Hiking near Livermore, California

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Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo State Park, California, United States (16.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.2 miles, Half day
A 40-minute audio guide to a panoramic trail encircling one of the Bay Area's highest peaks.

The Grand Loop offers a bird's-eye view of the Bay Area, and sometimes glimpses far beyond, of the Farallon Islands, Mount Lassen, the Sierra Nevada, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's also a a hotspot for wildflowers in the spring. At each of 12 stops in this audio guide, naturalists point out the sights and sounds, tell tales of the mountain's...
Murietta Falls via Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Murietta Falls via Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Livermore, California, United States (8.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 11.9 miles, Full day
A tough-but-rewarding hike to the San Francisco Bay Area's highest waterfall.

It takes strong legs and an even stronger sense of humor to take on the trek to Murietta Falls. If you can laugh off the prospect of hiking six miles one way with over 4,000 feet of ascent for a waterfall without any actual water in it, you have a strong chance of enjoying this hike. Murietta Falls is a remote, rocky slit in the backcountry...
Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Livermore, California, United States (8.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 29 miles, Multiple days
Rugged but rewarding trek is best way to see East Bay backcountry

Ohlone Wilderness Trail is one wicked walk: 28 miles in two days with over 7,600 feet of elevation gain. But it's worth the strain as you soak up amazing vistas, scout for wildlife and marvel at being in such a remote locale so close to a huge metropolis. (Large raptors like eagles and hawks can often be spotted swooping down on their doomed prey)....
New Brushy Peak Loop
New Brushy Peak Loop
Brushy Peak Regional Preserve, California, United States (5.6 miles away)
Moderate: 4.6 miles, Half day
Brushy Peak's beautiful 2008 addition. This 4.5-mi loop and 950-foot elevation makes a perfect afternoon hike.

Opened in 2008, this is the premier hike in Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. The park's namesake peak is a local landmark for pilots, as it's brush-covered heights stands out in stark contrast with the area's grassy peaks. After the modest climb, you'll stroll through the oaks on the peak once used by Charles Lindbergh himself on his Bay Area flights....
Ridgeline Trail hike at Pleasanton Ridge Park
Ridgeline Trail hike at Pleasanton Ridge Park
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, California, United States (7.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.4 miles, Half day
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is an excellent escape from the East Bay suburban sprawl.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is an often overlooked getaway from the seemingly never-ending suburbs that fringe the San Francisco Bay Area. This hike from the Foothills Staging Area is an excellent introduction to the park: long enough to get your heart rate up, but not nearly as arduous as some hikes in the nearby hills. Trails on this track:...
Old Finley Road Loop
Old Finley Road Loop
Tassajara, California, United States (10.3 miles away)
8.7 mile trail near Morgan Territory and Mt. Diablo, California

This hike is a nice lollypop with some very nice views. The trip starts in Morgan Territory Regional Park and goes through a section of Mt Diablo State Park. Park on south side of Finley Rd - walk 3/4 mi. on blacktop to trailhead. Continue on Old Finley Rd, R on Walnut Tr, R on Amphitheater, L on Crestview, L on Highland Ridge, continue past Old Finley...
Maguire Peaks Loop Hike
Maguire Peaks Loop Hike
Fremont, California, United States (10.8 miles away)
Easy: 4.7 miles, Half day
Hike Maguire Peaks Loop and you might be lucky enough to see the herd of Tule Elks.

Located in the northwest corner of Sunol Regional Wilderness, Maquire Peak is one of the least visited area in this popular hiking ground. This easy 4.7 miles hike provides great solitude and nice views on San Antonio Reservoir for hikers. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see the herd of Tule Elks wandering somewhere near the reservoir....
Sunol Wilderness to Mission Peak
Sunol Wilderness to Mission Peak
Sunol Regional Wilderness, California, United States (12.0 miles away)
 
Difficult: 10.2 miles, Full day
This back-door route to Mission Peak is a wilder, quieter alternative to more popular trails

This is one of the longest approaches to the Mission Peak summit, and I think it's the best. It starts out at the park headquarters of Sunol Regional Wilderness and follows the Ohlone Wilderness Trail westward to the popular East Bay peak. Stretching the ascent to the peak across five miles, the route climbs through oak woodland on a peaceful, little-used...
Flag Hill Loop, Sunol Regional Wilderness
Flag Hill Loop, Sunol Regional Wilderness
Fremont, California, United States (12.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours
A short, steep hike up Flag Hill promises grand scenery and offers a great way to introduce your kids to hiking.

