Morgan Territory is many peoples favorite East Bay park, linking Mount Diablo State Park and Los Vaqueros Reservoir. It’s the blue oak-wooded, headwaters of Marsh Creek—most of the park is above 2,000 feet, and Highland Ridge is taller than Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. The park is named for the family of settler Jeremiah Morgan, who called the territory “the morning side of the mountain” for its sunrise views. This loop hike provides some of the most expansive views from Morgan Territory Preserve, including glimpses of Mount Diablo, a portion of the Sacramento River drainage, and Los Vaqueros Reservoir. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels. Restrooms are available at the parking lot. Participants will also be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration). This hike is limited to 20 participants. Land: East Bay Regional Park District Rating: Moderate Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation change: 974’ Leader: Jean Vieth, Save Mount Diablo Volunteer Hike Leader Meet: Morgan Territory Staging Area GPS Coordinates: 37.818732043227264, -121.79584231564314 Directions: From I-580 in Livermore, exit onto N. Livermore Ave., and turn north. Shortly after N. Livermore curves left and becomes Manning Rd (west), turn right onto Morgan Territory Rd and follow it for about 5.5 miles to the staging area, which will be on the right-hand side of the road. From Walnut Creek/Concord, take Clayton Rd to Marsh Creek Rd, then turn right onto Morgan Territory Rd. The staging area is 9.4 miles from March Creek Rd on the left-hand side.