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 day use and camping. You may purchase your permit in one of the following ways:
The deadline to purchase the Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail Hiking Permit/Map is at least FIVE business days prior to your arrival date. If you plan on camping, you must make a camping reservation as well. Camping reservations must be made at least FIVE business days prior to your arrival date. Please visit our Camping page for additional information.
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.
Overnight camping at designated campsites along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail is allowed by reservation only, and separate arrangements should be made by phoning 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. For general information about the Ohlone Wilderness, phone Sunol Regional Wilderness at (925) 862-2244.
Separate arrangements may be made for overnight camping at Del Valle Regional Park (outside the Ohlone Wilderness at the north end of the Ohlone Trail) and at Sunol Regional Wilderness (midway along the Ohlone Trail) by calling 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. Staging areas and vehicle parking lots near the trail are located at Del Valle, Sunol, and Mission Peak.
Camping reservations must be made at least FIVE business days prior to your arrival date.
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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