Sunol Regional Wilderness is one of the best hiking locales in the East Bay hills northeast of Silicon Valley. This Flag Hill Loop is one of the best ways to see Sunol. This loop is relatively short at 3.7 miles, but it's no cakewalk: Flag Hill summit is 1.3 miles and 900 feet above the Sunol headquarters. It's a tough climb, but it's over soon...
Sunol Wilderness
Sunol Wilderness
Fremont, California, United States (12.0 miles away)
 
A great way to see the East Bay hills; nature abounds just minutes from civilization

Sunol Regional Wilderness will make you forget you're just five miles from the nearest Interstate highway. The 6,858-acre park in the East Bay hills north of Silicon Valley has rolling hills, heart-healthy trails, remarkable rocks and abundant wildlife. To go there is to see what this part of California looked like before all the white people showed...
Rose Peak Hike From Sunol
Rose Peak Hike From Sunol
Fremont, California, United States (12.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 17.8 miles, Full day
Peak bag the jewel of Ohlone Wilderness, Rose Peak (3,817 ft.), in one day.

Rose Peak (3,817 ft.), the highest peak in Alameda county, is remotely located in Ohlone Wilderness and can only be accessed by foot for the public. This 18 miles round-trip hike, gaining almost 4,000 feet in elevation change, takes you there and back from Sunol Regioanl Park in one day. The trail is well marked with trail posts along the way. Each...
Eagle View Trail
Eagle View Trail
Sunol Regional Wilderness, California, United States (12.0 miles away)
Moderate: 5.4 miles, Half day
Eagle View is one of the best of many great trails at Sunol Wilderness in the hills east of Fremont, California

Eagle's View Trail in Sunol Wilderness dives into a canyon and climbs up out of it to reveal stunning vistas of the park and the nearby East Bay hills. As scenery goes, this is about as good as it gets in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is an upper-end moderate loop hike on these trails: Indian Joe Creek Trail > Cave Rocks Road > Eagle View...
Little Yosemite and W Tree Scramble
Little Yosemite and W Tree Scramble
Sunol Regional Wilderness, California, United States (12.0 miles away)
Moderate: 6.7 miles, Half day
Rock formations and rushing waters make this an excellent hike in the East Bay hills.

This is a great springtime hike to the "Little Yosemite" section of Sunol Regional Wilderness, so named because its rock formations and rushing waters are a little bit like Yosemite. A challenging option after checking out Little Yosemite is to take a left turn at the "W" tree (you can't miss it) and take on the rocks scramble up into a narrow canyon....
Rose Peak - Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Rose Peak - Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Sunol Regional Wilderness, California, United States (12.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 17.8 miles, Full day
17.8 mile trail in the Ohlone Regional Wilderness, California

Rose Peak, the highest point (1,813 ft.) in Alameda county, is located at the mid-point of the section of Ohlone WIlderness trail between Sunol and Del Valle. For backpackers, this is definitely one of the places to visit during their multi-day trip along the famous Ohlone WIlderness trail. But for hikers who want to hike Rose Peak within a day, the...
Mission Peak from Sunol Regional Park
Mission Peak from Sunol Regional Park
Fremont, California, United States (12.2 miles away)
10.4 mile trail near Fremont, California

Mission Peak from Sunol is about 10.4 miles long and located near Fremont, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. Warning: there is no water anywhere on this trail, make sure to bring adequate supply, especially on hot summer days. This is a more shady alternative to the typical Mission Peak hike from Stanford Avenue...
Ohlone College to Mission Peak
Ohlone College to Mission Peak
Mission Peak Regional Preserve, California, United States (13.1 miles away)
Difficult: 8.0 miles, Half day
Gradual route is a less-strenuous option for hiking to the top of the popular East Bay peak

