Wildcat Canyon’s Rifle Range Road trail access point reopened

Wildcat Canyon's Rifle Range Road trail access point reopened

The East Bay Regional Park District announced today it has temporally reopened the Rifle Range Road Trail Access Point at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

The trail has been closed since Spring 2016 due to a rain-caused landslide, but is being reopened after the city of Richmond recently completed water diversion repairs, per the Park District’s request. Meanwhile, a long-term solution is being evaluated.

“I’m thrilled we are able to reopen the Rifle Range Road trail,” East Bay Regional Park District Director Whitney Dotson said in a statement. “It provides a much used and much needed access point to Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.”

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park encompasses 2,427 acres along the Wildcat Creek watershed and the surrounding hills and ridges. It is frequented by hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and others.

“The Park District understands the trail closure was inconvenient for park users,” said Wildcat Canyon Park Supervisor Patrick McIntyre. “Many relied on the access point for daily exercise and time in nature.”

In November last year, the Park District entered into an agreement with the cities of Richmond and El Cerrito to commission a geotechnical investigative report to assess the cause of the landslide and to provide recommendations for repairing it. The location has a long history of landslides going back to development of the neighboring residential community in the 1970s, but the Park District said it is dedicated to finding a permanent solution.