Acalanes Ridge

While the 23-acre Acalanes Ridge is physically small compared to other John Muir Land Trust properties, it is of exponential importance to those who live in the community and enjoy its scenery, trails and sweeping views of the region. The land is located within the boundaries of the City of Lafayette, and encompasses a scenic ridgeline visible from Lafayette, Walnut Creek, the Highway 24 corridor and beyond.

Acalanes Ridge is accessible for day use via several trails, including the regional trail between Briones Regional Park and Mount Diablo State Park. Hikers reaching the 781-foot summit of this sky-reaching open space will find a 360-degree panorama of the Livermore foothills, Mt. Diablo, Suisun Bay, the Carquinez Strait, Briones Regional Park, the Oakland Hills and Las Trampas Regional Park. The property’s location adjacent to Acalanes Ridge Open Space (AROS) offers trail connectors to that recreational area’s popular trail system as well.

Dogs are welcome on the trails, but they won’t be the only animals in the area! Acalanes Ridge provides suitable habitat for a variety of wildlife including deer, fox, coyote, mountain lion, raptors and a variety of reptiles.

JMLT purchased Acalanes Ridge in partnership with the City of Lafayette, City of Walnut Creek and the East Bay Regional Park District. Members of the local community played a huge role in the campaign to protect the property. The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation lobbied diligently on its behalf, and helped raise much needed funds from ballot measures, philanthropic organizations, and generous people in the neighborhood. Protection of Acalanes Ridge from development could only have been achieved through this unique partnership. JMLT will continue to own the property in perpetuity.


Take Pleasant Hill Road north from Highway 24 from the exit just before Highway 24 merges into I-680 in Walnut Creek. Make a right on Stanley Boulevard. This becomes Springbrook Road. Make a left on Bacon Way and another left on Bacon Court. Make a left on Peaceful Lane and park near the gate for Acalanes Ridge at the end of Peaceful Lane. Or, enter “Peaceful Lane, Lafayette, CA” into a mobile navigational app and you’ll find it.



Acalanes Ridge dedication Saturday | East Bay Times | June, 2011
A Ridge with Great Views | East Bay Times | June, 2011
Dedicating the Acalanes Ridge Open Space | Lamorinda Weekly | June 2011
Concert to Benefit Acalanes Ridge Open Space | Contra Costa Times | May 2011
Room for a View | Contra Costa Times | March, 2010 (PDF)



Acalanes Ridge