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Del Valle East Bay Regional Park

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Level fire road starting at the marina. Take fire road out of "civilized area" untill you hit Ridgeline. Take Ridgeline to the other section of East Shore which will take you winding out of the park towrds the dam of the lake. You can also park down at the other side of the trail by the dam for free (Arroyo Road) and work your way up. They don't like it if you park on the road and have a parking lot by the dam. If you have more time to burn there are many trails to take in this park, but saddly they are mostly fire roads.
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Latitude
-121.70379638671875
Longitude
37.586894511088175
Trail Directions
Del Valle Regional Park is located on Del Valle Road off Mines Road south of Livermore (parking fee). Exit I-580 eastbound or westbound in Livermore at North Livermore Avenue. Head south and proceed through town (North Livermore Avenue will become South Livermore Avenue in town). 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 turns left). The park entrance is about four miles ahead. Enter the park and turn Right from the entrence kiosk. Drive down the road towrds the day use/ marina. Park anywhere near the marina. The trail is on the right side of the boat launch facing it.
Trail Length
2 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Livermore
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Review Date
September 13, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kflory ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Breaking News!

Singletrack trails on East Bay Regional Park District lands have been off limits to bicycles for many, many years. The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay has been working to have these trails reopened to bikes for as long as they have been off limits. Through the efforts of BTCEB a mechanism called the Matrix was put into place for EBRPD staff to evaluate trails and determine their suitability for use by cyclists. The Matrix was a complex and somewhat cumbersome process so BTCEB worked with EBRPD to streamline it. The result was a new process dubbed the Checklist. To date, no trails have been approved for bicycles by means of the Checklist, but hopefully this is about to change.

This spring the BTCEB worked with the East Bay Area Trails Council (EBATC) to nominate two trails for consideration by the checklist process. Those two trails are Brandon Trail at Lake Chabot Regional Park and Heron Bay/Swallow Bay Trail in Lake Del Valle Regional Park. The EBRPD trail use change checklist committee (EBRPD staff) has given preliminary approval to introduce bicycle use onto those two trails.

Recently information has appeared at trail heads notifying the public that the use change has been given preliminary approval and encouraging people to submit written comments to EBRPD and to attend the September 15 EBATC meeting. We will need all the support you can provide. Please send your written comments to:

Raphael Breines
East Bay Regional Park District
Planning and Stewardship Department
2950 Peralta Oaks Ct.
Oakland, CA 94605

or e-mail rbreines@ebparks.org. Also plan to attend as many of the scheduled public meetings listed below to demonstrate your support for appropriate mountain bike access.

Sept. 15, 2004 East Bay Area Trails Council meeting 7:15 p.m.
Sept. 23, 2004 Board Operations Committee 2:00 p.m.
Sept. 27, 2004 Park Advisory Committee 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 27, 2004 Board Operations Committee 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 16, 2004 Board Meeting 2:00 p.m.
All meetings are open to the public and held at the Board Room of the East Bay Regional Park District headquarters, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, 94605.

Go to http://www.btceb.org/ for more information on how you can help!



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Review Date
July 9, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kflory ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live very close to Del Valle, so this is my default riding ground. So I know it pretty well. I climb the dam side every day of the week for my standard daily ride, and ride the rest of the trails on the weekends when I am too lazy to borrow my wife's truck and drive somewhere else.

There is lots of single track, but unfortunately none of it is legal. Something I would like to try to change. All of the legal trail consist of fire roads of various condition. Some are gravel which can be quite loose in areas. Portions of the East Shore Trail are some paved by the picnic areas. They recently leveled all of the roads so they are in good condition at the moment, however I prefer the trails when they are torn up a bit especially from the winter as it add a more technical component to the riding. The best feature of Del Valle is being by the lake especially on hot summer days. Although The East Short Trail and Deer Jaw Trails are the only ones the border the lake. The rest of the trails are away from the lake, you still get some benefit from the wind coming up of the lake. There is lots of trails to explore here and not just on the east short. There is a short trail (Deer Jaw) on the west short that heavily wooded trail with moderate climbing. There is also an unmapped/named trail entrance on the east side (left side as you enter) of Del Valle Road right before the gravel parking lot that takes you all the way down the end of the East Short Trail down by the lake.

