Hikers: Kristen, Joe, Bill and Nat (humans) | Nietzsche and Willow (dogs)
Start Time: 4:00 p.m. at the horse trail entrance to the park at the top of the hill.
Del Valle Regional Park is a true East Bay gem. Located 10 miles south of Livermore, Del Valle (meaning “of the valley” in Spanish) features a 5-mile long lake surrounded by oak-covered hills. Aside from plenty of water-oriented fun, Del Valle has nearly 4500 acres of stunning landscape for hiking, horseback riding, camping and more. It is also the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, where dogs are not allowed unfortunately.
Leash Laws: Dogs must be on leash in parking lots, developed areas and under voice control and within sight in undeveloped areas and especially around cattle and horses.
Trail Difficulty: This park is welcoming to most levels of hikers, that being said, if you follow our suggested routes, there will be some steep areas (uphill and downhill) since we start at the top of the hill, hike down to the water in the valley and loop around to hike back up. In the dry season, foxtails and ticks are prevalent. Bring plenty of water and sun protection if you are hiking in hot weather. Pay attention to your dog’s comfort level at all times.
Other information: The park’s hours change by season, make sure and check the East Bay parks website for hours and other great information. There is $2 fee per dog; guide/service dogs free. The visitor center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.