Future Local Hikes
The Next Scheduled Hike Will Be:
(Click on the appropriate link below for more details about each hike.)
Del Valle Regional Park
West Beach Parking
Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Rocky Ridge - Schlieper Rock Torture Hike
A Challenging two-for-one hike in EBRPD Del Valle Regional Park and Ohlone Wilderness. A Dumbbell hike from the West Shore to Rocky Ridge, with an optional,extra credit, out-and-back long hike to Schlieper Rock. The shorter hike is 6 miles, 1800 ft elevation gain while the longer hike totals 10+ miles, 3400 ft. elevation gain.
Starting from the West shore of Lake Del Valle at the end of the parking lot near the Lichen Bark Picnic area, we head Southeast along the West Shore trail before turning right and heading up to the Ohlone sign-in panel on the Vallecitos trail. We then ascend to Rocky Ridge by turning left on the Ohlone Wilderness, right on Stromer Spring, and left on Rocky Ridge Trails to ot38.
At this point the longer hike will do a heart throbbing out-an-back ascent up the Big Burn to Schlieper Rock, where after a moments rest and a snack, we turn around and head back. Meanwhile the shorter hikers can pause here for a snack break before the descent back to the parking lot.
From ot38 the return hike descends on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail past Boyd Camps, to the Ohlone Trail sign-in panel where we stay on the fire road, Sailor Camp Trail, to the parking lot.
The views from Rocky Ridge are quite good, and worth a trip in the spring for the Wild Flowers.
Both hikes require you have and carry the annual Ohlone Wilderness Permit available for $2 at the park gate Kiosk.
Note the hike start time is 9:00 am
I plan to leave promptly at 9, so please don't be late!
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