Checking out a brand new Bay Area open space – Vargas Plateau

D hiking with Mag_Vargas

The Vargas Plateau Regional Park is not really new, of course. It was home to native Americans before the Spanish came. At the beginning of the 20th century two different Vargas families owned land on the the lower and upper ranch, running cattle and sheep.

D coming up the hillside_VargasThe parks span 1,200 acres with with still green grassy foothills, oaks and a few surprise small ponds and creeks along with at least one lovely oak glen. The big plus is the 360 degree views you get from a number of hilltops.

It’s taken 23 years of negotiations with neighboring communities for the park to open, but open it did today. So the Adventurers were pioneers of sorts. That got them interviewed and photographed by San Francisco Chronicle staff that had been deployed to check out this hiding-in-plain-sight gem.

On the way home, they found a gem of pizza parlor in the Niles district of Fremont called Bronco Billie’s. D decreed his “slice” (the size of most medium pizzas) the best pizza he’d ever had..

duck in green pond_Vargas

Hike/easy/4.2 miles

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One Response to Checking out a brand new Bay Area open space – Vargas Plateau

  1. Ginger Terry says:

    Those hills are beautiful!

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