Murietta Falls

City: Livermore
Park: Ohlone Regional Wildnerness

Sunday, April 06, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
CarPool meets @ 8:30 AM

Event Notes:

The elevation gain mentioned on the 10:30 hike is correct. That's for getting to Murrietta Falls. We still have return to the start point. My best guess at total elevation is 6,000+ feet. This is a very difficult hike. It's like hiking Half Dome or Diablo Summit (twice) in one day. Please be honest about your capabilites. I want to arrange a carpool site for the 9:00 hike. Carpool option available (see below). I will be there as a beacon.We will caravan from there to Del Valle. Everyone needs $2 for the Ohlone permit and every vehicle needs $6. Work it out. Please hydrate beforehand and bring food and fluids.

SPECIAL NOTE:NON-CARPOOLERS SHOULD NOT PROCEED TO THE PARKING LOT DESCRIBED IN THE TRAILHEAD DIRECTIONS SECTION BELOW. Instead, we will all meet at the parking lot just past the lake inflow. It's on the right. It is approximately 1/2 mile from the entry kiosk. Do not continue on Del Valle Rd. It will deadend in a quarter mile at another kiosk. I will act as a beacon at the parking lot entrance.

Contact: Andrew Kincaid
Cell Phone: (925)

Trail Notes:

This hike requires each hiker to buy a $2 map/trail permit as we will be taking the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. The permit can be purchased at the park entry kiosk. Also a $2 fee per Dog (Service and Guide dogs are free).

This is a 11.5 mile out and back hike. Total elevation gain to Mureitta Falls is 3500 feet. We will initially climb a grueling 1600 feet in 2.3 miles from the trail head to Rocky Ridge. Followed by another 1200 feet uphill battle to Schlieper Rock. From there the home stretch to reach the falls will be approximately 800 feet. This hike does not boast of any flat or even walking terrains. Recommended for highly seasoned (intermediate and advanced) hikers only.

Often called a steady death march. This hike steepens so much at spots that even fit folks will be gasping for breath.

Notes from the Mountineers book "Get delightfully stranded in highly isolated Ohlone Wilderness, the land known for its wondrous oak trees and the Bay Area's longest waterfall and second tallest peak. The ancient oak trees here seem to boast more twisted than normal trunks and extra crooked main branches. They embellish the virtually constant superb views of perfect mosaics of densely wooded canyon bottoms, oak dotted slopes, and impenetrable chaparral patches. Come on a clear day (most likely in fall) and discover numerous vantage points for amazing views of Mount Whitney and the Sierras, Mount Hamilton, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and San Francisco Bay and its city. Sometimes in winter, grassy green clusters of ridges and peaks are lightly dusted with mellow snow. Murietta Falls, named after the legendary 1800s outlaw Joaquin Murietta, are usually in full roar from January to April (depending on recent and heavy rainfall). Soon after that they become a trickle and finally vanish sometime in summer. Horseback riders use area trails and dogs are allowed on day trips only"

Directions to Trailhead:

Give yourself at least an hour from Walnut Creek. The last stretch of the road is windy.

Take the I-580 Eastbound exit towards Livermore/Stockton. Take the North Livermore Avenue exit. Make a right after the exit and head South for approx 3.7 miles. (North Livermore Avenue soon turns into South Livermore Avenue and then into Tesla Road). You will drive thru downtown Livermore, residential areas and a couple vineyards. Turn right onto Mines Road. Drive for 3.6 miles and make a slight right onto Del Valle Road. Drive the final 3 miles to the park entrance. From the entrance kiosk make a left and follow the road to the other side of the park. After crossing the bridge make a right and continue on the road to the last parking lot. The group will meet at the end of this parking lot.

TrailHead Parking Fee: $6 per vehicle
Other Fees: $2 trail fee/hiker; $2/dog

CarPool Directions to North Livermore Avenue:

From 580, exit south on North Livermore Ave. A mile or so to the Railroad Ave crossing. Immediately after crossing Railroad there is a big parking lot on your left. It is just past the Oil Changer place, near the intersection of North Livermore Ave and Railroad Ave in Livermore. It is directly after the railroad underpass (traffic light).

The trailhead information on this page was last updated Tuesday, April 01, 2008.