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Del Valle Regional Park
West Beach Parking
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West Beach Parking
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City: Livermore
Region: EastBay
Park: Del Valle Regional Park
Park Map URL: Click Here

Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Event Notes:

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!

Leader: Joel Schantz

Trail Notes:

One of the entrances to the Ohlone Wilderness.

If going into the Ohlone Wilderness, a $2 map/trail permit will be required. The permit can be purchased at the park entry kiosk. Also a $2 fee per Dog (Service and Guide dogs are free).

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."

Trailhead Directions:
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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.

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

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

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