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3 days ago

Great little artistic walk

best place to hike with dogs

Went on this trail this morning with my two dogs. The steep parts were killer, but doable. Got a great workout in. Half of the hike I only saw 1 person, but the beginning and end I saw tons of people, so if you’re looking to have quiet time, come early. I started at 8:45am on Saturday.

I love it. Although it’s short but it has a beautiful scenery and trees.

Took 2 dogs and was a challenging hike with steep hills. Wide paths and clearly mark. Shady tree landscape. Would do again

Great for kids and exploring

Easy and nice views

Really great hike except for the section after you reach Grizzly peak boulevard. It's hard to find the next section of the trail (you need to turn left at the end of the trail and walk along Grizzly peak to find the trail entrance) and then the next section is not well maintained. Also the trail is not well marked so have a map handy. If it wasn't for that segment, I'd rate this hike a 4/5. Great views.

We did the full trail and it's definitely a solid workout (some of the steeper climbs I've done). It looks us about 2.5hrs with some water breaks. Some shaded and some direct sun. Recommend plenty of water, bug spray, and suncreen. We also brought our pup who loved the climb as well and was off leash the majority of the time. Also definitely recommend solid trail shoes or hiking boots.

We arrived around 9am and had no issues with parking right at the trail head.

This is the shorter version of lake Anza. Not really a hike, just walking round a small lake though. Do the other hike

Long enough and ends in a lake where you can buy things from a shop and swim

Steep and at an incline most of the way so wear shoes with good grips as it is slippery downhill. Offers great views of bay.

In between highway and great coastal views. Can get very windy at times.

One of my favorite hikes! Really nice views if you hit it on a non-foggy day, but the eucalyptus groves in thick fog are just as pretty. Challenging enough to feel like a workout but not too tough. Nice choice for dog walking too.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail on west side of hill is in terrible shape, with lots of poison oak, you even need to go under vegetation. My wife had a difficult time, even using her trekking poles. The danger/caution tape should have stopped me. Otherwise it was nice to explore some new areas of Albany hill.

This trail was beautiful and great for a beginner!

A little too steep for me sometimes but overall really beautiful hike with amazing views, sun & shade and little food/horse traffic during the week!

Wide trail; no part was too difficult. Saw a gopher snake. Good views, and lightly traveled.

this trail is overall beautiful. pass by the stream and be surrounded by redwoods. be prepared for some stretches without much trees and sun exposure in a sunny day during the Meadows Canyon Trail

Good trail. Soil and rocky. If you use poles the rocky parts are difficult to get a grip but it’s a good work out and is clearly marked. I’m more partial to narrow trails but you get good views of the San Pablo and Briones Reservoirs and the Bay.

Be prepared. Just be prepared. It’s steep but rewarding!

All I can say is, come prepared if you have not hiked this trail before or even one like it. It will humble you if you are in decent shape, your muscles will burn and turn into jelly, and you will feel accomplished when you reach the top!

Poles or walking sticks would make this an easier trek as the terrain is a little loose at times.

trail running
1 month ago

The hill is a bit more than an easy little incline, in my opinion! But I was running. My legs definitely feel this one.
I went Friday at 1:30pm and saw very few people.

Beautiful views and an easy loop with a couple side trails. Definitely moderate. Nice picnic table with a swirl of rocks to have a snack on, but it is windy and chilly in the morning, so bring a jacket!

Some steep areas but great views of the Bay and Golden Gate.

It’s really steep, which makes the return trip (descent) a bit difficult. The majority of it is in the sun, with limited tree coverage, so be sure to wear sunscreen! I prefer some of the other fire trail hikes that are more wooded.

Fairly easy and nice long walk

This hike is a nice representation of California. Know that this trail is legit hard. The uphills are steep and seemingly never ending. The views will provide just the right amount of distraction and reason to stop and rest. There’s also plenty of shady parts. It’s a bit tricky to follow the trail on the rebound. We got off trail, but plenty of cut overs were available. The trail also had quite a few benches, so take a lunch/snacks and enjoy the view! There’s a reason this is called a panoramic hike. You’ll have multiple views of Mt Tam, SF, Oakland and beyond.

Take plenty of water!

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