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 Permit requirement reinstated

Updated April 23, 2020

Effective Friday, May 1, 2020, EBMUD is reinstating the requirement that trail users obtain a permit. Social distancing and mask guidelines must still be followed.

All permit purchases must be made online; recreation facilities and administrative offices remain closed. 

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Trail use permits

Thank you for your interest in obtaining an EBMUD Trail Use Permit. Permits are required for your safety. Your information will be kept confidential unless needed for search and rescue or security purposes.

  • Trail Use Permits can be issued to only one person.
  • Permit holders may take their immediate family members plus three guests for whose conduct the Permittee shall be held responsible.
  • Trail permits are not required to hike the Lafayette Reservoir Rim or Lakeside Trail.
  • Trail users should carry drinking water, hike or ride with at least one other person and report unsafe conditions or other hazards to EBMUD.
  • View East Bay trails or Sierra foothills trails to download trail maps or contact or to request a map by mail.
  • After checkout, you can download or print your permit.

Trail leader permits

To apply for or renew a Trail Leader permit, please email Watershed & Recreation or call 510-287-0459 for the East Bay trails or 209-772-8204 for the Mokelumne area trails.

Trail use rules and conditions

To view complete trail use rules and conditions, please visit the Rules and regulations page.


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