Golden Eagles


The following Los Vaqueros Watershed trails are closed to protect nesting Golden Eagles: 

  • Kellogg Creek Trail from Interpretive Center to Mariposa Canyon
  • Mariposa Canyon Trail
  • Eagle Ridge Trail from Walnut Trail to Vista Grande Trail
  • Crest Trail
  • Los Vaqueros Trail from Black Hills Trail to Canada Trail
  • Homestead Trail 
  • Adobe Trail

We appreciate your cooperation during the trail closures, as nesting Golden Eagles are extremely sensitive to the presence of people. Eagles who are disturbed are likely to leave the nest. People must stay at least one-half mile from active nests to ensure the best chances of chick survival. Nesting usually occurs from early February to late June.

Trail Closures Map (PDF)

2020 Golden Eagle Trail Closures

Did you know?

  • The Golden Eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. 
  • They typically prey on mammals ranging in size from ground squirrels up to prairie-dogs, marmots, and jackrabbits.
  • Golden Eagles can have a wingspan of up to seven feet and weigh more than seven pounds.
  • The coastal range in the greater Bay Area has the largest golden eagle population in the world. 
  • Some Golden Eagles live at Los Vaqueros year-round, while others just pass through the area.

Golden Eagle Chick Stats

Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Number of Chicks Fledged 0 4 0 4 0 3 5 8 4 5 3 4 5