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Hiked this trail in early July with my husband who walks with a cane. Chose it due to its great reviews and ‘easy’ rating. Bad choice. First, the listed length of 2.1 miles is only correct if you take the connector trail between the lower and upper paths. The whole loop as shown on AllTrails is easily another mile or more. Second, there is significant elevation change and parts of the trail were quite steep and difficult for my husband to manage. Also narrow and overgrown with weeds including poison oak. A few nice views but mostly dense forest, which at least provides plenty of shade. The only bench we found was close to the parking area. It was pretty challenging for my husband, and I would rate the difficulty as moderate, not easy. We returned to find our car broken into, rear and passenger windows smashed. No valuables stolen except my husband’s thrift store jacket and a bag of used books. All in all a disappointing experience.

great hike. love the ease of the area. some areas are more moderate but still beautiful. love all the wild life.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful spot. There is an old rock quarry in the area that has been decommissioned. I have seen many mountain bikers in the area. All in all, a great place to watch wildlife whether that be in the ocean or along the coastal bluffs. Wildflowers are blooming now too.

Do wear your hiking shoes. Most of the trail is loose and dry gravel soil with a few very steep sections. Not recommended during or after a rain. Lots of small branching trails and some are completely encroached by surrounding vegetation making it easy to get lost, but because it's open land, you'll eventually find your way back to the trail.

Beautiful picturesque trail that is almost completely shaded so it's great for hot sunny days. The top half is super easy but at the bottom it gets harder with a few switchbacks to climb.

Amazing views of the pacific. A bit close to the highway but a great way to unwind after work.

walking
10 days ago

Great for stroller walks. I miss living by Lake Merritt- such a lovely place to walk and run.

Amazing views of all sides of the bay. A steep start. Picnic tables at the top. Worth going to summit of mt Livermore

Great family hike. Very beautiful views.

Goes right by the Anza Lake parking lot.

15 days ago

I did this hike alone and really enjoyed it. It’s pretty easy to do, mostly up hill but with the most amazing views and lovely nature along the way. I got there on the 10am (ish) ferry and managed to get on the 12pm ferry back to San Francisco.
The views from the top are totally worth the hike. There were also some fun animals along the way, interesting birds and lizards! Would recommend on a clear day so you can make the most of the views!!

Great for hiking with kids and grandparents

Nice easy trail with informative signs about the plant life - will bring visitors & friends back on this one!

my backyard! :)

Beautiful view.

Last week, nice one-hour trail!

Very nice view, not so difficult even for casual hiker, but prepare a good hiking shoes for small rocks along the trail, and don’t go in a windy day.

this loop is not an easy one- I would rate this as medium difficulty because the trail leads near the cliffs where it's very steep and unstable. once you get past the cliff area and pass Mori Point, it gets easier from there. overall great views and very windy!!

nice view but be prepared for the super strong wind

26 days ago

The views are remarkable... a 360 view of the Bay from the middle of it!

I took a detour from the trail to visit the immigration Center. At the top of the stairs on the North ridge trail, I made a left and went about a mile along the perimeter road to it's entrance. I read the signage around the harbor then did a self-guided tour of the barracks. (Bring cash for entry!) It was a good, visceral reminder of our problematic history with immigrants.

From the Immigration Center I continued for a short time on the perimeter road to a fire road on the right. I followed that yo the Ida Trail that was marked as "to Mt. Livermore". This was a mostly uphill, exposed stretch. A bit hot, but incomparable and unobstructed views of East Bay, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, SF, and Golden Gate bridge. At the top, the trail met up with the sunset trail.

The sunset trail was mostly level and transitioned from grasses to oak and bay tree coverage. Once in the trees, it was a steady decline back to Ayala Cove.

I had time to read about the island's history and varied uses at the visitor center and a beer at the cafe before my ferry departure.

A great day to enjoy the Bay area and learn some new things about the area.

6-20-18 hike with my son and had a great day. Took to 10am Tiburon Ferry ($15 each) and started trail by 10:45. The trail going up to 788 feet is about what you would expect, except the views of the bay were spectacular. Also, went to the immigration station as a point of interest and history. Saw a mole on the trail, it was dead but still cool. This hike is all about the views.

Hiked it and biked it. Great scenery and the occasional history lesson regarding the islands, days a fort.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail with tons of shade and varied plant species. There are interesting, informative markers along the trail with some bonus offshoots. I wish I had worn long pants and sleeves... while the poison oak was off to the sides I spent some time avoiding it. There is a steady incline hike back to the parking lot with stairs built in for the steeper sections. This will be a hike I take visitors on! Not too difficult, and very pretty! And, if you need a flat hike you can go in/out on the upper trail. Just as pretty!

This is on the easier side of moderate. The first section along the creek is completely shaded and flat. It is a nice ramble. Then, the trail shifts to chapparral as you pass Lone Pine picnic site. It is all uphill, but a gentle incline that makes it easier with patches of shaded bits. The Curran trail brings you back through the tree line and near the beginning of the creek trail. It is a beautiful hike and good for all levels. Nice vistas of the valley and interior of Tilden.

hiking
1 month ago

Cute, simple hike. Beautiful views! Dog-friendly. I saw a lot of dogs without leashes, but I ALSO saw a garden snake, soooo... I think leashes would be smart if your dog isn't that trained or obedient lol. There was a bunch of ladybugs and dragonflies too! Overall, a fun small hike.

Simply one of the loveliest walks around. It’s amazing to have this piece of nature so close to home. Easy, but there is a relatively steep beginning and end to this trail.

birding
1 month ago

great place to see local native water birds, a lot of geese, and members of the community coming together. Great for a jog, scenic stroll, or watching a drum circle form.

Great hike, beautiful views of the city from the peak, make due to bring water and snacks.

As of May 28, 2018, the trail is no longer covered in poison oak as Mr. Wolf warned in his April 12th review. I did find a tick on my clothing during the hike, so be careful to check for them after your hike. It was a very enjoyable shaded hike on a hot, sunny day.

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