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trail running
3 days ago

A nice mix of flora and fauna that changes as you ascend and descend. Loved it!

It was really beautiful with great views.

Nicely shaded trail and also really appreciated all the trail markers.

I would rate this a moderate trail. We did the Dean Trail first which is 2.2 mile upward trail. It has good shade.Would definitely go again

This trail was really nice. Not many people and lots of banana slugs! Definitely go counterclockwise around this loop.

I really enjoyed this Trail. It's mostly shaded 85 to 90%. That's huge for people like me that are easily overheated. I take the dean's Trail first which is about 2.2 miles where you climb the elevation. I would consider it moderate if you're going to try and do it without stopping. once you get to the peak it's a very nice downhill 2.3 mile Trail that you can walk relaxing or run. Towards the very end it goes back to an incline to get to the parking lot that's where I usually just use it as my cool down period. the only thing about this trail that is a negative is that there's very little to no flowers or bloomage or anything other than the color green; and no water brook, etc. but it's one of my favorite trails to go to and it's only $6 to park.

Good trail to hike and ride horse, moderate temperature, lots of redwood trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Extend out your distance by adding Valley View trail to the end. Great views very quiet trail, a delight.

1 month ago

Great trail. Very diverse from one side to the other.
Not listed as a mountain biking trail. Found out the hard way in the last 1/2 mile when an old lady let me have it!
Beautiful for hiking!

Beautiful trail, lots of shade

Nice moderate trail, almost all in the shade, beautiful redwoods forest. Only downside is there’s heavy bikers traffic, which are coming down fast on the narrow paths.

it's quite easy and a beautiful trail with proper trail paths. it's shaded throughout and has directions for each trail posted at a regular distance.

Very nice, moderate trail. Shaded by redwood trees.
Took 2 hours for the loop including a 15 minute lunch break, met about 15 hikers and 5 bikers.
Parking was easy and plenty.

Very dry. There was no wildlife and “crystal springs.” However it was a nice good work out. Finished in about 2.5 hours

hiking
1 month ago

A favorite loop hike especially from Spring to June when wildflowers are still in bloom. For a moderate ascent this trail has it all: dramatic terrain adjacent to Montara Mountain, sweeping views of the San Pedro Valley, Pacific Ocean & Sweeney Ridge. The NATIVE flora is diverse and interesting - Check out the "FriendsofSanPedroValley.org" website for species lists. Some of the single track switchbacks have thick vegetation so get narrow by mid-spring but Park Maintenance has been through and widened recently.

Gorgeous view, the trail itself is not that challenging but the trail signs are a bit confusing, grab a map at the trailhead

beautiful trail with little traffic. mostly shady and cool even it was way over 80. the view is limited and the scenery is rather monotonous. lots of banana slugs.

Great running, hiking or biking trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice wooded trails with periodic views towards the bay and pretty wildflowers, flowering bushes and madrone. Lots of healthy poison oak, too. Parking spaces for about 8 cars along Alpine Rd. Many cars parked alongside Willowbrook, also.

A beautiful and relaxed hike that still gets your heart rate up. It took us just more than 2 hours to complete at a leisurely to semi-fast pace with a few stops to catch our breath and take in the views. Prepare for a lot of uphill for the first part of the hike, but the second part is almost only downhill and therefore quite pleasant. Would definetly walk this trail again if I lived nearby.

An almost perfect 4-5 mile loop, and such an easy/close drive from the peninsula. Had never thought to come over here. Great redwood trees and a really awesome view at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

I found this trail challenging but not too hard; good if you're kinda out of shape but want to push yourself. The hills and valleys are split up so it's not just one grueling uphill climb. The views and wildflowers are really beautiful in the summer.

Parking is limited, yet there were several open spots when I arrived and left. Trail is easy to follow, but make sure you're heading for the right parking lot at the end (there are signs for two different ones). There is almost no shade so be sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water!

We did this loop on a beautiful 80-degree day in late May. Plenty of wildflowers were still out. Big views over the hills to the Pacific were gorgeous. Terrain not too challenging, but a few spots to get your heart rate up. Trail often wide enough to walk side by side. I'm glad we discovered the Midpen Open Space Preserves!

Perfect summer day hike! Shady canopies of redwood made it a pleasant experience despite the almost 100 degree heat !

Great, mellow trail. Mostly shaded, some sun sprinkled areas. It was cool and foggy, but burned off a little. Mossy growth, clear wide trail. An easy loop with great birdsong in Spring. Pretty wildflowers and fantastic smells.

Beautiful hike. Did this loop counterclockwise on Memorial Day weekend. Not too crowded, as everyone else was up in Purisma Creek. Beautiful fern and redwood filled trails, very shady thus perfect for a sunny day. More mountain bikers than hikers, but there’s plenty of room to let them pass on the trails. Would highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

The lower flat portion of the hike is fantastic for kids. It is rather flat and easy. You can also make it interesting for children by having them search for banana slugs. Our top count is 52 slugs spotted from the parking lot to the far end of the trail.

Nice hike with well maintained trails. Very casual loop hike. Redwood trees are particularly beautiful and the route is almost completely shaded. However, you never get that feeling of completely being out of a suburban area. Bring cash for parking too

NO PARKING!!!!!!!
There is parking anywhere near by, it’s all private property

nice moderate hike .... counterclockwise route is less challenging .... steep descent 2 mi down .... rolling ascent 3 mi up ..... beautiful, tree-lined shady path along a bubbling brook near the bottom .... 2-3 people wide 90% of the way .... parking at the trail head is very limited, 6-7 cars along the side of the road max .... light foot traffic .... very enjoyable

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