Mission Peak gets throngs of hikers but only a few savvy trekkers take this route to the summit -- an eight-mile out-and-back that stretches out the 2,000-foot ascent to the summit (the most-popular route ascends a similar height in a 5.2-mile out-and-back). It starts from the parking lot at Ohlone College along Mission Boulevard in Fremont, California....
Horse Heaven Trail to Mission Peak
Horse Heaven Trail to Mission Peak
Fremont, California, United States (14.5 miles away)
 
Difficult: 6.0 miles, Half day
See San Francisco Bay from high atop Mission Peak in Fremont, CA, USA. Strenuous 6-mile loop hike

Mission Peak, one of the most popular East Bay hikes, is a great workout with 2,000 feet of climb in two miles and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Diablo Range once you reach the summit. Most hikers are content to take the so-called Hidden Valley Trail (which is neither hidden nor in a valley) to the summit, but there is a far more...
San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
Fremont, California, United States (14.0 miles away)
Temperature, terrain and amenities make the Bay Area one of the world's top destinations for outdoor recreation.

You've been to Alcatraz and done the Golden Gate Bridge, so what's next? Well, if you're into outdoor recreation, you'll have the time of your life in the hills, waterways and forests of the Bay Area. The boom times after the Gold Rush of 1849 created great fortunes and nearly destroyed much of the region's natural wonders, but preservation efforts...
Tolman Peak Hike
Tolman Peak Hike
Union City, California, United States (14.5 miles away)
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
The best hike in Dry Creek Pioneer Park provides great scenic views on the east bay and solitude you're looking for.

Tolman Peak (997 ft. elevation) is located at the southeast side of Garin / Dry Creek Pioneer Park, which is part of East Bay Regional Park System. This site was also famous for a plane (MD DC-6B) crash in 1951. This 5 miles round-trip hike takes you from the park's Tamarack entrance to the peak and back. It starts with easy uphill hike , several creek...
Mt. Diablo Summit Trail to Rock City
Mt. Diablo Summit Trail to Rock City
Diablo, California, United States (15.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Hike from South Gate Dr. on the Summit Trail to Sentinel Peak and assorted 'Wind Caves' on Mt. Diablo

The hike starts by the south entrance to Mt. Diablo State Park and follows the Summit trail past the Live Oak camping area. From there it's just a short walk to the Rock City area in the park which is marked by a wide variety of rock structures including the so-called 'wind caves'. These were actually formed through erosion by flowing water creating...
High Ridge Loop at Garin-Dry Creek Park
High Ridge Loop at Garin-Dry Creek Park
Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park, California, United States (14.7 miles away)
Difficult: 10.8 miles, Half day
Get a good workout and explore the history of the hills east of Hayward at Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park.

Ancient traditions and recent tragedies form the backdrop for this 10-mile hike at Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park in the hills east of Hayward, California. The tradition: mortar holes the Ohlone peoples used to grind acorns into flour near Gossip Rock, a loop/spur from the park's High Ridge Loop Trail. The tragedy: a 1951 airliner crash...
Mt. Diablo State Park Exploration
Mt. Diablo State Park Exploration
Mt Diablo State Park, California, United States (15.4 miles away)
Difficult: 3.9 miles, 1-3 hours
This park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Many visitors to Mount Diablo head straight for the summit to enjoy the famous view. Summer days are sometimes hazy, and the best viewing is often on the day after a winter storm. Then, you can look to the west, beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Farallon Islands; southeast to the James Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton at 4,213 feet elevation;...
Mission Peak via Bay Area Ridge Trail and Ed Levin Park
Mission Peak via Bay Area Ridge Trail and Ed Levin Park
Bay Area Ridge Trail, California, United States (16.4 miles away)
 
Difficult: 13.5 miles, Full day
Extra-strenuous hike goes to Monument Peak, Mission Peak and back over 14 miles in an excellent spring outing.

