulevard has displays which illustrate the geology of the preserve. There is a self-guided brochure at the staging area that shows the geological features of the preserve.
Access throughout the preserve is established through several trails. The 31-mile East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail system, crosses the preserve between Wildcat Canyon and Anthony Chabot Parks along the ridgeline. Round Top Road takes you from the Sibley Visitor Center to Round Top. Round Top Trail Loop Circles Round Top peak.
Once a quarry haul road Volcanic Trail contains most of the stops on the self-guided volcanic tour.
The paved Quarry Road ascends from Old Tunnel Road on the northwest side of the park and reaches the east end of Volcanic Trail. The Quarry Trail links the center of the Volcanic Trail down Quarry Road to a point below. Finally, on the north side of the preserve, Pond Trail is a short trail section that descends to a few ponds.
Most trails are equestrian and biking only. There are several trails which are multi-use. A visitor center at the park shelves is a self-guided tour brochure that allows visitors to walk around the park at their own pleasure and learn about its historical significance. Dogs are allowed at Sibley, but the nearby Huckleberry trails are not permitted.
There's a main area where leash dogs can walk away. It's up a hill of decent incline dog owners who will get a good workout for their dogs. This is a paved road, and perfect for dog walking. Some of the other paths are rocky and contain poison oak.
There are plenty of cool things to see such as labyrinths and cows roaming free. Bring a camera, for the views are fantastic too!
This amazing off leash dog park is located near these other must-see dog parks near Walnut Creek, California:
- Heather Farm Dog Park
- Sugarloaf Open Space
- Shell Ridge Open Space
- Redwood Regional Park
- Cesar Chavez Dog Park
- Alameda Dog Park
- Wardlaw Dog Park
- Paw Patch at Newhall Park
All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!