Great trail for the moderate/advanced hiker. Fairly steep inclines and lots of elevation gain may be tougher for beginners. I did this trail the day after some rains, so the trail was a bit slippery in some places.
A good combination of wide open views on the ridge and neat forested passages at lower elevations. Fewer 'cow pies' than some other parks in the regions, but definitely enough that you need to watch your step. Taking the Sulphur Springs trail instead of staying on the ridge adds in some more elevation, but the neat little bathtub springs (see pictures) is worth it.
I did the trail counterclockwise. Importantly, I suggest other hikers continue on the Madrone trail back up on the ridge when they reach the four way intersection near the end of the hike, and continue from there to the parking area. I tried to take the route outlined here and found that the trail totally disappeared. Had to backtrack over a mile back to the intersection to use the ridge instead.
Hiked Las Trampas Peak one day and this the next. I was in great hiking shape then and they were both after work. The 3 trails I've done in this system are all great and can be pretty muddy in places. I hardly ever saw another soul on my hikes here. Great views as well. For difficulty maybe the best combination of hikes that close together in the Bay.
This is probably the toughest hike in the Bay Area for one this short. I did it once with my wife and it was definitely the toughest trail she has ever done. A lot of variety and a little bit of negotiation of big rocks close to the top. A lot of variety in forest and views and we never saw another hiker...
I'd like to do it again tomorrow......only 400+ miles away.
Accidentally did the reverse of the proposed trail- really burned my legs out on the incline. Ok hike and weather, but too many people and a lot of dogs.
I have always hiked in the Sierras, and decided to check out the coastal range. I prefer the Sierras, but I've heard Muir Woods is a good place to check out.
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Great hike with beautiful views on a fall evening.
Quite steep, but the view is definitely worth the climb. The trail map provided by the park is not very helpful. Half the time we couldn't tell where we were and no one else on the trail was sure either. Despite that, it's a challenging hike with a reward at the top :) I definitely plan to do it again.