In Anthony Chabot Regional Park visitors can explore miles of beautiful hiking, riding, and bicycling trails through grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves or along the shores of Lake Chabot.
I rated this Trail low because of all the horse poop, especially on the northern end by the horse ranch. The Goldenrod Trail was less traveled, probably because it's windy and hilly. I didn't encounter anyone on this section when I walked on a Saturday morning. The Branden Trail is nicer and more traveled. The trail felt safe and the people I met were friendly. I went after it rained the previous night and it was muddy, which is to be expected. There are better options for hiking in the area in my opinion and I don't plan to return.
I really enjoyed this one. I hiked it solo and had my wife drop me off and pick me up. There are some really pretty aspects to this hike. I did it on a very nice day in jan so the weather wasn't hot. You go in and out of different forests and clearings with some great views. The part that is closer to Chabot is used quite a bit by cyclist and I came across a few horseback riders on the north end since it is so close to the stables.
We live about a half mile away and frequently walk a portion of this trail. There's construction work midway on the west side of the lake through 2017 that blocks the route, but the open sections are still very pleasant. My wife and I have walked it in all seasons as a lot of the trail is paved. It can very crowded or very empty depending on the day of the week and time. If you're looking for a quiet hike away from the crowds, then this isn't the hike for you. However, this works for an easily accessible hike with a nice lake view and wildlife.
This is a nice place to take a picnic. When you get to the meadow there are picnic tables and a beautiful open space full of green grass and beautiful wild flowers. Go in the spring. Its the best time to see it. Diring the summer they allow campers with horses to camp in the meadow. Very horse and dog friendly. But keep your dog on a leash so it doesnt roll around in cow patties which there are a lot of.
Nice walk if you don't mind the asphalt sections. best if you don't do it in the middle of summer as some of the lake gets a little stagnant. The trails to the west and the north are much better. It was a one timer for me. Been there....did that. Much better area to bike rather than hike.
- I must add that currently you cannot do the entire loop trail- They have a section of it closed off for the Dam project until summer of 2017.
It was a pleasant hike that you can really add some good miles to with all the side trails that are interconnected. Also, on these side trails, other people are few and far between, making for a more secluded experience.
Not a hard trail, lotsa folks hiking, so gotta stay pretty casual. It's closed off so you can not go around whole lake, fun fact. It's a nice trail though, get away and hike or bike. Dogs are ok on leash. It's close to home so we go more often.