Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 23, 2020

No Permit Needed for EBMUD Trails

Recreation Area Restrictions

EBMUD has nearly 90 miles of watershed trails that traverse the region that remain open to the public. To enable our community to enjoy the outdoors safely during this difficult time, we encourage the use of our watershed trails.

From March 19 through April 30, 2020, EBMUD is temporarily suspending the requirement that trail users obtain a permit for the following watershed trails. The public may use these trails without a permit, as long as the rules and regulations are followed. EBMUD requests that trail users practice social distancing.

North Watershed trails (Orinda/El Sobrante)
• Pinole Valley Multi-use (bikes OK)
• Pinole Ridge
• Old San Pablo
• Eagle’s Nest (bikes OK)
• Inspiration
• Orinda Connector
• Hampton (leashed dogs OK)
• Oursan (leashed dogs OK)
• Bear Creek
• De La Veaga
• Skyline

South Watershed trails (Lafayette/Castro Valley)
• Redwood
• Riche Loop (leashed dogs OK)
• Rimer Creek
• Rocky Ridge (leashed dogs OK)
• Rocky Ridge Loop
• King Canyon Loop (leashed dogs OK)
• Carr Ranch Loop (leashed dogs OK)
• Ramage Peak
• Dinosaur


Because this situation continues to change rapidly, we recommend you check our website for the latest information. You may check the status of Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area, San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area and EBMUD recreation areas and trails in the Sierra foothills.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this evolving situation.

Shimmering lakes, wooded glens and colorful flowers can be enjoyed along 90 miles of EBMUD trails in the East Bay. These hiking and horseback-riding paths wind through 29,000 acres of open space. EBMUD provides parking at most 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

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