Brushy Peak Regional Preserve
|Brushy Peak Regional Preserve|
|Nearest city||Livermore, California|
|Area||1,833 acres (742 ha)|
|Operated by||East Bay Regional Parks and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) systems|
|Open||Call for times|
Brushy Peak Regional Preserve is a regional park that is part of the East Bay Regional Parks and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) systems. It is located in unincorporated land in Contra Costa County, just north of Livermore, California. The park is named for Brushy Peak (elevation 1,702 feet (519 m)), a mountain, that has had historical significance dating back to Native Americans who lived in the region before the arrival of Europeans. It was a focus of trade routes that connected the Bay Area Ohlones, Bay Miwoks, and Northern Valley Yokuts.
The Brushy Peak Loop Trail opened in 2008. It is a 4.4 miles (7.1 km) loop that starts at the Laughlin Staging Area, where the elevation is 640 feet (200 m). The trail follows an old ranch road. Then the trail rises 740 feet (230 m), reaching an elevation of 1,340 feet (410 m) over a distance of 2 miles (3.2 km), where it becomes a single track trail.
Brushy Peak can be reached from Livermore by following Laughlin Road north. Hours vary through the year, so potential visitors should call 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4512 about times. There is no access fee.
Access to the top of the mountain is closed to the public to protect grounds that were sacred to ancient Native American tribes.
LARPD offers guided tours to the top of Brushy Peak and to the northern part of the park. Call LARPD at (925) 373-5707 for information.
Note: Although a restroom exists, there is no drinking water at the park. Visitors need to bring their own.
The park offers opportunities for hiking, biking and nature study. Dog walking is permitted. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
New property acquisition
On April 3, 2014, two conservation groups, Center for Biological Diversity and the Alameda Creek Alliance, announced the acquisition of a 79 acres (32 ha) land parcel known as "Eddie's Flat, adjacent to the western boundary of Brushy Peak Regional Preserve.
- Exit Interstate 580 in Livermore at Vasco Road. Turn right (east) on Northfront Road and drive to Laughlin Road. Turn left (north) and travel to the end of the road, where there is a parking area for the preserve.
- Brushy Peak Regional Preserve official web page from East Bay Regional Park District
- Brushy Peak Regional Preserve official web page from Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
- East Bay Regional Parks District-Brushy Peak Regional Preserve
- "Brushy Peak: hiding in plain sight. Stienstra, Tom. SFGate. January 19,2013. Retrieved September 2014.
- "New Brushy Peak Loop." Trip Advisor. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- Press release by Center for Biological Diversity. April 3, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.