Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Del Valle Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
18 days ago

Wide trail, some mountain bikers, but beautiful views of del Valle park and Livermore Valley. Very little shade, but with mild temps no problem. Beautiful fall day with at least 9 deer sightings

hiking
fee
20 days ago

This trail is all fire road. Some decent views at the top. An electric cable on top of rocky ridge is somewhat strange and disappointing.

Did this trail a few weeks ago. Great hike. Was a challenging first moderate hike for me. It was super crowded, but still had a good time

hiking
no shade
washed out
1 month ago

Nice views but some areas of the trail are very steep and gravelly (unstable) and there’s minimal shade so it’s very hot on warm days. Brings lots of water/sun protection.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

My friend and I did all Ohlone Wildness Trail ( all 30 miles) in 10 hrs & 30 mins in 100 degree weather. stupid, I know. Bring EXTRA water! We ran out. It was pretty difficult especially around mile 21. There is no shade you are very exposed. But we did it!

My husband and I were the only crazy folks on this trail. We saw more helicopters above us than hikers. If your looking for a good workout this is perfect but I wouldn’t recommend it for children or pets. It’s very open terrain with little bits of shade here and there. We each brought 3L of water with us and we had to cut our hike short and watch our water consumption by mile 11. I imagine if the weather wasn’t as hot we wouldn’t of drank as much. We saw lots of cows, deer and bones throughout the hike. So if you want to get a good workout bring a big brimmed hat and more than 3L of water and a good traction shoe.

This is a nice trail, it’s wide and very clearly marked. But, and we should have figured this out, it is not well shaded. We got started later than we meant to, and wound up out there in the heat of the day. My wife had to drop out by the lake and I had to hike out by myself and get the car to go around to the boat dock to pick her up. I recommend this trail, but it’s best to trek it in the morning or evening.

very good loop with fresh breeze and lake view

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

6/23/19 Started at the Arroyo Road staging area. Took the East Shore Trail to Heron Bay Trail towards the dam. Hiking up the first hill was hot and tough, but once at the top the view of the lake and the golf course we're great. Trail was relatively easy from there and of course the hike down was much easier. Minimal shade and hot over the summer months. Definitely would recommend bringing plenty of water and going earlier to the day to avoid some of the heat.

hiking
5 months ago

What a hidden east bay gem! All these years I’ve lived in the Bay Area and never found this park, what a shame. On a Friday afternoon (“Free Friday’s” for the east bay parks 85th anniversary, a pleasant surprise) this place was really empty. A handful of campers, and absolutely nobody else on the trails. There is basically zero shad on this trail so plan accordingly. It was about 85F when I was there so hot but not unbearable. Some great views of the lake, the parts of the trail away from the lake were less interesting. But still pretty golden brown hills.

hiking
5 months ago

If you like a challenge and lots of ups and down this is the trail for you. It’s great for trail run but beware there not much water source. If you’re looking for scenery this trail is not for you. It does have its own beauty but not much to see. I don’t recommend summer due to its pretty dry, hot, and exposed. From end to end it’s 29 miles or so. 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. A backpacker said it’s a 45 minute drive.

A great workout with semi steep up & downs. Great views of Wente golf course & Lake Del Valle.

hiking
5 months ago

Starts off very open and populated. Goes on to become a somewhat challenging, narrow winding pathway up and down hills along the cliffs overlooking the lake. Nice breeze from the water. Beautiful views.

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. We took a Boy Scout troop over the Memorial Day weekend and completed the trail west to east. Plenty of water in streams and cisterns this early in the year and were able to cut down on weight by hauling less water. One word of caution, weather reports for the wilderness area tend to be for lower elevations. We encountered far more severe weather on our last night at Maggie's Half Acre than was predicted by NWS forecast. If the report at lower elevations is for rain, prepare for a storm at the summit.

I have not hiked this trail, so I don’t want to downgrade the stars. After calling the reservation line, they advised that dogs are not allowed in the backpacking area. This wasn’t clear from their website.

