The Contra Costa Hills Club...

was founded in 1920 and is a charter member of the Federation of Western Outdoors Clubs. A Board of Directors of eleven elected members oversees the club activities. Our members reside throughout the Bay Area.


Hiking: The Club sponsors two hikes each week-one on Sunday and one on Thursday. We hike the trails of Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Diablo, the Eastbay Regional Parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and San Mateo Mountains. We explore S.F. Bay shorelines and fascinating spots within cities. Printed schedules of hikes are supplied to each member every three to six months. Hikes are planned to enable use of public transportation. When needed, car pools are arranged to get to the trailhead.

Periodically other events are scheduled, such as bus trips, overnights, and luncheons

Companionship: Companionship with members comes naturally following participation in activities.

Publication: We publish a monthly newsletter, the KNAPSACK, describing recent trips, activities, and current news on conservation.

Conservation: Our Conservation Issues and Fund Committee works to promote the conservation of our environment. Some members are hikers and campers before they become "conservationists." However, when one explores the secluded areas of nature, one usually soon wishes to participate in conserving those areas for those who will come after us.


In 1920 there were still large areas of open land in the Oakland and Berkeley hills. Few realized the need to set aside some of this land for public parks. None of the early conservation clubs worked to save local lands. Harold French, our founder, understood the need to preserve these lands as open space. With other leaders he founded the Contra Costa Hills Club as a conservation and hiking club. In 1934 his dream for the parks was realized. Under his leadership and with the work of our club and others, Tilden, Round-Top (now Sibley) and Temescal became Regional Parks; the system of Regional Parks for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties was established.


All congenial, physically fit adults are welcome to join us. Payment of a small annual dues covers the cost of the monthly newsletter and the Thursday and Sunday hiking schedule. Children may hike with us when accompanied by an adult.

Hiking schedules are available to non-members by written request or may be viewed on our web site:

Contra Costa Hills Club

P. O. Box 2056

El Cerrito, CA 94530-2056