Murietta Falls Trail

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Murietta Falls Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Livermore, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The Ohlone Wilderness Trail, is only open to hikers and horses with a permit. This scenic hike explores sections of the Del Valle Regional park and the Ohlone Regional Wilderness. The waterfall is worth the effort! Start at Lichen Bark and take the Sailor Camp Trail. This turns into the Ohlone Trail. Remember to sign in! Head towards Stewart's Camp A tough-but-rewarding hike to the San Francisco Bay Area's highest waterfall. It takes strong legs and an even stronger sense of humor to take on the trek to Murietta Falls. If you can laugh off the prospect of hiking six miles one way with over 4,000 feet of ascent for a waterfall without any actual water in it, you have a strong chance of enjoying this hike. Murietta Falls is a remote, rocky slit in the backcountry between Fremont and Livermore on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area. At an elevation of just under 3,000 feet, it's the highest waterfall in the region. The East Bay hills are bone dry three-fourths of the year, except in the winter, when Pacific storms turn many dry creeks into wet gushers. One of those creeks pours over Murietta Falls. Even at maximum flow, the waterfall is so-so. The hike, however, is excellent. Two beastly climbs top out on ridges overlooking some of the wildest country in this part of California. In late winter and early spring, the hills turn a shimmering green dotted with an impressive array of wildflowers. Add in the ego boost from conquering one of the Bay Area's toughest hikes and you'll soon forget you came to see a waterfall.

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Challenging hike with a lot of steep climbing. It's pretty exposed, so start early and bring a lot of water if it's going to be a hot day. I was carrying a heavy pack for training and I ended up going through 5Ls of water.

There's a big blowdown blocking the entire trail near the trailhead. Bushwack a little to the left to get around the tree - I'm sure a trail will get carved out by folks soon enough.

There's no waterfall right now, just a small bit of water wetting the rocks. Actually, it looks like there's a nice scramble / climbing line up the rock when the waterfall is dry - might bring better shoes to give it a try next time.

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Awesome hike, one of the best in the Bay Area, especially this time of the year. Also, one of the hardest. Relentless climb for 5.5 miles is cosiderably tougher than Mt. Diablo's. Yet the track itself is wide, smooth and sturdy and the views are just awesome.

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This was the first day the trail was open so there were still some obstacles. Nothing so bad that families couldn't get past. It's definitely a brutal climb and the downhill return takes a toll. Overall it's a very satisfying accomplishment.

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The Big Burn does have some really nice views along the way. Was very surprised to find water (Johnny's Pond) along the way, but the falls were bone dry at this time of year.