True Nature of the East Bay Revealed! The Trailmaster Connects Us to the Best Day Hikes in Alameda and   Contra Costa counties with his New Pocket Guide HIKE the East Bay           HIKE East Bay News Release

 In an effort to connect Bay Area residents and visitors with the many natural treasures around the East Bay, John McKinney, aka The Trailmaster, is pleased to announce publication of HIKE the East Bay: Best Day Hikes in the Region’s Parks, Preserves and Special Places. The guide is a new title in the Trailmaster Pocket Guide Series, created especially for hikers and designed to fit perfectly in the hiker’s pocket or pack.

“The East Bay is a great place to take a hike for many good reasons,” McKinney declares. “Begin with a great variety of greenery and scenery. Add a world-class park system, fine trails, and four-season hiking. And add a rich diversity of hikers. The East Bay is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, and the hiking experience is much enriched by sharing the trail with hikers from literally all walks of life.”

From Tilden Park to Mission Peak to mighty Mount Diablo, the author shares his favorite trails in the East Bay’s renowned regional park system. Hike the East Bay comes complete with The Trailmaster’s colorful stories, proven trail accounts, andeasy-to-follow maps. Take a water bottle, trail snack and this guide and:

HIKE the East Bay Pocket Guide
HIKE the East Bay Pocket Guide
  • Head for the Oakland-Berkeley Hills to Redwood Regional Park, Wildcat Canyon, and Huckleberry Botanic Preserve.
  • Explore “Little Yosemite,” the “Volcano by the Bay,” and many more scenic locales in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
  • Choose from easy nature walks by the Bay, moderate hikes in quiet canyons, and all-day adventures in wilderness parks.

HIKE the East Bay (paperback $9.95) and other Trailmaster Pocket Guides, including HIKE the South Bay and Hike Point Reyes are available from REI and select retailers, Amazon, and For more information about books and talks by John McKinney or interview requests, contact Cheri@, 805-845-7102.


About the Author: John McKinney, aka The Trailmaster, is the author of 30 books and a thousand articles about hiking. A passionate advocate for hiking and our need to reconnect with nature, John shares his expertise on radio, TV, online, and as a public speaker.