https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/ohlone-wilderness-trail After a few miles the peak begins to dominate the landscape. We encountered an abundance, especially in Sunol. The trail takes a few steep dives but it's mostly pleasant ridge walking for the first 10 miles down to the Sunol Wilderness headquarters. This trail was great besides the constant sounds of jets from the bay area. 3 days 2 nights. I was afraid of the mud, but there were none. Backpacking fee is $5 per night per person (fees may have gone up since this was written). The most remote and beautiful areas of the Ohlone Wilderness are accessible only along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail corridor. So think about that. Surrounding Rose Peak are grassy ridges, profusely flowered in season. Dogs: Dogs are allowed during daytime only. Next comes a plunge down to Williams Gulch (crossing the stream can be tricky after heavy rains) and another wicked push up the infamous Big Burn: 1,400 feet of climb in a mile and a half. It is located between Mission Peak (to its west) and Sunol Regional Wilderness (to its east). The Eagle Spring camp is again rather high up. It’s strictly prohibited in all the parks anyway. Where? Nothing out of the ordinary, water and a john. The first mile is a gentle up-and-down to a sign-in board. This is the best training hiking in the Bay Area. Freezing, extremely windy, and raining beyond belief. My girlfriend and I went from Del Valle to Mission Peak in three days/two nights. Even though it's not Mount Diablo, this area shares similar ecosystems because it's all part of the Diablo Range. The campsites were nice, and a short hike will get you to the top of Rose Peak. The abundance of wildlife includes golden eagles, mountain lions, and tule elk. Highly recommended for a local backpacking adventure. Overall it was quite nice. The runoff started filling those little creeks to the point you almost couldn't cross them. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-EBPARKS, and pressing #2. Water filter or purification tablets. The hike was very dynamic and the terrain would change dramatically throughout the length of the trip. Replenish water at Murietta Falls a couple of miles off the Ohlone Trail. It's $2 at the Del Valle entrance or $2.50 online or by mail. We also brought lightweight hammocks, small sleeping bags, and roll up sleeping pads. Staging areas and vehicle parking lots that give access to the Ohlone Wilderness are located at Del Valle Regional Park outside Livermore, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve near Pleasanton, and Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont. I did this hike almost a year ago on February 18,2018. Maggie's Half Acre has an outhouse and water, although the water needs to be treated before use. This entry was posted in Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Training hike and tagged backpacking, camping, east bay, fremont, hiking, livermore, maggie's half acre camp, ohlone wilderness trail, ohlone wilderness trail 2016, sunol, sunol regional wilderness, sunol wilderness, thru-hike on March 6, 2016 by Claudine. $2/person/year So that was unfortunate and slowed me down near the end. Where: Ohlone Wilderness Trail (Livermore, Ca - Fremont, CA) When: March 22-23 Distance: 26.88 miles Conditions: 42F-62F, cloudy/rainy on Friday, partly cloudy/sunny on Saturday, windy throughout Lighterpack. Fee for in-person purchase is $2/person/year; by mail/phone/online $4/person/year for first five permits and $3/person/year for each additional permit after five. But also ran into LOTS of cows. Believe it or not, Mission Peak is the easier part of the hike. The last few miles to the Stanford Avenue entrance to Mission Peak Regional Preserve can be crowded with hikers, particularly on weekends, but the downgrade is a welcome change after so much climbing. Excellent views of east bay. California has enough wildfires. Can be challenging at times, especially with the heat in the summertime, but an incredible hike in the spring and fall, and if it’s been a dry wintertime (can get very muddy after a rain) great balance of exposed ridges, shaded oak groves, beautiful view on Rose Peak, with some ups and downs guaranteed to work your legs. Although the map indicates potable water sources the three camps we stopped at to fill up did not have potable water. Suggestions: A phenomenal training hike for the Sierra Nevada. There are some places to throw trash away, so don’t worry about having to carry it for too long, you’ll eventually run into a campsite or rest stop with a trash can. Ohlone Wilderness Trail - Del Valle is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Livermore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This portion of the trip has some great views of both backcountry and the East Bay towns (Sunol, Livermore, etc.). In the morning we went out at Mission Peak Stanford Staging Area. Parking: See Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Regional