Contra Costa County has a lot to offer for those that live here, or are visiting. One of the best things about this area is all the incredible natural beauty we have throughout a diverse range of landscapes. There are recreational opportunities year round for everyone to enjoy, making a healthy and active lifestyle easy to live. The East Bay Regional Park District manages the parks and trails within Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, bringing us 65 amazing parks to explore throughout the area. This year marks the 23rd annual Trails Challenge, a self-guided program to encourage everyone of all ages and stages to get out, discover our parks, and improve their health and fitness.
The Trails Challenge is also a part of the International Healthy Parks Healthy People movement which was begun in Australia by Parks Victoria. The movement focuses on the importance and connections made between human health and mother nature, a healthy society and healthy environment. It has been shown that open spaces and parks provide health, economic, and societal benefits. The East Bay Regional Park District fully supports these ideas with programs such as Trails Challenge. The people of our area support these ideas as well. Last year’s challenge had over 10,000 participants. More are anticipated to join this year, especially now that the challenge has been made even easier since there is no longer a registration requirement.
The new rules are all based on the honor system. All you need to do is download the Trails Challenge guide, log into your trail excursions, and turn in your log by December 1st, 2016 to receive a commemorative pin for your efforts. You must hike, bike, or ride by horseback at least 26.2 miles of trails however, and choose trails that are listed within the challenge guide book. There are different levels of difficulty to choose from, and some all access trails are included as well so anyone can meet the challenge, whatever their ability. The Trails Challenge is also a great opportunity to get the whole family involved. The park district has several guided walks, kids hikes, and activities included in the Trails Challenge, offering different ways to explore the parks and achieve your challenge goals. Some of the trails in the challenge are also dog friendly paths so you can center your challenge around walking with your pet.
Within the guide there is an at-a-glance section of all the trails included in the challenge, sorted by difficulty level, so you can easily plan which ones you want to explore. They denote which ones allow bicycles, dogs, and horses, and which ones are wheelchair accessible. There are also some wonderful tips, from safety to mapping, and planning your hike. The free guided walks that are a part of the Trails Challenge are also noted in the guide, and each park has information and a trail map included. You can download a mobile version of the guide so you can easily take it with you.
If you are up to a challenge, and love spending time outside, the Trails Challenge with the East Bay Regional Park District is just for you. Having incredible parks and trails easily accessible is one reason Contra Costa County is such a wonderful place to live and experience. If you are ready to make your home in the Danville area or nearby, the Ray Marquez Real Estate Team can help you find the right home. We care about our community and are here to provide you with our exceptional and dedicated services to turn your home dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 925-575-7605 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.