Hike Leaders: Marian Stainbrook,[masked],[masked] Sylvie Hessini, [masked]
3E: This is a 12 mile hike and "it is very strenuous". We will be climbing to two ridges; one has a 1600-ft.elevation gain and the 2nd one(called Burn Hill) has a 1200-ft. elevation gain. We will return the same way, giving us a total of about 4300-ft. elevation gain. Once we reach the top of Burn Hill, we will follow a path of rolling hills and then descend into a gorge where we will have lunch at Murietta Falls...and if we have plenty of rain during Feb., then we will experience the falls in full force.
The Ohlone Wilderness Trail starts from Del Valle Regional Park. (Directions to the park are on their website, check the link under caption "Where"). After going through the entry kiosk and paying $6 for parking and $2 per person for a wilderness permit, continue down the road, cross the dam, and park at the end of the road. The trail head starts at Lichen Bark picnic area. A detailed map is included with your wilderness permit.
Please be prompt. We plan to leave at about 10:15 a.m. This hike will take all day and we will need to make sure we are back before dark...we will be going at a somewhat fast pace. Bring layers, good hiking shoes, plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Rain cancels the hike.