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Around Round Valley

Intermediate
 2.8 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A hidden valley with a few ranch roads providing an easy loop.


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7.6

Miles

12.2

KM

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Singletrack

549' 167 m

High

249' 76 m

Low

474' 145 m

Up

474' 144 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Family Friendly An easy ride once you get over the hill with shorter out-and-back option on Miwok Trail suitable for most beginners.

Overview

A small climb at the start leads to a grassy valley encircled by mostly flat ranch roads.

Need to Know

The usual hazards like sun exposure, ticks, poison oak and rattlesnakes. Recommend sunscreen, insect repellant, and staying on trails.

Description

From the parking area, the Miwok Trail climbs over some small hills. After the first hill, a bypass trail forks to the right along the fenced boundary to avoid a steep section of the road.

The road is rejoined and follows Round Valley Creek for about three miles to the boundary with the Contra Costa Water District Los Vaqueros Reservoir watershed land. The first couple of miles has some shade but it soon opens up to the Round Valley grasslands. There are some shade trees at a creek crossing with a picnic table. The creek is usually dry in the summer.

Before reaching the gate at the preserve boundary, Murphy Meadow Trail branches to the right (north) looping back on the opposite side of the valley. This trail is completely exposed so avoid during hot summers and bring sunscreen.

Near the end of Murphy Meadow Trail, the Fox Tail Trail branches to the left (north) until it dead-ends at the park boundary. The trail is partly shaded and flat until the very end where a short, steep pitch climbs to the park boundary. Turn around anytime and backtrack to Murphy Meadow Trail. When the creek is dry (most of the time) it's possible to cross to reconnect with the Miwok Trail for return to trailhead.

History & Background

This was a former ranch and farmland once owned by the Murphy family and still used for grazing cattle. Old farm implements are still scattered around the valley.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bob Gardner

Trail Ratings

  2.8 from 6 votes

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Turkeys cavort next to Miwok Trail, and we heard a rattlesnake rattle.
Oct 23, 2016 near Byron, CA
The valley is just over the hill.
Oct 23, 2016 near Byron, CA
Nice in the springtime
Jan 29, 2020 near Byron, CA
Grass is green... must be spring on the Miwok Trail.
Oct 23, 2016 near Byron, CA
Fox Trail ends with steep climb to fence dead-end.
Oct 23, 2016 near Byron, CA
Miwok Trail continues past gate into Contra Costa Water District lands.
Oct 23, 2016 near Blackhawk, CA

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May 22, 2021
Adem Cooper
Great intermediate ride. Perfect trail to get started riding again after a long break. — 1h 03m
May 9, 2020
Lynn Reed
4.6mi
Apr 20, 2019
Mike Maraya
lots of steep portions and ruts 5mi — 0h 54m
Oct 25, 2018
Lloel Ojeda
Jul 3, 2018
Roy Munson
Nice little ride, love the abandoned farming equipment. 7.6mi
Dec 30, 2017
Chris Haywood
Dec 17, 2017
Chris Haywood
Aug 10, 2017
Andrew Bongiorno