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Beautiful place, so quite. We took foldable chairs and sat next to the lake. We went there with our dog as well. We’ll definitely return!

Great views. Tip: $8 parking fee and opened seasonally

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.

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
2 months ago

Somewhat crowded. Started out as a fishing trip, ended up walking the loop.

Loved it.!!! The great outdoors

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.

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

Amazing views and a good workout for a beginner like me. Some steep parts but manageable. We seen deer, wild turkeys and a banana slug! Lots of places to have a picnic and good pricing for boat rentals. Definitely coming back here again.

Such a beautiful hike. We did the highland loop trail; it was very peaceful and had lots to offer with views at the top looking down on the reservoir and stops along the shoreline. The trail is dog friendly, but don’t count on letting them go for a swim, they have strict rules.

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.

hiking
6 months 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..."

Starts out steep, but fairly light once up top. Descent on Coyote Ridge is long and, at times, quite steep. Wear good hiking shoes. Portions on Lookout Trail and Tony Look trail are single file trails only. Much of Tony Look trail is under tree cover, as is Lookout Trail, but the rest if pretty exposed, so keep that in mind on very sunny and hot days.
Do not suggest young children due to overall duration (abt 3 hours), but use your judgement.

Just did this trail. Though it’s just 5.5 miles with all its ups and downs it took a group of us 3 hours. Great hike - just budget the time.

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

hiking
6 months ago

The short part of the trail to Summit Rock was open today and provided beautiful views of the bay area. We learned that this part of the trail is normally only open from October to late January.

Bigfoot is a real dude, we had a great time kickin it.

7 months ago

Hiked up 12/31/17. Parking lot is small. Pleasantly cool around 4pm. Steady incline for the entire 0.9 mile. Views are nice but blocked by trees. Mary Davey Loop trail at the top is a nice mostly level 0.6 mile warm down loop.

Went to the trail few times. Like its view of Stevens Creek Reservoir.

hiking
7 months ago

A little steep. not a lot to see. might be better views if walking further.

hiking
7 months ago

Good quick nearby trail from San Jose. Great with the dog. Bad part was the actual trail to summit rock was closed. No views.

This is a beautiful trail for most of it. It takes about 3.5 hours to do the 5.5 miles.

It's a little bit too much for a 3.5 and 5.5 year old kids. I had to carry them for part of it, but in the end, they were happy going on the adventure.

Nice lake in the middle of a beautiful redwood forest. Lots of fishermen the first half mile of the trail, but after that we had the rest of the trail all to ourselves.

Absolutely beautiful. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

Long shaded redwood trail. Quite steep elevation climbs in short spurts. Wonderful lake views, can’t wait to come back and rent a small boat and go fishing!

Entrance to trail was hard to find. It is across the street from the Castle Rock Park. Parking was convenient, located right in front of Castle Rock Park. Recommend bug spray. A lot of bugs in your face first half of the trail

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