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Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve

Tucked away between Merritt College and several other green spaces in the hills of Oakland, Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve is a popular spot for locals and professional dog-walkers. Originally home to the Ohlone and Bay Miwok, it was established as a preserve in 1986. It comprises 290 acres, and is administered by East Bay Regional Park District.

The 10 Essentials

ACTIVITIES:

  • equestrian
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • trail running

HIGHLIGHTS:

2.75 miles of multi-use trails ranging from easy to moderate

Spring-fed Rifle Range Branch originates within the preserve

‘Local Indian Uses of Plants’ self-guided interpretive program

HABITAT:

Coastal sage & scrub; riparian

AVAILABILITY:

Open year-round; day-use only. Ideal any time of year, especially during the cool and shoulder seasons.

AMENITIES:

Informational kiosks at main staging area and Merritt College contain park brochures and ‘Local Indian Uses of Plants’ guides.

PERMITS / FEES:

No permits required.
Free parking at main entrance; parking at Merritt College is also available; there is a fee when the college is open.

SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS:

N/A

ACCESSIBILITY:

Kid-friendly
Dog-friendly
ADA: No specifically accessible areas; the path to the open space adjacent to the main parking area is well-graded, wide, hard-packed dirt on a fairly gentle slope.

NEAREST SERVICES:

The preserve is located within the city of Oakland.

HEADS-UP!

The main entrance and parking area is accessed via the same driveway as a housing complex that has a ‘Private Property’ sign. Preserve parking is to the left as you enter.

Risks include: poison oak, rattlesnakes, ticks.

Flora & Fauna

In addition to the species typical to these habitats, the following significant or special status species may also be found within the Preserve:

  • Oakland star-tulip
  • Western leatherwood
  • Alameda whipsnake
  • Cooper’s hawk
  • Checker lily
  • Pacific tree frog
  • California mountain lion
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