The trail itself was paved and easy. There are a lot of people that use the trail, traffic can be heard most of the way and far to many business ruin the wide open scenery. The trail is a good workout out though. There is hardly any shade on the trail so plan for a early to mid morning walk it in the evening.
Beautiful hiking experience. The best part would have to be going under the 41 following the San Joaquin River going south west. There's a gorgeous set of trails past Woodward park and the rv park that is easy to follow and so peaceful. It follows all the way down to palm and even further than that. I highly recommend this trail for hiking especially with a dog. It's straight forward and a treat for long hiking or picnics. I routed a hike that you can find on my profile. It's quite lovely. Enjoy.
MY RATING IS FOR THIS APP NOT FOR THE TRAIL!
I haven't hiked this trail entirely. I live here and have however crossed this trail Near woodward park many times. Fyi.. to those who don't live here.. there seems to be an error on the location THIS APP gives as the starting point on the map. This app seems to show the starting point to be somewhere Near downtown Fresno. Because I live here, I know the starting point is on Friant Road just WEST of Woodward park where Fresno Street intercepts Friant. I do like this app in general. I use it when I travel. It does however have some misinformation occasionally.. I hope this is helpful to someone not familiar with this area.
I hiked this trail in the summer.. there's no shade on the trail but there is a canopy with tables, water fountain and a restroom. . Also, benches located on the bank of the san Joaquin river.. I seen a few jack rabbits and even two deer crossing the river and I seen a couple of coyotes... trail is located behind Woodward park...
Nice trail to run or bike or horseback. Nice views, rest stops, and even a toilet. A nice side trip is to take the Cow Loop or side trip to the River Ranch. If you are on a bike good starting point for a ride to Friant. The Cow Loop also connects to Old Highway 41 and the future development of the Spank River Ranch area. Trailheads are located in Woodward Park and along Friant Road. Woodward Park requires a $5 entrance fee.