Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Volvon and Blue Oak Loop Trail

8 hours ago

Beautiful but super dusty. I recommend Volvon Trail to Volvon Loop for more tree cover, prettier trek up to the loop which affords spectacular views on clear days.

I do these trails a few times a week, great park. ❤️

Super hike when I did it several years ago midwinter. It was a little muddy in spots but far better than doing it in the heat.

Meh. Nothing really noteworthy to report. Fairly easy, kid and dog friendly, trail. No jaw dropping scenery, but just enough time keep you from falling asleep. A decent trail to get some miles in, nothing more. When I was there (May) it was super duper windy. Like hurricane winds. It got better in some areas where we were protected from on the sides by hills, but wasn’t pleasant in other areas.

Did this hike in mid May. Wildflowers in full bloom, the initial descent along the single track coyote trail is very shady, watch out for poison oak crowding the trail. The trail soon turns into a shady stroll along the upper reaches of Marsh Creek, just enough water to occasionally hear it speaking to you. As you turn onto the Stone Corral portion of the trail the landscape changes dramatically to wide open grass covered hills to start the ascent back to the ridge. Best to do this stretch in the morning as there is little shade as you make a gentle climb with a couple steeper sections. It levels off when you hit the Volvon trail with some nice vistas of the Central Valley and Mt. Diablo. A lovely peaceful hike.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great views! Plan to go when it’s nice and green out(During winter and spring).

Not for Mt Biking as the park has posted signs on parts of this trail. We were following the all trails map and found this out when going in a counter clockwise direction. Easy at first with wide trails then single track with lots of obstacles and poison oak, and climbing several hundred feet in the last mile over tough terrain.

Hiked the Volvon Loop, around Bob Walker Ridge, eating lunch at the top. Saw cows, turkey vultures and markings from boar digging, along moist areas. Some moss, lichen and mistletoe, amongst the Oaks and Manzanita. It was an overcast day, with periods of sunlight. Grand vista from the top. there were open bathrooms at the trailhead and along the trail. Many bicyclists were seen along the bike path, leading to the park, from Livermore, and a couple bicyclists were seen, resting at the trailhead. No poison oak was noticed and trails were well maintained, the width of a car. Hiked with a group leisurely, Sunday, 2/4/1018, about 3.5 hours, up Coyote, Stone Corral, to the top on Volvon Loop, and down Valley View, Blue Oak, Volvon, Prairie Falcon and Condor Trails. there were several other hikers and a few dogs. Large parking lot had many cars but even more spaces available than used. No ticks but I made a point to follow the posted advice at the trailhead, to not sit under the Oaks, since it was a temperate, mostly overcast day.

Good hike above and through the fog on a Winter day. Got 2 ticks on arms, may have been from my off-leash dog.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Nice easy trail

8 months ago

Did this one a few times...

Great trail...

Great hike to let the dog run, best in the cooler seasons. Easiest if done clockwise. If done CCW, it will be a moderate to difficult climb out of the creek at the end.

It was a Beautiful place for a Sunday hike.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

I really enjoyed this hike. Starting off in a beautiful wooded area and then moving into an open hilly scene was lovely. Very dog and horse friendly; my canine might've enjoyed it more than we did. More than half of the hike was in direct sunlight, so bring extra sunscreen. Make sure you go off onto the side trail on the way back to get a great view of Mount Diablo!

Monday, November 14, 2016

nice easy hike with views, oaks and birds

Friday, October 07, 2016

Did this path backwards and loved it. A little rutted in places where equestrian traffic is heavy, and more cow poop than dirt in other spots, but overall really nice. The Condor trail at the end adds a little challenge right when it gets repetitive. Quiet and lovely views.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pretty simple hike that doesn't get that much use. Spring would be best for wildflowers. Uneventful enough so that I never did it a second time.

on Bob Walker Ridge Trail

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Nice hike... I like that I could bring my dog. I'd definitely do this hike again. It says 4.7 miles but my GPS said it was a little over 5 miles....

