Fire Followers Hike - Los Vaqueros

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  • Admission:
  • Location:
    Los Vaqueros Marina, 9990 Los Vaqueros Rd, Livermore, CA 94551.
  • 9980-9990 Los Vaqueros Rd
  • Livermore, CA 94551
  • Time:
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The devastating fires of August, 2020, weren’t without a silver lining of sorts. Once areas in our region burn during a wildfire, a spectacular event can take place in the days, months, and years following. Specialized plant species responding to environmental cues like charred soil, smoke, and increased sunlight often emerge from the soil in areas scorched by fire. These fire followers can offer both spectacular and subtle wildflower displays. We will explore some of the burned areas of Los Vaqueros Reservoir and see what the spring rains bring.

Be sure to bring plenty of water, a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels.

Due to COVID-19, we are limiting the hike to 8 participants. All participants must bring a mask and stay 6ft apart. Hand sanitizer will be available at the hike.

Participants will also be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration).

$6 Entrance Fee ($5 for seniors). Bathrooms available at the Marina.

Land: Contra Costa Water District

Rating: Easy/Moderate

Distance: 3.5 miles

Elevation change: 400’

Leader: Steve & Carolyn Balling, Save Mount Diablo Hike Volunteers

Meet: Los Vaqueros Marina, 9990 Los Vaqueros Rd, Livermore, CA 94551.


Are dogs allowed on Discover Diablo hikes?

No. Some Discover Diablo hikes take place on land owned by other organizations (such as Mount Diablo State Park & East Bay Regional Park lands) and many of the trails on these properties have a strict no-dog policy.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. On the hike day, we will have a roster with your registration information on it. Please make sure to check in with the hike leader.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. If you would like to change anything, please contact Denise Castro at

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach Denise Castro, Outreach & Education Associate, at