Murietta Falls, located in the Ohlone Wilderness, is approx. a 12 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that starts at Del Valle Recreational Park on the other side of the Reservoir. We start at Sailor Camp trail which becomes Ohlone Wilderness trail with a climb of almost 1400 feet in elevation. The views of Livermore and Pleasanton are spectacular at this point. Then the trail drops off to about 600 feet to Williams Gulch. There we'll take a short break to fuel up for Burn Hill, switch backs that has a steep climb to the top of about 1500 feet elevation. The rest of the way to Murietta Falls is a gradual climb with a short descent to the Falls.
Advisable to bring sunscreen and wear at hat since most of the hike is exposed
Lunch: In the Canyon by Murietta Falls
Hike Level: Strenuous(3E), Very Strenuous, A Real Butt Kicker
Total Elevation Gain: approx. 3,700 feet
Rain or muddiness cancels hike
Ohlone Wilderness Trail Permit: $2 per person, pay at Kiosk
Parking: $6.00 per vehicle, pay at Kiosk
Where to park: From the Park's Kiosk, continue straight (do not turn here) and follow Del Valle Rd. for about 3/4 of a mile where you'll cross a bridge. Turn right after you cross the bridge and go another 1/4 of a mile to a large parking area.
Where to Meet: On the east side of the RestroomsDirections: From 580/680 Interchange: Take 580 into Livermore. Take Exit North Livermore Avenue. Head south and proceed through town (North Livermore Avenue will become South Livermore Avenue in town). Then S. Livermore becomes Tessa. About 1.5 miles outside town, turn right at Mines Road, go about 3.5 miles and continue straight on Del Valle Road (Mines Road goes left). The park Kiosk is about four miles a head.
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