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Awesome hike first part is somewhat hot but you get random bits of shade throughout. Best view is a little after the fourth mile! Breathtaking views there. But from mile 4.5-6.2 not much going on honestly if you're not up for the whole thing hike to mile 4.5, soak it all in.. Then go back. Also good hike for dogs but right after mile 4 it gets rocky for a bit.. But me and my pooch made it! Fantastic hike!

One of my favorites. Great hike/trail run. Low traffics after mile three and great views.

The views are incredible. It is a long grinding walk, although not difficult. Tends to be very sunny and hot. Parking can be a challenge. Get there early.

Beautiful trail, definitely worth the time. Not a lot of high elevation views. Trail is between easy and moderate.

1 month ago

Great trail! how I wish it's a loop trail. Nice trail for beginners.

I did Ritchey Canyon to Spring Trail to South Fork to Coyote Peak, which looped back to the Redwoods Trail. This was 5.35 miles and 1,924 feet of climbing (according to Runkeeper).

I came across several deer on Ritchey Trail and a rattle snake up on the rocks of Coyote Peak Trail, so keep an eye out.

Don't bother with the last ascent up to Coyote Peak. It's gnarly and you really cannot see anything because of the trees! The best view is at the trail marker on the exposed rocks below the final ascent. I did not go up to the Homestead site.

I had no trouble following the trail markers to create my own loop.

2 months ago

At age 73, having done the Yosemite Creek Trail from Tioga Road into Yosemite Valley last week and Crater Mountain in Mono Craters a month ago, this was not particularly difficult today, more like good excercise for a good night's sleep. This is definitely more physically challenging than Mount St. Helena and the complete Oat Hill Mine Road, but only because of the uneven nature of the trail and the steepness in some places. The temperature was in the eighties, which was a definite factor. Two liters of water were more than adequate after pre-hike hydration. There are spectacular views, particularly at Table Rock, which make this hike more than worthwhile. Would highly recommend this to anyone, but would caution someone who is older to wear good hiking shoes, bring plenty of water...over hydrate, bring some energy source, and be sure you are prepared for very uneven footing and large elevation change.

Quiet setting for a mild hike.

3 months ago


Not challenging but requires fitness for long gradual uphill walk. Magnificent views all the way up and the top is amazing. All the way to San Francisco Bay on a clear day.

Beautiful vistas ,but the terrain on Coyote Peak Trail is difficult at certain locations near the peak.

on Oat Hill Mine Trail

3 months ago

While the first mile or so is dirt trail hiking, the rest is up a fire road. So while the views are spectacular, the immediate surroundings are pretty bleak.

Hot, rugged and rocky but worth it for the views and Pallisades

Gorgeous views

Long, hard and hot but Pallisades are spectacular

Pretty wildflower sin spring

It was nice! When we got to the top it was very cold my hands were freezing. The view it's beautiful