East Bay trails

Trail Restrictions

Until further notice, the following trail access restrictions are in effect due to storm-related conditions.
  • Access to the Pinole Valley section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail from Alhambra Valley Road is closed.
  • Access to the Valle Vista Staging Area is closed from the Moraga side due to the City of Moraga's closure of the bridge on Canyon Road.

Please check back for updates or call Watershed & Recreation staff at 510- 287-0459. Report trail problems here.

Shimmering lakes, wooded glens and colorful flowers can be enjoyed along 80 miles of EBMUD trails in the East Bay. These hiking and horseback-riding paths wind through 27,000 acres of open space. EBMUD provides parking at five staging areas and stocks water on the trails for horses.

EBMUD carefully manages watershed lands to protect water quality - so please, follow use rules and have your permit with you.

How to purchase trail use permits

Permits cost $3.00/day, $10.00/1 year, $20.00/3 years, $30.00/5 years. Trail permit holders can take members of their immediate family and 3 guests. Permits are not transferable.

To apply for a Trail Leader permit, you must be endorsed for EBMUD Trail Leader Permits before submitting your application. Endorser groups include hiking clubs, horsemen's associations, and various other groups.


email: recreate@ebmud.com 

Trail details


Trails, staging areas and access points are open from sunrise to sunset.


All trails require an EBMUD trail permit.

North Watershed (Orinda, El Sobrante)
South Watershed (Moraga, Castro Valley)


Dogs are allowed on the following East Bay trails: Oursan Trail, Hampton Trail and Kings Canyon Loop. Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times. No dogs are allowed on EBMUD trails in the Mokelumne River/Sierra foothills area.


Bikes are not allowed on any unpaved road or trail.