Explore the most popular trail running 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
23 hours ago

5-22-18 I started around 0830 and was back at my car around 1430.
This hike is very tough. I was the only one on the trail, I did not see anyone else. lots of great scenery. but the falls were dried up but i figured that going into the hike. i would recommend hiking poles to help. I took 3 liters of water and i had it finished by the last mile or so. There is a lake and after my hike it was nice to relax and dip my feet in. Overall I would recommend this hike.

5-12-18. Hiked as part of a longer hike to catch the county highpoint of Alameda. I paid the $6 parking fee, and the $2 wilderness permit and parked at the campground with permission. I feared that the hills would turn brown, but they hadn't yet. It was amazing to see all the variety of flowers. Climbed to the top of rocky ridget, and enjoyed seeing that as a reference point along the Big Burn. Schleper Rock was fun to scramble on. The falls however were all dried up, leaving only a trickle. The hills are challenge, but a fit or determined person would be fine for the hike. The Ohlone Wilderness is special.

hiking
22 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

it's a brutal hike but totally loved it!! I will definitely recommend !! best workout ever for the lungs, heart and legs and mind those brutal hills won't let you think

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

Beautiful in April!! Loved it.

on Ohlone Wilderness Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

I backpacked the trail from Mission Peak to Del Valle in three days/two nights, with overnights at Sunol Backpacking Camp (Sky Camp is absolutely magical) and Maggie’s Half Acre (site #1 is the most secluded). I went in late March and already it was a bit warmer than preferred, but I saw some great wildflowers and the hills were green from winter rains. I had no problem finding water to filter at this time of year. Sunol is not the prettiest park, but Ohlone Wilderness and Del Valle are absolute delights. I would recommend hiking from west to east to avoid hiking uphill in Del Valle — going downhill was brutal on my knees but I think the exertion on a hot day with full pack would have been worse! This trail is a great physical challenge and adventure given its proximity to the Bay Area — I even took BART/Lyft to the Mission Peak trailhead!

hiking
1 month ago

Came here for the elevation gain as part of our Mt Whitney training. The falls was a side trip and as expected, it’s nothing grand but just a nice place to take a break and eat lunch. Otherwise, this is an awesome incline hike with endless rolling hills. Trekking poles recommended but not required. The skies were blue and no clouds in sight yet the weather was perfect on this April day and there was enough wind to cool us off for the killer ascents. I brought 4 liter of water but only consumed 1.25. I’ll give it 4 stars for the terrain and 1 star for the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my longest hike since I took up the hobby 2 years ago. I've actually never done a marathon, and this was a marathon with a 7500 ft climb, which is pretty insane. But I like a challenge, so wth.

Most people will backpack the Ohlone Wilderness Trail and everyone I passed out in the backcountry was doing just that. That would be my suggestion to people who don't think they can do the hike in one day. 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.

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. I didn't see any other people until about 8 miles in where I passed 4 backpackers. By the time I hit Rose Peak I was feeling it and can understand why it's suggested to camp out overnight at nearby Maggie's Half Acre.

But what comes up, must come down, and after Rose Peak, it's pretty much all downhill until you reach Sunol. There is a gulch you drop down into briefly, but it's not too bad. Along the way, I was greeted with beautiful orange poppies and assorted wildflowers. It was mid-April, so everything was blooming.

I was hoping to fill up on water in Sunol, but the fountains along the trail weren't working. 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. So that was unfortunate and slowed me down near the end. I was hoping to finish in under 9 hours, but ran over a little.

All in all, what a workout! I weighed in when I got home and lost 4 lbs during the hike. I would recommend doing it east to west and not the opposite because I didn't get too much sun on my face this way. It was a cool April day, so I wore a hoodie the whole time (especially at elevation). I wanted to get this hike in before it got hot and it worked out great! Plus as others have said, you want to get the hard part out of the way first. Believe it or not, Mission Peak is the easier part of the hike.

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Amazing views of the mountains and canyons.Its’s a very challenging hike with an elevation gain of 4200+ feet.Make sure to start super early .Trekking poles highly recommend.Bring plenty of water and sunblock..Although not a lot of water flowing in the falls it still looks so beautiful.Excellent teaming ground and the view is well worth it.