Hiking to Monument Peak from Ed Levin County Park, huffing it over to Mission Peak and returning is a true test of mettle for San Francisco Bay Area trekkers. If you're up for it, this is a great way to summit Mission Peak and skip the crowds--and parking hassles--at the popular Stanford Avenue entrance to Mission Peak Regional Preserve. Instead,...
Monument Peak - Ed Levin County Park
Monument Peak - Ed Levin County Park
Ed Levin County Park, California, United States (16.3 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
4.2 mile trail in Ed Levin County Park, California

Monument Peak is about 4.2 miles long and located near Milpitas, California. This hike is from Sandy Wool Lake in Ed Levin park to Monument Peak summit via the Monument Peak Trail and is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours.
Summit and Secret Valley Trails Loop
Summit and Secret Valley Trails Loop
Mount Diablo State Park, California, United States (17.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Open grasslands and ocean vistas with stair-climbing in a deep Redwood canyon

This trail has numerous vistas of Mt. Diablo, much of the East Bay, and up into Napa Valley. Down in Secret Valley the trail gives a solid sense of what the early explorers and settlers experienced in this part of the state. One absolutely gets the feeling of traveling down one of the old stage roads. Portions of the trail are open to equestrian...
Waterfall loop at Mount Diablo State Park
Waterfall loop at Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park, California, United States (18.7 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, Half day
Winter and spring rains create scenic waterfalls in this hike at Mount Diablo, the East Bay's signature peak.

While Mount Diablo State Park is best known for towering vistas from the mountain's twin East Bay summits, the seasonal rains that visit the San Francisco Bay Area every year create several scenic waterfalls in the mountain's rugged canyons. This hike starts out from the Regency Gate in the East Bay town of Clayton -- parking is free in the neighborhood:...
North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park
North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park
Clayton, California, United States (18.8 miles away)
 
Difficult: 10.0 miles, Full day
Skip the summit crowds and see Mount Diablo's North Peak. Strenuous 10-mile hike.

If you're bugged by the existence of a parking lot atop Mount Diablo -- the East Bay's signature peak -- you're probably just the type to check out nearby North Peak, which gets far fewer visitors and offers just as many awesome vistas. My favorite path to North Peak is definitely the hard way: five miles and over 3,000 feet of climb on some of the...
Mitchell Canyon to Eagle Peak Hike at Mount Diablo State Park
Mitchell Canyon to Eagle Peak Hike at Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park, California, United States (19.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 7.8 miles, Half day
The lush greenery of Mitchell Canyon leads to an invigorating climb to Eagle Peak, a favorite of local hikers.

Everybody loves to visit the summit of Mount Diablo, but many seasoned San Francisco Bay Area hikers prefer this hike to Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon, which takes in all the features that make Mount Diablo State Park unique. Mitchell Canyon is shady with abundant wildflowers in the spring; Eagle Peak culminates a rugged hike to jaw-dropping vistas...
Bay Area Hiking by Season
Bay Area Hiking by Season
Clayton, California, United States (19.0 miles away)
 
Seasons signal ideal times to hike Bay Area trails; best hikes for each season of the year

The San Francisco Bay Area enjoys excellent hiking weather year-round -- ample sunshine, rare storms, scant snow -- but savvy local hikers still match their destinations to prime weather conditions. Spring, for instance, brings an explosion to wildflowers. Summertime gets warmer the farther you get from the coast, so most hikers look for deep shade...
Bay Area Hiking Destinations
Bay Area Hiking Destinations
Clayton, California, United States (19.0 miles away)
 
Best places to hike in the San Francisco Bay Area

If you have just one chance to hike in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of these destinations should be on it. The North Bay is primarily Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, and some of San Rafael County. East Bay includes Contra Costa and Alameda counties. South Bay encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains south of...
Alviso section of Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge
Alviso section of Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge
Alviso, California, United States (19.8 miles away)
Easy: 7.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy trails and mass migrations make this one of the best birdwatching locales in the San Francisco Bay Area

The ducks, geese, pelicans and egrets are only the most visible among the fascinating array of waterfowl hanging out near the Alviso Environmental Education Center of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The trailhead near Alviso on the southernmost edge of San Francisco Bay does have issues: one is the smell, thanks to an...
Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Exploration
Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Exploration
Alviso, California, United States (21 miles away)
Easy: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
The nation's first urban National Wildlife Refuge is a jewel on the San Francisco Bay.

The nation's first urban National Wildlife Refuge is a jewel on the San Francisco Bay. Its 30,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland, and vernal pool habitats are constantly changing. It's a great place to hike or watch birds. It's also a great place to see up close how a salt pond is turned back into wetlands. Look around...