Michele M. on Chinquapin Trail
I was a little concerned when I first started the hike. It was not easy to locate the trail head and the trail runs along campsites and a road. However, once I got a little way into the trail it became more secluded. The ascent was steady but not too steep. It got my heart rate up without it being overwhelming. It is a nice shaded trail the whole way. My problem was with the descent. I came to a four way intersection that didn't have any of the trails marked. I was a little frustrated. I selected one and went a little way down it and then checked the GPS. I was following along with a previously posted GPS route. I realized pretty quickly it was the wrong trail. This happened a few times. For this reason I will probably skip this in the future. Parking is $6 however, it is nice to have plenty of it. There are also flush toilets with soap and water so that is a plus.
Peter E. on Crystal Springs to Lonely Trail Loo...
It was a spectacular lots of cool pic spots and shaded most of the way.
Rich B. on Richards Fire Road
This is not a dog friendly park. Error in listing Richards Road as dog friendly.
Be sure to bring cash for parking, it helps the Rangers and also makes sure you don't have to drive back down the road. It is an average hike nothing to spectacular about it, but it is good if you are looking for a trail that is easier to navigate and feel safe if you are hiking solo. I felt like there were some really cool rock and moss areas on the trail, but that is often seen in Redwood hiking areas.
Kathy K. on Crystal Springs to Lonely Trail Loo...
Loved the hike. The inclines were challenging for me (they were not for my grandson & his girlfriend) but the scenery was the payoff. We stopped for snacks & water break just under a couple of redwoods. Beautiful area, quiet except for the breeze & the birds. I'l be back!