Kings Canyon Loop from Valle Vista Staging Area
6.5 miles     900 ft
12 May 2012

A nice hike offering great views of green rolling hills and the serene San Leandro Reservoir. Mostly unshaded.

Location: Upper San Leandro Reservoir

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» Official EBMUD Trail Map: Good map showing various hiking trails. Rimer Creek Trail was unmaintained in May 2012.


Permit: Access to EBMUD trails requires an EBMUD Permit, which may be bought online.

Kings Canyon Loop (6.5 miles): In May 2012, Rimer Creek Trail was unmaintained. From Valle Vista Staging Area, follow signs for Kings Canyon Loop. In 0.9 miles, after crossing a bridge, you will reach a fork in the trail. At this point, you may choose whether you wish to follow the Kings Canyon Loop Trail clockwise or anti-clockwise. For anti-clockwise loop, turn right at the fork and continue along Kings Canyon Loop Trail for 3.2 miles to reach Camino Pablo. There is no need to cross the road. Kings Canyon Loop Trail continues for 1.3 miles (fairly steep climb) to reach an intersection with the unmaintained Rimer Creek Trail. Turn left, towards the lake. Within 0.2 miles, you return to the fork in the trail that was encountered earlier. Walk 0.9 miles back to Valle Vista Staging Area.


Location: (0.7 miles away from Pinehurst Road) along Canyon Road, Moraga, CA 94556 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: Valle Vista Staging Area is along Canyon Road in Moraga, about 0.7 miles to the east of intersection with Pinehurst Road.

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Parking Fees: None (last visited: May 2012)

Capacity: About 20 to 30 cars may be parked here.

Latitude: 37.822565     Longitude: -122.137574

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