We’ll venture out into the oak grasslands along the shoreline of Los Vaqueros Reservoir to see what winter brings to the land and marvel at the unique adaptations of the varied plants and animals that live there. The mistletoe will be flush with white berries, the birds will be heading south, and the land will be anticipating the first rains of the season after 7-8 months of summer drought.
Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels.
There are restrooms available at the parking lot.
*** There is a $6 vehicle entrance fee
Participants will also be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration).
This hike is limited to 30 participants.
Land: East Bay Regional Park District
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation change: 450′
Leader: Steve & Carolyn Balling, Save Mount Diablo Volunteer Hike Leaders
Meet: Los Vaqueros Marina parking lot, 9990 Los Vaqueros Road, Byron, CA 94514
GPS Coordinates: 37.80876969098424, -121.74859733183341
Directions: From Vasco Road, turn north at Los Vaqueros Reservoir entrance and drive 3.2 miles to the Marina. You will need to stop at the gate and pay an entrance fee – be sure to tell them that you are hiking, not fishing, or you’ll have to pay an extra $5. Note: be sure to use the southern entrance to Los Vaqueros off Vasco Rd, not the north entrance on Walnut Blvd.
(Photo by Scott Hein)
Are dogs allowed on Discover Diablo hikes?
No. Some Discover Diablo hikes take place on land owned by other organizations (such as Mount Diablo State Park & East Bay Regional Park lands) and many of the trails on these properties have a strict no-dog policy.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. On the hike day, we will have a roster with your registration information on it. Please make sure to check in with the hike leader.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes. If you would like to change anything, please reach out to email@example.com
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org