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Best trails in Vargas Plateau Regional Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Vargas Plateau 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.
Description

Park Features: This stunning 1,249-acre regional park provides tremendous views from the tops of the East Bay hills. The plateau rises quickly and steeply from the bay plain and towers over one thousand feet above the cities below, overlooking Niles Canyon, Fremont, Union City, Newark and the San Francisco Bay beyond. Atop the plateau a pastoral landscape predominates, and golden eagles, hawks, deer, bobcats, frogs, snakes and a variety of other animals make their home in the open grasslands, ponds and steep wooded canyons. These characteristics make the park a great place for outdoor recreation and nature appreciation on the urban/ wildland edge. Open 8:00 am to SUNSET (varies seasonally)

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Map of trails in Vargas Plateau Regional Park
Park information
Acreage:
1249 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Top trails (3)
#1 - Golden Eagle Trail to View Point
Vargas Plateau Regional Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Park Features: This stunning 1,249-acre regional park provides tremendous views from the tops of the East Bay hills. The plateau rises quickly and steeply from the bay plain and towers over one thousaShow more
#2 - Deer Gulch Trail via Cliff Trail
Vargas Plateau Regional Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
To find the trailhead, look for the last structural metal barn and once you pass a red fence, the green fence entrance will be right next to itShow more
#3 - Golden Eagle Trail, Viewpoint, and Upper Ranch Trail
Vargas Plateau Regional Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Golden Eagle Trail, Viewpoint, and Upper Ranch Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trShow more