Description - Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve offers quiet and solitude on 529 acres just a short distance from San Ramon Valley subdivisions. Watch for animals such as deer, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures.
- Horseback riding, hiking, kite flying, and blanket picnicking are some of the activities available on this ridge-top refuge. There are no facilities other than a staging area. Three multi-use trails and one 2.1-mile hiking trail can be explored. Trails may be closed to mountain bikes and horses during wet conditions. The hiking trail is considered easy with several steep areas. Creating loop trails is optional; map available at information board. Restrooms and drinking water are not available.
Bishop Ranch is open between 5 AM and 10 PM unless otherwise posted or permitted. This site is not suitable for wheelchair access. No parking, entrance or dog fee charged. Nearest supplies and services are available at Bollinger Canyon and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Public access is available via a walk from County Connection bus stop.
Recreation - Folks visiting this preserve find multi-use trails available. Open fields are perfect for kite flying.
Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
To reach Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve travel exit I-680 in San Ramon at Bollinger Canyon Road and go west to San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Turn left (south) on San Ramon Vally Boulevard and drive to Morgan Drive. Turn right (west) on Morgan Drive and go a short distance to the staging area on the left.