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Ridgeline Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop hike along the lake and on top of the ridge.


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4.8

Miles

7.7

KM

Point to Point

1,138' 347 m

High

713' 217 m

Low

565' 172 m

Up

545' 166 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This hike follows the east shore of Lake Del Valle before heading up the ridge and offering great views from atop the ridge.

Description

The trail starts next to the boat launch. Pass through the cattle gate and follow the trail alongside the beach. Hetch Hetchy Trail is to the right at 0.6 miles. The Hetch Hetchy Group Camp is shortly thereafter on the left. There are ample swimming opportunities in this area.

After 1 mile, take Ridgeline Trail on the right. Hike up the hill. Great views of Lake Del Valle make the ascent very worthwhile. At 1.4 miles, the East Shore Trail descends to the left. Keep right to stay on Ridgeline Trail. Most of the ascent for the next mile is fairly gentle. Views to the left and right across the hills and across Lake Del Valle are very rewarding.

At 1.75 miles, stay left as Hetch Hetchy Trail continues to the right. At 2.4 miles, Eagle Crest Trail joins from the right and Ridgeline Trail makes a sharp left turn. Keep right shortly thereafter as the East Ridge Trail continue to the left.

The Ridgeline Trail hugs the hills and gently ascends and descends with Eagle Crest Trail and Squirrel Gulch Trail joining from the right. There is a steep descent at 3.5 miles. The Lake View Trail is to the left at 3.8 miles. The remainder of the trail is a gentle descent to Lake Del Valle.

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Shared By:

Tilman Giese

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  4.0 from 3 votes

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Photos

Badger Cove through the trees on Ridgeline Trail
Nov 12, 2017 near Livermore, CA
Ridgeline trail in the winter
Dec 16, 2018 near Livermore, CA
Looking down at the Hidden Valley Trail from the Ridgeline Loop in December.
Dec 16, 2018 near Livermore, CA
Lake Del Valle and Hetch Hetchy Group Camp
Oct 1, 2017 near Livermore, CA
View across Del Valle Regional Park on a sunny fall afternoon
Nov 12, 2017 near Livermore, CA
Looking north from Ridgeline Trail on a sunny fall afternoon
Nov 12, 2017 near Livermore, CA

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May 26, 2019
Neil Skinner
First hike with new Aether pack. Pack felt really good. Pack makes a little noise but not annoying. 4.8mi
Feb 10, 2019
Evelyn Wong
Dec 15, 2018
Ryan Guy
4.8mi
Oct 13, 2018
Tony Whetstone
5.4mi
Nov 11, 2017
Tilman Giese