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Feels weird walking into a private community. They certainly let you know it. Hike was fine. 0 shade!!!!! Go in morning or late.

2 months ago

Did this hike again about 2 weeks back.. good trail about 5 Miles round trip. Going up went through the left side from the trail head to the Bollinger Creek Trail a paved trail to the top of the peak.. Took about 1 hr 30mins going up. Great views of Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, and Mount Diablo. On the way back coming down took the Chamise trail a true narrow trail over the ridge. Took about 1 hr 30 mins to get down..nice lil hike

Great views, lots of exposure; poison oak galore

Lovely unexpected views! Lots of poison oak on the trails, wear long pants

5 months ago

Nice trail with great view of San Francisco city and Salesforce tower :-)

Great longer hike that's still close to the city. Beautiful views of San Francisco and the water along with wildflowers.

Beautiful views along the ridge trail and highly recommended as an orientation to the area. Only downside is the north/western part of the loop trail is not well maintained and is constricted with vegetation... leading to wet pants from the dew in the morning or exposure to cuts if wearing shorts. I recommend taking the direct portion of the loop trail (heads directly south from the trailhead) versus the longer route to the west which is not well maintained.

To get this trail right, start counter clockwise, and once you are on del amigo trail, make a left on Virgil Williams trail and then a left on madrone all the way to ringtail cat trail.

5 months ago

Challenging, great with dogs, bring lots of water, not much shade

It’s a great trail. Loved everything about it. Going there towards end of the spring and just before summer, There are several places where the trail was overgrown and it was impossible to see the trail - especially the last part getting back to the fire road. We literally had to guess and pray that we were not stepping on a snake or something else.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike, especially during spring time. Lots of wildflowers along the path.

Great hike, keep an eye on the map, because it's easy to switch on a another trail without noticing it! But really nice one, super green right now! Warm and sunny!

Good hike really close to downtown SF, only 15-20 minutes driving! As the name suggests, the majority of this hike is fully exposed so bring sunscreen and a decent amount of water. Was surprised at the amount of fully grown poison oak along the trail this early in the season, and the trail is much narrower at the beginning than I anticipated, so long pants are a must!!

Very nice trail. Partially sunny, partially shady, both flat and hilly areas. My feet started hurting around mile 7 and were killing me by the end, but after I rest up, I plan on doing it again. Also, I saw a wild coyote on the hike, that was awesome!

I did this hike yesterday. It's pretty tough but the trail is well maintained, there are several (4) toilets along the way, and there's water at the top of the mountain and in one of the campgrounds 1/3 of the way up. This trail is also used by mountain bikers.

The very last part of the Ridge Top Trail part of this loop was fenced off, so had to double back and take the bypass trail. Apart from that great hike and phenomenal 360 views from the ridge top.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Starting from the Mt. Diablo South Gate entrance near Blackhawk, our group completed most of the full Summit Trail. This trail starts out in the shaded foothills of the mountain, proceeds past Rock City, and continues up the south face of the mount, gradually becoming more exposed, and steeper. The route is mixed between foot trail and fire roads.. Our group was forced to turn back a half mile from the summit, so if you're looking for a challenge definitely recommend. There is no water and only a couple outhouses, so come prepared with snacks and plenty of water.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

This is the Lake Chabot Bike Loop. The dam project is now officially finished (as of October 2017) and the entire loop is open again.

I recommend doing the loop counter clockwise. The first 2 miles along the east shore are paved and there are a lot of pedestrians, so it’s a good warmup on the bike. Then there’s the steep ascent up Live Oak Trail that is the most difficult part. Once you reach Brandon, it’s a wide trail with a series of descents that is a blast on a bike. Eventually you’ll get off Brandon and make another less-steep ascent up Skyline trail and arrive at the Grass Valley parking lot. Then it’s downhill again on Goldenrod until you reach the dam. From the dam back to the marina is all paved with lots of pedestrians again.

Great hike, great views!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Might be the toughest hike in the bay. Definitely the toughest hike my wife ever did with me...

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great hike, some shade and lots of sun and exposed area, bring a hat and sunscreens, amazing views!

Good trail, strenuous at times. Excellent views to go with a nice workout.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

We've only done small pieces of this loop, but we love it. Getting up to the ridge path can be a bit of a haul, but the views are amazing all along the way. In the summer weather pattern you're basically walking right into the fog.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great hike for Sunday. Don't forget to bring plenty of water and a hat since there isn't much shade.

trail running
Saturday, June 03, 2017

This was a phenomenal trail! Breathtaking (both from the steepness and view) when you step onto the top of the ridge and have 360 degree views. The only part I didn't like was the paved road that brings you off the ridge if taking the loop in a counter clockwise direction. I will definitely be taking this trail again.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Some really nice views !!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

We started at the Hap MaGee Ranch Park. We walked a short distance on the Camille Ave to the Madrone Trail trailhead. We hiked the Madrone Trail to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail, and reached to the Las Trampas Peak (1827’). We continued to the Corduroy Hills Trail and climbed up to the Eagle Peak (1720’). This hike was long (9.3 miles) and hard (elevation gain of 2,300 feet) but the views on the peaks were phenomenal.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Park at Rancho Laguna Park off Camino Pablo. You can enter the trail by walking through Sanders Ranch and passing 4-5 houses on the left. The trail was muddy in sections that are near creeks and have little sun. Wear Pants due to vegetation growth covering significant portions of the trail. We only saw one other group using the trail.

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