Dog-friendly John Muir Land Trust

John Muir Land Trust HQ

PO Box 2452
Martinez, California 94553
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Local Phone: (922) 228-5460
E-mail: [email protected]

John Muir Land Trust logoJohn Muir Land Trust manages a stunning array of properties, representing more than 3,500 acres of classic East Bay hills, ranches, streams and shoreline.

Collectively these places offer spectacular views; multi-use trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horses and dogs; productive agriculture; protected drinking water; clean air; and permanently preserved habitat for a wide variety of threatened and endangered plants and animals.

Contra Costa County residents benefit from having nearby access to these magnificent open spaces, providing both recreational and educational opportunities that contribute to an enhanced quality of life.

Please learn more by way of the pages below – and by visiting the properties yourself!

Fernandez Ranch
Franklin Canyon
Acalanes Ridge
Sky Ranch
Dutra Ranch
Gustin Ranch
Mount Wanda
Bodfish Preserve
West Hills Farm

In just 25 short years, John Muir Land Trust has risen from its humble roots to become one of the leading forces for conservation in northern California. With more than 2,000 acres now under stewardship, many of the most beautiful places in Contra Costa County are permanently preserved for recreation, wildlife, scenic views and recreation including hiking with your dog.

Mission: John Muir Land Trust protects and cares for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa County.

Vision: John Muir Land Trust believes that the vitality of our open spaces is essential to the health of our earth, air, water and our native plants and animals – and all of us. Our vision is to ensure that the beauty, diversity and fullness of our natural areas continue to enrich and sustain all generations of life. We acquire, protect and steward these diminishing lands, and we foster environmental awareness so that each person understands the need to preserve our natural heritage.

Learn more about how you can get involved and make a donation.

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West Hills Farm, photo courtesy: John Muir Land Trust
West Hills Farm, photo courtesy: John Muir Land Trust
John Muir Land Trust, founded more than 25 years ago, continues to protect and care for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa County to ensure that beautiful natural areas are available for the public to experience now and for generations to come. more »
Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @rufiosf
Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @rufiosf
Don’t come to Oakland or the Tri-Valley without your hiking shoes! You’ll need them, along with a leash, to explore open-space preserves more »
Dog hiking Acalanes Ridge
Axel hiking Acalanes Ridge. Photo Credit: Karen Booth, JMLT staff
Be grateful for the folks behind the John Muir Land Trust—and consider donating to the Saving Contra Costa campaign if you can. This 25-year-old organization devoted to outdoor recreation and preservation of open space manages 11 properties comprising more than 2,000 acres of classic East Bay hills, ranches, streams and shoreline saved from development and offering multi-use trails for hiking, cycling, horses and dogs.

If Daisy stays close and has a reliable recall, she’s welcome to accompany you off-leash as you take in an intoxicating dose of fresh air. Some JMLT properties are diminutive (Acalanes Ridge above Lafayette, for example, comprises just 23 acres), while the Franklin Canyon-Fernandez Ranch complex in the Martinez-Hercules areas sprawls over 1,185 acres of permanently protected open space. more »
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