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I’ve done this hike 4 times I love it, highly recommend swimming through the cave it’s breathtaking literally.

Here's another vote for going clockwise and knocking the hardest hill out early in the hike. You need a permit which you can purchase online from EBMUD for $3. Beautiful views of the hills with lots of birds and lizards. I didn't see anyone else on the trail, although I did go mid-day on a hot Thursday. Big chunks of the trail don't have much shade so bring sunscreen, and plenty of water, especially if you go in the summer.

Really good moderate level hike.. as recommended start ur hike from the left side and then hike towards the lake so that u get the steep part early in the hike.nice views on f the reservoir.. Part shade.. Start early so that it is not very hot. Nice clean wide trail. Use Alltrails to map urself on trail. Not many people on this trail.. It says u need EBMUD permit to hike here.

Nice trail. Shade for about 50% of time

Don't be like us - check the weather beforehand so you don't end up hiking here when it's 100° outside

The hike down and up is an alright trail. a lot of trash... The first cave, you can go left down or right. regardless what route you take you can actually swim through the cave. I suggest water shoes some water tubes! had no Verizon coverage down there.

hiking
10 days ago

This is a good trail when you just want to get some distance in. It’s not too challenging and has enough shade to make it doable on an 80 degree afternoon.
The down side is not much scenic variety - mostly laurel and eucalyptus forests.. I like something a little more dramatic or varied but still totally fine and nice to get a longer hike without a long drive..
I’m not the fastest hiker and this took me pretty much exactly 3 hours.

Love a challenge! Very fun, beautiful views.

nature trips
13 days ago

There is two different caves one right when you get down the trail and the other is about 10-15 walk from that one...second is beautiful

It’s a very nice trail, but extremely tough if you don’t hike more that 5 miles. On my GPS it actually ended up being 14 miles because we did climb to the summit. If you are and experienced hiker go for it, for people like that I’m not in terrible shape but also don’t run marathons it was really tough!

Nice day trip with my best friends. Easy hike in. Got a little busy. Definitely will return to swim through the cave.

Aaron is right. Homeless a serious problem here and along lower American River Bike trail. I have been threatened. Homeless population has gone up 35% during administration of current mayor.

stream trail is the best, all in redwoods and always chillly

Whether you start from either French Trail or Stream Trail, there's good elevation coming in and out of it. You’ll find several picnic tables along the way and enough bathroom facilities. There's also lots of side trails to explore.

My AllTrails app suddenly stopped recording at one point so I wasn't able to full record my hike but that's ok (pardon the gap on my recording).

If you decide to hike on a weekend and choose Skyline Gate Staging Area as your starting point, try to get there before 8am to have a better chance at finding parking (vs street parking).

Fantastic options as you traverse the main trail. Lofty vistas make hiking up a ridge worth the effort. The trail is good for most... it can be a tad steep in some places, so wear proper footwear.
Don’t forget to pay... 6-month pass (affordable) and parking fee.

Awesome trail!

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail for beginner or people with some hiking experience.. close to moderate but not too difficult. If u do the hills starting from west side of the lake towards north and then looping down south on the east side of lake will be better than doing the other way around unless u r a hiker who loves going up grades.. the grade from the east side of lake for a 1/2 a mile is steep.. but otherwise the hike is generally easy to moderate.. great views.. about 9 Miles long. 3- 3 1/2 hrs

What is great about this trail is that you can make it as long or short as you like. There ate lots of trails that off shoot this trail so if you want an extension or if you want to cut it short you can. The French trail is one of my favorites because first of all it’s beautiful, it’s up-and-down to get a nice workout and no bikes!
it really is a good idea to get there early as it does get crowded and it tends to get warm as you’re making your way uphill back to the parking lot. Definitely put this one on you list!

trail running
18 days ago

Started early to avoid the heat (the park opens at 6:00). Great run with tough uphills that turn into technical downhills. Closer to 21km according to my watch. Also some non cooperative cows and dry falls :-)

Very nice elevation loop. You will feel the burn. Start as early as possible.

A bit disappointed. Took this trek at the recommendation of a co worker. The walk in and out really nothing to brag about but the cavern at the bottom was interesting and worth seeing this one time. The disappointment came in when I did get to the cavern the general area had trash left behind from past lazy ass visitors who didn’t want to carry their garbage back out so instead left it behind to ruin the experience for others including myself. The worst part was the smell from visitors pissing and shitting wherever they could find a place. Smelly and gross on this day 7-23-18.

We thought it was a water trail, so we wore sandals. It said you could wade across, actually you need a bathing suit to swim it. if I were to do again, I definitely bring hiking boots, sandals and a bathing suit. You hike down to river for about 1.5 miles on a rocky trail. you definitely need close toe shoes. There is a cavern with stalactites that the river goes through and you can swim through the cavern. The river is were I'd wear water shoes or sandals. To get back you need to hike up the trail. To go down the hill it took about 15 to 20 minutes. to hike up it took about 40 to 45 minutes.

loveeeeee since I was 11 years old

Super easy hike! Brought 4 kids between 9 and 11 and all had a great time! Bring water and a floatie:)

beautiful scenery inside the cave... definitely will go again!!

hiking
22 days ago

One of my favorite local spots.

Hiking here various in difficulties. Some spots are paved and flat, while others become rocky and heavily inclined. The trailheads aren't really marked well, but do point you in the direction of land marks, ie: Pond, Lake, Caves.

What I love about this hike is the varying terrain and views, You'll start out deep in the forested areas, eventually getting views of the cliffs and more rural areas of Fairfield. Evntually stumbling across a small pond and then a nice lake filled with an abundance of wildlife.
It's not uncommon to see Herons, Ducks, Chipmunks, Fence Lizards, Turtles, and Bullfrogs in and around the pond.

This is an amazing adventure! I had to gather my courage to swim through but so glad I did. There is another cave down stream that is a bit difficult to walk to but definitely less people.

Quick and fun hike with a clear trail. Great views from the top, and a doable hike for a wide range of ages.

Great Hike. I'm by no means a pro or close to, but the hike was great until near the bottom of the Sycamore line. I felt like the overgrowth hadn't been cut back like it should've and some poison oak would on occasion hang over the trail and it was just GAH. Total grueling workout but my girlfriend and I loved the views. In retrospect, we would've stayed on the Rocky Ridge View trail and then enjoyed some In n Out down the street lol.. Also once you reach the Devil's Loop it is just intensely uphill. Respect for anyone who takes less than 10 or so breaks from that butt burner.

We did this hike, arriving at 8:15am, which was perfect because we were the first people there. By the time we left around 11am the place was PACKED!!! We went to the first cave and went inside to get a taste of the water which was COLD! We didn’t end up swimming to the other side because it was too cold. I definitely recommend floats to use instead of swimming. If you look at my recording, we backtracked trying to go to the next cave (which was the wrong way) but found an AWESOME rope to climb down about 40ft to get to the other side of the cave had we swam through. It was actually a lot of fun climbing down, but had to be done carefully. We got to the other side and explored that side of the cave and also followed the river until we realized we weren’t heading the correct way to the second cave. We backtracked again and finally made it to the second cave which was spectacular. It was more secluded and we were able to wade through to the other side. It was a lot of fun to climb over rocks and sit on ledges inside. The trail getting to the second cave was also more narrow and had more rocks and foliage around. It was super fun but might be harder for someone who isn’t as physically active. To the first cave is easy, to the second cave is moderate to harder end of the “easy” ranking. I highly recommend this!!!

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