The Ohlone Wilderness Trail is an incredible 29.1-mile point-to-point trail near Livermore, California. Most hikers trek this trail in about three days and two nights, and there are a few different campsites along the path where you can stay each night. The only way to access the 9,737-acre Ohlone Wilderness Park is via this trail. Those who have completed this hike say the hard work is certainly worth the incredible sights you'll see along the way. If your dog is up for an adventure with you, bring them along for this strenuous hike, but remember they must be on a leash for the entire journey.
The best time of year to hike the Ohlone Wilderness Trail is during late winter or early spring because temperatures reach extreme highs on the trail during the summer. Some other things to keep in mind: while some of the campsites have water supplies, they occasionally run out. It's best to bring a supply of your own water, and if possible, a stove to boil potable water if you plan to camp. This hike is also flush with wildlife. It isn't uncommon to see raccoons, hawks, deer, vultures, rattlesnakes, and cattle along the way. Always respect the natural habitat of the animals who live along the trail.
Many hikers choose to camp for the first night at Maggie's Half Acre, where there is usually drinking water, but some brave hikers decide to continue to Rose Peak. From Rose Peak, you'll mostly be going downhill until you reach Sunol. Other optional places to stop for the night include Del Valle and Mission Peak. Day use and camping permits are required to hike this trail, and you'll also need to making camping reservations online before your visit. A trail permit will cost between $2 and $5. Park hours vary seasonally, so be sure to look them up online before you plan your visit.
However you and your dog choose to complete the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, the two of you are sure to make un-fur-gettable memories during this challenging adventure!