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fun trail.love the waterfalls

Pretty. Wasn’t overly populated. Easy to get off trail here.

7:10 at the Trailhead. OMG Cold! This was our fastest time on this loop. 2:45 min. We did not pass a single person on the trail. The parking lot was empty. I guess the poor air quality from the fires is keeping everyone away. Seen a Peregren Falcon, Redtail hawk, and Wood Ducks in the creek. Also walking thru a ravine at about the 2.2 mile marker, had coyotes, several of them howling to each other on each side of the ravine. Super intense. Love this hike.

This trail is a great confidence builder, I like to hit the hill halfway.. for being 12 miles it's really pretty pleasant.

Beautiful trails and waterfalls, great for a family hike. My kids spent a few hours splashing around in the river. What a fun day!

We only did the first 1.5 and it was very steep. Bring water for you and your pets! No views in that section of the trail.

hiking
11 days ago

this trail is beautiful and challenging

hiking
11 days ago

Jeff Olson (11-7-18, Wednesday): From the campsite at Foresthill Road it is just under 1 mile to the beginning of the trail where there is a metal box where you can put on paper your experience for others to read. The trail is down from the box to the right. This trail was cleared Spring 2018; downed trees and blackberry bushes were cleared all the way to the river. The trail has a pretty steady grade of 20-40 degrees all the way down, a little steeper closer to the river. I took 2 hours going down, taking my time. It took me 2.8 hours back up, much harder! I didn't go up-river past the makeshift campsite at the end of this trail at the river. So I don't know if the trail upstream is clear of bushes, etc. No mosquitoes but gnats in abundance. A warm Fall season up to now, with barely freezing temperatures at night. I fished a little and caught a small trout. Easy with a pheasant tail nymph fly; released back into the river. A nice day-hike but strenuous. Once you reach the river, the big rocks just downstream a few hundred feet offer a nice place to relax, get some sun and swim or fish. Access to the river from the trail is very steep with few places to get down safely; one spot by the makeshift campsite. The miners cabin just past and up a few hundred feet from the makeshift campsite is well preserved and interesting to see. I saw nobody on or near the trail all day. One small creek about 1/3 the way down had a little water running; enough to filter if needed. I recommend 2 liters of water per person as you head up the trail from the river. No snakes, deer or bears seen. A nice day hike for the hardy hikers.

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.

It’s a nice trail. Must be very hard to do it in summer as it gets very hot! Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

road biking
17 days ago

Great for commuters as it goes right by Pleasant Hill BART

Absolutely beautiful hike! I will definitely be back in early spring to see the creek in action as well as the waterfalls and wildflowers.

This trail has it all - wonderful views, awesome gnarly trees, manzanitas, rocky creek bed, and beautiful Mount Diablo. I would classify this as an arduous ascent up the mountain for the first half although, to be fair I haven't hiked in a while so maybe it felt more intense for me then for those who hike regularly.

Great hiking particularly in early spring and fall.

I don’t know why people were saying this trail isn’t easy. I don’t hike all that often, and while it was lengthy for time spent on your feet, it certainly isn’t strenuous. I went the direction of Sunset to Cinderella (counterclockwise). This way had a lot of downhill toward the end which was slippery and no fun if you have bad knees. I recommend maybe going the other direction (clockwise). You may get a little more uphill workout but then it will chill out. A small window of views of the bay, but that’s it. Otherwise just a pretty trail. 85% shade. Went at 1:30pm on a Monday. Few families with dogs and a few bikers, nothing crazy. Enjoyed it overall!

walking
22 days ago

It's the beautiful place. Highly reccomend! Awesome place for family, horses riders, bicycles. There are a lot of trails there. So you can choose if it will be easy or not. There is waterfall what makes this place better. Reccomend

trail running
22 days ago

This is a regular run for me. I usually start from the far end at Rancho Laguna Park and run counter clockwise to hit the big hill first. If time permits I might add on the Rimer Creek trail or continue on to Redwood Park. Great run most of the year, but can get muddy in winter and early spring. I’ve run it in all twelve months.

mountain biking
22 days ago

Great bike trail get there with 6 hrs before dark and bring water trail at the end is really steep dont ride it down if you arnt good with dry grass and leaves hard to stop my girl had a really bad fall i stopped before to look she did not had to hike out at night bikes where no longer safe due to no light so be safe take your time look before you go and have fun.

