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Ohlone Regional Wilderness Trail - Family Friendly BPL outing over Labor Day Weekend (8/30 - 9/2)
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Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Ohlone Wilderness Trail - Family Friendly BPL Outing over Labor Day Weekend (8/30 - 9/2) on 06/04/2013 16:17:46 MDT Print View

After participating in last weekend’s family friendly BPL outing to Hoover Wilderness, Michelle and I decided to take the initiative and organize another family friendly BPL outing.

We were looking for something that would

  • be local to the Bay Area
  • allow a somehow big group to participate
  • give the option to do only one half (either leave after the first half or join for the second half)
  • include lots of geocaches for the kids
  • give the feeling of achieving a long trek
  • be in the wilderness

So here is what we came up with: Ohlone Wilderness Trail
  • It is right here in the Bay Area and runs between Livermore and Fremont
  • We reserved campsites for 24 people for Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night
  • People can hike
    • all the way from Del Valle Reservoir (Livermore) to Mission Peak (Fremont) from Friday to Sunday/Monday
    • hike from Del Valle Reservoir (Livermore) to Sunol from Friday to Saturday/Sunday
    • join us Saturday/Sunday to hike from Sunol to Mission Peak (Fremont)

  • There are around 40 geocaches along the trail
  • The complete trail is roughly 28 miles long
  • It is as much wilderness as you can get in an urban area

Ohlone Regional Wilderness Trail
Picture 1: Map of Ohlone Wilderness Trail

We booked 24 spots each at
  • Stewart’s Camp for Friday night (6.7 miles from Del Valle Reservoir) for Friday night
  • Star’s Rest in Sunol’s Backpack Camp (9.7 miles from Stewart’s Camp) for Saturday night
  • Eagle Spring Backpack Camp (8.2 miles from Star’s Rest) for Sunday night
Monday we will hike the remaining 4 miles over Mission Peak and do some more geocaching along the Horse Heaven Trail down to the trail head at Stanford Ave. After that we can have a big celebration meal somewhere in Fremont.

Please reply to this message if you would like to participate. You don’t need to have children to come along – just be family friendly and have patience with kids who are slower or want to take some extra time to look for a geocache. I will maintain a list of participants in this post. To cover the cost for camp sites and permits we ask $20 from adults, $10 for youth twelve and older and $0 for children under twelve.

We will provide four Garmin Rino (GPS + Walkie Talkie) that will allow several sub-groups to hike at their own speed and still stay in contact with each other. That way everyone can see on their display where the other groups are and people can talk to each other. The units will have all geocaches along the route pre-loaded so the kids can have some extra fun with geocaching along the trail.

Best Regards,

Manfred & Michelle


Manfred – adult (paid $20)
Michelle – adult (paid $20)
Cassandra – youth (paid $10)
Elisabeth – youth (paid $10)
Hannah – child (paid $0)
Natalie – child (paid $0)
Jane - adult (paid $20)
James - adult
Becky - adult
Olivia - child
Al - child

Edited by Orienteering on 06/23/2013 15:52:33 MDT.

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Ohlone Wilderness during Labor Day Weekend -- PM if you can't post on 06/09/2013 22:07:51 MDT Print View

If you are new to BPL and don't have a membership that allows you to post on here, you can just PM me. Just click on my name on the left and send me a personal message.

Best Regards,


Edited by Orienteering on 06/09/2013 22:11:53 MDT.

James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Re: Ohlone Wilderness Trail - Family Friendly BPL Outing over Labor Day Weekend (8/30 - 9/2) on 06/20/2013 20:55:00 MDT Print View

Please tentatively sign up me, my wife Becky, and our two kids, Olivia and Al. Will need to double check the work schedule as the time gets closer.

peter vacco

Locale: no. california
Re: Ohlone Wilderness Trail - Family Friendly BPL Outing over Labor Day Weekend (8/30 - 9/2) on 06/21/2013 00:21:14 MDT Print View

if the Ohlone is anything like mt diablo (which it is..), it will have some ticks. this is not a huge deal, but one might be advised to be aware of them.
the trails are very open (being dirt roads the most part) and nice.


David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
I can vouch for this. on 06/21/2013 00:48:07 MDT Print View

Ohlone is a little like Mount Diablo in its climate (and therefore its flora and fauna) but the similarity stops there.

Ohlone is SO much more removed and remote. I see bald eagles every day, looking over my bowl of Cheerios in Kenai Alaska, but in the Bay Area, it is dang cool to see a bald eagle fly by. Waterfalls. Being miles from anyone. Hours, potentially days between seeing anyone else. It really is an amazing resource so close to such urbanized areas.

I was working in a backpacking store in the early 1980's, talking to many of the people who were instrumental in establishing the trail and I know a lot of people who took some of the very first (legal) trips through there. (I also knew people who did commando trips in that area before all the deals were hammered out with the Water District).

I've done it myself, much more recently and referred uber-outdoorsy Californians, Slovakian Forest Rangers, and others to it and no one has been disappointed.

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Skyline to the Sea instead? on 08/14/2013 17:06:03 MDT Print View

I talked this week two times with the East Bay Regional Park District. There seems to be a problem with the water supply at Eagle Springs Camp. At this point it is unclear whether the spring is dry or the valve is blocked.

I went ahead and booked camps for Skyline-to-the-Sea for the same dates. The itinerary would look as follows

Friday: Castle Rock Trail Camp (2.3 miles from parking)
Saturday: Waterman Gap Trail Camp (7.6 miles from Castle Rock Trail Camp
Sunday: Jay Camp (8.4 miles from Waterman Gap Trail Camp)
Monday: Hike to Waddell Beach (either 8.9 miles via Mt. Mc Abee or 12.3 miles via Golden Cascade, Silver Fall and Berry Fall)

People can hike all the way from the Skyline (Castle Rock) to the Sea (Waddell Beach) or decide to join us Saturday evening at Waterman Gap or even Sunday evening at Big Basin (Jay).

I was only able to reserve 12 spots for Skyline-to-the-Sea. As we are right now at 11 people that should be no problem. Can everyone please let me know your thoughts before I cancel the camps for Ohlone.



Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Skyline-to-the-Sea instead! on 08/26/2013 21:59:38 MDT Print View

Today I talked again with the East Bay Regional Park District and canceled our reservation for the Ohlone Wilderness Trail due to lack of water.

However we have backup plans and we will now hike the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail instead. Please PM me if you would like to reserve a spot.

Best Regards,