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did the loop once last spring it is more like 12 miles the fall are alot better after a heavy rain

4 days ago

great hiking did in 8 hours with about a 20 minute break at mount diablo peak

4 days ago

great workout did trail in 8 hours with about a 20 minute break at mount diablo peak

hiking
19 days ago

mellow and pleasant. i would have inadvertently led myself off the loop without the app; highly recommend referencing the map while on the trail.

Change the title.

The Zinfandel and Canyon Trails are beautiful but the title is misleading as the mount Eden is only meant for horses, we had a bad experience trying to hike on this equestrian trail. Please avoid mount Eden unless you have a horse. The total hike for people is close to 6 miles.

Beautiful and dry as a bone. great view over the Livermore area

hiking
1 month ago

Despite many warnings and being advised not too, I hiked this trail for my first time hiking ever. I do not recommend it as it is extremely difficult and in some spots maybe alittle dangerous but I made it, it was well worth loosing the ability to move the next few days and I completed it in about 8 hours!

hiking
2 months ago

So happy to see all pushing for this loop! Such a beautiful time on the trail.

awesome views and decent hike

The area is multi-use, so you will be sharing the trails with mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, equestrians, and cows. Most people start at the parking lot at the base of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park off of Foothill Road.

Most of the Ridgeline Trail section has very little shade so expect a lot of sun exposure. The air can also be quite dry during the dry seasons, and temperatures can get into the 90s during the summer. There are more shades from trees when you get to the Shady Creek area, and it is also quieter once you are on the other side of the ridge away from the highway.

There are a lot of intertwining trails so it’s easy to make a wrong turn, but often (but not always), if you keep going it will reconnect back. When you approach some of the steeper peeks, you typically have the option of going over or around.

There are more connected trails beyond Shady Creek Trail so if you are so inclined you can go well beyond the ~14 miles covering Ridgeline and Shady Creek. I suspect you can do a 50k loop out of this ridge system, but haven’t tested it personally.

You could go south on Ridgeline Trail instead of north, but it ends relatively quickly, and I personally didn’t find it as worthwhile as heading north so I have done it once, and haven’t gone back since. It just ends at some private property so it really isn’t worth going there unless that was your property.

Most of the creeks in the Shady Creek area are dried out by late summer, but if you go in winter or early spring you may need to get your feet wet at a few of the creek crossings.

I use AT&T, and I had a signal most of the front section of this loop, but I did not have any signal near the back section of Shady Creek. Very few people venture that far back so you may be quite isolated back there. Though I did make a wrong turn and saw a house on top of the ridge so there must be some kind of road back there.

hiking
2 months ago

Scenery: 3
Views: 4
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 2
Shade: 1

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

I did this trail but started at alpine lake took the trail counter clockwise, the trail up winds in and out of large beautiful trees and many creek crossings, and waterfalls. nice wooden bridges to keep you from getting wet even during rainy seasons. Once you get to the top, the trail loses its beauty and other hikers disappears going down.
There is a creek crossing just past the lake that you might run into trouble during rains there is no bridge.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and challenging hike, with great views. The heat was brutal even though I left early and hiked up in the shade.

Hiked this to train for Yosemite Half Dome. This was an awesome training hike. Your legs get a great workout. You need at least 3 liters of water. It was a sunny but windy and cool day when we hiked and I drank about 3, so on a hot day, would have needed more. Fox tails galore on the narrow paths, so stuck to my socks and shoes.

One of the best hikes I’ve done in Mt Tam. You will go though many different types of forest and nature. The lake is really beautiful about halfway through.

We took a couple of detours and made it closer to a 12 mike hike in about 4 hours.

Highly recommend.

Great hike with amazing views of the bay, Diablo and beyond. Uphill and downhill struggle pretty much the whole way! It took us 7.5 hours to do (moving time). This is much longer hiking time for us as the downhill is steep fairly frequently with poor grip. If you can stand the burn and blisters it’s definitely worth it!

trail running
4 months ago

Nicely shaded out and back. Not a lot of parking and seems to be a popular trail with mountain bikers. Initial steep climb for the first 1.5ish miles but steady gradient with lots of switchbacks after. A challenge if you push for speed on the uphill, but also not too difficult to maintain a 10min mile pace for the entirety if you’re just in the mood for an easy run.

