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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

About 10 parking spots. Cars lined up to get one on a sunny Sunday.

Beautiful, peaceful, views, shade, flowers, and wildlife.

Nice trail and great view of pacific + peninsula once you get to Sweeney ridge

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

Excellent hike, to the top of Black Mountain about 12 miles..steep at some points, very good workout to get ur endurance up...well worth it to reach the top, the view is amazing.

Good vegetation variety. Beautiful views. A lot is on a fire road which is a bit less cool and the top view isn’t the best view but this is a hike about the journey vs the summit. Nice.

on Russian Ridge Trail

1 month ago

We did Ridge trail and looped down on Hawkeyes trail to Ancient Oak Trail to Charquin and then ended on Ridge back to the parking lot. Took us 1.75 hours

1 month ago

Loved it. Mostly exposed trails, beautiful and quiet. Can watch the sunrise. However, the trails were not marked very well so got lost on the way back to the parking lot.

A relatively easy hike with good view of the mountains and bay. The signposts can be confusing. Highly recommend taking a map with you.

Fantastic hike with incredible coastal views

Easy to moderate hike with great views. Various steep hill paths that can make this more challenging.

Beautiful views of the coastline. Great place to take visitors for an afternoon walk.

I wouldn't call this a trail. More like a climb on a cliff among slippery rocks. nice views but not at all a hike.

Really beautiful easy hike

Pretty strenuous uphill areas but worth the view. Went on a warm day, watch out for snakes!

I'm visiting from WA, and decided to check out this trail today.

Trail is super well-maintained, and there are pretty cool views of Silicon Valley and Black Mountain (and some surrounding ridges) along the way. The end of Black Mountain Trail (a radio tower) doesn't have amazing views, but it's a great hike overall. The hike itself starts out a bit steep, but becomes a gradual climb and is quite steady in its climb until the very end, where it's steep again.

Made it to the top in about 1:45. I didn't drive there (took a Lyft), but the parking lot was completely full by the time I descended.

Fun! User/Unmarked trails make it a harder hike.

1 month ago

Just did the loop a long timw ago...

Nice trail close to HMB. Just enough of a climb to keep the heart rate up.

Great trail! Loved the views, especially the first leg with views back to the water, and the view from the very top. On the way back, I almost missed the turn off from the North Peak Access Road, and I found the quarter mile down through the forest to the Pedro Mountain Road to be pretty tough (but I suppose that is why the trail is rated hard).

Beautiful clear day today. Could see as far as the Farallones and across the Bay to Mt. Diablo. Gusty winds at some sections. Don’t much care for the paved roads but overall a good exhilarating climb.

I recommend going clockwise. The first section of the trail is being refinished. Some switchbacks and steeper sections, but overall nice mix of up-and-down to keep it interesting.

Pretty steep climb but the view of the ocean is spectacular!

Truly one of the prettiest trails . I consider moderate to hard for being such a short trail. Cannot beat the views up there. The trails are nicely maintained and manicured . The Middle Ridge down to Arroyo is no longer- just dead ends and turn back.

Excellent views. Mostly open space surrounded by rolling hills. Parts are shaded in the forest. Incline is nicely varied with alternating ups and downs. Signs along the trail could be better so that people don't get lost at forks.

So beautiful and serene, and such a great, well-maintained/informational hike. At the campground and trailhead you can pick up a map and a guided nature hike flier with information about the different plants and wildlife in the canyon. The Waterfall Loop is a lush hike through a coastal redwood riparian environment. You’ll feel like you’re in Big Sur right here in Watsonville. Also, this is the absolute best time to go (I’m writing this in January 2018), as it is technically closed, and you will have it all to yourself. Closure is only due to the road being washed out. Access via the Knibb’s Knob trailhead at the back of the park off Summit Rd (see Maymens Flat and Knibb’s Knob Trail page). You don’t necessarily need 4WD, but it is certainly helpful. Not for children until Croy Rd is open again around April 2018.

The steep hike up at the start of Año Nuevo trail was the perfect way to begin 2018! I didn't download the hike and just used the paper copy at the Ranger station. I got off track a bit around the Ben Ries campground, but walking on the road the last bit of the way wasn't bad. Super serene, sweet hike.

Awesome for families with kids

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