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Hard but worth it! Feeling accomplished and view is beautiful!

hiking
2 days ago

It was a good hike except for the fact that I saw THREE coyotes throughout the four miles. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure whether they were all coyotes. Two of them could’ve been grey foxes. Either way, each encounter left me feeling uneasy. The first one I encountered was small and it quickly ran away when it saw my dog and I. The second one (about a mile later) stood its ground and did not move even after I made loud noises to try to scare it off. Then as we were finishing up Miners Trail , I heard what sounded like a barking dog. As I looked around to see if there was a lost dog around I realized it was yet another coyote! I will come with larger group next time and better educate myself on what to do if I spot other wild animals on the trails.

One of the better hikes in the bay area. Great views, isolation, wildlife, moderate hiking.

Beautiful trail run. Starts and ends on paved road and middle section is off road trails. I sort of jog/ walked it with a day pack in 2.5 hours, with little stopping. Some steep hills and moderate terrain, but overall a beautiful trail with a variety of scenery and terrain. Don’t underestimate or go unprepared because it’s a long and tough 9 miles.

Since the air quality has vastly improved in the Bay Area, I’ve been taking advantage of the natural beauty of Lake Chabot on the weekends. I’d definitely recommend this trail to others, I mostly go for trail running- the scents of the trees after the rains... is unbelievable. I run the full loop which turns out to be 9 miles starting from the West going counterclockwise. The first 2.5 miles is fairly level, until you get up the hill... then going deeper into the woods, with the switchbacks and run down hill, I enjoy the effort needed to jump over some of the roots/rocks; please be careful! But some of the sights are really worth it. People have been very kind on the route, waving, and/or moving to the side when it gets into a “single lane” and I happen to be running; otherwise I myself move to the side if I see bikes. Enjoy!

hiking
12 days ago

Today I made the loop. Falls were beautiful due to recent rains. Few(3) fallen trees blocked the trail but feasible to sneak into it. I made clockwise loop like many which was strenuous.

Definitely hard. No shade. Wear a cap or some sort of shades. Take water and snacks. Beautiful views from the top.

Beautiful trail. We didn’t find it physically challenging but it was a little mentally challenging for me (I’m scared of heights) as we hiked the middle section along the ridge. Beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mts and Monterey Bay. Highly recommend.

hiking
18 days ago

We visited in July. It was an easy hike until the sand portion. I wasn’t prepared to walk in sand and didn’t wear appropriate shoes. It was hot and the sand was difficult to walk in. It was worth it when we were able to see and hear the elephant seals! It was near to learn about the house on the island, too!

Did this hike on November 11, 2018. Started the hike at 8am. It was a cold and windy day. Although it’s pretty steep from the beginning itself, make sure not to give up in the first 45 minutes. The last 0.3 miles towards the top gets exciting by making a path to the top amidst gravel incline. The view of the Bay from the top is just wow. Uphill and downhill can be done in 1.5hours each. Total time taken was 3.5 hours with a 30min rest at the top.
Do not forget to carry a liter of water and some energy snacks.

The loop is significantly different from one side to the other. The right side trail while going from the parking to the campground is safer than the other. Staying on the left side trail going from the parking to the campground will take through the Castle Rock Falls and most part of this trail is on the edge of steep slope and through narrow crevices between rocks but gives fantastic views. We used one side going to the campground and another side returning to the parking lot.

It was good hiking for a few hours to see the nice view. Relax and fresh there

Decent hike with two rounds of elevation and descent making this a moderate-strenuous hike. The views were obstructed due to fire induced smoke around but nothing against the hike challenge. I may not do it again due to lot of cow dung around and also although the hike is unique and challenging, it does not give enough satisfaction from the workout.

Very beautiful scenery of the lake and woodsy type of hike. My friends and I hiked counter clock-wise and went up what was known as "Heart Attack Hill" which was notably difficult. Other than that, it's a 9 mile walk on a glorious path!

It is definitely frequented and loved by many: bicyclists, small groups, dogs, and parents with strollers.

I’ve done this loop dozens of times and it’s always nice. Wonderful views of the Bay! The section to the south is far less traveled. The peak can be a bit windy and/or chilly, so bring a light jacket if you plan on hanging out.

Definitely a hard trail with little shade and the sun coming down on your skin. Arrived at the entrance at 6:30 am and it was the best decision because by 8 am the sun was beaming. Beautiful views with a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards. I Recommend getting there super early no later than 7 if you want to avoid the sun and enjoy the sunrise

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail for intermediate mountain biking. A few tough spots but well worth the ride to Berry Creek falls. Saw plenty of friendly hikers and a few other bikers.

Was a difficult hike but the views along the way is fantastic specially seeing clouds beneath you!

All paved (for better or worse), nice views, good work out.

Unfortunately, lots of air traffic noise pollution (right by the airport).

Gorgeous hike with great views. Some slight bouldering along the way adds some technical challenge. Bring a sun hat or some sunscreen, part of the hike is pretty sun exposed. From points you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay. Completed multiple times now.

Hike was better than I expected. Even though it is not a rain season, still pretty good waterfalls. Curiously my GPS showed roundtrip to be just under 15 miles. Not sure how to account for discrepancy.

Some pictures:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmsFqQSk

Beautiful views

A short and sweet hike that meets all the criteria when you're looking for something simple.

It is not too strenuous but has a few fun parts that'll get your heart rate up. The view isn't breathtaking, but very refreshing. It's not too crowded, nor is it desolate.

Great place for a short afternoon hiking that doesn't need too much preparation.

Saturday Morning. Started the trail at 7:30am. Hiked counter clockwise. Not to many people initially, it was nice until mile marker 6. OMG! Too many people. Large loud groups, dodging bicyclist, not my cup of tea. Clean facilities tho, and if you don’t mind the crowds you’ll be fine. 3-1/2hrs to hike 8.9 miles. I won’t go back. Many other Bay Area hikes without the noisy talkative weekend walkers.

Very pretty views, and the cows are fun, too.

Interesting trail because you go up and then down adn then back up again. Would do it again.

Tough but quick. Good training hike.

This is a tough trail because it is uphill for majority of the hike. But it's a good workout due to the huge elevation change. The trail gets very crowded on weekends and has little shade. Bring water to keep hydrated. Enjoyed the hike on this trail.

Per person you need 3 liters of water to do this trail.
For parking, you can do the parking at the start of the trail. I got lucky twice.
You can also park on Vineyard Avenue, this adds up a little bit more of a hike but beats going to Ohlone.

If you take Peak Meadow trail it is nicer, the trail is less wide and less people. In some spots there is shade. Basically where you see the river in the map is where you have shade and can stop for a little picnic or a break.

I usually do this trail all the way to mission peak.
Then if I am tired of lazy I do the hidden valley back
if I am in no hurry I take the peak meadow route back.
Hidden valley as others mention has no shade but is faster.

There is a stretch at horses heaven trail which is very steep, this is easy going up but is tricky going down. If you are not comfortable with steep downhill. I'd bring a walking stick or poles
and make sure your shoes can catch the track
one time I brought flat-ish shoes and that was a disaster.

Mahalo

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