Feb. 1-Mar. 8: 8am-6pm
Mar. 9-May 8: 8am-8pm
May 9-Nov. 1: 8am-9pm
Nov. 2-Jan. 31: 8am-5pm
Trail Permit Fee
$4.00/person/year by mail
Parking: See Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Regional Wilderness and Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Dogs: Dogs are allowed during daytime only. Fee paid at Sunol or Del Valle entry point.
You have to hike or ride horseback to see this magnificent 9,737-acre parkland, accessible only by way of the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Its centerpiece is 3,817-foot Rose Peak, just 32 feet lower than Mount Diablo. Surrounding Rose Peak are grassy ridges, profusely flowered in season. The abundance of wildlife includes golden eagles, mountain lions, and tule elk.
The region is home to very few people, but it shelters abundant wildlife. Creatures not often seen near metropolitan areas live in these lands, including the endangered bald eagle, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, and a herd of Tule Elk.
The landscape includes oak and bay woodlands, grassy uplands carpeted with springtime wildflowers, and wilderness ridges and peaks.
The remote and beautiful wilderness areas of the Ohlone Wilderness are accessible only through the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. The Ohlone Trail traverses 28 miles of mountains and canyons in southern Alameda County and is open to hikers and equestrians. Trail bicycles and motor vehicles are not permitted.
The Ohlone Trail passes through the Ohlone Wilderness and three regional parks: Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont, Sunol Regional Wilderness near Pleasanton and south of Sunol, and Del Valle Regional Park. It also passes through two watershed areas leased from the San Francisco Water Department.
It is very important to stay on the trail corridor in these leased areas and obey directional signs along the way. Trespassing off-trail into non-leased water department lands may result in citation and may jeopardize future public use of the leased lands.
Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail Hiking Permit (REQUIRED)
The Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail Hiking Permit/Map is required for both day use and camping/backpacking for each person, ages 12 and over. The permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase. You may purchase your permit in one of the following ways:
If purchasing by phone, online or by mail, the Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail Hiking Permit/Map should be purchased at least 7 days in advance of your planned trip to allow time for mailing. If under 7 days, you should plan to purchase your Ohlone Permit from one of the locations listed above.
Fee for in-person purchase is $2/person/year; by mail/phone/online $4/person/year for first five permits and $3/person/year for each additional permit after five.
A separate camping reservation is required if you plan on staying overnight at one of the designated campsites along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Camping reservations must be made at least TWO days in advance by calling the Reservations Department at 1-888-327-2757, option 2 (10:00am-3:00pm Pacific time, Monday-Friday except holidays).
Separate camping reservations can also be made at Del Valle Regional Park (outside of the Ohlone Wilderness at the north end of the Ohlone Trail). Overnight parking, with a reservation and permit, is allowed in the Del Valle, Sunol, and Mission Peak parking lots. Please visit our Camping page for additional information.
Staging areas and vehicle parking lots that give access to the Ohlone Wilderness are located at Del Valle Regional Park outside Livermore, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve near Pleasanton, and Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont.
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