Tamcan to Brushy Peak Loop Trail
From a distance, its easily recognized as a knob on the ridgeline that connects with Mt. Diablo to the north. This park is part of the East Bay Municipal Utility District used by hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. In the summertime, bring plenty of water and start early (the preserve temperatures can easily top 100 degrees on hot days. Ideal times to hike this would be late winter to late spring. At this time the grasses are sprouting from the rain and provides a scenic green backdrop
This description is for the Tamcan Trail to the Brushy Peak Trail Loop. Most of this trail is climbing uphill. Some portions of the trail level out to give a sense of ease, but not long enough to forget that there is more to climb. Most of the trail is exposed to direct sun. The Tamcan trail meets the Brushy Peak Loop trail at about the 1 mile mark. After reaching the high point of the trail (which is not the summit...another 150-200'up...there are signs at various places on the trail that strongly encourage one to stay on the trail), enjoy the shade and various rock outcrops. The way down goes around the back and eventually to a cattle guard and back to the parking lot. For mountain bikers, this is a good mostly non-technical aerobic workout.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.