Arroyo Mocho Trail


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Arroyo Mocho Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Alameda
Length: 12.9 miles
Trail end points: Centennial Trail, 0.2 mile south of W Las Positas Blvd (Pleasanton) and Charlotte Way & Stockton Loop (Livermore)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6605318

Arroyo Mocho Trail Description

Located on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Arroyo Mocho Trail is a tale of two trails. From its western starting point at West Las Positas Boulevard in Pleasanton to near El Charro Road (about 5 miles), its surface is loose gravel interspersed with some brief paved areas. If cycling, wide tires and experience on loose gravel are recommended. This section is quite suitable for walking and jogging but is not wheelchair or road-bike friendly. The trail runs mostly below street level here and follows the Arroyo Mocho. A paralleling upper trail allows access to the surrounding neighborhoods and nearby Ken Mercer Sports Park. East of El Charro Road, the trail runs alongside major roadways but is separated from them and feels safe from traffic.

The first 9 miles of trail offer little to no shade cover or easily accessible water, so plan ahead on hot days.  As the trail approaches Livermore, it transitions to a more neighborhood feel. The Livermore area is home to many wineries and a brewery not far from the trail. This portion also has many direct access points from the surrounding neighborhoods, which are filled with citrus trees and grapevines that make for an inviting backdrop. For 2.2 miles, the trail meanders through several parks and natural areas with more shade available. There is an equestrian arena at Robertson Park, as well as restrooms and water. 

Just east of Robertson Park, the trail branches both north and south. The north branch takes you around Sunken Gardens Skate Park (aka Livermore Skate Park) and ends in a residential area at Almond Avenue. The skate park offers parking and drinking fountains but no restrooms. The south branch of the trail continues 0.4 mile before splitting at Concannon Boulevard: The northeastern route heads toward Bruno Canziani Park, which has parking, drinking fountains, a dog park, and children’s play equipment but no restrooms. The southwest branch takes you along Concannon Boulevard to Normandy Circle. You’ll travel through a vineyard area with a winery adjacent to the trail.

The Arroyo Mocho Trail intersects with the Isabel Avenue Trail at Sant Rita Road bridge and at Stanley Boulevard.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Arroyo Mocho Trail from any of the parks through which it travels or intersecting streets. Parking is available at Ken Mercer Sports Park (5800 Parkside Dr, Pleasanton), at Robertson Park (3200 Robertson Park Rd, Livermore), at Sunken Gardens Skate Park (3800 Pacific Ave, Livermore), and at the Robertson Park Disc Golf Course (1505 S Livermore Ave, Livermore).

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Arroyo Mocho Trail Reviews

love this trail!

Great for biking & walking!

NOT a PAVED trail.

After reading about the Arroyo Mocho Trail, I headed out to reconnoiter my future commute route to work (Livermore) from San Ramon. The first 4-5 miles of this trail is hazardous for those with novice or beginner level riding skills. Those first few miles are mostly loose gravel with some gaping cracks in the paved sections. After that, the trail turns to a smoother, paved trail. Mountain, Gravel, Cyclocross or otherwise 'wide tires' are recommended for those with less experience riding in loose terrain.

Different View!

This is a excellent trail for bike riding. The other posts that gave it negative reviews are full of crap.
I ride there all the time and always enjoy it.

Arroyo Trails

I walk this trail all the time. It is a beautiful walk with lots of families either running, biking or walking. There is a creek that runs along side the trails, it is so peaceful.


Regularly Has Attacks Occur

The latest attack occurred on 04/27/15 at approximately 6 pm. Beware walking alone on this trail if you are a woman.

See Livermore Police Department website for information about the attack,29

Fun Trail

We entered the trail in a neighborhood in Livermore and enjoyed a great ride! There was limited traffic on the trail and it was very scenic, especially with some of the fall colors. The Arroyo Creek added to the beauty during the ride. Part of the trail is closed while construction on Hy 84 continues.

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