Explore EBRPD Trails Challenge 2018 - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

For 25 years, the Trails Challenge has been designed to get you outdoors, exploring on your own, with friends, or with loved ones. This year’s Trails Challenge highlights 20 of our most interesting parks and unique trails for all abilities. We have included easy, moderate, and difficult routes, leading hikers to scenic destinations through a variety of parklands. We’ve also included information about special features in the selected parks. Keep in mind you can use any trail route to complete the Challenge, not just those listed in this year’s Guidebook, by exploring at least five trails or 26.2 miles (the distance of a marathon). Be sure to visit our 2018 Trails Challenge Web Page at ebparks.org.

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Havey Canyon is currently impassible due to a downed tree. Had to turn back.

This was a pretty good workout!! I was planning on doing this alone, but glad I didn’t. There were3 gates that had to be hopped over in order to follow the route. It always makes me wonder if I’m doing something I shouldn’t. There was not as much for views as I was hoping. Lots of cows to look at adjacent to Black Diamond Way. I think there are probably better hikes to take. I gave it 3 stars for lack of a true trail because of the gates and the lack of scenery.

Easy walk on Alameda South Shore. Great views of the bay and the city along the beach.

Not crowded at all, pretty good views, no shade at all, pretty easy hike with mild elevation.

Paved and accessible, great views, lots of rest spots. Museum itself is a highlight too. Aggressively speeding bikers abounded, which was a little stressful. Distance is far greater than stated (maybe it would be accurate as point-to-point)

It’s a good spot for a walk/easy hike. At the fork past the cow gate, go left for more downhill and right for the uphill. No shade and a lot of mud pies from the cows. Close encounter with the cows which the kids liked. Nice views of the water and surrounding area and a lot of factory’s in view too. Not a good trail for bikes or strollers.

Very nice trail with a good mix of views. Will definitely come again.

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17 days ago

Another forgotten little trail. Not much to it. I use to live very close to it.

Enjoyed this. Great place to take the dog. They are allowed off the leash. Will definitely be coming back.

Hiked this trail looping the opposite way, which seemed easier in my opinion. Great views, loved the experience, however if you start mid-afternoon there are endless clouds of bugs in the forest areas by the creek. We spotted someone with a dog that was wearing a bug net around its face, and I wish I had done the same. Seems to be large knats, so nothing that seems to bite, but I kept a brisk pace through those parts just in case.

Taken this trail many times to get to south shore.

It's not a very pretty hike. It looks more like a neighborhood motocross trail than a hiking trail. It is easy for a more active person because of the 3-4 steeply graded hills.

Easy until you hit Corduroy Trail. I highly suggest to follow the route as written. I doubt that I would have gotten down the rocky parts and up the "stairs" as those were pretty tall. I was able to enjoy Corduroy Trail by going counter clockwise as the directions state. I enjoyed the trails very much, lots of views and the trails were in okay shape. It has enough shade up to the last part as you descend. Take lots of water. I saw more people than animals. A few cows, but they didn't bother me nor I them.

The trails are not marked as well as others that I've been on. I totally missed my turn for Ringtail Cat trail and ended up south of the Ringtail trail head and ended up on Camille. I had to walk down Camille, take the Iron Horse trail back to Hemme. There are a lot of unmarked single tracks and I had taken one up to the top when I first started out, but couldn't find it on the loop back. My fault, so it added a little bit more to the hike.

I would think this would be a very pretty trail after some rains to get the water in the creeks again.

Great loop for a trail run. Not a ton of views but a good amount of sun/shade and change in terrain.

Training for the Tahoe Rim Trail. Good workout with the packs. Nice views of the East Bay.

This is a beautiful hike with thigh burning climbs that bring you to hands-down, the best panoramic views in the Bay Area. Bring water because there is limited shade and layers because the wind can be gusty at the top.

nice hike but, very steep on places.

Great trail with beautiful views of the cities!

Great hike, would do it again

Crowded with lots of hikes. Better done any time but late summer because the lake can be stinky...

Great trail especially in the spring. Good winter hike. Not too many people in the off season. one of the tougher hikes in the bay and the hardest hike I ever got my wife to do...

The trail is quiet and not many people are using it. It is also very dry (Dry Creek). The pay off is the view at the top. Beautiful view of the Tri City area and beyond. Not a great dog trail in the summer due to an abundance of fox tails.

This should not be rated as hard. I've done moderate rated trails that were harder than this. Fire roads mostly, but once you get to Little Yosemite, then you have some single track. The huffer and puffer was Buckeye Ravine Trail - if you follow the written directions. That will get your heart pumping for sure.
I saw some turkeys and deer very early on in my hike. You are in the sun for a lot of this trail, so plan accordingly.

There were way too many bicycles and horses on this trail for my liking. I'd do it again when the hills are green, but only during the work week, not on a holiday or weekend. Between the cow and horse poop, all you do is keep your eyes glued to the trail to step over it. Perhaps that is why the trail is rated hard.

Good hike, some pretty steep parts. Lots of poison oak but the trail is wide. Saw 2 deer, no cows on trail. Pretty windy, only ~70 F. No biting bugs, tons of dragonflies, a couple velvet ants.

Tried to do this loop on July 4 and the first section of the trail is currently closed due to “dangerous tree conditions” - hiked the half that was still open and it was nice.

Last week, nice one-hour trail!

Good day high with nice view of the bay. Half of the trail was shaded and the other half very exposed.

beautiful . many very large stingrays fully visible near the marina

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