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Beautiful loop with stunning views and some good climbs to get your heart rate up. You can also do a 4 mile portion of it, if you take the paved reservoir trail for 1.25 miles and then take a connector trail up the hill.

Tip: Do this one in fall or winter and skip right after a rainfall since it will be too muddy.

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!

Very pretty views. It has a lot of steps. But these are worth it. And the stairs are do able.

Great hike, was able to complete in 3 hours. Pretty challenging climb, and rewarded with gorgeous views of the area. Finding the start of the trail was a bit tough since there isn’t any service at the campground where I parked, but once on the trail the markings were easy to follow. I absolutely encourage anyone looking for a tough 8 mile hike to try this out!

If you don't mind the noise there are a couple pretty good hills to climb and get a workout in. Freeway noise is kind of too much for me. Redwood, Tildon, Briones or Valle Vista - much better hikes, less people.

Added Loop 7.1 Miles - Arrived at the trail head at 6:45am Saturday morning. 34 degrees out. First mile was cold but once we started climbing it was fine. Look at my photos, super smoky from the fires up north. Only passed a few people today. Probably the cold weather and the smoke, not quite sure but had the place to ourselves. Look at my track we added a bit at the end. My Fitbit says 8.5 miles, Alltrails app says 7.1. Anyway great 3 hour workout, hike. Great when you can beat the crowds. Love this hike.

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.

Good for solo hikes

1 month ago

Great hike with great views of golden gate! Make sure to stop by Battery viewpoint! You fee like you are touching the bridge. The beach at the end is awesome! There were a few people there which was super nice :)

1 month ago

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.

the perfect level of difficulty and time

1 month ago

Fun easy little hike

Park on the Moraga side and hike down for no parking fee, more fun anyway. My fav hike in the area

Hard and long! took about 4-5 hours, very well worth it though beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views. Awesome beach at the end. Almost no people. A lot of picnic tables with spectacular views.

This is a great trail. It’s easy for beginners and has a beautiful views. It’s dangerous when the temperature is high or cold, but you can look the weather and make a plan. All you need to finish this trail is a lot of water and great spirit.

I Originally planned to run one easy lap on the 5 mile rolling hill loop, but being that it was only 80 degrees out and overcast, went for two laps at ten miles. Great quad/hamstring/glute and calve stressing mountain trail! There were only two other people that were walking the trail. Extremely lightly trafficked!

trail running
2 months ago

Makes for an amazing view once you pass the hay bales and go further down towards the bridge.

camping
2 months ago

Great hike to bring people from out of town. It’s easy & gorgeous! Makes for great memorable pics.

Beautiful trail. Some very steep hills. Great for exercising! Over all a wonderful sunday morning workout.

Beautiful dirt trail leading to the coast.

2 months ago

This was a quick down and back hike .8 miles each way. My dad and I took a long lunch break on a Friday for this route. going in the middle of the day made for easier parking and it wound up a perfect break from the work day!

I’ve walked this trail many times. There are two steep climbs

Golden gate national recreational park is beautiful. If you’re looking to enjoy the nature though, don’t do this hike. You’re walking along the road almost the entire time if you follow this “trail”. Also, the lighthouse doesn’t even open until 1230, so if you’re looking to make this a part of your hike, you’ll have to go in the afternoon.

3 months ago

At first you go uphill for about 1/2 a mile and then you start heading downhill. You end up at a beach which is BEAUTIFUL! Coming back the road is steep, but not difficult.

3 months ago

Love this hike, and I’m biased because it’s where my husband proposed. ❤️

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