Los Vaqueros Trail Guides

Our Trail Guides (PDF) highlight some of the more than 60 miles of trails available at Los Vaqueros. Each guide includes a printable map, and useful information about each hike. 

General Tips


Los Vaqueros' weather is often very different from the Bay Area or the Valley, please check our Conditions page to see updated weather information.
Trail Guides

Bring Water

There is no drinking water on any of the trails at Los Vaqueros, so please remember to bring plenty of water for your trip, and some snacks as well. You can get bottle water at the Marina, and there is a drinking fountain at the John Muir Interpretive Center.

Hiking Times

Los Vaqueros can get quite hot in the summer months, so if you are hiking in the summer leave early in the morning. In the winter, the trails are nearly impassable after a heavy rain.


Watch for snakes, particularly rattlesnakes, in the spring and summer months. Be prepared when you seen them.

Proper Attire

Without exception, all the trails have hills. Be prepared, wear good shoes and comfortable clothing. 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.