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


mountain biking
Friday, August 22, 2014

Biked this yesterday with a buddy for his first MTB ride mainly because its relatively easy. As Tariq states, there are areas that can be dangerous. Meaning, due to the dry climate and lack of rain it is quite parched. A lot of sand on the trails which can cause a serious fall. Take it easy and get familiar and once you do you will find this a great moderate MTB ride good for beginners. There are few hard climbs but lots of flats and areas to rest your legs without stoping your bike. It is open grazing range so be prepared to come face to face with harmless docile cattle. Take lots of water and maybe a few snacks and enjoy!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Did a 5 mile loop in 2 hours 28 minutes. Gentle slopes, wide trails, fantastic views and panoramas. Walked the Volvon trail to Blue Oak to Stone Corral to Coyote Trail. The Coyote trail became narrow and steep and there was plenty of poison oak on both sides. Perfect hike for a 70 degree day, since lots of the trail is exposed.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Didn't do the Bob Walker Ridge Trail but ended up here at noon on a whim to hike. My friend and I didn't plan a route and decided to walk in with map in hand and play it by ear.

We ended up taking the Coyote Trail from the Morgan Territory Rd staging area. Starts off through a wooded area and the trail becomes steep and narrow as you go further. Trail was sort of wet so we had to be cautious about foot placement especially during steep descents. We then went left on Stone Corral Trail and left on Highland Ridge until it junctioned with Clyma Trail. My friend and I ate lunch on a rock watching the cows and decided to back track on the trail.

There were not many people hiking for a weekend and it is quiet & peaceful as other reviewers have said. Wish we had seen some vistas but were satisfied with the hiking workout for the day. We will definitely be back to explore the other trails...

Sunday, February 02, 2014

This place is easy to find and there is a lot of parking. The trails are well marked and there are a few toilets on the paths also. There isn't much shade and I would recommend doing this hike during the cooler months as it would be too hot in the summer. Some beautiful views along the way so take a camera.

Went for a 10'ish mile hike around the entire perimiter with a friend on a 90-degree day. While not real difficult, there is an illusion of always going uphill. I think this stems from the fact that the downhills are gentle slopers and the uphills are fairly steep (but not real bad). All in all, you feel like you're always going uphill. Keep in mind that this is just the perimeter trail. I have never hiked any of the internal trails (yet). A bit of a yawner except that it was 10 miles so gave me and a buddy a good workout!

There are some very nice views out towards the delta valley and sacramento valley(?). You can also view Mt. Diablo which is pretty close to here.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 17, 2012

This is a good network of trails for mountain bikers of all levels.

It's fast, but has periodic climbs that can get challenging. Out in Livermore it does get hot in the summer but there's plenty of shaded areas from trees.

The scenery is quite nice as you're able to see for vast distances. So we periodically stopped just to enjoy the view.

When going downhill the trail eggs you on to go fast - but be careful as the terrain suddenly gets treacherous in a few spots. So ride the trail a few times to familiarize yourself as to what the safe speeds are.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This is only about 20 min. drive from Livermore so I go up here a lot. There are several trails to take and maps at the staging area. In the summer it gets quite hot so bring some water and sun screen. The winter is the best though! When the fog rolls in you can go up there and get completely lost in the clouds - literarily. It is like nothing else.
The trails are also good for mountain biking and are dog friendly.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

NOTE: This review is NOT for the Bob Walker Ridge Trail!

I did this trail with my bf and my 3 kids, ages 8 6 and 5. The loop that we did was absolutely amazing although the last trail Coyote Trail kicked our butt!! We followed the Volvon Trail, Blue Oak Trail then the Volvon Trail again, then the Stone Corral Trail and then finally the Coyote Trail. It's 5 miles, it took us 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Bring sandwiches or something for a picnic. Half way through the hike, once you pass the restroom there's an area where you can sit down have a picnic and enjoy the wonderful views! and just fyi, you must take a break to refuel your energy level because once you hit the Coyote Trail you will get your butt kicked, the trail is very narrow and it's a constant incline all the way so have lotsa water with you! The first 3 trails were very wide and easy to walk on, very easy for the kids to do as well. Bring your camera the views are amazing!

I must say I'm very proud of all my kids but especially my 5 year old for completing this 5 mile hike!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The drive from highway 580 to the Preserve is beautiful with occasional glimpses of the Livermore valley. The road in parts is one lane and very curvy. The preserve has very clean bathrooms. The Coyote hike starts out in a very wooded, shaded area for the first 30 minutes or so. The descent down is very steep. We were behind a family with a couple of young children that ended up turning around due to the descent. After approximately 40 minutes the hike levels out and you end up outside of the wooded area (therefore no shade) and into the stereotypical California golden grasslands dotted with the occasional Oak tree. We made the mistake of not getting a map of the trails and therefore double backed after an hour and half on the Coyote trail. The ascent up the trail was very strenuous.

Overall it was a decent hike and the scenery was nice.

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