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Shalini K. on Martin Canyon Creek Trail
Small trail ... good for a short walk with kids .. will be muddy during rain
There were some heavy rains 4-5 days before I hiked this trail, but it was still very muddy at parts. I had hoped all the sun that these hills had received in the few days prior would have dried them out more. I wouldn't suggest hiking this trail unless the area has not seen rain for at least a week. There was a spot about two miles in where a small mud slide had wiped out the path and I had to go on a detour to higher ground to get around it.
I had prepared for a 7 mile hike according to the track, but unfortunately 2.5 miles in the trail ends at the electric line tower at the top of the hill. You will see marker 10 at the bottom of the hill and a sign that the trail ends in 1/4 mile. In order to follow the track and do the entire 7 miles, you would need to hop the fence and hike through a private cow pasture. I wouldn't recommend it.
The views are nice, but I spent too much time looking down where I was walking so I didn't step in a cow patty. Out of the 70 trails that I have completed in the Bay Area, this was one of my least favorite. The Donlan Loop is nicer if you are hiking in this area.
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.