San Ramon Surrounded by Las Trampas Wilderness Parks and Trails

images 4San Ramon enjoys the beauty and recreation provided by Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Parks. How lucky are we to call this incredible area our home!  San Ramon residents have daily views of gorgeous rolling hills, access to award winning public schools, friendly neighborhoods, and nearby convenient local shopping.  Read on to learn more about the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Parks and Trails.

Article Reprinted from Los Trampas Regional Park Website.  For more information, please go to:  http://www.ebparks.org/parks/las_trampas

About The Parkimages 3

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers 5,342 acres of wilderness and an expanded trail system that allows hikers and horseback riders to enjoy its remote and rugged areas. The park’s size and terrain allow visitors a feeling of privacy and escape from urban hustle and bustle. Carry plenty of drinking water for yourself, your dog(s), and your horse(s) when visiting the park. The park’s water supply is inconsistent and water may be unavailable at any time.

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Geology

Two major Bay Area faults–the Las Trampas and Bollinger faults–account for the uplift and exposure of four well-defined geological formations. The Orinda formation holds remnants of ancient beach and shoreline; the El Sobrante formation consists of several fossil-bearing compressed rock layers; and the Pinole Tuff is of volcanic origin.

Little Hills Picnic Ranch

Adjacent to Las Trampas, this facility is available by reservation for group picnics of between 50 and 1,500 people. Facilities include a swimming pool, covered picnic areas, playfields and barbecue/picnic areas.
For information, call The Ranch at Little Hills at (925) 837-8158, http://www.bookyourpicnic.com.

Las Trampas Stables

Las Trampas Stables offers horse boarding, riding lesson for children and adults 5 years and older, special equestrian events for groups, birthday parties and day camps by reservation only. Trail rides are currently not offered, but coming soon!  Please visit http://www.lastrampasstables.com/ or for information and reservations email: http://lastrampasstables@gmail.comor call (925) 862-9044

The O’Neill National Historic Site

Owned and operated by the National Park Service, this site is open to the public by reservation. Call (925) 838-0249 for information.

Vegetation

The dominant woodland vegetation on the western and southern exposures of Las Trampas and Rocky ridges is black sage, chamise and buck brush. These are interspersed with toyon, hybrid manzanitas, elderberry, gooseberry, chaparral currant, sticky monkeyflower, coffeeberry, coyote bush, poison oak, hollyleaf red berry, deer weed and dozens of other species. There are some creek dogwood along Bollinger Creek.

The dominant trees are coast live oak and bay laurel. Other species are buckeye, big leaf maple, canyon live oak, black oak and scrub oak. The latter, with its mistletoe, seems to prefer the ridgetop habitat at the end of Chamise Trail. Half a dozen fern species are found in the park and there are large areas of grassland.

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The park’s abundant wildlife includes raccoons, foxes, opossums, bobcats, skunks and squirrels. Late in the day, with binoculars, you can count the deer in the hill areas adjacent to the parking lot. Las Trampas is Spanish for “The Traps” or “The Snares.” According to Erwin G. Gudde’s California Place Names, traps were once set in the chaparral of the hills to catch elk. Historical records also indicate that antelope and mountain lions were plentiful during the last century. Sightings of the big cats have been reported in recent years. There are many species of hawks, and golden eagles are occasionally sighted.

The East Bay Regional Park District leases some of the grassland areas for cattle grazing. Cattle keep the grass height down, which lessens the fire hazard during the dry season.

Park Activities

Hiking and Horseback Riding

The park is bisected by Bollinger Creek. To the west is Rocky Ridge, accessible from the parking lot via a paved road that brings hikers near the 2,024-foot summit. At the 1,760-foot elevation you can hike westward along a trail managed by the East Bay Municipal Utility District to the Valle Vista Staging Area on Canyon Road in Moraga, or south to the Chabot staging area in Castro Valley. A permit is required for hiking on EBMUD lands. Call 510-287-0459 for more information.

Stone outcroppings on Rocky Ridge are beautifully sculptured by the wind and colored by many lichen species. An entire day may be spent hiking the ridge and the Devil’s Hole area. Wildflowers abound in season and are especially beautiful after a rain.

Las Trampas Ridge, reached via Chamise and Bollinger Creek Loop trails, is east of Bollinger Creek. The view from the ridge affords the sights of the Ygnacio, San Ramon and Amador valleys, Mt. Diablo, Carquinez Straits and other distant points of interest. The Corduroy Hills Trail, skirting Eagle Peak, is for hiking only, as are the Sycamore, Mahogany and Trapline trails. Boots are recommended. Park visitors should use only signed trails that appear on the map; trails that do not appear on the map are not maintained by Regional Park staff, and some may be in a sensitive resource area.

