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Good for a convenient city walk. The trail has some areas that may contain a lot of trash. There is a big homeless population that stays along the trail.

A good trail for noon off work walking.

hiking
2 months ago

Went in summer so it was 90° hot and the waterfalls were quite lacking in water. Still overall pretty interesting hike.

Was there early September 2018 and there was no waterfall at the triple fall. It was all dried up. Overall, the hike was fairly easy.

Started in the parking lot - went to the right// uphill switch backs that opened up at the top to lots of wide trails towards the dam it switched back to the switchback- mostly shade. Was fun to do with Kona the trailblazer.

hiking
3 months ago

Parked at Foothill College and hiked into Rhus Ridge. This adds about a mile each way, if you can't get parking at the trail head, and if the meter is working, there's a $3 parking fee.

hiking
3 months ago

nice paved path

hiking
3 months ago

Is only 4 miles hike, but steep. Very nice. Will be back springtime when the falls are fuller.

birding
4 months ago

Did part of this trail for a morning walk. Lots of birds including pelicans, a blue heron, geese, and ducks. Very pretty

road biking
4 months ago

Finding the trail head was the hardest part. Now I would just go to 333 W. San Carlos - the pink towers. There is ramp down to the trail right by the street. In about a mile you make a a sharp crack back up the hill - then make a right after the cross walk. Now you are finally pretty much in the trail. Felt a little threatened by the homeless camps but mostly in my head. After you get out of the city it's a nice ride.

The waterfall trail is absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
4 months ago

Multiple waterfalls, lots of shade, dog-friendly, easy loop, not crowded: what's not to like? No permit was required for hiking as this was after 6/30.

Running it counter clockwise makes all the uphill climbs in the shade!

Love this trail and all surrounding. The area is my favorite, a perfect balance between nature features, challenging terrain, and beautiful forest.

a gorgeous hike that is easy enough for little kids.

As someone who hasn't been hiking much in a while, I found this hike challenging but do-able. I highly recommend going to the right (East) first to get the really steep part out of the way first (I imagine it's also really hard on the knees to go down that slope). It's tough but less than a mile.

The GPS sent me to a trailhead on the side of the road with no parking lot, but there was space for maybe 4 cars to park there. There may be a better place nearby to park further south but I didn't look because there was space at the trailhead.

It's about 50% shaded, and the trees are really beautiful.

I went on a nice Saturday afternoon, and although I did see a few other hikers, it was nowhere near as busy as some of the more obvious trails that are this close to residential areas.

fishing
6 months ago

Sketchy, always worry about my car.

5/23/18 The OP’s trail actually trespasses on some agricultural land and doesn’t offer very much in terms of views, but it will spit you out at the river mouth and you can follow that around to the beach. You’re better off just walking over the dune to the beach when you park and enjoying this for what it is: a beautiful, secluded beach. I walked south all the way to Bennett Slough and the fishing levee. My dog loved chasing birds and swimming in the low tide. The beach is littered with dead jellyfish, especially by the river mouth—thousands or at least hundreds upon hundreds! I did see a seal, or possibly an otter, at the head of the river.

Good amount of shade and sun- a climate for everyone! Nice steady incline up and careful footing on the way back down. Did it wearing a baby, and gave me a nice challenge while staying upright.

Went at 11am on a Friday. No issue with Parking and no reservation. Easy 4 mile loop.

Drove up sunday, and A RESERVATION IS REQUIRED FOR HIKING, the reservation has to be made at least the night before. NO SAME DAY RESERVATIONS. Long drive, to have to turn around and drive out. Very disapointing.

haven't done this hike, but a RESERVATION is required to HIKE on the weekend. way too many other options in the Bay Area.

the good news is that the road is open again

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike for kids-- it's reopened and very easy to call and pay for $6 permit-- we had to print it out. We went up and made it a harder loop and came down the waterfall trail, well worth the extra work.

hiking
7 months ago

Their policy has changed - you must have a reservation on the weekends even to hike! It's a one lane road in and out and they turned cars away at the park making for really bad traffic jams. And the ranger told us you can't park outside Sveadal and walk through there, either. So a long drive for nothing.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Start from the Bay, and go South.
8 mile loop, very nice.
Pretty smooth except for crossing under the busy roads.

Beautiful trail and views just ALOT of poison oak is why I removed one star

Terrible! Dirty with trash everywhere. Homeless camping everywhere with the associated mess and stench. In spots the trail flips from one side of the river to the other, necessitating crossing of busy streets. This trail should be used as a last resort only.

This was a great hike, but it is NOT easy. The Tony Look portion along the reservoir is a narrow trail with slight elevation changes that I would classify as easy. Once you get to Coyote Ridge it’s a huge grind to the top. Beautiful and worth doing but be prepared for a strenuous climb and bring some water. The loop took us 2.5 hours and we are one very fit and two reasonably fit adults.

9 months ago

no pets allowed and the directions stopped while on the freeway

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