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walking
1 month ago

I loved this trail. I would definitely use it as a training trail for running. It’s out of the way of traffic so it’s easily to get to. The hike up is very moderate you do get a good heart rate going and then down hills are a little sketch but do able. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it starts to rain.

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

great hike...steep start than as you turn to come back...BIG hill

Love this hike! Have done this hike almost every day for the last 8 years. I start and end in a slightly different spot. During the winter months, it can get very muddy and hard to hike but it is still an amazing hike. Great cardio workout.

Great for kids and exploring

Fun isolated hike with a couple of technical rock sections to walk up. Usually you are the only one on the trail. Made our way to the lower and upper lake after this. My 5 year old son loved the rock section and completed the 4 mile hike. Always a great place to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Greats views of the straight. A couple up:down hill sections but worth the effort. First part is steep but not too long.

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

This trail was beautiful and great for a beginner!

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

walking
2 months ago

Nice, easy stroll. Watch out for disk golfers, they don't always call "fore".
Take extra time at the grove at the bottom of the hill, by the freeway to take in the cool shade.
Keen eyes around the lagoon will spot turtles, frogs, toads, beaver and otter in addition to waterfowl and raptors.

Gets busy on weekends. Kiosk is currently closed so parking is free until the city gets new permit machines.

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

Very nice short hike with some beautiful views at the top. Pretty steep climb at the beginning but then pretty easy. If you’re going in the summertime recommend going early because there’s not a whole lot of shade.

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.

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

hiking
4 months ago

Hiking is a loose term, very loose. Its a stroll...If you have little kids part of this trail is ok, but most of it is actually on the road so be careful. I would say little kids under 5 might enjoy a 10 minute portion of it when the sun isn't hot. I wouldn't drive more than 15 minutes for it. I was positive enough about it until I discovered most of the walk was going to be on the road. We had to dodge cars a lot. I would skip it and I definitely wouldn't pay a fee for it.

Last week, nice one-hour trail!

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.

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.

A classic Tilden loop. I prefer starting at the Lone Oak trailhead on the North end of the loop. That way you start with the (moderate) uphill portion and end on the downhill.

Relaxing, scenic hike. Forest, wildflowers and views of hills in the distance. Less crowded than other trails in the area

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail and not over crowded with tons of people. Someone mentioned below about the tick warning and that wasn't a joke. We purposely wore knee high white socks and pulled almost a dozen off and we didn't stray off trail, they're just that narrow and overgrown right now. We checked ourselves before getting in the car but backpacks must have even had them cause we found 2 in the car after. Gorgeous weather and tons of greenery right now, but not sure I'd go again this time of year

hiking
6 months ago

Franklin Ridge Loop is one of my favorite little loops. I suggest an alternate route, which skips the steep climb from the parking lot. Instead keep driving out on Carquinez Scenic Drive (west) instead of taking the left turn into the parking lot. The road stops at a gate, but just before that on the hairpin turn noted on this map is the actual trail head for Franklin Ridge Loop. If you take this route and walk in a counter clockwise direction, the climb is gradual. As you hike always stay on the fire road and take intersection turns to the left until you have come back to the last turn at the bottom of your loop and then take a right back to your car, (as seen on this trail map) (street parking is limited, but usually not full)

Very nice trail! First of all, I love the fact that it’s dog friendly. My puppy loved it, especially he got to play with some other doggies on the hike too. The trail has diverse views, forest, creek, meadow, and valley view. Most of the trail is well shaded, definitely a great hike on a warm day. Would definitely come back to the park and explore more trails.

hiking
6 months ago

Beware of ticks- I’ve hiked this trail a lot and enjoy it. However I don’t recommend hiking during this time (April) with shorts or bringing any pets because of ticks. The trails are overgrown right now and you can’t avoid getting ticks. I found over 10 ticks on me during the hike.

Good hike, nice views and close to home. Very steep in some areas but overall good.

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