Very nice scenic

this trail has some strong incline and is not very forgiving, especially at the beginning. but its very nice layout, well marked and offers decent shade and views along the way. this specific trail is often getting confused with the full trail, even in these comments. however, thus portion is great for quick training or a nice 3 hour hike.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike but not for the faint of heart. There's a good deal of elevation on this. I clocked in at about 12.5 miles. Beautiful in April, green hills and wildflowers are still all over. The falls are nice and make for a great spot to enjoy lunch. Pretty strenuous hike though. The incline and decline are both about as tough. Highly recommended as long as you're comfortable with your hiking abilities.

Great hike in the Bay Area. 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. A phenomenal training hike for the Sierra Nevada

Beware of the unfriendly Bulls :-(

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful trail with rolling hills, a cool gulch, and plenty of switchbacks! We couldn't make it to the waterfall (turned around about a mile before), as we started late (10:30am), and it got fairly hot at the top of the Big Burn with the exposed trail. We will definitely be returning to visit the waterfall.

Our dog loved it, but make sure you carry plenty of water as it gets hot on the trail. We carried 2 litres for our dog, and she also enjoyed the dip in the gulch. There are also refill points along the trail at the campsites.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike on Easter Sunday (4/1) 2018 as a practice run for the full Ohlone Wilderness Trail just to see what I was up against. I was happy that the falls were still flowing even though there hadn't been any rain for a week. I had a feeling that if I went too much later in the season that they would be dry. Also, it gets so hot in Livermore in the summer, I wouldn't want to do this hike then.

I just went to the top of the falls and climbed around on the rocks. It was fun. There was a big group there taking a break. I didn't venture down to the bottom of the falls to get the full picture looking back up as I was somewhat pressed for time and wanted to finish in under four hours.

Funny thing, I was plodding along and getting closer to the falls when I thought back to researching the hike and wondered when the "big burn" was going to start. Then I realized I already went through it lol.

FYI, it is $6 to park near the trailhead, which is worth paying considering the alternative starts you considerably further away. I would suggest getting an early start to avoid the hottest part of the day and to beat the crowd. When I was leaving, the entrance was backed up with a line of cars. One thing that I like about the Del Valle entrance to OWT is that the gates open as early as 6 am (7 am in winter), so you don't have to wait until 8 am like at the Sunol entrance.

If you're considering this hike, a good measuring stick would be how easy Mission Peak is for you. This hike is like doing Mission Peak from Stanford Avenue, getting to the top, then being teleported back to the bottom and doing it a second time. So not really for beginners. Enjoy!

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Wow that starts off steep! But it’s a great trail. Very muddy this time of year.

Hiked from Sunol Wilderness to Del Valle as a day hike in preparation for summer hiking season on JMT and Colorado Trail. It's one of my favorite hikes in the Bay Area with great views, solitude and rolling unspoiled East Bay hills all the way through. Trail was in a beautiful condition. I was afraid of the mud, but there were none. The weather was perfect, too. I met just one other person in the entire day. I carried a full 30 lb backpack and finished in 11 hours and 15 min. The trail sure is hard - very hard. It's not only 20 miles long, but with a huge, relentless elevation change, about 6,500 ft up and down. Even after I reached the Rose Peak, the "descent" into Del Valle packed enough uphills to set my tired muscles on fire every step of the way. Descent down the "Big Burn" is nothing to sneeze at as well. Overall, a great 20-miler, for training or fun, if you are looking for that sort of thing.

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging trail, a lot of elevation gain, which means the downhill is also very steep. Be sure you have your trekking poles, these for sure will help when you descend.
A couple of campsites along the way, a lot of birds, and wildlife.
The fall itself is tiny, I guess in summer there will be no water. The trail branched out from the main trail and descend sharply to the bottom of the fall. Do take caution when you climb up and down. Gloves will be helpful.
Good trail for climb training too!

hiking
2 months ago

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

It had rained during the week with perhaps just a little rain on Saturday. I set off midday on Sunday and there was melting snow up top and Murietta Falls were looking great. I would expect the fall to be flowing for at least another couple of days without further rain.
A decent walk, certainly very challenging. If I could I’d give this 4.5* as no “there and back” walk should receive a five when many great loops exist :)

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail but watch the weather, we went up at the end of March and found ourselves in sow and hail storms and woke up under 2” of snow. Weather would change every 30 minutes from shining sun to torrential rain and everything in between. That said, waking from Stuart’s camp to then peak in forging snow with not another person in sight was magical. Don’t underestimate the route, especially if wearing a full pack for three days

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging and beautiful trail! It’s was a chilly day with morning lows in the high 30’s which made for a pleasant hike. Not too crowded and everything was nice and green. Will definitely do it again!

walking
3 months ago

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