Best Trails in Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area

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This park is ideal for picnicking, horseback riding, boating, fishing and swimming. Lake Del Valle is located in Central Alameda County, about five miles south of the City of Livermore in the Arroya del Valle. Del Valle Dam and Lake Del Valle are features of the South Bay Aqueduct, which is part of the State Water Project.

on Murietta Falls Trail
4 days ago

hiking

The Big Burn does have some really nice views along the way. Was very surprised to find water (Johnny's Pond) along the way, but the falls were bone dry at this time of year.

on Del Valle Regional Park C...
1 month ago

hiking

It was a beautiful hike. Little shade at times so wear your 45. It has great views as you hike up to the hill which takes you very close to the water. I had lunch in front of the water and enjoyed every second. I would do it again. PS. There is a fee at entrance. I paid $6. #hikingjunkie

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail
1 month ago

backpacking

on Del Valle Regional Park C...
2 months ago

hiking

Pretty dry this time of year.

on Murietta Falls Trail
3 months ago

walking

It's was a cool hike...took eagles trail nice n easy...down side is hella cow shit but that didn't bother us, plus side I have a dog and everyone up there were really pet friendly. Bring water and bug spray.

on Murietta Falls Trail
3 months ago

What. A. Workout. This trail is definitely not an easy one. Most of the trail to the falls, which is ohlone wilderness trail, was incline. The entire thing was basically a roller coaster. The difficulty caught me and my dog off guard. Carry lots of water!!! As for the falls, I have seen better but it was still well worth the hike :)

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail -...
3 months ago

hiking

One of the toughest hikes I've done. Started from Del Valle and made it to Murrieta Falls. I would recommend it! be ready for a tough hike, there are sections that are very steep, all my leg muscles were burning but the day was cloudy and cool so it wasn't terrible. The place is well maintained, and it is worth the price, if you start from del valle the park charges 5 dollars each permit.

on Del Valle Regional Park C...
3 months ago

hiking

This was a great hike! We will definitely go again! It took about three hours with two adults and two kids 10 and 13 (we stopped for about thirty minutes to eat lunch by the lake). We went mid May and saw a lot of wild flowers (cattle too).

There is shade in the middle part of the hike (the closer you are to the lake). Take water - we each used about four bottles and it was only mid 70s. There are no bathrooms until about halfway through the hike, so plan accordingly.

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail -...
3 months ago

hiking

Some long hard up hills but I wouldn't do the round about again just stay to left at the fork and make your way to the waterfall instead 5 miles one way I think

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail -...
3 months ago

On April 30, 2016, we hiked from Del Valle to Sonul for 20 miles. The view on the east of Rose Peak is better than that on the west. The east side also has more shade. The trails are well maintained and clearly marked.

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail -...
3 months ago

cross country skiing

This was a hard hike. A lot of uphill. It was not shaded and would be warm in summer. The view was pretty though, and a nice trail!

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail
3 months ago

My third hike on the Ohlone Trail this year. For the first time made it to Rose Peak from Del Valle Trailhead. On way back hit Murrieta Falls which had pretty good volume. Rose Peak had good views and was worth the effort to do at least once. Hiked and ran over 25 miles today and that is a good day.

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail
4 months ago

hiking

This hike is great! If you need workout, this is where you want to be! Massive elevation gain right from the parking lot. The hike to the falls via the loop is around 14 miles and worth the time it take to get there.

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail
4 months ago

This is a legit HARD trail.

on Del Valle Regional Park C...
4 months ago

mountain biking

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail
5 months ago

hiking

We went on an overcast and a rainy weekend with full packs. We spent the night at Maggie's half acre, it was pretty nice. Nothing out of the ordinary, water and a john. The overcast weather made it a beautiful hike because it wasn't warm out so we were sweating. But when it started raining for 18 hours straight, it made the trail even more challenging! The runoff started filling those little creeks to the point you almost couldn't cross them. The exit on the Del Valle side has a different kind of soil and it just made the mud stick and slippery. All in all it was a very challenging hike for my noob knees. But on a clear/warm day make sure you bring plenty of water. It is quite an experience. Watch out for poison oak everywhere especially on the Del Valley side.