Donlan Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dublin, California 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 but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great views! Crowd pleaser. Most dogs off leash. Dear and cattle on trail. Can be muddy in rainy season. On day of this review could get away with running shoes, but would recommend hiking shoes/boots for mud and need to watch your step (slippery when wet).
This loop could use more description on trail directions. Start is pretty straight forward. First turn to Donlon Point can be missed, but not too bad. On right turn after completing Donlon Point loop, be sure to not head up hill too fast - keep right to the right hand side of the valley (want to be walking on left side of hill on right. When coming up from the large loop (after briefly walking on street), turn right at top to visit another great view (can make it out on topography of map). As you're almost finishing the large loop counter-clockwise, keep walking another 50 to 75 feet and take a small single track ridge trail heading up to rocky formation. To me, this is a better way to complete the trail, with nicer views and not on muddy fire/cattle road. This single track then connects back up to main trail where you can turn left to head back per original trail.
Nice hike with great views of the Tri Valley. I went on an overcast day because you will be exposed for most of the hike. There is a small section that goes through the woods and along a block of town homes about half-way through. I look forward to going back and hiking up Calaveras Ridge Trail.
Quick short hike to Donlon Point and back...prefect for my lunchtime break. I enjoyed it and only passed 3 people. Nice and quite, peaceful but you do hear the freeway noise...I would still recommend. Moderate effort
This loop trail is ideal if you want a relatively quick hike in West Dublin. From the back of the California Highlands condo complex, the loop takes about 45 minutes to complete. At the top of the hill, you are rewarded with views overlooking the Tri-Valley. The trail is not super difficult, but there are definitely up hill portions to get your heart rate up. I have seen Turkeys, Coyotes, and all sorts of birds and ground critters along the hillsides.