dogs on leash
Great easy going trail close to home. I have been here many times and it is very nice in all seasons, especially in spring when the fields are full of colorful wildflowers. My dog loves being off leash here, but be aware that cyclist may sneak up on you. I have also encountered some (surprisingly friendly) coyotes and grazing cattle in this area so make sure your dogs are within sight. Also some really interesting gold mining history if you read the signs and pick up a pamphlet at the trailhead :)
Although my wife and I loved the scenery, we found the large gravel on the trail pretty bothersome. We both have nice trail shoes with good tread and thicker soles but still felt every step. But I have to say, it is worth the views. Just be sure you don't wear thin shoes.