Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Lougher Loop

oak woodlands at black diamond mines

Looking for your next adventure? Trek through the rolling hills of Black Diamond preserve on Lougher Loop. This loop is great for running, dog walking, looking for spring flowers, mountain biking, and more!

Distance: Three miles

Elevation change: 816 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking time: Two hours

Trail surface: Fire road

Best season: Spring

Hours: 8 AM to sunset

Map of Lougher Loop in Black Diamond Preserve

Managing agencyEast Bay Regional Park District

Trailhead location: Somersville Road, across the road from Sidney Flat

Practically on the border of Pittsburg and Antioch, this scenic hike is a great one to add to your spring plans.

Once you’re on this trail, it’s easy to navigate. Just stay on the Lougher Loop trail for the duration of the hike and you’ll end up back where you started, it’s a straightforward loop!

beetle on California poppy

Lougher Loop is a great spot to enjoy spring blooms, such as California poppies! Photo by Al Johnson

Lougher Loop is a sunny trail, and during the spring it’s a popular spot to look for wildflowers.

All this sun makes for great wildflower habitat, and hikers can expect to find a rainbow of flowers such as the bush poppy, Ithuriel’s spear, and Sacramento Valley buttercup during the springtime.

Hiking this trail brings good views of Black Diamond’s north side at any time of the year though. Hikers will enjoy unobstructed views of Black Diamond’s historic Railroad Bed trail and gorgeous oak savannas from atop the higher elevations of this route.

Lougher Loop’s wide roads make it a great spot for mountain biking even for less experienced cyclists. Be prepared to share this multi-use trail with cyclists, dogs, and horseback riders. And if you’re a mountain biker, then check this trail out!

Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel's Spear)

Keep an eye out for Ithuriel’s spear (Triteleia laxa) on this trail in the spring. Photo by Sean Burke

Check out our regional trail map to find more great places to hike close to home.

Top: Oak woodlands at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. Photo by Scott Hein

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