Who Are The Trail Dogs?
The East Bay Trail Dogs are dedicated and trained volunteers who will assist public agencies within Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the design, construction, and maintenance of multi-use trails. We are affiliated with Save Mount Diablo a 501c(3).
We typically work one day a week at the direction of our partner organizations: East Bay Regional Park District, Mount Diablo State Park, Walnut Creek Parks and Recreation and Save Mount Diablo. We usually work from 9 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m., on Tuesdays. Some volunteers come to every event, and some come every once in a while when they can make it.
We are actively seeking new members to our group. If you are interested, subscribe to our workday mailing list, or check out our upcoming projects and come to one or contact us.
Scheduled Work Days
We'd love to have you join us at any of the work days below. Please contact us to let us know that you are coming ahead of time so we can have the right amount of tools at the site.
Our Trails Need Some TLC
If you enjoy walking, hiking, biking, or horseback riding in the outdoors, no doubt you may have noticed some trails that have been eroded by water runoff and are in need of repair. Or perhaps you have noticed convenient steps or benches out on a remote hiking trail and you have wondered who built them.
Parks employees often take care of these tasks, but with the great number of trails in the Bay Area, it is often useful for the parks to be able to call on volunteers to help keep up with these services that benefit all those who enjoy the outdoors. That is where the Trail Dogs come in.
How We Help
We meet at a trailhead most Tuesdays with a group of 8 to 15 volunteers. We then work side by side with employees of one our our partners to build or maintain a trail. Sometimes we will help with other projects to improve the landscape around the trail.
Most trail maintenance consists of pruning overhanging brush or fallen trees and moving dirt to restore the trail surface using hand tools.
We may also help construct trail amenities, like a bridge. We help transport construction material to the site and help assemble the final product.
We also help by removing trash or unused fencing from properties.
It's Fun and Rewarding
We are a very informal organization. Get on our email list and we will notify you of upcoming projects. Start by attending a work day. We will train you on everything that you need to know to help us. It is always nice to RSVP so we know how many tools to bring.
We generally meet at a trail head at 9 am and work until 2 or 3 pm. You are welcome to leave anytime but it is usually good to start when we do because we might hike to the project site.
Each project has a variety of tasks with different difficulties. You can choose a task that best uses your skills and energy level. We all work at our own pace. We encourage you to sit down when you are tired or leave when you have had enough.
We recommend you bring/wear work gloves, sturdy shoes, sun protection, long pants and long-sleeved shirts for protection from poison oak, lunch and water. We supply all necessary tools.
“The laying of a trail … becomes not only a pleasure in itself, but an inducement to plan a better way of life, to construct worth-while things, or to weave a better product in the loom of our being.”
EARLE AMOS BROOKS, A Handbook of the Outdoors, 1925
For more information about the East Bay Trail Dogs or ourprojects, contact our President, Carol Lane, at or submit the form below.