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I followed the Ohlone Trail from Del Valle for about 3/4mi until I spied a use trail heading more directly up towards Rocky Ridge and on a whim decided to follow it. Unsigned, the trail proved a good one, traveling through oak understory and cleaving a path through the chaparral-covered upper portion. The trail travels outside the park boundary (two fence crossings required) for a short while before re-entering the park atop Rocky Ridge. The hike along Rocky Ridge heading southeast is very nice with good views and modest elevation gain/loss. I reconnected with the Ohlone Trail along here, but left it again where it drops down to Williams Gulch. Instead, I followed lesser-used roads continuing SE along Rocky Ridge, leaving the park boundary again for a 1.4mi stretch before re-entering once more further up. This part of the park is not described on the park map since it has no trail access to reach it without going through private property. The last 1.2mi to Lookout Point is also outside the park boundary. On this stretch I went by an unoccupied corral that appears to get some usage during the year, along with an old homestead that has been abandoned and in an advanced stage of disrepair. The highpoint of Lookout Point does not have any views to speak of but another quarter mile further on provides a slightly lower point with a fine view overlooking the Arroyo Valle and Trout Creek drainages to the southeast and south.
I enjoyed the hike along Rocky Ridge so much that I took the same route on the return. The entire outing was just under 5hrs, covering about 15mi with some 3,000ft of gain. I didn't see another soul the entire time, save for the friendly attendant at the Del Valle entrance on my way in. I did see a few deer, wild turkeys and a lone coyote during the outing, though none hung around long enough to have their picture taken. All in all, a nice way to spend the day...
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