A Bike Ride through Livermore Vineyards, California
Posted by: budgettravel 3 years, 4 months ago
A friend of mine mentioned biking trails in the Livermore vineyards a few months ago - Thanks Jean! So on a Saturday when we wanted to stay closeby, we packed our bikes and headed east. Not being able to find much online about these vineyard trails, I wasn't sure what to expect. Unlike most visitors to the vineyards, the purpose of our trip was not for wine tasting at all. With 3 young kids in tow, our goal was to ride through the vineyard-covered rolling hills of Livermore's wineries.
A Bike Ride through Livermore Wineries
The paved bike trail (closed to vehicular traffic) that we took started at Arroyo and Wetmore Roads, at the corner opposite to the Olivina Winery. Further down Wetmore Road, there is a bike trail running parallel to the road, buffered most of the time from the road by a few feet of trees/bushes. This segment of trail ran by Sycamore Grove Regional Park ($7 parking fee). You could park at Sycamore Grove Park, ride up the hill towards Arroyo Road, then further up towards Concannon Road. You may also park at Holdener Park, but you would miss half the trails running between vineyards. Or do as we did and park on a suburban residential street along Arroyo Road. At Concannon Road, we chose to loop back towards our parking spot, so we rode on the separate bike trail along the road, which unfortunately ended and became a residential neighbourhood sidewalk along a busy road. The sidewalk itself was quiet, so we had no trouble riding our bikes on it. This sidewalk went for about a mile along our route before the separate bike trail started back up running in front of wineries.
The trails that we took were mostly paved with some sections of fairly steep uphills and downhills. My littlest one (almost 5 years old) was not prepared for the first hill so unfortunately, he took a tumble. He learned quickly after that, and had a controlled descent pedalling backwards on most of the downhill segments. We told him to walk his bike down on the really steep sections, both uphill and downhill, and he cautiously did so, accompanied by daddy.
Livermore Wineries, California
We arrived at the Arroyo Rd segment of the trail at about 11am. There looks to be more segments of the wineries trail on Greenville and Tesla Roads from the map I found online, though we did not explore further. I hope to go back soon one day in the near future to check out other wineries trail, then explore Livermore's historic downtown.
Map of the Trails at Livermore Wineries
If I were to do it over, I would definitely start earlier than 11am, ideally by 9 am. It got hotter and busier on the road as the day went by. Our “bike hike” lasted about 3 hours before we called it a day. It was a nice change in scenery to ride by Vineyards. I bet these hills would look amazing in the spring when everything is still green.
Practical Information (as of July 2016):
Directions: Intersection of Arroyo and Wetmore Road, Livermore
Features: Bike through vineyards on rolling hills
Our bike hike: 5-6 miles, mostly paved, mostly Unshaded trail
Things to bring: sunscreen, water, snacks, helmets
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