Picnicking

Near the parking lot are two picnic areas–Steelhead and Shady. Facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Little Hills Picnic Ranch is available for group picnics of between 50 and 1,000 people. For reservations, contact the The Ranch at Little Hills at (925) 837-8158, or visit their website at http://www.bookyourpicnic.com.

Group Camping

The Corral Area is a reservable overnight group camp. Campers need to provide their own water. The park’s water supply is inconsistent and water may be unavailable at any time. For information or reservations phone 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2.

Birdwatching

The park is a good place for birdwatching. There are many species of hawks, and golden eagles are occasionally sighted.

Biking

Bicycles may be ridden on designated bicycle trails, and on fire or service roads unless otherwise posted. No bicycles are allowed on Rocky Ridge View Trail.

ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

There are disabled parking, a wheelchair accessible chemical toilet, drinking fountain and picnic site at the Bollinger staging area.

For more information, go to:  http://www.ebparks.org/parks/las_trampas

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs- Champion Volunteers

San Ramon is lucky to have an active and well organized Council of PTAs.  yhnsbrwYQVVFXSK-800x450-noPad

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is an Award Winning School District because of many reasons. Nothing is more impressive than the groups of dedicated parents volunteering in the classroom, fundraising for technology, hosting healthy habit programs, spearheading special needs and diversity events to better the lives of our youth.  Along the way, many members find life long friendships and enjoy the active opportunity to give back to our community within the PTA experience.

Visit the San Ramon Council of PTAs website at:  https://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/ to learn more about this excellent organization.  The Council addresses many educational and social issues including Health and Wellness, Inclusion and Diversity, Special Needs and Leadership Development.  At the school level, parent volunteers have helped build a model PTA organization that inspires community interaction and helps increase the resources for our students.  The PTA supports amazing events like the Street Smart Program, Reflections Art, Assemblies, Music and Theater Productions, sports, and more.  All of these events require parent participation for maximum success.  images 20150354f7d15c69d39

It is my impression that the San Ramon Valley enjoys award winning schools because of the passionate help from our parents.  In addition, our schools benefits from the local businesses that support our schools and youth programs through donations and sponsorship.  Working together, we have helped build a remarkable community.  Thank you for all you do!

Amador Rancho Community Center San Ramon Windemere and Gale Ranch

Need Space for a Party or Event? Hosting a family reunion, large celebration or company event?

RanchoInvite1San Ramon’s Amador Rancho Community Center is the place to go. The newly built Amador Rancho Community Center in Windemere is an ideal space for events. The new center’s Bella Vista Room has impressive views, kitchenette and large space for catering. There is also access to an outdoor park. Just think of all the fun you can have here! Reservations are filling up quickly. Go to the City of San Ramon at http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/
If you are interested in living in the San Ramon Gale Ranch or Windemere area, call Jason Kerner, San Ramon Local Realtor Expert at 925-400-7007 or www.KernerHomes.com

City of San Ramon “Bah Humbug Race” Dec. 3

GRINCH2016_FINALART-02Start the holiday season with a healthy run or walk.  The City of San Ramon’s “Bah Humbug 5K Walk or Run” is an excellent way to enjoy San Ramon’s commitment to the health and well-being of our community.  Dress up for prize, compete in age divisions, and enjoy the early morning Crunch Fitness warm-up.  The event costs $45 for an individual or $30 per person in a family.  The City of San Ramon asks every participant to bring a can of food to donate to the Contra Costa County Food Bank.

Race starts at the San Ramon Community Center, 12501, Alcosta Blvd, 9:00am.  Race day tables open at 7:30am.  See you there!

http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/events/documents/2016BahHumbugRegistrationFlyer.pdf

Jason Kerner, Local San Ramon Realtor Expert Recognized by Patch San Ramon

3 Minutes on a Park Bench with Jason Kerner of NextHome Premier Realty Group

We spoke to Jason Kerner and he shared advice for people looking to sell or buy a home.

Patch partner Jason Kerner of NextHome Premier Realty Group told us how he’s stayed on top of the real estate industry and told us the best thing about selling homes in the San Ramon area.

Patch: You’ve been a full-time Realtor since 2002. How has selling homes evolved for you over the past 14 years?

Jason Kerner: Experience breeds success and as such, has made me a more highly desirable realtor. Over the years, I’ve been able to refine my approach through experience, gaining the knowledge and skill necessary to excel in all situations, and close successful deals in every type of scenario. Real estate transactions can be complex; they require a seasoned professional with a proven track record in all market climates. I understand what’s important to my buyers and sellers, and tailor my service to ensure that they always come out ahead. 1715 Wycliffe Ln San Ramon CA-print-005-2-Exterior 1E-2892x1992-300dpi

Patch: You use a lot of innovative technologies to sell homes including social media marketing, 3D tours and drone photography. How do you make sure you stay on top of the latest technology?

