El Sobrante, CA is an unincorporated, semi-rural / suburban area of Contra Costa County nestled between Richmond and Pinole. The downtown serves the entire El Sobrante Valley, including portions of Richmond. The local area code population is 24,904 according to the 2010 census. El Sobrante’s core downtown area is on San Pablo Dam Road, spanning from Appian Way in the east to El Portal Drive to the west.

San Pablo Dam Road is a major thoroughfare that connects Highway 24 in Orinda to Interstate-80 in San Pablo. Unfortunately, few of the 30,000 daily vehicle trips through El Sobrante’s downtown result in patronage of the local businesses. Average speeds far exceed the 25 MPH speed limit in the downtown area.

One of El Sobrante’s unique assets is San Pablo Creek. This green corridor is a prominent aesthetic and historic element contributing to a strong community identity. San Pablo Creek drains one of the largest watersheds in the East Bay, comprising some 41 square miles from the southernmost community of Orinda to San Pablo Bay. This natural resource is a regional gem that deserves action to protect it and integrate it into the community fabric.


We love our community partners! They include the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce, the El Sobrante Municipal Advisory Council, The Watershed Project, SPAWNERS, Richmond Elks Lodge, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development, Public Works Department, and District I Supervisor John Gioia.