A Steep Hike to Murietta Falls

Ohlone Wilderness - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

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!

Distance

12 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

4000 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Hiking

Dog Friendly
Lake
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Solid Hike

Do not underestimate this hike on a hot day. There is little shade and plenty of elevation gain to get you panting. I went through about 3 liters of water on this hike so make sure to bring plenty. There are plenty of hare, chipmunks, deer and birds of prey to keep you interested, however I found the views on this hike are underwhelming compared to many. The waterfall dries up in the summer so I would avoid this hike if seeing the waterfall is the goal. Great workout but this hike was nothing incredibly special.

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

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