I like this trail a lot! It's close to my house, which makes it convenient. The only thing I really don't like about it, is the sand. It's kind of obnoxious and sometimes there is sand covering horse poop and you'll accidentally step in it. I guess it could be worse. It's a beautiful hike, though!
It's a great little hike. I wouldn't do it on a really hot day. There's a nice balance of shade and sun, good views of the valley. I took the Wood Rat Trail instead of the Sunset all the way. It's a good way to avoid Horse Pies, since it's strictly a footpath. Hardly anybody there-seems like a well-kept secret.
A beautiful and quiet hike. My wife and I are avid hikers from the North East and have relocated to Santa Cruz. We are delighted this hike is a short drive and will be a perfect trek to bring friends and visitors. The local Eagle Scout troop has built a few benches which are great, and there are even some picnic tables near the top. I believe kids would be able to complete and enjoy this hike, most of the trail is soft under foot as it is sandy. The trail is shared by horse riders, so watch where you step. Recommended!'