Vargas Plateau Regional Park:

Atop the plateau a pastoral landscape predominates, and golden eagles, hawks, deer, bobcats, frogs, snakes and a variety of other animals make their home in the open grasslands, ponds, and steep wooded canyons.

2 miles one-way (plus 1.8-mile return to trailhead)


From: Vargas Plateau Staging Area

To: Upper Ranch Trail in Fremont

Vargas Plateau sits high on grassy hills overlooking the South Bay. The Ridge Trail, with moderate ascents and descents, runs north/south along the upper ridges of the park and offers sweeping views in all directions. The scenic park is a refreshing escape from the urban sprawl below. Visit in the spring, when the green hills are covered in poppies.

Elevation Gain/Loss 190 feet/200 feet one-way

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This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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