Golden Eagles

TEMPORARY TRAILS CLOSURE NOTICE

Initial closure: February 1, 2021

Update: March 4, 2021

The following Los Vaqueros Watershed trails are temporarily closed to public access to protect nesting Golden Eagles:

  • Walnut Trail from the north entrance gate to Walnut Staging Area
  • Alkali Meadows Trail
  • Kellogg Creek Trail from Mariposa Canyon to Crest Trail
  • Mariposa Canyon Trail
  • Eagle Ridge Trail from Walnut Trail to Vista Grande Trail
  • Crest Trail
  • Los Vaqueros Trail from Black Hills Trail to Canada Trail
  • Homestead Trail 
  • Adobe Trail
  • Miwok Trail

Every year beginning in late winter, Golden Eagle nesting activity is monitored and trails and public areas around the nests are closed. We appreciate your cooperation during the trails closure, 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.

Trails Closure Map (PDF)

2021 Golden Eagle Trail Closures

Did you know?

  • The Golden Eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. 
  • They typically prey on mammals ranging in size from ground squirrels up to prairie-dogs, marmots, and jackrabbits.
  • Golden Eagles can have a wingspan of up to seven feet and weigh more than seven pounds.
  • The coastal range in the greater Bay Area has the largest golden eagle population in the world. 
  • Some Golden Eagles live at Los Vaqueros year-round, while others just pass through the area.
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Golden Eaglet Stats

YearNumber of eaglets fledged
20205
20190
20184
20170
20164
20150
20143
20135
20128
20114
20105
20093
20084
20075