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“Totally underwhelming”

Contra Costa Canal Trail
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Concord
Certificate of Excellence
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San Francisco
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Totally underwhelming”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Contra Costa Canal Trail sounds like it should be a picturesque trail next to a pretty waterway. Unfortunately this is far from the truth. The canal is actually a concrete culvert with chain-link fence on both banks. The trail itself is a concrete path that is in disrepair. The trail is constantly broken up by major roads. The flora surrounding the area is predominantly non-native and ugly. Occasionally you may get a glimpse into someone's run-down back yard. Oh and look out for the dog poop!

2 Thank richyroogy
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Concord, California
Level 6 Contributor
302 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Great View on Section from Cowell Rd. to Treat Blvd.”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

I'm most familiar with the Canal Trail in Concord from Treat Blvd. to where it ends on Willow Pass Road. From Willow Pass toward Cowell Rd. it is flat and passes through neighborhoods. You can see into folks' back yards and check out the dogs and chickens. In the summer, there isn't much shade along here.
After you cross Cowell Rd. the trail goes uphill, curves around, and begins to hug the side of the Lime Ridge Open Space. This stretch of the trail has a nice view of the area. You can see the Berkeley Hills to the west, the Bay to the north and Mt. Diablo to the south.
The crossing at Treat Blvd. is problematic. The powers that be want trail users to go uphill a bit and cross at the traffic light. However, bikers and hikers continue to cross illegally lower down on Treat Blvd., and this creates a very dangerous situation. As a trail user, remember that the speed limit on this section of Treat Blvd. is 45 mph, which means that cars are actually traveling closer to 50-55 mph!
After the trail crosses Treat Blvd, it continues along the open space, but is lower, and you eventually go back into the neighborhoods. If you continue on the trail, you will come to Countrywood Shopping Center, and eventually, the Pleasant Hill Bart Station.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank N_skier
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Clovis, California
Level 6 Contributor
351 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Good in Spots, Some Not”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

The trail is much better maintained in the high rent zip codes, leaving Pleasant Hill and Martinez in need of big repairs. Roughs spots can cause bike accidents. I cannot imagine strollers rolling safely either. Please do some repairs!!!!

Visited September 2013
Thank golfkat
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A perfect trek adventure”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

A wonderful quiet oasis in the middle of urban life. Oak chapparal and coyote bush scent much of the trail as it winds its way throughout Walnut Creek and beyond. Great for pedestrian, bicyclists and people walking their pets! I always have a dog or two to walk when visiting and enjoy talking with locals out for walks- friendly and fun. Also a portion adjacent to many public park areas.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Rebecca R
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Walnut Creek, California
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Trails”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

A wonderful place to bike, roller blade, walk or run. By yourself or with the family.It goes by some wonderful parks and leads all around the Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Concord area. I believe you can make it to San Ramon using the trails.

Visited August 2013
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