Around Round Valley
ElevationAscent: 474' 145 m
Descent: -474' -144 m
High: 549' 167 m
Low: 249' 76 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A hidden valley with a few ranch roads providing an easy loop.”— Bob Gardner
Family Friendly An easy ride once you get over the hill with shorter out-and-back option on Miwok Trail suitable for most beginners.
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.
Land Manager: East Bay Regional Park District (CA)