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Good up hill workout. Nice rainy day hike with fog. Not many people. There are two entrances along the road. Park at one and take the trail at the top that loops back down. Then walk a bit on the road back to your car where you started.

We went on this hike today and it was pleasant moderate hike. The hike is steeper in the beginning but becomes gradual later. Both way trip took around 2.5hrs. Would recommend going early since parking gets full.

Not too hard, a little steep at times. Can see SJ, SF, and Oakland from the top!

Fun trail along grassy hills to creek with waterfall.

Easy relaxing paved path along the beach/coast for running/walking

Closed off right now about a mile from the trailhead. We were going to walk up and hike it anyways, by someone was guarding the trailhead and told us no. There’s a side trail that you can do on the left, but we decided to find a different hike.

Very easy walk on the path to see the waterfalls. Next time I would love to go further into the hills into actual hiking trails. The main fire road was packed and people were everywhere on the falls. Many people don’t know how to respect nature. It was actually kind of sad. Beautiful place being ruined my uneducated people.

Only a small amount 'street' parking; and maybe not strictly legal. Generally easy trail and quiet.

It's nice & quite to hike this place

1 month ago

Please note that there is SEASONAL ACCESS ONLY from March 1 to Labor Day, with weekend access through mid October. I really wish AllTrails noted seasonal closures, as so few of my area parks are closed that I didn't think to check. We drove an hour and a half and it was closed. The description should not say "best used..." it should say "open only..."

1 month ago

Going up through the walk in campground to the Peterson trail and back is doable with a stroller

Love the trees

A nice little hike done in the early days of the regional park, around 1970!

2 months ago

We do this loop several times a year. A great workout, and very beautiful.

Great trail for late morning walks. Beautiful scenary. Nice altitude. Just the right kind of short family friendly hike. Kids loved it.

So beautiful and serene, and such a great, well-maintained/informational hike. At the campground and trailhead you can pick up a map and a guided nature hike flier with information about the different plants and wildlife in the canyon. The Waterfall Loop is a lush hike through a coastal redwood riparian environment. You’ll feel like you’re in Big Sur right here in Watsonville. Also, this is the absolute best time to go (I’m writing this in January 2018), as it is technically closed, and you will have it all to yourself. Closure is only due to the road being washed out. Access via the Knibb’s Knob trailhead at the back of the park off Summit Rd (see Maymens Flat and Knibb’s Knob Trail page). You don’t necessarily need 4WD, but it is certainly helpful. Not for children until Croy Rd is open again around April 2018.

2 months ago

Like others have said, it's a nice relaxing walk, but not a trail - it's a mixed use sidewalk/path. It's gorgeous, though, and great for walking with a friend.

nice hike. Not too hard but not super easy either.

Beautiful trail and views!!

The steep hike up at the start of Año Nuevo trail was the perfect way to begin 2018! I didn't download the hike and just used the paper copy at the Ranger station. I got off track a bit around the Ben Ries campground, but walking on the road the last bit of the way wasn't bad. Super serene, sweet hike.

The little Yosemite Area may not have as much water/waterfalls as expected or as shown in pictures. If you go in with the expectation of seeing something like yosemite, you’re bound to be a bit disappointed: We went recently in December and it was a bit of a disappointment in terms of what we expected versus what we saw.

Having said that, it is a BEAUTIFUL hike and it was quite green when we went. It has some great views of hills as well as plains. Go with the right mindset of enjoying nature and you’ll have a great time!

Hiked 12-31-17. Overcast, but a very temperate day. I hiked the Eastside of the loop going to the water tank between post numbers 21 and 23. Then followed the west side back. Great add on for this hike. I enjoyed the olive groove, the views of pleasanton, the the quiet of the west of the ridge. Did 8.5 miles

I like this place a lot for what it is. Obviously is and feels heavily trodden, has a lot of human history, but it’s a great green space to escape to in the heart of town, and it is undeniably beautiful with it’s mix of riparian habitats, open prairie, coastal chaparral, and second growth coastal redwood. As SC has a heavy mtn biking culture, every trail has specific designations for whether it can be utilized by bikers, hikers, dog walkers, and equestrians. Lookout Trail is NOT dog friendly, and if you are doing this loop as it is done in the title with a pooch, you will have to turn north on the western edge of the large prairie after Fern Trail onto BrayshawTrail to connect back to Spring trail. At the risk of a $70 ticket, and staying on trails which forbade bikers, I let my well-behaved dog off leash for the whole loop. I parked on Golf Club Dr., picked up a map, and took Lower Meadow Trail to the club house; then Brayshaw up to Spring Trail. You can also cut through the prairie for a wonderful open feeling. My dog had a friendly off leash encounter with a confident coyote on the way back at sunset in the middle of the big prairie; this was fun and exciting for the both of us, but dog owners/parents of young children beware, there is a large, active, and fearless coyote population here.

Cool clear day for an easy stroll.

Nice hike, especially if you live in the area and don't want to drive to more popular trails. Was super green after the rains earlier this year. And, cows!

I did this hike with a group of kids from 2 years to 16 years, all were family members, they enjoyed it very much, especially when they were at little Yosemite, climbing the rocks and trying not to fall in water made it a very fun play hour for them.
The canyon view trail to little Yosemite is not stroller friendly, however you can use stroller on the Ohlone Road to Little Yosemite.

3 months ago

Beautiful forested trail. A bit steeper than description describes. The trail in a few places has some trees and rocks that you have to hope over.

Good elevation gain to get you some good exercise. Mostly shaded except at the top. Great views of the reservoir towards the end. Small parking area on roadside at the trail head.

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