Ohlone Wilderness Trail

The Ohlone Wilderness Trail is a 30 mile or so trail from Lake Del Valle to Mission Peak. I think it should also include the “approach” trail from Sycamore Grove in Livermore making it about 40-45 miles. If this extra section is included, it makes the trail very accessible by public transit on both ends. A two dollar annual permit is reuired to hike the trail (even if not camping). This can be purchased at Lake Del Valle Regional Park, or Sunol Regional Wilderness.

I like to tell people the the trail is really a mini version of the John Muir Trail. It starts at a large valley (Lake Del Valle instead of Yosemite Valley) and ends on a peak (Mission Peak instead of Mt. Whitney). Regardless of if you feel this is an appropriate comparison, the trail is very beautiful and well worth hiking. It goes through some very remote terrain, which is especially unique for how close it is to the Bay Area.

Here is a map and some pictures:

The “approach” trail
The trail
Murrieta Falls