Ukrainia Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hayward, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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
A nice trail high up in the Hayward hills with some history. You start by hiking a half mile up a paved path that resembles someone's driveway. Then you will see a sign for the Ukrainia Loop Trail pointing to the right. The path to the left is private property. A little bit further you will pass a park residence and then the trail will split into the loop part of the trail. The marker says "Ukraina Trail" as there appears to be some discrepancy as to whether or not to include the "i" or not. At the far end of the loop you will see a historical site. See the pictures for some more information. There is a bench to sit down and enjoy the view of the east bay.
I went on a Wednesday afternoon and only saw one other person walking their dog throughout the entire hike. The trail entrance says Garin Regional Park but I don't think it connects to any of the other Garin trails. I think the advertised 3.9 miles is exaggerated as my gps only measured 3.0 miles.
This a favorite trail for my wife and I as it is right next to the Stonebrae Elementary soccer fields where our son practices. This is a relatively new trail--the end of the loop isn't even shown on maps. There's a half mile ascent to begin with, but otherwise it's an easy trail with great views of the East Bay. Lots of birds to see along with the occasional rabbit and snake. The trail leads to a historical landmark and gravesite for Agape's Honcharenko (see reference below).
There's plenty of free parking next to the soccer fields. No bathrooms or water along the trail, but it's only a few miles. There are cattle grazing in the loop area of the trail, but we've never had any trouble with them.
“Ukraina” is the site of the farm and burial place of the Ukrainian patriot and exiled orthodox priest Agapius Honcharenko (1832-1916) and his wife Albina. Honcharenko was the first nationally conscious Ukrainian to arrive in the United States. He published the first American newspaper in Russian and Ukrainian languages, The Alaska Herald, from 1868-1872. He wrote the first book for the educational use of Native Alaskans. After moving here from San Francisco in 1873, He continued to publish political literature, which was smuggled into Czarist Russia. Honcharenko was a prominent scholar, humanitarian, and early champion for human rights. http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/ListedResources/Detail/1025