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Overview: I hiked this 2 days ago, and was very glad for all the shade since it was pretty hot. This is an out and back trail. You can start at either end, at Tuckers Grove or along the 154. I personally like starting at the 154, so that when you reach the end you can relax at the park if you want before heading back. It took me about 1.5 hours for around 4 miles.

Pros:
- Plenty of parking at both entrances
- Lots of shade
- Dogs are allowed on a leash
- Mostly flat

Cons
- Can get pretty crowded
- Watch for poison oak

This is more of a trail walk - very fun and easy. I did this today in the early evening, and it was beautiful ans not crowded.

Pros:
- Beautiful views of the lake.
- Mostly flat.
- Plenty of street parking.
- Many different paths available to help not get bored with doing this multiple times.
- Not too crowded during the week.

Cons:
- Not much shade.
- A lot of overgrowth on some parts of the trail that I wish I had worn pants.

Nice little trail in a beautiful setting

Fun, easy, well marked, good shade

trail running
22 days ago

When we first started exercising after having my son we started with the asphalt trail that is available at Harvey bear, now we hike the 4.5 mile trail with our 6 year old son and our dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

easy to moderate. Better in winter and spring when green vs brown. impossible to get lost loop.

Nice trail! Definitely a good day hike. Beautiful ridgeline views.

Fun trail, we only met a couple other hikers/backpackers near frog lake. We saw a king snake, some pretty wildflowers, and a lot of frogs when we were at the lake. However, most of the trail has tall grasses on either side, which wasn't very enjoyable to navigate. Saw a ton of ticks hanging out on the grasses just waiting to latch on to someone and also a solid amount of poison oak, especially on the Fish Trail part of the loop.

I went last Sunday and the gate leading to the trail was closed and it was 9 miles from the gate to where the hike started. Does anyone know if it is open yet?

on Coyote Valley Trail

mountain biking
2 months ago

Trail was amazing and not very difficult. So many frogs at the lake/pond!!

Connect with Snyder to get great views back down to the campground!!

Nice flat asphalt trail with plenty of wildflowers and birds. Doggie bags supplied and benches occasionally. Very quiet and nice scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

We went at the end of the first week of April. It was gorgeous. Hills bright green and wild flowers growing. Made it to the Vista to see the lake. Just over 3 miles round trip. Loved the free roaming cows.

Great for kids.

hiking
3 months ago

I did the full trail today. After the bench, it does get VERY overgrown, so much so that there are several moments you're unsure if you should keep going. But it was definitely worth it. There is a rock past the bench, to stand on you can see miles and miles in every direction. The heart thumping portion comes as you get closer to sea level though, and climbing back up was certainly a cardio workout (especially after I saw a snake and was hightailing it faster). If you have faith, you can find the trail after losing it every time, and the trail ultimately ends in a gorgeous rocky creek that winds all the way back to foothill road. Total time 3 hours.

Great place to walk the dog. We come here almost daily. The trail loops around so you’ll most likely end up where you parked eventually.

great trail. loved frog lake. there were some huge frogs

Very easy. I was hoping to let my toddler walk too, but the trail is very narrow with steep sides, so she stayed in the carrier. It was also further from the freeway than I had hoped- about 25 minutes on a very curvy road once you’re off 101. But the plus was no traffic noise, just song birds. Some trails offer good shade.

walking
4 months ago

Great easy hike with 3 kids under 7 years old. Gorgeous views!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail, wild flowers, frogs, unusual butterflies, we saw purple ones. Tranquil and peaceful!

hiking
4 months ago

I highly recommend this hike after the rainy months during the year. The hills and trees are lush with vegetation and it is gorgeous! Very lightly trafficked compared to more popular hikes in the South Bay Area.

It was easy to find the parking lot (pretty direct route from 101 south) and there was a lot of parking spaces available for a Sunday afternoon. There is no fee to use the park/ parking lot.

I would recommend everyone to bring water since some portions of the trail are directly under the sun and it does get hot. Horse back riding, biking, trail running and hiking are some of the activities you can do at this location.

walking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite go-to trails. My favorite aspect is that much of this trail is shaded, alongside ease of parking, a 3 mile RT, and (for me) it is close to home.

love it. take the connector trail on the fire road near the start it's a great view steep....straight up...

great hike as always..i haven't been here in a couple of years, too bad the streams are just about completely dried...the gate was closed so we decided to hike ,jog,backpack our way to red rock...took a few hours..and was a 11.4 mile hike

Beautiful in spring with the green grass and yellow flowers

Great views, steep in parts but a good daily exercise experience!

backpacking
6 months ago

It was nice, not great. Went in early January and it's not much of a lake. Frog pond would be more appropriate. This close to the headquarters you run into ALOT of people. We saw probably 10 other parties. Rather than take the loop, we trekked onward the next day down to upper camp which was nice. This is a great little trip if you are trying to take it easy or introducing someone to backpacking. We stayed at the two oaks campsite which is world's better than the frog lake campsite by the bathrooms.

trail running
6 months ago

A fun run, just watch out for cow pies.

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