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One of my favorites.

this is more like a biking/running trail than leisure hiking. paved all the way. the lower part is nice and wooded, but the upper part follows a road on one side and a barn wire prison fence on the other. in the quiet moments between cars going by there were lesser goldfinches and even a bluebird.

hiking
16 days ago

It was a moderate hike with beautiful panoramic views all along way. Almost entire path is shaded unless it’s midday.

23 days ago

Very short and easy hike. Large walking space. Great views of the redwoods! Mother and father redwoods are along this trail.

great trail, good to go in the morning. watch out for trail bikes.

Great hike. Beautiful trail. Hated. Hated the very end with a switch back 1/2 mile uphill. I made it! And glad I hiked that trail

Trail closed by cones before you get to it

Relaxing, short hike with beautiful views.

Great views and nice hike!

Gorgeous route along beautiful folsom. Lots of people out and about is an inspiration.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenery: 3.5
Views: 4.5
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 4

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice gradual incline to the top with a great view of the bay especially on a clear day. Saw a rattlesnake near the bottom so be careful. Make sure you get there before 830am so you can get a parking spot. Small parking if you wanted to do the incline first but if you want to go downhill first then you can drive to the top which had more parking.

on Johnny Cash Trail

1 month ago

There are just so many better trails within a half hour's drive.

1 month ago

Well maintained, shaded trail for 85%.
Vegetation not as gorgeous like you find in forests but still nice, different.
Pretty decent ascent not hard at all.

A great hike with the last 1/2 mile being very tough

Well maintained paths and spectacular views of South Bay. Parking is tough so go early.

Amazing views at the top.

2 months ago

Nice hike. Shaded all the way. One thing i don’t like is that it opens late; it says open and closes at sunrise and sunset, so you won’t be able to go there to see the sunrise. Bummer!

hiking
2 months ago

Wow, no kidding that this hike was tough! It was a bit hard to navigate at times (we used two different maps), but overall it was a great workout. During the 9 miles we only saw about 6 people, so it was pretty private. The trails are very well kept. We had a lovely picnic at the top with the lunches we had packed!

hiking
2 months ago

Tough for a beginner, all uphill, but a great trail!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fairly straightforward hike. The trail is well maintained and not too heavily trafficked, especially early in the morning (i.e. 7am). The ascent is very gradual to the top and not strenuous with the exception of a few sets of stairs to reach the summit. The summit gives some great views of the surrounding area and some information on the history of the area.

Overall, this is a good hike that can be done fairly quickly and offers some good views.

2 months ago

It was a well maintained, shaded trail. There were a couple of really nice scenic view points...and deer! Caught glimpse of a creepy, rusted wrecked car on the way back...did someone drive off the main road and roll down the cliff?? I wish the building at the summit was open to wander around in...but overall a good hike!

Great little trail, kid friendly and some really nice views. $5.00 for parking. restrooms at the beginning and the covered bridge. family fun and if you want to fish, plenty trails down to the river.

Hiked, walked and jogged these trails dozens of times. Lots of wild life to be seen!

really chill trail for anyone

Beautiful hike in the Redwoods. Pro’s: a lot of secluded moments amongst the gigantic trees. Cons: the last two miles were on a trail right next to the main road into the campground, where you go through a lot of campsites. Would definitely do the hike again - note that the first two miles are pretty straight up a hill. There is quite a bit of steep downhill miles 3 and 4. The whole hike is super well marked. Also well shaded. Don’t really need sunscreen but would recommend mosquito repellent!

3 months ago

Very nice trail, shaded most of the way. Elevation gain is graduate and not too steep. Beautiful recreation spots at the top: picnic tables with lots of shade, placards to teach about the place, the Indian tribes who lived here (and still have ceremonies here) and the history, beautiful overlook, even a restroom at the top (also at the beginning). took us 4 hours with lots of stops and breaks.

It’s so confusing, followed the trail and we got lost.

My husband and u went riding here and its the best trail so far and it's so beautiful!!I would definitely go here again

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