I hiked this trail on a business trip end of March. Plenty of free parking. You start by going through a dog park. There are some industrial bits at the beginning, followed by a very steep hill dotted with friendly cows. Definitely an interesting experience. The view at the top was rewarding with a big, picturesque tree and overlook of the lake. I walked down to the lake area but it’s fenced off. The hills were very pretty but the trail was busy - not very private or the most relaxing place to get away. Either way I was thankful to get out for a few hours and stretch my legs and feel the sun. California hills never disappoint.

backpacking
6 months ago

Backpacking the incredible wildflower covered Ohlone Wilderness-see my pics. Amazing experience right here in the Bay Area. First day out of Lake Del Valle is straight up for miles. Be prepared. Replenish water at Murietta Falls a couple of miles off the Ohlone Trail. Very beautiful falls and not a sole around. However, the last day on Mission Peak is another story. Literally hundreds of people scrambling up the well worn trail. If your looking for solitude remember the first day of the hike. Very challenging, but an enjoyable local adventure. Tons of beautiful scenery and met very nice people along the way. Highly recommended for a local backpacking adventure.

From the beginning, get ready for the ascent. It definitely pays off 2 miles into the hike. Rated as difficult, it was definitely harder than Mission Peak, IMHO.

From Del Valle to Rose peak, it's part of the Ohlone wilderness trail.

If you want to be around a lot of kids, dogs, loud talkers then this is the trail for you. I am not a fan of the free to public and heavily used trails and this one is. I had not been on this side of the lake and decided to chance it today but couldn't find much peace and quiet to myself as fitness walkers/talkers as well as groups of adults with their kids were abundant. Saw a baby rattlesnake sunning and warming itself on the trail. There were raptors flying over head and a few solitary cows standing under a tree. I did hear turkeys across the street from the parking area. The views were beautiful and the area is so pretty when it is green and lush. The ascent will get your heart pounding. It's a nice trail, but way too many people for my liking. I was impressed that the trail wasn't as littered with dog poop - good job folks of Livermore! People drive to fast in the parking area and kick up a lot of dust so hold your breath as they speed by. TIP: There are less hikers on the trails on the paid side of Del Valle.

Had a great time, I will go back. Lots of wineries near by. Boat rentals. Beautiful green hills. Lots of hiking and bathrooms. Camping available. Cheap, clean, well maintained and marked trails. Feel blessed to have this near by.

mountain biking
7 months ago

As first timer, the beginning is tuff and has an early turnaround, but the views are great. Definitely coming back. Oh and two porta-potties at the beginning gate

nice for tail running. no wild flowers this time of year. wide open views. lake views ok.

mountain biking
bugs
7 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

Very Intense Trail! I did it in 2 days, 1 night and I was exhausted! Make sure to train for this hike! I trained, but should have trained more! Make sure to be as prepared as you can, but still pack light! I started at Stanford Staging Area and ended at Del Valle in Livermore. I recommend doing it this way, because the Del Valle section is pretty steep, and although my knees were killing me, I preferred to do the "Big Burn" section downhill. I stayed at Hawk's Nest at Sunol backpacking camp. It's got a great view! But the tent clearing was right next to an opening that allowed strong winds to attack my tent. So think about that. There were salamanders galore after dark! Watch out while walking around at night, don't wanna step on one of those little guys! The most beautiful parts of the trail were between Mission Peak and Sunol Backpacking area, as well as the Del Valle Area. 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. In both of these areas I saw red-tailed hawks and groups of beautiful deer. Also, turkeys! I am pretty sure I heard a golden eagle, too! But I didn't see it. Watch out for raccoons trying to steal your food at Sunol Headquarters! That's where I had lunch the first day. There's a lovely stretch close to the Murrietta Falls trail where the path is glittering with quartz. Beautiful shining rocks- some white, some pink! Please be a friendly hiker and leave the rocks for future hikers to see. It was so special to come upon the glitter trail after a long grumpy day of hiking up and down over and over again. 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. (For those of you who have been to Glass Beach recently, you know what I'm talking about. It's not even Glass Beach anymore. It's like, Rocks And Just a Few of Them Are Clear Beach.) 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. 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. I hear the waterfalls are worth it, though, so I recommend spending the night at Stuart's Camp and doing the 1 mile side trip to see it (if it's been raining, of course- the falls are usually dried up)! March is the time to go- I saw so many wildflowers in Sunol!!! I have a "Wildflowers of Mount Diablo" booklet that is great for identifying the flowers. If you're into that, I recommend bringing a booklet like that. Even though it's not Mount Diablo, this area shares similar ecosystems because it's all part of the Diablo Range.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

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