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    Toby Blakeney followed Steve Cotugno

    12 days ago

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Merry Go Round Trail

    13 days ago

    This is a great loop for trail runners; lots of elevation change and shade. These are the closest redwoods to Gilroy. This loop also offers a good sample of the different environments this wonderful county park offers, from grassland and chaparral to second growth redwood and coastal tan oaks. My dog loves it too because we don’t have to cross any roads, unlike other trails in this park, and though I think bikes are allowed we never see any.

    Toby Blakeney completed Merry Go Round Trail

    13 days ago

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Miller Ruins Loop

    13 days ago

    I included this loop on a longer loop around the whole park. The ruins of the Miller place are so cool! They are in the beginning of this hike to the right at the dead end of the paved road that it starts on. They are definitely the highlight; this part of Loop Trail, the cut off, and Ridge Road are pretty boring. Heavily trafficked, so not much wildlife. They skirt the archery course which looks super fun in itself. There are kid friendly hikes that aren’t on fire roads in this park that are way more inspiring; a convenient one from the ruins would be Tan Oak Trail. You can do it as an out and back based on the stamina of your group, just turning around when you feel like it.

    Toby Blakeney completed Miller Ruins Loop

    13 days ago

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Aptos Rancho Trail

    28 days ago

    A super easy and beautiful hike that winds along Aptos Creek under the shade of bay, oak, laurel, and redwood trees. Park at the Safeway and cross the street into the culdesac (the road that is straight ahead out of the shopping center lot) to walk straight down to the trailhead. You can access Aptos Creek Fire Rd. and lots of other trails in lower Nisene Marks via this route without paying to park.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Bear Creek Trail

    28 days ago

    This hike was just spectacular when I got a chance to do it in June of 2017. Definitely doable for most anyone, though being from a town at sea level and having had only a day of acclimation slowed me down a little. The falls are so powerful and the spray so refreshing, really incredible, but the views are just as impressive as the falls on this trek. This part of Colorado is as good as it gets: the terrain is so varied, red sandstone cliffs to the west and snow-capped mountains that remind me of The Sound of Music to the east. I love Telluride so damn much. Next time I go I want to try and get further up the Wasatch Basin Trail.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Byrne Trail and Hardwood Trail Loop

    29 days ago

    One of my favorite local parks due to its unique charms, spectacular views and wildflowers, and extreme dog-friendliness. Plenty of parking and you’re likely to have it to yourself, especially mornings. The redwood lined canyon on the north side is very ethereal and special.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Byrne-Milliron Trail

    29 days ago

    The Milliron Loop is no longer a loop but an out and back spur due to a trail closure, but very worth it to see the gigantic albino redwood! It’s a wonderful, dog friendly forest with fun trails that offer a great workout.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Aj's Point of View

    29 days ago

    Special spot in a special forest. Extremely dog friendly and great wildflowers and views. There are books to sign at this point and at Eagle in Tree, and the forest is strewn with fun mementos of the late caretaker and interesting bits and bobs. The inclines are short but steep, and there is NO way to avoid hiking uphill, so be prepared for a bit of a sweat. So worth it! I love to make a day by hiking here, wandering the gardens of Roses of Yesterday and Today (at the base of the road leading to the trailhead), then grabbing a Corralitos sausage sandwich at the Corralitos Market. Such a beautiful little town.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Priest Rock Trail

    29 days ago

    I don’t come here too much in the hotter months but I like the trails a lot. There is a lot of elevation gain and the trails are wide enough to share with the many bikers. My dog loves it. Not much in terms of views unless you go all the way up to El Sombroso, and even those are not the best on hazy days. Not too much parking at the trail head, just roadside turnouts. Also a bummer that you can’t swim in the reservoir.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Bridge Creek Trail to Maple Falls

    29 days ago

    Drive up the fire road until there is a gate blocking the road, and use that parking area to save a bit of walking. The falls is absolutely beautiful; keep going, you’ll know when you get there, as you can go no further. My dog really enjoyed playing in the creek and hiking the trails without worrying about bikers. The last mile to the falls is slightly more technical terrain, very fun. When I went in mid October the falls were strong enough to stand under and cool off for the return trek.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed West Ridge, Ridge Connector, and Loma Prieta Grade Loop

    29 days ago

    Beautiful, well maintained trails and a decent workout. My dog loves it too, especially since no bikes allowed on these trails. Nisene Marks holds a special place in my heart, it is just magical.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Loma Prieta Grade and Big Stump Gap to Sand Point Overlook and West Ridge Trail

    29 days ago

    Great workout. This is a good loop to avoid the bikers and general traffic of Aptos Creek Fire Road on the way to Sand Point Overlook.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Loma Prieta Grade to Bridge Creek and West Ridge Loop

    29 days ago

    I always love West Ridge Trail, which is beautiful and well-maintained, but if you’re going to do this loop, you might as well take Bridge Creek Trail all the way to Maple Falls, it is worth the extra mile or two to have a highlight on the hike. There aren’t many viewpoints or good picture spots on this particular loop without adding in that spur.

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Loma Prieta and Bridge Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This park is just the best. Even on days when you don’t have very much time you can hike a few miles and feel secluded in a beautiful natural setting. If you have the time for an extra not even 2 miles—or if you drive in and park in the area by the last gate—the last push on Bridge Creek Trail to Maple Falls is absolutely worth it. Lots of creek crossings and some climbing over fallen trees makes for an exciting final leg, and the falls is flowing enough as of mid October to stand under and get refreshed for the trek back. I have been hiking with my dog here off leash for years and years and never once gotten in trouble or had a bad experience with other park users.

    Toby Blakeney followed Jessica Frusetta

    about 1 month ago

    Toby Blakeney followed Jennifer Shubin

    about 1 month ago

    Toby Blakeney completed Manresa Beach Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Toby Blakeney updated Pajaro Dunes and River Mouth

    about 1 month ago

    Toby Blakeney updated Five Finger Falls via Big Slide Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Toby Blakeney updated Sunset State Beach

    about 1 month ago

    Toby Blakeney reviewed Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I hiked this back in late 2012 in a large group. Short but steep, so it’ll get your heart rate up. Beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. There is camping on the state beach below. Not sure if dogs are allowed on this trail but they are not allowed on the beach. Very windy, obviously, so dress in layers. The caves are really cool, but unfortunately there is a lot of graffiti.

    Toby Blakeney completed Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Toby Blakeney completed Aptos Rancho Trail

    6 months ago