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Even on a windy, overcast mid-February day this was a great hike. Amazing views (East Bay, San Francisco, highway 37 all the way through Vallejo).
We did a slightly different route than the one published, turning it into a point-to-point hike instead of out-and-back. Parked one vehicle at the end of the Luiz Fire Road (on Creekside Drive), and started the hike at the Big Rock trailhead. Overall hike was still ~7 miles, taking us along the ridge for a solid ~2.5 miles. Hike time was 3 hours.
According the posted signs, portions of this alternate route are closed during deer hunting season (some of the route is an easement on private ranch land). So check before heading out.
This hike dies not exist because it is not possible to do the loop at the end. The owner has blocked the trail with a giant fence with cameras. The 680 trail though is fantastic with 5 bridges and beautiful vistas, pines, madrones, bays, and a wide variety of wildflowers.