Wilderness and Mission Peak Regional Preserve I know it sounds silly, but just imagine if each hiker took just one rock, it would make a big impact in a negative way. I recommend if you don’t want to hike back and repeat to a total of 60 miles park your car on one end and Uber to the other. Depending on where you decided to stop for the night there may or may not be trees convenient for putting up a hammock, or there may not be worthwhile ground for sleeping on. On the other hand, when you go in winter (and like to take in the views like me) bring a head lamp. For this reason, I most likely will not do the trail in its entirety again, since my favorite parts are close to parking areas, and everything in between is hilly pastures with oaks- still pretty, but not my favorite part. Late winter and early spring are the best times to go because the temperatures are cool, the hills are green and the wildflowers are in bloom. What to bring: First day out of Lake Del Valle is straight up for miles. It would've been flowing strong after this rainy winter, but I just could not muster the strength to do that side trail on top of my 15 miles for the day. You may purchase your permit in one of the following ways: If purchasing by phone, online or by mail, the Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail Hiking Permit/Map should be purchased at least 7 days in advance of your planned trip to allow time for mailing. I got an early start from Del Valle around 6:30 because I wanted to have the sun at my back for as long as possible. Camping is allowed at designated sites along the Ohlone Trail. The Ohlone Wilderness (Regional) Trail has been calling my name for half a year. But it's worth the strain as you soak up amazing vistas, scout for wildlife and marvel at being in such a remote locale so close to a huge metropolis. I probably should have searched around some more at the Sunol park headquarters, because I ran out of water about half-way up the back side of Mission Peak and there isn't any running water until you reach the Stanford Ave. staging area. Ohlone Wilderness Trail, Livermore: See 5 reviews, articles, and 10 photos of Ohlone Wilderness Trail, ranked No.38 on Tripadvisor among 74 attractions in Livermore. 15 hours) ~ 6 hours from LA You can see the map shown below here. Ohlone Wilderness is a 9,737 acres (39.40 km ) regional park in the United States that is part of the East Bay Regional Parks (EBRPD) system. We started from the Del Mar side as was highly recommend by others. Photos. Tons of beautiful scenery and met very nice people along the way. Post navigation Mind your water supply: Water troughs are at strategic locations from Del Valle to Sunol, but there is no water between Sunol and the Stanford Avenue terminus of the trail. Both trails converge again atop a high ridge overlooking the Diablo Range -- one of many stunning vistas to come. This is a great trail and is close enough to the Bay Area to make it accessible without driving all the way to the Sierras. There is no shade you are very exposed. Most people will backpack the Ohlone Wilderness Trail and everyone I passed out in the backcountry was doing just that. EBRPD page for Mission Peak Regional Preserve So make sure you pack more calories than you usually eat in a day. I wanted to get this hike in before it got hot and it worked out great! Rugged but rewarding trek is best way to see East Bay backcountry Horses are also able to use this trail. And there are several benches where you can rest your weary limbs and soak up the views of the southern San Francisco Bay. But on a clear/warm day make sure you bring plenty of water. Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Went here with my recently adopted dog on a spring Monday, with hopes of not running into other dogs and avoiding her triggers. You’ll lose service once you get out of the Mission Peak area going into the trail. All in all, what a workout! It was very challenging, but I'd do it again. Parks form the trailheads at both ends of the trail: Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont on the west and Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore on the east. One word of caution, weather reports for the wilderness area tend to be for lower elevations. While the elevation profile is a bit more daunting going east … Smoker? Separate reservations may be needed for camping in Del Valle or Sunol. It is located in southern Alameda County, near the cities of Fremont, CA and Sunol, CA. No through hiking to Lake Del Valle Regional Park. Most hikers drop their packs here and make a dash to the top, take a few pictures at Mission Peak's famous summit post, and head back down. Arrive at the Ohlone Wilderness Trail board near the Sunol Headquarters. Water flows in the falls only after several days of rain, so don't bother if the weather's been dry. (2) BY MAILING your name, address, phone number and a check for $2.00 per permit, PLUS $2.00 mailing fee for the first 5 permits AND $1.00 mailing fee for additional permits above 5 to: Ohlone Wilderness Trail, EBRPD, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, P.O. Found out she likes steak. A right turn takes you over to Murietta Falls, the highest waterfall in the Bay Area. If that’s the case wait until you get next to a creek, water source, or in a campsite bathroom. Park will reopen when declared safe by the Fire Department. We did this hike yesterday (mid July), it was extremely hot and taxing. Ohlone Wilderness Trail is a hiking, trail running, walking adventure located in or near Ohlone Regional Wilderness, CA. Ohlone Wilderness Trail, Ohlone Regional Wilderness, February 2020. It was mid-April, so everything was blooming. Backpacking the incredible wildflower covered Ohlone Wilderness-see my pics. I don’t recommend summer due to its pretty dry, hot, and exposed. (For those of you who have been to Glass Beach recently, you know what I'm talking about. Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605-0381. But the tent clearing was right next to an opening that allowed strong winds to attack my tent. Del Valle's Lichen Bark picnic area has a sign marking the eastern terminus of the Ohlone Trail. I suggest this trail to all ages over 13. Due to the popularity of the trail, please be courteous to others that you'll see along the way. It got very cold at night, which was to be expected, but still very much worth the trip. Six miles round trip with 2000 plus feet of elevation gain. It's not only 20 miles long, but with a huge, relentless elevation change, about 6,500 ft up and down. Hikers must buy a permit, which is printed on an excellent map of the entire trail. You won’t have any service the entire way until you hit the Del Valle trail systems. Beautiful shining rocks- some white, some pink! We failed to bring a variety of other snacks however. Ohlone Wilderness Trail: Mission Peak Regional Preserve through Sunol Regional Wilderness, Ohlone Regional Wilderness, and finishing at the Del Valle Regional Park (29 mile thru-hike, 8,000FT elevation gain, approx. There is a picnic table at the peak in the event you want to have a meal with a view. The trail is honestly pretty difficult, if done in a backpacking trip. Weather in winter and spring can take brutally cold turns: many backpackers have been snowed upon in March and April. It took us probably twice as long as it should have to get down. Note: The Ohlone Wilderness Trail is CLOSED at trail marker ot19 (Sunol Backpack Camp). The trail is wide and quite popular with day hikers, and those looking to watch the sunset. The trail offers a number of activity options. I'd like to come back some day and just do a small section from Del Valle, up to Boyd's Camp or maybe even Murrietta Falls. The most beautiful parts of the trail were between Mission Peak and Sunol Backpacking area, as well as the Del Valle Area. Break for lunch at the Sunol headquarters and give yourself plenty of time to recharge your batteries for one more leg burner: 2,000 feet over five miles to Mission Peak summit. Lots of good Geocaching along the way and can't wait to return. But what comes up, must come down, and after Rose Peak, it's pretty much all downhill until you reach Sunol. While never far from the city, it is remarkably empty and quiet. Very dry. This hike is not for rookies, though conditioned day hikers looking to try backpacking should be able to do it over three days. My third hike on the Ohlone Trail this year. https://youtu.be/hXyTGmwYyx4. 8am - 6pm Who? Duration: This was my first ever backpacking trip! The only electricity I was able to find was in Sunol on the backside of the Visitors Center building. Phone Number it was a tough hike, we encountered driving rain in the morning, but it's dry out in the afternoon. Hiked and ran over 25 miles today and that is a good day. Previous. All of the campsites are unique and beautiful. Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4547, Park/Gate Hours I'm not a backpacker, so I just went for it, with an option to bail at the 20 mile mark when I reached Sunol. Livermore Tourism; Livermore Hotels; Bed and Breakfast Livermore; Livermore Holiday Rentals; Livermore Holiday Packages; Flights to Livermore; Livermore Restaurants This trail is about 29 mi (47 km) in length, excluding the trails that connect to it along the way and each end of the trail. May 9 -Nov 1 The Ohlone Trail traverses 28 miles of mountains and canyons in southern Alameda County and is open to hikers and equestrians. From the sign-board it's a grueling climb up an old ranch road. My suggestion would be to coordinate your pick-up location and time as precise as possible. The landscape includes oak and bay woodlands, grassy uplands carpeted with springtime wildflowers, and wilderness ridges and peaks. Had an awesome time... beautiful hike, quite challenging - challenging enough that I found myself constantly setting goals instead of letting my mind drift. 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