Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Los Vaqueros Reservoir & Watershed with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hot today.... It would be much better doing the hikes here in the spring or summer but this is when I was stuck in the area. Pretty ordinary road/trail. Forgot my phone today. Hate not recording tracks... Going home to ocean and redwoods.

Beautiful views of reservoir. Steep and challenging in part but, great hike.

I went with a friend today. It was a beautiful hike. We walked through the herd of cows (no joke) and saw hawks, flowers coming out of know where and the views where breathtaking! Go and enjoy ...

6 months ago

Simply Amazing...will for sure be back!

It’s a good little hike with the family or dog. There’s not much shade, but the views of the rolling hills are good.

Definitely watch out for rattle snakes. 20 minutes into our hike I almost stepped on a baby one. Also the juvenile bulls were a little intimidating. Nice peaceful hike. No shade so go in spring or winter.

great hike in spring with all the wild flowers, unless you have allergies! Beautiful views of the livermore valley year around.

mountain biking
9 months ago


Drove all the way up here to find that mountain bikes are only a allowed on a small area from the north access point to the reservoir. One star for misinformation.
I did drive up to the walnut staging area from the north and rode the trails, but would only give this 2 stars for mountain biking. Go somewhere else.

Great hill by the dam. best done as a fall or winter hike.... It gets plenty hot in the summer. Near where Los Vaqueros trail intersects 10 years ago there were several nested pairs of Golden Eagles. Not sure if they're still around but it was awesome watching them fly around when I fished that corner of the lake.

11 months ago

Fantastic views!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The first part of the trail is all uphill so stay to the right when the trail forks, otherwise you can go down by the reservoir and hike back along the beach to the parking lot (like we did).

It was a Beautiful Sunday morning hike.. Windy but beautiful... right off the incline was a butt kicker

Beautiful trail and fairly easy walk :)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

4/22/2017 Hike
We started hiking as a family and this is only our second hike. I was afraid that this might be too difficult for novice hikers like us. It turned out easier than I thought, the uphill trek was slow going but doable. I don't recommend to people with bad knees or backs. Once you get over the hill, the views are amazing! There are some areas closed off due to erosion and at this time of the year, some parts are overgrown, but still doable. Definitely worth going to this one.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

parking fee

cows stopped my hike 2 miles in.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The lower trail was muddy and overgrown due to the recent rains, small areas just completely torn-up. The wind was almost unbearable to me for the first hour, but I kept going. Great uphill workout though, and a nice view of both Sierra (in far distance) and Diablo. Park entrance is $6.00.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Quite a hidden gem with some great views if you go while the hills are green. The trail starts and ends with substantial elevation changes. This not a casual stroll. Parts of the trail were overgrown with vegetation. There are lots of cows, horses, hawks and I saw a few coyotes on the trail. Also some good views of Mt. Diablo.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Liked this one because I've fished everywhere along the water it goes. There's always some waterfowl on the lake plus the Golden Eagles and a few other raptors. Awesome to watch the eagles swoop down and capture the trout. There is also a very healthy population of coyotes in the area. It's not uncommon to see them when you are away from the people.

I hiked the area a lot with a few different people but never saw another person here in the winter or fall. Definitely the time to do it. I was hardly ever here in the summer.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

I use to fish and hike out here quite a bit a couple of years after they opened it. The trails are uneventful but a pretty good hiking and fishing place in the fall and winter months.

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