Hiking and Trails
Trail Closures in Effect
Protecting Nesting Golden Eagles
Every year beginning in winter, golden eagle nesting activity is monitored and trails and public areas around the nests are closed. We appreciate your cooperation during the temporary trail closures, as nesting golden eagles are extremely sensitive to the presence of people. Eagles who are disturbed are likely to leave the nest. People must stay at least one-half mile from active nests to ensure the best chances of chick survival.
Current Trail Closures
- Kellogg Creek Trail from Mariposa Canyon to the Interpretive Center
- Mariposa Canyon Trail
- Eagle Ridge Trail from Grassland Trail to Kit Fox Trail
- Crest Trail
- Adobe Trail
- Miwok Trail
- Los Vaqueros Trail from Black Hills Trail to Canada Trail
- Homestead Trail
Explore the Watershed
There are more than 60 miles of trails available at Los Vaqueros. Trailheads are available at both entrances, along with trailheads along the main roads and at the Marina. Keep in mind our multi-use trails for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding are on the north side only. Hiking trails are available on the south side. See our hiking tips and trail guides below to get started.
- Prepare to be off the grid. The mobile phone reception at Los Vaqueros is inconsistent. It’s best to review our Los Vaqueros Watershed Map (PDF) and familiarize yourself with the call box locations, in case of emergency.
- Plan for changing weather. It can get quite hot during summer months, so it’s best to start a hike early in the morning. During the winter, trails can be muddy and sometimes impassable if there is heavy rain.
- Bring plenty of water. There is no drinking water on any of the trails at Los Vaqueros. Bottled water is available for purchase at the Marina.
- Expect steep slopes and inclines. Without exception, all the trails have hills. Close-toed shoes, like hiking boots, and comfortable clothing are recommended. Most of trails are also used as truck trails, so the trails are plenty wide and usually pretty smooth. They also can be dirt, gravel or in some places asphalt.
- Watch for wildlife, particularly rattlesnakes, in the spring and summer months.
Find information about specific trails throughout the watershed on the following trail websites:
- All Trails – Los Vaqueros Reservoir and Watershed
- Bay Area Hiker – Valley View Loop
- Bay Area Hiker – Black Hills Loop