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Guided hikes set for Concord Naval Weapons Station

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 10:39 am in Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Environment, Landuse and development.

Save Mount Diablo will lead three guided hikes on portions of the Concord Naval Weapons Station typically inaccessible to the public.

The military has declared the land surplus and the city is in the midst of a planning process on how to use the 5,000-acre mothballed base. Save Mount Diablo is an environmental group that lobbies for open space preservation.

Here are some details of the hikes or for more details, click here to link to Save Mount Diablo’s web site:

Save Mount Diablo will lead walks in three separate areas of the Concord Naval Weapons Station on three weekend days.  Since World War II the Weapons Station has been locked away. As development filled Central Contra Costa County, the Station fences protected thousands of acres and many species of sensitive wildlife. All hikes are on paved roads. We’ll see sections of Mt. Diablo creek and hike into the foothills for views of the Weapons Station and of Central County.

The Concord Naval Weapons Station – Inland Area (5,028 acres or about 8 square miles) has been surplused and its future uses are being planned. This is a rare opportunity to see the CNWS up close.  

Walks are limited to 30 people, start at 7:15 am and return at noon to BART station Signed waiver and RSVP required – no exceptions!

Saturday April 18, 7:15am -Bailey Road South (4 miles roundtrip, 300′ elevation gain)  RSVP with waiver form and other info by Tuesday, April 14, photo ID on the day

Sunday May 10, 7:15 am - Northern Foothills (4.5 miles roundtrip, 580′ elevation gain)  RSVP with waiver form and other info by Tuesday, May 5, photo ID on the day

Saturday May 30, 7:15 am - The BART Station Hills (4.5 miles roundtrip, 175′ elevation gain)  RSVP with waiver form and other info by Tuesday, May 26, photo ID on the day

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