Ohlone Wilderness Trail - Backpacking

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This is a challenging, yet rewarding hike with a lot of elevation gain.


30.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

34.2 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 days

Full day to weekend


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$2 hiking permit; reservations for camping required



Another point-to-point backpacking trail option, the Ohlone Trail covers almost 30 miles from Mission Peak Regional Preserve to Del Valle Regional Park. Most hikers plan for a two-day adventure through the wilderness.

What Makes It Great

The hike is challenging, gaining more than 7,500 feet of elevation along the way. Much of the trail offers wide scenic vistas of far horizons. Closer to the trail, meadows, twisted trees and sandstone formations will capture your attention, and the miles will simply fly by.  Access Ohlone through Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Regional Park or Mission Peak. Countless other trails are available in those parks.

Who is Going to Love It

Backpackers looking for a challenging adventure in the wilderness will love the isolation and rugged terrain of this point to point adventure. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Trail permits in Ohlone are necessary and point-to-point trails require a bit more advanced planning to avoid challenge, like getting back to your car at the starting point. Camping is allowed at designated sites along the Ohlone Trail. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-EBPARKS, and pressing #2. Separate reservations may be needed for camping in Del Valle or Sunol. The Ohlone Regional Wilderness is located at Stanford Ave, Fremont, CA 94539. 


Ohlone Wilderness Trail

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