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Upper San Leandro Reservoir
Upper San Leandro Reservoir, East Bay Municipal Utility District    

Shimmering lakes, wooded glens and bright sunflowers can be enjoyed along 80 miles of EBMUD trails in the East Bay. These hiking and horseback-riding paths go through 27,000 acres of open space. EBMUD provides parking at five staging areas and stocks water on the trails for horses. EBMUD manages watershed lands to protect water quality. For this reason, trail users must follow use rules and have permits.

Birds: waterfowl (possibly Wood Duck!), wrens, finches, raptors.

Hiking Difficulty: 2

Directions:

  • Take Highway 24 west
  • Take Orinda exit
  • Head south 5 miles on Camino Pablo and Moraga Way
  • Turn right on Canyon Rd.
  • Go 1 mile to Valle Vista staging area

Hiking Difficulty codes:
1=Easy, very few hills to climb
2=Moderately Easy, some small hills to climb
3=Challenging, flat land ranging to gentle to some steep slopes
4=Difficult, some very steep hills to climb

Conversation with a Hawk


One thing we hate to see when we look out the window into the backyard is a brownish streak that zips through and snatches a songbird. The culprit is usually a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. And, to make things worse, to watch it eat the bird in front of you. I happened to be out in the yard filling bird baths when this exact thing took place, literally a few feet from me. Luckily, the hawk missed its victim and landed on the bird bath.

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