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on Mine Hill Trail Loop

trail running
4 days ago

The history of this area itself is great! Beautiful on an overcast day. There are mountain lions here and wild pigs. Another hiker said he saw two mountain lions right before we met each other on the trail. I spotted multiple deer. If you go fishing in the reservoir, it’s suggested to not eat the fish high in mercury.

Nice trail and accessible.
We did it me and my girlfriend during fall season.
It is recommended to be really careful on the way down (after 6km or so). This portion is intensively used for mountain bike descents.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike. Views are amazing at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

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

I love this hike. Great exercise even if you do half and just walk up to slyline and back.
My favorite time to hike is after the first rain. The smells and the trees are breathtaking.

Clockwise helps on to get the sun when climbing up, great vegetation and great views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

I don’t come here too much in the hotter months but I like the trails a lot. There is a lot of elevation gain and the trails are wide enough to share with the many bikers. My dog loves it. Not much in terms of views unless you go all the way up to El Sombroso, and even those are not the best on hazy days. Not too much parking at the trail head, just roadside turnouts. Also a bummer that you can’t swim in the reservoir.

It is a great hike during warm days. Nice balance of shade and open trails. Views at the top are incredible. If you make the hamms gulch trail (left side of loop) turn first, the incline is gradual and not steep enough ( at least for me). If you want to get straight incline on the beginning of your hike, make the turn at spring ridge trail first (right side of loop). The trail at Spring side is good for running uphill and downhill. There’s a lot of parking which I like but google maps brought me to the sequoia’s so had to turn and find the right parking lot. It is well marked in the beginning of the trail but got a little confusing at the top.

Did this hike with my dog today. Good work out, and it was pretty along the way though not the MOST interesting. The views at the top are a nice prize. Way more shade on the southern side of the loop. Probably saw 6 people the whole time.

A nice walk up and down, with great views from the top.

Always a nice hike, mostly shaded on the way up Hamm’s Gulch. (You can go back down the same way if it’s hot to stay on the mostly shaded trail.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a bit steep but beautiful. A lot of birds. Mostly shady. Parking is limited.

2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

Great trail but this is not a place to bring your dog as the trail prohibits dogs explicitly and I found out the hard way (a $300 fine)

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!

Love this trail. Some really nice climbs.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

3 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!

We did this loop anticlock wise (good choice if you ask me). Some sunny spots coming back (the other half) but not bad at all.

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.

Beautiful and more challenging than expected on a warm day. Loved it and would do it again if I was back in the Bay Area. I completed this trail in mid-March and it wasn’t heavily trafficked at all. Watch out for issues with phone signal .... have a back up plan if you are traveling and relying on a car service to get you out.

We took Hamms Gulch up for a pleasant shady ascent, visited both hill tops, and took Spring Ridge back down (exposed and hot, but nice views out towards the bay for most of the way). There are still some wildflowers by Lost, Anniversary and Spring Ridge trails.

Mostly covered. The back half of the trail is currently closed but you can cut down the fire trail and still do a loop so you don’t need to double back.

I like this trail except way too many bicycles and loud talkers (both hikers and bikers). Not a great place to go if you want solitude. Even with the smoke in the air, it didn't keep people away.

I enjoyed the variety of trails on this loop. I was huffing and puffing a bit on the way up to the top of Black Mountain. I wished there hadn't been so much smoke in the air as there was very little to see at the top. It did make me pause and be grateful for areas that are still alive with vegetation and not burned.

This area fooled me into thinking it would be cooler than the east bay. WRONG! It was a warm hike towards the end. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a good sun hat as a lot of the trail after mid way is exposed. I went through almost 2.5L of water on the hike today.

This is a bit of a drive to get to for me, so I'll probably not do it again. If I do, I will do it in the fall/winter/spring when there is no smoke in the air and the land is green.

walking
4 months ago

Great hike, very well maintained, not too crowded

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