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Hike Details for Murietta Falls

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Ohlone Regional Wildnerness
Murietta Falls

City: Livermore
Region: EastBay
Park: Ohlone Regional Wildnerness

Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

Rocky Ridge - Schlieper Rock

A Challenging two-for-one hike in EBRPD Del Valle to Rocky Ridge, with an extra out-and-back add on hike to Schlieper Rock. The shorter hike is 6 miles, 1800 ft elevation with the longer hike totaling 10 miles, 3500 ft.

Starting from the West shore of Lake Del Valle at the end of the parking lot near the Lichen Bark Picnic area, we will head along the West Shore trail before heading up to the sign-in panel on the Vallecitos trail. We then ascend to Rocky Ridge on the Ohlone Wilderness, Stromer Spring, and 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, we turn around and head back.

From ot38 the return will descend past the sign-in panel on the Ohlone Wilderness trail continuing onto the Sailor Camp trail to the parking lot.

Both hikes require you have and carry the annual Ohlone Wilderness Permit available at the park gate Kiosk. The views from Rocky Ridge are quite good, and worth a trip in the spring for the Wild Flowers. The longer hike gets us most of the way to Murietta Falls, and halfway to Rose Peak ;)

As usual please read and ignore the trails notes below.

Leader: Joel Schantz

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"

Trailhead Directions:

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, April 01, 2008.

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