Jason Kerner: Staying on top of technology has always been in my DNA. Coming from a high-tech background in Silicon Valley before entering real estate taught me to keep a close eye on the latest trends, and capitalize on cutting-edge technology to research, communicate and market properties most effectively. My command of technology has given me a distinct edge. Besides traditional marketing techniques such as home staging and cleaning, professional photography, direct mail, open houses, etc, I love using social media, 3D tours, drone photography, and other such marketing vehicles, which are constantly evolving, to showcase my properties and optimize exposure; yet my clients just as much appreciate the vital areas of real estate that have not changed – that is, the personal attention, custom service and negotiating skill that I bring which is so important when someone’s greatest asset is involved.

Patch: What’s the best thing about selling homes in the San Ramon area?

Jason Kerner: I’ve lived in San Ramon for over 11 years and I love the area. Selling where you live and where you know best is a dream for me. San Ramon is one of the best places to live for raising a family, with its wide-open spaces, beautiful parks, golf courses such as Bridges, mountains for hiking, and convenience to SRVUSD award winning schools, shopping, restaurants and everything else you need. It’s easy to promote and be enthusiastic about a place you live in and enjoy so much with your family. It’s my privilege to specialize in San Ramon, and my pleasure to turn my buyers into my neighbors. 727 Clifton Ct San Ramon CA-print-003-13-Exterior 1C-4200x2800-300dpi

Patch: You’re a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), which represents the elite top 4 percent of the industry. How have you managed to stay at the top of your field?

Jason Kerner: I’m proud to have earned the elite CRS designation which puts me in a unique category in terms of my status and expertise. I believe in always looking for ways to advance my real estate career and further my industry knowledge, as that is how I can best serve and educate my clients. Taking continuing education courses in all facets of real estate and being the best you can be no matter what field you’re in puts me at an advantage, and makes me a more highly sought-after resource for my buyers and sellers.

Patch: What sets one Realtor apart from another? And how are you unique?

Jason Kerner: I’d say one of the main things that set me apart is my style, which is collaborative and consultative, not pushy. People consider me more of a partner and advisor rather than a salesperson for that reason. I like being viewed this way and operate with a soft touch because it puts my clients at ease, knowing that I have their best interests at heart and would never push them into a decision that doesn’t feel right. My role is to provide information that empowers people and helps clear the path to what they really want. When they do decide, that’s when I become aggressive, to get them the best value and negotiate the right terms for their unique situation.

Patch: What advice would you give to someone looking to a buy a new home right now?

Jason Kerner: Buying a home is an emotional undertaking, not to mention a major financial investment. My suggestion is to try to find a realtor who is professional, is expert in the areas you’re interested in, and knows how to navigate the current market conditions. Your realtor should position you for success, whether there is plenty of inventory or there is a multiple offer situation. Relationships with other brokers and experience in structuring the most appealing offers go a long way. I have lots of expertise and a high success rate in multiple offer situations, and know how to give my buyers the competitive advantage they need to get the house they want. 5222 Fioli Loop San Ramon CA-print-004-1-Exterior 1D-4200x2800-300dpi

Patch: What advice would you give to someone trying to sell his or her house?

Jason Kerner: When you’re selling your prized asset, you need a local San Ramon realtor expert you can trust to price your property accurately, market it aggressively, and create a buzz around your home that will generate offers. I have a strong understanding of the current market and the high points of living in San Ramon. My focus on protecting my clients’ best interests, whether managing multiple offers in a seller’s market or strategizing when there’s room to negotiate. Communication is also key so you know what’s happening with your sale at all times. There simply is no comparison when it comes to working with a realtor who has the connections, experience and track record that I do when it comes to getting my sellers results.

Patch: How can readers contact you?

Jason Kerner: Call or text me at (925) 400-7007 | Email: jason@nexthomeprg.com | Twitter: @KernerHomes| Instagram: KernerHomes | Facebook: KernerHomes  NextHome-Premier-Realty-Group-Logo-Vertical-Web

 

San Ramon Police Dept. Offers Emergency Notification System

EmergencyAlert_1The San Ramon Police Department has announced it’s mobile emergency notification system.  Simply text your zip code (94583 or 94582) to 888-777.  No wonder San Ramon is considered one of the safest large cities in the Country.  If you are looking for a San Ramon Realtor to help find your dream home, give me a call.  925-400-7007.