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Best Place Where the Wild Things Are 

Ohlone Regional Wilderness Area

There's not a lot of wildness left in the East Bay. The closest thing around is the Ohlone Regional Wilderness. In the gap between Livermore, Fremont, and Pleasanton, the Ohlone is a little-known local alternative to driving to the Sierra. Spring is the best time for camping spaces, decent weather, solitude, greenery, dazzling wildflowers, and running streams, which are the only source for replenishing drinking water. The 28-mile Ohlone Wilderness Trail is a strenuous, road-free hike up Rose Peak, an impressive mountain measuring just 32 feet lower than Mount Diablo. Along the way you might see animals rarely found in the East Bay: rattlesnakes, mountain lions, tule elk, deer, bobcats, golden eagles, and ... cows? Quite a few of them, actually, in the lower elevations exercising grazing rights and exuding a hint of menace.

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