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Livermore area trails
A network of trails is growing in Livermore. Residents can travel through south Livermore and will soon be able to connect to other points in the city and beyond. There are trails to accommodate many types of travelers. You can walk with your family, jog for exercise, ride a horse, ride a bike, walk your dog or skate. Many of these trails connect to and take you through natural areas where you can enjoy colorful spring wildflowers, birds singing or beautiful vistas. You can also travel the trails to reach neighborhood parks, playgrounds and special use parks such as the rodeo grounds and sports fields at Robertson Park, and the skatepark and bicycle stunt course at Sunken Gardens.
Hours – Trails are open 365 days a year. Specific hours are below.
Types of trails
Below are general descriptions of the types of trails that you will find. Please be sure to check the signs at trail intersections to determine what type of use is permitted on any particular
- Multi-use Paved Trail – designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters.
- Multi-use Paved Trail with an Equestrian Component – the paved portion is designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters; an adjacent unpaved trail may be used by equestrians and joggers.
- Multi-use Unpaved Trail – trails may be for walking, hiking, jogging, biking and horseback riding; check trail signs to determine usage for individual trails and segments.
- Single-Track Trail – these narrow dirt trails are for use by people on foot.
- Boardwalk or Raised Walkway – this type of trail provides pedestrian access to environmentally sensitive habitats.
Trail courtesy and rules
When you travel on the trails, you can help take care of them. Following a few simple rules helps make the experience pleasant for you and other trail users. Some ways that you can help are:
- Keep your dog on a leash that is no longer than six feet in length (this keeps wildlife from being frightened, keeps your dog safe from hazards such as rattlesnakes and helps avoid conflicts with other trail users or their pets).
- Share trails safely by knowing who has the right of way. Bikes and people yield to horses. People yield to bikes.
- Alert others when you are passing them on a trail.
- The maximum speed on paved trails is 15 mph. When passing or when trail conditions warrant, speed should be reduced below this to a safe level.
- Carry away all pet waste and trash.
- Leave all natural items that you find where you find them. (Even non-living things like rocks and dead branches can provide habitat for living creatures.)
For more information on the rules follow this link to LARPD's District Rules and Regulations (PDF).
Currently there are two main trails traversing town. The South Livermore Valley Trail extends from Wetmore Road near Sycamore Grove Park to Marina Avenue. Future connectors will link this trail to Vasco Road. The Arroyo Mocho Trail which combines City of Livermore and LARPD trail segments, runs from Concannon to Isabel. Other trails are planned or under construction along Altamont Creek, Arroyo Las Positas, and the Iron Horse Trail.
Know before you go
Pets – For the safety of pets, people and wildlife - pets must be leashed at all times while on the trails.
Trail usage- Check the trail signs to see which uses are allowed on each trail segment. Some accommodate bikes, horses and people. Others allow only one or two uses. Motorized vehicles and scooters are not allowed.
Days of operation – Trails are open 365 days a year; however, segments may be closed for conditions such as flooding or high fire danger that present a possible danger to the public.
Hours – Trails are open 365 days a year. Trails within LARPD parks are open from 7 a.m. to sunset; trails outside of park boundaries are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; however, some portions may be closed for conditions such as flooding, high fire danger or trail damage that present a possible danger to the public.
Safety – Many visitors have concerns about encountering wild animals such as mountain lions, ticks and rattlesnakes when they visit open space parks and trails. Being aware of how these animals behave and following a few simple rules can keep both you and the wild creatures that live in the park safe. Wildlife concerns and Park Safety
Contact the rangers – If you have questions for the rangers you can call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or can reach them by e-mail.
Find out more
For additional information on your open space parks and preserves, trails, nature activities and outdoor recreation follow these links:
Park Safety – what to bring, rules to follow, wildlife concerns
Park newsletter Valley Wilds (PDF)
Geocaching in LARPD