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Patterson Trail- Sycamore Grove Regional Park
May 1-3, 2020

Alum Rock Park views


Project Background

Sycamore Grove Park borders on miles of unbroken wilderness to the south. This dynamic provides the park with a wide variety of plant and animal life.  Wildlife includes deer, elk, mountain lions, river otters and raptors of all kinds. Native grasses and a showy display of wildflowers are also benefits of the park’s proximity to large areas of this undeveloped wilderness.  In most years, visitors in Late April and early May are treated to a beautiful, vibrant carpet of wildflowers.

Along the southern boundary of Sycamore Grove are hundreds of acres of open space managed by the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, aka Zone 7.  Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) and Zone 7 have come together to provide public access on this property for 2 miles of new single track trail, the proposed Patterson Trail.  Volunteers will build this new trail including rolling oak woodlands, grassy hilltops and the highest vistas of the Livermore Valley available.

Trail Description

V-O-Cal, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) and Zone 7 present an opportunity to build 2 miles of new trail in a new public trail easement on Zone 7 property above and to the south of Sycamore Grove.  This includes an overlook with a panoramic view of the Livermore and Pleasanton Valleys. Initial visits showed spectacular views and varied terrain and vegetation with little to no poison oak. We’ll be parking, camping and hiking from the LARPD Ranger Offices off Arroyo Road across from Wente Restaurant.

Level of Effort
Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed

We will camp in a pretty lawn area by the LARPD Ranger Office. This area is used for children's summer camp.  We will have access to free parking during the entire weekend. See the attached map. Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. Food is also provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a rich opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers.

Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool to this project. If you need a ride, or have space in your car, please try and carpool. A carpool meeting has been set up at: Please RSVP if you need a ride or if you can provide one.

Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions (think layers!). Unless there is
a serious storm predicted, we will work drizzle or shine.

Driving Directions

Head East on Hwy 580 Towards Livermore.
Take Exit 52 for N. Livermore Ave. toward Livermore.
Turn Right onto N. Livermore Ave., go South 1.1 miles.
Turn right onto Chestnut St., go 0.2 miles
Turn left onto North “L” St., continue for 0.8 miles
North “L” turns into Arroyo Road.
Travel another 3.6 miles on Arroyo Road.
Turn Right on Veterans Road.*
Take a Left into the first driveway. Continue to the parking lot behind the Ranger offices. Look for orange signs.

* Using Navigation Software: Look for the intersection of Veterans Road and Arroyo Road in Livermore. On Mapquest Veterans Road is labeled Palm Drive. You can also continue on Arroyo Rd past Veterans Road and take your first right into the Sycamore Grove Park parking lot.

Preliminary Schedule
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
8am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.

  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
  • Meals
    V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
    POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
    SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
    TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
    SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

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