There a several places you can enter the park: a) The main entrance on Del Valle Rd where it will cost you a few bucks to park, or b) you can park in the gravel parking lot on the west side of Del Valle Rd where there is a fire road entrance (and a maps that you will want to make sure you take one or see link below), or c) The entrance on the Arroyo Staging Area of Arroyo Road which is at the dam side of the lake.

Bring lots of water especially in the summer when it can get very hot in the afternoons. I have a 100oz CamelBak and it is not big enough when I go riding for more that a few hours. There is water availed in the Marina, At the Ridgeline/Lake View trail head, and at the Hetch Hetchy camp site.
I recommend you visit check out the trail maps for Del Valle http://www.ebparks.org/resources/resources_maps.htm.

Recommended Route:
For a first time visitors, I would recommend starting at entrance b) above which is the East Ridge Trail, and taking that until it connects with the Ridgeline Trail wich will go all the way to the lake. There is a point before you get to the lake that the trail will split off to the right, (there is a nice vist point at the top of the hill there) which will take you all the way to the Arroyo Staging Area (c above). The total ride up and back is about 14 miles and about 2500 feet ascent. Alternately you can enter from the Arroy Staging Area and do it backwards (which is how I typically go). But you will need to pay for parking there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pleasanton Ridge (which has some legal single track) and Morgan Territory.



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Review Date
March 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Evil Dave ,  Downhiller

Summary:
best trail ive ever ridden, trust me i was in double down, Evil Dave Evil Dave Evil Dave! Full of gnarly awsome turns and slopes, maybe even a rock or two. I once found a dropp about a rockin two inches tall and fell and relized that i should of never been in Double down, and niether should bender. But.... But i did do a no hander rider down a trail. Yall dont wanna step to dis.
Evil Dave
Im out homies

Recommended Route:
The one with dirt and stuff Evil Dave! Evil

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shadow cliffs is pretty burly and tech, full of 7 in plank runs and north shore stuff.
Evil Dave!!



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Review Date
May 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jeff , from Livermore, Ca.

Summary:
There is a trail along the east shore of the lake. Start at the far corner of the marina/boat launch. Take the dirt road just off the parking lot and head north along the shore,stay close to the water. This road is a nice easy warmup before the fun starts. Now,at the end of the dirt road there's a vehicle turn around,but you keep going towards the water. There you will see a single trail people use to get to walk in fishing spots. You will see a wire fence,get over it. Now the fun begins. This is a singletrack trail that hugs the shore all the way to the north side of Swallow bay,that's about half way around the lake. This is a very narrow winding trail that goes from water level to heights of 50 maybe 75 feet all singletrack right on the edge. This trail does breifly touch on the fire road a couple times that runs along the east side,but only a few hundred feet at a time. Just stick to the trail it can be hard to see at times,but it's there. The reward at the end of your journey is a great place to swim,with high cliffs for diving,weather permitting.

Recommended Route:
Everyone's missing the best ride at Del Valle. If you want technical single track read on......



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Review Date
October 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dave , from Castro Valley

Summary:
These reviews are obviously from some of the lighter weight mountain bikers. If you want some single track here go thru the gate at the top of the hill, continue down straight thru a shallow hill and you will come to a cattle gate that is broken for now. Throw your bike over the gate and look down the hill which looks like the start of just a cattle trail. Trust me this is more than just a cattle trail. Continue down some technical single track towards the lake. From here you are on your own. What goes down must come up and be prepare for some climbing. This route has various up and down grades and is great for training for races. Have Fun. Live to Ride!

Recommended Route:
stop at the summit. stop at the gravel parking.



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