Thursday, July 9, 2015
This out & back hike travels west through the gorgeous Siesta Valley on the De LaVeaga Trail from Orinda up to Vollmer Peak at Tilden Park.
Begin this hike from the De LaVeaga Staging Parking Area on Camino Pablo in Orinda.
Enter through the trail gate onto De LaVeaga Trail-the trail winds up to the grasslands towards the junction.
At the De LaVeaga Trail post-go straight to stay on De LaVeaga Trail. The trail ascends Siesta Valley to the powerlines with expanded views of Wilder Fields and the surrounding hills and ridges around Lamorinda.
Follow the trail signs and continue up the hill to the trail gate.
The fire road winds around the golden valley grasslands up to the eucalyptus stand at Eureka Peak with views of the surrounding mixed evergreen forests.
At mile 2.34-at the road junction: turn right to stay on De LaVeaga Trail. The road continues uphill along the eucalyptus grove into the woodland to the next trail junction.
At the East Bay Skyline Trail junction: turn right onto the unsigned Bay Area Ridge Trail. The single track trail weaves through the beautiful woodlands before exiting through the trail gate onto Lomas Contadas near Grizzly Peak at 1754 feet.
Turn left on Lomas Contadas followed by an immediate right turn into Tilden Park. Water & restrooms are available at the Steam Trains parking lot.
Go straight and continue on the main road towards the trailhead overflow parking lot to the trail gate.
Cross the gate and go straight onto Sea View Trail-the paved road gently climbs up from the ridge towards Vollmer Peak.
At the Vollmer Peak Trail junction: turn left onto Vollmer Peak Trail. The paved road leads up to the microwave relay towers at the summit of Vollmer Peak-1909 feet.
Walk around the flat summit to view the communication towers and dishes.
Retrace steps back onto Sea View Trail and head downhill to Lomas Contadas.
Reverse your way back along the Bay Area Ridge Trail to De La Veaga Trail.
Magnificent spider web strung across the trail between two tree branches. It’s dotted with morning dew on this foggy day-every silky strand looks like a crystal necklace pieced together! Nature is ever changing and always shows us something new-WOW!
At the De LaVeaga Trail junction: turn left and retrace steps back through Siesta Valley to the trail gate.
Spectacular view of Siesta Valley!
Continue downhill back to the trailhead.
Stunning view of San Pablo & Briones Reservoirs, Briones Valley ans Briones Hills!
Get your EBMUD Trail Permit and hike through the less traveled and most beautiful Siesta Valley! You’ll enjoy the open grasslands and dense woodlands around our local watershed lands to the ridges and peaks at Tilden Park!
8.1 Miles with 2021′ of elevation gain
Time: 4 hours with a couple of stops
Parking: No fee at EBMUD De LaVeaga Trail Staging Area on Camino Pablo in Orinda
EBMUD Trail Permit Required-PURCHASE & PRINT PERMIT HERE
NO FACILITIES-Plan accordingly
No Dogs Allowed
Bring plenty of water & food/snacks-Water & restrooms at Tilden Steam Trains Area
Weather: Cloudy overcast skies with fog and drizzle. Temps ranged from the high 50’s to high 60’s with SW winds.