Did counterclockwise. Highlight is the alpine lake. Pristine and not even a single soul nearby as I hiked this in the evening. I had a constant fear of mountain lion as there is a sign which said "avoid hiking alone". Nevertheless, found lot of people near cataract falls. Moderate hike.

Great trail, long but not too hard for us, we went anti-clockwise.There is not too much water at the fall but the lake is nice to have a meal break. There are several restrooms at picnic area along on the trail. We started at 9 am and completed at 1:30 pm. Dog, Cat, Crocodile friendly, not so much bugs or mosquitoes. Go early and park your car under big tree. I am kidding about the crocodile anyway.

Its a long day hike starting from parking lot. You need to follow slate creek trail and then at the slate creek campground you need to take left to bear creek trail. Camp ground has benches and table along with one portable waterless toilet. Continuing on bear creek trail will leave to peter's creek grove. Along the way you will find some old growth trees which is just amazing to be around. You will also find an old battered car almost eaten away by nature (wonder what story it holds). Peter's creek grove is 1.3 mile loop and it very secluded with lots of birds around and the creek sound is blissful to just hear it. Have lunch there and trace back the path to parking lot.

trail running
4 months 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 :-)

Using this exact route we chose to go East first.

Starting at 9am on a Saturday, we saw only about 12 people in total until about the 6 mile mark.

The trail is beautiful but not in a scenic vista way. You will constantly have shade and a limited view of the path before and behind you as it is well grown bushes and trees as well as numerous turns.

We didn't see much wildlife but the manzanitas are amazing as well as the redwoods here and there.

The lake is a nice serene spot to have a small break. No bugs or mosquitoes.

The path is well marked but bring your map on the app as it did help. Also, it is well maintained but there is a lot of erosion which means you will need to concentrate on your steps for most of the entire hike...so a lot of engagement with the path.

If you do this exact hike, if you are just in average shape, it will be hard. If less than average shape, it will be strenuous. If in good shape it will be a good long exhausting hike.

5 months ago

Start at the top of Montevina Rd . Great views of Lexington and the Coastal range early on.Kind of a reverse hike where you start at the top and go to the bottom.

Gorgeous view, the trail itself is not that challenging but the trail signs are a bit confusing, grab a map at the trailhead

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked to Murietta Falls this past Saturday and it was 97 degrees. Very hot and we took the Ohlone Wilderness trail all the way there and didn't realize it was 18 miles round trip. Ran out of water last 4 miles coming back. It was a very hard hike especially with the heat. We started at 8:30 am and finished at 2:30 pm. No place to filter water either so carry a lot of water.

hiking
5 months ago

I went hiking on a late Sunday afternoon. Not too strenuous. There was practically no traffic, I saw a total of four humans the entire time I was there.
About a quarter of the way in you start feeling completely isolated from the rest of the world, except for the cows. You pass through grazing lands and there are way too many cows. Some sections seemed a little dangerous where the cows did not have an escape route and ran right in front of me to get away from me. Also, the large population of cows results in manure related stench being prevalent for significant portions of the trail.
I also found a snake playing possum and some very curious deer when it was nearing sunset.
All in all, a nice refreshing hike.

hiking
5 months ago

The old Spanish trail becomes non-dog friendly about half way down the right side of the loop, had to turn back. Lots of mountain bikes going pretty fast on alpine road which made hiking with a dog on the narrow trails less than ideal. A couple of nice vistas.

Beautiful hike, waterfalls, lush ferns to manzanita, views of the lake. Mostly shaded all the time.

The views are nice on this trail, but not a lot of shade on the first few miles. Deer Valley was well worth the trip. check out the reader board at Pala Seca Cabin.

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