A Steep Hike to Murietta Falls

San Francisco Ohlone Wilderness

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12-mile total hike. Prepare yourself for an all-day expedition. Take in some of the revealed east bay backcountry. Prepare yourself for 1,400ft of climbing in the last two miles.

Get ready for one of the toughest, lung busting hikes in the east bay with over 6-miles and 4,000ft of climbing in one direction. When you make it to the hike, it's also important to realize that without recent rain, there many not actually be a waterfall. With that said, you're still getting in a great climb, and spending the day outdoors on one of the bay area's most challenging climbs.

If you're preparing for some time in the sierras or just looking to test your metal locally, this is the hike for you. After you park in the abundant parking area, head to the sign for the Ohlone Wildnerness, and get ready to start climbing at Stromer Spring. After crossing a river or two and grinding out the 1,400ft, head up Schlieper Rock, placing you just shy of Murietta Falls.

When you're ready to reward yourself for this big climb, head to First Street Ale House to grab a burger and a beer!

Pack List

  • $2 per person for a wilderness permit
  • $6 per car for parking
  • Daypack
  • Hiking boots or trail shoes
  • Light layers
  • Water
  • Snacks
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

12 Miles

Elev. Gain:

4000 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Lake
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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over 2 years ago

Bring enough drinking water for the full trip. And if you bring your dog, they'll be in gopher heaven!!!

over 2 years ago

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