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Wonderful walk for the winter (we were there in January) but there is so little shade that I am sure it would get very hot in the summer. The rapids/waterfalls are great...though the rocks are super slippery and a little but dangerous for the old and young...I’m going to go back with my camera at some point. There are several easy paths between the first part of the trail and the return leg, if you don’t want to all the way out to the W tree.

Creek offers a scenic streams of water

Very nice hike. Lots of different bird species spotted; woodpeckers, blue jays, hawks. Great views from the top of the Canyon View trail. Small trout spotted in the Calaveras Creek. We went first week of January. No rain, but somewhat windy and cold.

It's a very nice trail fairly easy sometimes it got a little steep but not for very long

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23 days ago

Beautiful view! Very manageable by non regular hiker.

So peaceful. A gorgeous time of year

Outstanding views of the Bay from SF to Martinez. It was a nice cool autumn day, so the exposure was no problem, but if not, make sure you have a hat. Lots of alternative tracks to explore, but you're mostly hiking on the top of the hills so nice views, but not a lot of differentiation. Plenty of hawks soaring!

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4 months ago

We started at 7:30AM. it was quiet, there are routes when it's a I
little confusing that we have to go back and forth until we hit the right one. we had to go back half way since we were time constraint. but over all, it was a good hike.

Lots of incline but beautiful hike, the signs are confusing so I’d recommend using all trails map to make it through.

How did we never know about this hidden gem before? Nicely marked trails which were shady and pleasant. It was beginning to get cool as we left. Not crowded at all and we found plenty of parking later in the day. Really enjoyed all the variations in terrain. Not much of a view but a peaceful and quiet spot to be out in nature.

Very nice elevation loop. Tiring on a hot summer day. Start as early as possible.

Climb down any access path to the rocks and walk the creek. It’s beautiful down there!

Great hike. We went early in the morning to beat the heat (which I highly recommend). Little shade on this hike but not much tall grass so it was great for my pup. Keep dogs on leash at all times, we had some snake sightings.

Lovely trail challenging enough to feel like a good work out. If you go counterclockwise the majority of the elevation gain is done in the shade. Nice views of Mt Diablo and the East Bay.

Easy to moderate hike, great for dogs!

Barely any shade on a very HOT day was a bad idea but having gone to Little Yosemite was worth it!

Make sure to go clockwise as I made that mistake and had to walk another 2 miles bk to Little Yosemite which made my trip a 9 mile hike!! Best to go on this trail in spring or fall or very early morning but best to go in summer to dip in the Little Yosemite waters! Bring a towel and swimsuit.

Some trails are not maintained so I suggest to wear hiking pants so you won’t feel the weeds on the path. Other that that it was a good workout!

7 months ago

Good views of the bridges. Very green. May be muddy after rain. Good for unleashed dogs.

With is a very beautiful park with an awesome view. We enjoy walking with our dog.

DONT GO!! WORST TRAIL. ENDED UP WITH 27 ticks and had an aggressive run in with a massive bull. Cows are dangerous for dogs especially when they are in the trail and aggressive. Don’t go.

Did the Seabord to Crest loop and it was spectacular. Small creek, so many beautiful wild flowers phenomenal views. Great workout. Lots of steep up and downs. Nice trail. I would suggest staying in the trail. We took my dogs and went off trail for picnic and came out covered in nettles and ticks so that was a bit of a nuisance to have to pick off, but if you stick on the trail should be fine.

How to make this hike easier: go counter-clockwise to avoid the steep incline at the start of Canyon View Trail.

How to make this hike more difficult: add in McCorkle Trail to Cerro Este Road. Clockwise, this only adds a bit more elevation at a fairly gradual pace. Counter-clockwise, this adds a good amount of elevation that matches about the same incline as if you started Canyon View Trail clockwise (a.k.a. it's a decent challenge). This also adds about a mile to the hike.

What I Liked: The views on Cerro Este Road are really nice. I also like the trail portion of Canyon View Trail between Cerro Este and Geary Road; it's partly shaded and only lightly trafficked. It's also nice that there are several spots to get down into the water along Geary Road. Finally, if you take McCorkle Trail, that trail has some really nice views on the way to it's peak where you can see the lake in the distance.

What I Didn't Like: The Geary Road portion is a road where people drive. There weren't a lot of vehicles on this portion, but a couple did pass me.

Overall: It's a nice hike that's a bit strenuous. The trail goes from heavily trafficked in some parts to lightly trafficked in others. At some points, I would go half an hour and not see anyone. At others, I'd pass 5 or 6 whole families in the span of a few minutes.

Park easy to find - heads up gates dont open until 8AM however parked down the street at Bear Creek staging area. Trail in good condition however you need long pants the first 1 mile - fairly overgrown. Steep on the font end but levels out. Very nice views - very little coverage Didnt see anyone until mile 6 however was on trail at 630

Beautiful hike. Take the little detours off the side of the trail that are dirt paved - worth it! Get there early cuz it gets pretty warm with little to no shade in the beginning and end of trail. Prepare to hang out around the little Yosemite area for an hour or so! So much to climb and cross over, a lot of picture worthy spots! 5 year old, 3 year old, little dog, husband and I did it in 3.5 hours as we were taking our time. Taking lots of photos and exploring near the river. Would do the hike again! Oh and plenty of parking!

Beautiful wildflowers on the Canyon View trail. No parking fee on a weekday. However, water trucks are doing dust control on Camp Ohlone road on weekdays, and they don't turn the water off for hikers on the road. We returned via McCorkle trail rather than using the road, it was longer but more interesting. Watch for poison oak, though.

Parking was not an issue. We left around 11 and there was plenty of parking towards the picnic area.

Great hike with waterfall in the middle

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