Golden Eagles

Notice of Trail Closures for Golden Eagle Nesting

It's that time of year again, when the Golden Eagles begin their nesting at the watershed. In order to give them their space during this sensitive time, we'll be temporarily closing some trails. See below for specific trail closures and consult the map to the right for details.

  • Kellogg Creek Trail from Kellogg Recreation Area to Walnut Blvd.
  • 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
  • Miwok Trail

About Golden Eagle Nesting

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Trail Closures Map (PDF)

2019 Golden Eagle Trail Closures

Golden Eagle Chick Stats

Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Number of Chicks Fledged 6 0 4 0 3 5 8 4 5 3 4 5