Easy, mostly wooded trail running along creek with great view of waterfall from nicely built overlooking deck at far end of loop.

fantastic finish..larger lake then I expected..great and peacefull views to be had at lakes...moderate is appropriate rating..can be better marked at beginning..u never know who put cairns up off trail..once you cross railroad tracks be ready for a decent amount of tree root/rocky trail..great for an overnight camping trip..just pick a spot..stoves ok for now..couple good spots around 2nd lake on sandstone for fire pits...shall return next spring

Great hike locally!! Came late in the afternoon, all the bikers had left. Pretty much had the trail to myself.

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.

Great dynamic trail with a bunch of beautiful homes to look at during certain sections of the trail. Impossible to get lost and not too long or to short.

I love this trail. it is a rewarding work out, wonder views and a great introduction to the natural world.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a great hike. Challenging, but worth the trek especially if you intend to camp. Just a couple of things I found would make it more enjoyable. Keep your app open as it is helpful to get you back on track as this one is a tough one to follow in many places. There are cairns the entire trail... thank you to those putting those in place. I wore tennis shoes which was fine, but hiking boots would have been better especially with the rocky terrain that covers most of the trail. If you’re backpacking I recommend trekking poles. This made the trip a lot easier for me just for stability while carrying the weight on the rocks and over boulders and downed trees. Day pack probably not necessary. Camped out at the last lake, had some great picks with fire pits. It was pretty and only a couple of us up there for October. Beautiful night. Had cellphone service the entire way, but could also still hear the highway at the last lake as well.

We hike every weekend and this is our favorite hikes. It's a good hike, your tired when your done. Most of all there are very few people. I think because you need a permit it may keep some away. We hike in a clockwise direction so we are in the shade for the back half of the hike. The first half is exposed, and you get the climb out of the way early. It also seems like the hikers on this trail are experienced hikers looking for solitude, not the Lafayette Reservoir loud mouths.

Right now in October there is a ton of wildlife. I seen two large Coyotes and many bird species, too many to count. Wood Ducks are kind of rare and they are always there. Always the white Pelicans, Cormorants, many waterfowl species, Red-tail Hawks, Canadian Geese and Song birds.

Easily one of the best three hour hikes in the East Bay. You can bring your dog. Start early to avoid the heat.

Great trail! Yes, it goes through a neighborhood in spots but the houses and yards are gorgeous so no complaints. Made for some nice sight-seeing. There were definitely some challenging hills and technical parts of the trail. Great for Spartan/OCR or trail racing training. The weather was perfect and only saw one person the whole time. Trail is well maintained and well marked.

Beautiful hike! Quite the workout, but very worth it!

Was great hike today. Hardly anyone there. Despite what previous poster said, leashes ARE NOT required this being the national forest. Would be very difficult to hike this trail with dogs on leashes. Difficult for the dogs and difficult for the owners especially if your using hiking poles which btw I recommend. Besides it’s usually the leashes dogs that are aggressive or unsocialized. Or the owners’ anxiety that causes this. Our group had 6 very well behaved trail dogs that are used to hiking. And yes we pick up the poop. Overall good hike, a lot of uphill; thus, a lot downhill.

hiking
1 month ago

It a pretty fun trail. I’m fairly new to hiking and am a pretty heavy gal so this was a great beginning trail for me. There were a few spots that were slightly challenging but overall it was a beautiful hike. I would recommend hiking down to the stream on the southwest side of the bridge and lookout point, there is a great spot to rest and chill by the creek.

My wife and I walked this trail with our dogs. It wasn't a tough walk, but the trail surface changes a lot so its worthy of hiking boots, and the trail was easy to find and follow all the way to the falls, and who doesn't like walking along a river. It's pretty even late in the year and one area had a lot of wild grapes that were delicious. The creek size waterfall was flowing well and cascaded about 30ft down the side of the hill, so mission accomplished. We followed the trail for about a 100 yards past the falls but it got pretty tight and then became hard to follow so we decided to head back. It was a pleasant walk and we even saw a bear about a 1/4 mile from the trailhead on the way back, and he wanted nothing to do with us. I would say we might do it again in the early spring but at that time of year the creek may make it hard to get access the waterfall.

Good trail

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