Clover Springs Preserve Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cloverdale, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Loop trail just off of a tract housing development. Heading right off of the trailhead takes you on to a mostly flat, unpaved fire road that soon narrows into a proper hiking trail. This soon splits and climbs a long, steep hill. Eventually the trail ends in a clearing at a private property boundary that yields a view of the surrounding hills, and a slight view of Cloverdale.
To complete the loop, you then need to double back about 1/8 of a mile to a steep right turn down the hillside. (You will see wooden steps.) Most of the rest of the trail is hilly undulations on a narrow, slippery trail. There are a few spots that afford a nice view of Cloverdale and the rest of the valley. The trail eventually tees into another trail. Turn left and you will shortly run into a paved fire road. This is a steep downhill to the trailhead.
For what it is, and how convenient it is to Cloverdale, it's nice. For its length, definitely on the strenuous side of moderate.