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lots of elevation change but beautiful in winter! some trails still recovering from fire

I hiked this loop trail on St. Joseph’s
Day, and I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. If you have the chance to hike this trail, now is a great time to do it (once it stops raining). The mountains are dressed in green with pops of color from wildflowers and blossoming trees. The butterflies and bees were out as well enjoying the last day of winter. Look for the trailhead on the back end of the larger parking lot. I recommend taking the Blue Ridge Trail going up and the Homestead Trail coming down. Thus, when you get to the intersection of the two trails shortly after you emerge from the tunnel, follow the Blue Ridge Trail on the right. Then, you will have to cross the creek; head towards the trail marker sign on the opposite bank. Going this route, I would classify this hike as a solid moderate. Budget 4 hours for this hike if you go at a leisurely pace, stopping occasionally to take photos or a sip of water (bring at least 40 oz on a mild spring day; you may want to bring more water if you go during the heat of summer). Also, start the hike early so that you can do much of the uphill portion (without much shade) while you’re still fresh and in the cool light of morning. Then, you can reach the scenic view of Lake Berryessa quicker and enjoy the shade and calming sound of flowing water as you take the Homestead Trail back to the parking lot.

Pretty easy hike with nice views. Plenty of parking with public restrooms.

4 days ago

The path is mostly paved so it’s more of a walk than a hike! But beautiful views and we went on a warm day so the beach was so comfortable

This is a great and scenic hike. I would recommend doing early in the day before it gets hot as others have said. At least half of the hike is completely exposed with no shade, which provides for some great views, but it also gets hot. I would also recommend taking the trail clockwise so you are walking in to the views while you are on top of the ridge, instead of away from them.

Lovely trail with views. Feb and March seem like a great time to go to avoid the heat and rattlesnakes.

We parked near the trail head. Sun and snow made beautiful pictures. Creek runs on the side of the trail. We turned around half way, because couldn’t cross the river. Main waterfall is very pretty, however more people. While hiking to Waterfall was not a sole on a Sunday. Going downhill on way back.

Beautiful hike! Loved seeing the waterfalls. We went in March and it was muddy most of the way but still lovely. We went clockwise and there was lots of steep uphill spots. Would like to do it again. Round trip from street to loop and back was almost 7.5 miles.

Great view, easy walk, and the dog loved it.

Beautiful views and a good variety of trails to mix it up.

trail running
6 days ago

Great loop to run :)

Outstanding day. Started with a slow walk up the north end. Once on the ridge it was on. Like riding a dirt bike on a mountain side. Get off your but and do it. Push your self. Get out of your comfort zone.

Really cool hike Dec-March you can’t do the whole hike unless you do the tour as it’s National season and males are aggressive. There are limited spots. I almost didn’t go but it was awesome! $7 for the tour and $10 for parking

very beautful

Visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It's a wonderful hike with multiple tiny waterfalls on the way. We did the loop anti-clockwise and found it to be moderately challenging. There are certainly a few sections of steep climbing, but nothing very strenuous. If you're visiting Mt. Diablo park, this should definitely be on your list of hikes!

15 days ago

Love it! Basically it’s Cardinet Oaks Road all the way (approx 30 mins) to the point where you can turn either left or right for the loop itself. I suggest going clockwise. The Falls Trail is my favorite.. then the second - and last part - of the loop, Middle Trail, can be challenging for some. Can be muddy!

This is a great trail from Fall until hit starts hitting the 90s. It's even better after a light snow. Full trail starts at Cedar Valley but if you want a shorter hike then there is another trailhead further up HW41 that is about the halfway point to red rock falls at the end of this trail.

Nice hike, lots of lovely dogs, very pretty but not spectacular. I went during the week l, so there was plenty of parking and many times where I was alone on the trail.

Short, easy trail but THE VIEWS.. oh my god. So worth it getting here.

Majestic views, frog concert and sunset upon returning to the trailhead. First part is all up last part you get to cool down and be in the shade if you are hiking later afternoon. Spotted 2 coyotes at 30 feet.

19 days ago

Beautiful hike, great views when you get to the top - it was a clear day and we could see the Bay, bridges and city. We also saw turkey vultures, red kites, woodpeckers, and even a couple of newts in addition to the fluffy cows! A great hike, especially for spring or fall when it's not too hot.

Amazing place. Gorgeous trail and views. If you go during Dec-March you will also enjoy views of elephant seals. Remarkable animals.
Trail is easy, with some walks on sand dunes. My 6 year old had no issues

Beautiful country side. Mostly open trails, not paved. Everyone is in a great mood, even the dogs are friendly.

so pretty, especially with the light snow we got covering the ground!

I've hiked this trail countless times!! It's a good hike to get your heart pumping, but it can get crowded when the weather is nice. bring water and dress accordingly because there is no shade when your on the ridge.

This was a good trail with a stroller. The kids (5 and 3 years old) had a lot of fun finding beautiful pebbles in a streamlet near the ocean. They are excited to go back!

25 days ago

Good hike, not enough shade. Wouldn’t do it in the summer time, made that mistake and had to turn back. Overall it was great and so close to home!

Short trail, good for kids, our kids enjoyed picking fennel leaves and sour grass, and they loved gallivanting on the beach.

I did it clockwise as well. Some of those stairs are quite steep and I’m glad we went up them and not down them. None of the reviews thus far have mentioned the copious amounts of poison oak. It is truly everywhere on this trail. I wouldn’t bring a dog for that reason alone, unless you’re not allergic. Beautiful views and wildflowers. Start early for best weather and to avoid crowds.

Great trail for an active workout.

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