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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 20, 2021
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Beautiful. Came on a quiet Friday afternoon after a rainy morning. Didn’t see a soul. Went counter clockwise for the better climb.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 15, 2021
Hiking

Nice forest walk in light rain. The roads are pretty close throughout, but that doesn’t detract from the visual beauty.

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xi sheng reviewed Timberview Trail
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 7, 2021
Scenic drivingFee

The trail was great! It’s definitely on the side of a mountain, with a lot of steep inclines & declines. So if you have sensitive knees or injuries, I highly recommend bringing some trekking poles to help stabilize yourself. Trailhead is on the right of the ranger building of the Sam Macdonald parking lot. Fee is $6, cash only. There’s a box to put in your payment & a ranger checks that you have a slip on your dashboard. The trail is well-kept: Forest Trail & Youth Camp are narrow & very wild vs Uncle Man Road is what seems to be an unused road, so very wide & slightly paved but with leaves & branches. Stay on trail, lots of poison oak around. Watch out for banana slugs! Forest Trail was by far the most beautiful trail I’ve been on. Surrounded by redwoods, ferns, and the ground doesn’t feel paved or heavily trodden; it feels like an old forgotten path to make you feel like no one has been there in a while. I went at 1pm on a Saturday in Feb & I came across 3 people. I went backwards, so started with the Youth Camp Trail (made a right in the beginning) & I liked it better because it was a lot of uphill but I think it would’ve been harder to do the downhill, it was long & pretty steep.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 18, 2021
Hiking

Didn't see any fauna but was a nice walk through the tall trees and I didn't run into anyone else which was great.

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Steele Nichols reviewed Timberview Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 6, 2021
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 4, 2021
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a lot of California newts, poisonous, donot touch

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 3, 2021
Hiking

Found 40 banana slugs

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 1, 2021
Hiking

Counted 33 banana slugs along our route.. and so so many more mushrooms. Excellent fun!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 30, 2020
HikingGreat!

Majestic quiet hike. Beautiful place and moderately easy.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 29, 2020
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really great spot! Not crowded at all and a good workout. we also counted 22 banana slugs! We parked at a sort of random big turn out and walked down the highway a few hundred feet to horse cross entrance then crossed the street to the trail head. We went clockwise and the first half of the trail was pretty steep downhills without many switchbacks. It was nice and quite and we didn't see anybody! The latter half was closer to the road and a little louder with a very steep uphill with switchbacks. The trail was fully shaded.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 19, 2020
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Very few people. Close to road, noisy and smells like gas. Good shade.

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Peter Sullivan reviewed Timberview Trail
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d s reviewed Timberview Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 28, 2020
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Great rock garden and rolling jump

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Zed Pisec reviewed Timberview Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2020
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Weiping Wang reviewed Timberview Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 19, 2020
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To find a shaded hike, El Corte De Madera is always one of my top choices in this area. We tried a few new trails this time - Manzanita Trail, Timberview Trail, and Giant Salamander Trail. In fact, the other two trails are meant to just route to the Giant Salamander Trail that suggested by David's ranger friend who works in The Midpen Open Space. These trails were shaded and fewer hikes but a lot of bikers. Manzanita Trail couldn't see the Pacific Ocean. It is a rugged trail. The old-growth giant redwood trees in the Timberview Trail were as equally cool as the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite. We detoured to an area called "Old Growth Redwood". A redwood tree here was so tall that we couldn't see its top. Giant Salamander Trail is truly a hidden gem. Even hard to find its entrance. The single and narrow trail was covered and surrounded by dense redwood trees and passed the Ed Corte De Madera Creek with two nice bridges. We parked close to the famous 1800-year-old Methuselah Tree. It is fenced but we could still see it from the gate. This celebrity tree is the largest redwood in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of the Big Basin SP. It was a fun day.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 12, 2020
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I went here before it's closed by the fire, it was super nice with shades and huge trees. Check out my video, you can see what to expect on this trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0xjyf6XYxU

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 10, 2020
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Beautiful trees and not crowded. Only saw 2 other groups on the trail on Sunday evening. Nice elevation change - got in a good workout.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 2, 2020
Hiking

Make sure to follow the arrows on the all trails app trail route. Unless you want to do way more uphill like I learned the hard way.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
Hiking

It was nice and most shaded hiking

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 1, 2020
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nice trail..great workout! could not complete the last one mile due to lack of time but completely doable if you are in good shape abd reach early! parking lot gets full so start early! overall great experience

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Ryan Sexauer reviewed Timberview Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 31, 2020
Hiking

To be perfectly honest, that was such an unexpected trip. I did not realize it was predominantly a mountain biking trail because I did not do that much research. However the entire trail is covered by trees and starting from the top it is extremely steep in the decline elevation. I like to hike hard and fast, so pushing hard back up the hill was extremely rewarding and fun. It’s very likely I’ll return here either by foot or my bike another day.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 29, 2020
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The views along the trail are moderate, several encounters of the redwood tress and small creeks. Less impressive compared with the Dipsea trail at Mt. Tamalpais. The ocean view summit is mediocre. The hike is an easy one and probably a good practice for the beginners, but do not expect to see interesting views.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 26, 2020
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Nice incline. Steep but graded. Shad. Some benches. Ocean view. Good day hike. 3.5 hours.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 15, 2020
Hiking

Great trail for easterners to see amazing trees! our 8 year old can handle it. my GPS only picked up half the recording, but we did the whole 4.7.

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