Black Hills and Whipsnake Loop Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Livermore, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length14.1 miElevation gain3,585 ftRoute typeLoop
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saurabh mishra
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Hiking

Chased by 200 cows ... do not go please. Else go with Gun.

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Vis L
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Hiking

Black hill Trail was closed, there were a lot of cows and were aggressive. no shade and was wet.

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David Prill
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Hiking

Windy and cold!! Oh my! Very difficult. After 4.5 a huge climb. Way back the up and down wears on you. Did not go all the way to whipsnake. Did five miles and then turned back. Great day except wind.

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Sebastian Decker
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Amazing views!

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Bill Crain
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Dry uneventful hike, If you go farther in the system on the back of Vaqueros there are some nested Golden Eagles and you eventually can go through a gate to Round Valley. Be on the lookout for Rattlesnakes especially in the rocky areas.

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Richard Angeloni
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It's a bit of a hike from your car to the reservoir but once there the trails are easy to find as there is only one way to go (the other side is blocked off by a fence). The Crest Trail goes to the top. Not much shade so go early in the summer or when it's cooler in the spring or fall. There's also an interesting building by the parking lot that explains the history of the area. Lots of birds including Turkey Vultures.

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Mariana Castillo
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Hiking

The trails are hard to find. And there are no good sights. All you can see is mountains. Never again.

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Priscilla Knowles
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One of my favorite trails

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F O
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We did the crest trail, it's about two miles. Great views, We saw about eight deer out for a run just before 4pm. The fall is a great time to go if you don't want to get roasted, not much cover on some of the trails. Fishing has been great here too from what I hear and have seen in photos at the center. You can hit The Shed off Vasco if you're coming from Livermore or Walnut road from Brentwood CA-4.

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Matt Ford
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Directions took me to someone's private drive...

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Vanessa Rodriguez
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Womack Stylez
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Christopher Anderson
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Shreenath Vijayan
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Zotunde Morton
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Michael Kahane
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Talia Hicks
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Daniel Garcia
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Diana Gorman
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monica hernandez
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