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Round Valley Loop - Round Valley Regional Preserve

The sprawling open space of Round Valley Regional Preserve was once home to native americans. It was eventually used as a ranch, and later sold to the East Bay Parks in 1988. This time of year, the rolling hills around the park are lush and green. We'll take the Miwok Trail to the Hardy Canyon Trail, and hike the rolling hills through oak groves and buckeyes. If we're lucky, there will still be water running through the streams. On these trails, I've seen Audubon cottontails and California ground squirrels, which are food for the nesting golden eagles that live here. The climb up the Hardy Canyon Trail is challenging, so be aware. We'll be hiking up hill for a few miles. The trail will give us great views of the valley behind the park, and we'll stop occasionally to enjoy the views, hydrate and snack. The hike is 4.66 miles. Be prepared with plenty of water, food, and good footwear. We'll be in full sun at times during this hike, so wear a hat and bring sunscreen. There is good parking here, and a bathroom. I will give a presentation on hiking safety at 9:30 if you can get there early.

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Trail Map

Hike Notes

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  • Debbie

    Very well organized hike and enjoyable for everyone.

    1 · March 24, 2014

    • Paul

      It was great to meet you Debbie, thanks for joining us!

      March 24, 2014

  • Deborah C.

    Thank you so much for organizing this hike, Paul. And thanks for the picture, too!! Great day!!!

    March 23, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Deb, there is a link at the top to allow you to add pictures...thanks for sharing!

      March 24, 2014

    • Deb D.

      Yep, found it and loaded them on last night.

      March 24, 2014

  • Deb D.

    Gorgeous hike and what a perfect day!

    March 23, 2014

    • Paul

      Glad you could make it, and it was great to meet you. See you on the next hike!

      March 23, 2014

  • Anne B.

    I cannot go as I made other plans, but I hope to make another one!

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute change. Sounds like a great hike to take this time of year. Hope to catch you on your next hike!

    March 22, 2014

  • Wild O.

    Can't make it hiking 6:30am with bootcamp but see you next time

    March 22, 2014

  • Tom B.

    Sorry, but I'll be conducting an awesome ***(hidden adventure) of my own.

    But the east bay hills are so green & like Ireland in Spring. Wildflowers should be coming out by now.
    Hula Tom ;aka: Indie Tom

    March 17, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Tom, enjoy your awesome hidden adventure. I hope to see you on the trails.

      March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why is this hike limited to only 20 participants? Just curious.

    1 · March 17, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Tony, I've found that limiting to 20 people makes the hike safer and more enjoyable for everyone. I'll be scheduling more hikes soon, and I hope to see you on one!

      March 18, 2014

  • Cheryl B.

    Is this hike for a beginner? What is the experience level; I have never been on this one before.

    March 16, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Cheryl, yes, this is a challenging hike since we'll be climbing for a while. This hike will require stamina, since it involves elevation change and distance. If you feel you can hike 5 miles with a climb, you should be ok.

      March 17, 2014

  • Eloine C.

    I would love to do this but I can only go on Saturdays. I hope you do another on a Saturday :)

    February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good afternoon, are dogs allowed on this trail ?

    February 26, 2014

    • Eloine C.

      Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at Round Valley

      February 26, 2014

  • Deb D.

    Woo Hoo! A hike right in my backyard. Count me in!

    February 26, 2014

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