Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

26 days ago

It’s a pretty trail, but not a lot of shade, any time of the year but summer. Saw a lot of wild life, deer, huge birds (careful with small dogs) we had two and the bird kept circling us and at one point came so close to the grown it scared us. We picked up our dogs until it went away. We also saw wild turkeys and cows. Spectacular views!

Nice 3.5 Mile loop that gets you close to the lake. When you get to the bottom you can take the trail down to the lake if you want to see it.

Nice loop, gets you down to the lake and back

Awesome trail with great views and wild life encounters. Off leash dogs allowed.
Will come back.

Excellent for dog adventurers as dogs are allowed off leash! Be aware there are cattle present, as well as HUGE predatory birds (which were AMAZING and took my breath away).
We went with 3 adults and 5 dogs varying in size and it was fantastic! Excellent for wildflower seeing. Go when it's lush and green (I went April 10th), I'd imagine it might not be as fun in August. We went on a Tuesday around morning/afternoon and there were very few people there.
Also, we went off trail by accident and ended up hiking up some hills that were, uh....phew! Not sure if the actual trail is as strenuous, but what we hiked was more of a moderate level for sure.

2 months ago

hiked it with few friends in the fall with a lot of birds around.

Beautiful views! Have done this several times and it never gets old. Sunset hikes are the best here :)

This place is beautiful, especially if you come during winter / spring when everything is still green. Very peaceful and serene.

There is a trail where dogs are allowed to walk off-leash. Our dogs loved it.

You can also do water activities here like canoeing, rowing, and fishing.

4 months ago

Partly cloudy but perfect MLK day hike. Many trail options. Well maintained with benches on hilltops to take a break and enjoy the scenery.
If you make it all the way you the lakeside, be prepared to hoof it back in a steady uphill climb back to the trial head. It’s worth it. Bring water.

4 months ago

Ridgeline was a fun a trail to hike, there were plenty of hills and some benches along the way to sit and gaze at the scenic view. Unfortunately while I did enjoy the view the whole area was clearly showing the effects of the drought as a majority of the lake was gone and the rolling green hills had become yellow. Although that might sound disappointing there are some cows along the trail to aw at and the hills are still just as high.

5 months ago

Lots of side trail options. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. Dogs are allowed off leash except in developed parts of the trail (which is only a tiny section along the lake)

Very relaxing, peaceful place with amazing views.

7 months ago

I Like How For One My Dog Was Allowed Here, Even Though There Was A Small Fee Of $2 In Order For Him To Enter Along With Me . There Are Other Trails . They’re Open To Everything Relating To Go Out On The Water, Boats, Canoes, Nd Others I Don’t Know The Name Of . I Only Walked The Ridgeline Trail&I’m Satisfied With It. I Felt It The Next Day

Can I use my kayak there?

11 months ago

If you rely on service for the map, prepare accordingly

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice work out hiking on this trail. Many beautiful views of the lake.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Very pleasant. Graded roads and nice views.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Great feeling of being in the mountains. Lost of wildlife to be seen. From first rain in Oct till about April it is a pretty spot with steep hills and green slopes. enough trees to add additional interest. It is busy for first couple of miles but thins out after that. There is a water tower about 3.3 miles in at the top of a hill. That is a great spot for lunch and even a good spot to turn around.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Did this trail a long time ago with a slower hiker friend. The only difference is we added the loop on the end that you see on the map to make it about 10 miles. We did the hike on a dry, mellow Jan day. There's a lot of wildlife present away from summer. We saw deer, a coyote and a lot of different types of waterfowl and hawks and a golden eagle. It's a good, wide trail and a lot of it is lakeside with nice views. We also saw several fish caught from the rental boats that day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nice views of the lake and a good spring and fall hike that's pretty easy for most.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Restrooms with flushing toilets & showers that were surprisingly clean.

Hiking trails close by.

Good camp grounds for large groups.

Dogs are allowed.

No cell phone service what so ever. Not ideal if an emergency were to occur or if you are expecting additional people to meet you at the campsite.

No electric outlets if you want to pump air into an air mattress. You have to come equipped with your own power inverter that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter.

No in & out parking privileges, although I know my friends were able to get back in without having to pay again.

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

Pretty dry this time of year.

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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lovely scenery. Feels like the shire when you take the path to the left up the hill

We went camping there over a weekend with our puppy. It was nice because it was local enough to come after work on a Friday. The campgrounds are typical. I would do some research ahead of time, some camp sites do not have shade.

Locally, we did some fishing and some hiking. The trails are marked well and challenging with the rolling hills.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Not the best trail. The scenery is dry and highlights the luster of the California brown rolling hills. Not exactly the epitome of California beauty highlighted. The trail was suitable for a hike when camping but I would never suggest pursuing it as a day hike destination.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

nice trails for mtb

Sunday, July 14, 2013

East Ridge Trailhead is outside the park at the top of the ridge just passed Mendenhall Rd. There is no fee to park and hike. Several smaller loops can be taken that connect to this trailhead and provide views of Mt Diablo and the lake. This area is good for hiking, mountain biking and young children. The fire road style trial is easy to walk, but has little shade. There is also no water until you reach camping areas near the lake. Local nature includes live oak trees with mistletoe and red galls, tar weed and other local wildflowers, birds of various types, and deer (if you are lucky). This trail had several vistas with benches to rest and enjoy the view. Very good for the casual hiker or families with smaller children. If you want more of a challenge, just take the single track trails off the main fire road trails.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Went this past weekend and took my girls for a hike. It was an enjoyable outing. We had fun and may return for camping and mor hiking.

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