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Paul Gutierrez reviewed MacDonald Trail
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HikingGreat!Off trail

Nice trail to get your hike on, watch out for doggie droppings. There is a side trail called Bird Trail that's a nice detour on your way up top. If you have kids keep an eye out on them for occasionally you will have mountain bikers zooming down the hill. Fun hill and as always bring water on your hikes.

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Hiking

Not too many people and well marked trails but we got lost a few times because the most obvious paths are not actually the right ways. There are parts along the street that’s really littered but the rest is great.

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Cassie Castrejon reviewed Chabot Loop from Golf Course
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Hiking

I very much enjoy this trail! The trail head starts at a large golf course parking lot. Even on a Sunday only came across a handful of people. Going counterclockwise, the incline is mostly in the sun with some sporadic shade. Then as you move closer to Lake Chabot there is mostly tree cover. Came across only a handful of mountain bikers.

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HikingClosedGreat!

The trail was nice but today (8/2/20) we found that because the main gate leading up to the trail is closed to cars, we had to walk about 1.6 miles each way from the parking lot at Redwood Rd to the trailhead at Brandon. This was a bit of a drag and we ended up skipping some parts of the actual trail which may have been nice. I would probably update my rating after COVID but it’s hard to give it a great rating currently. If you’re going to do this route in the near future keep the extra ~3 mile r/t to the trailhead in mind.

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First to Review

We started this loop from the Chabot Equestrian Center, and went down the northern section of Goldenrod trail. Great, wide trail which allows for social distancing. My only beef is that there's dog poop on the trail that entitled dog owners never bother to pick up. From the City Stables, we went out to the Goldenrod Trail that is in the island of Skyline Blvd to the Parkridge Ave entrance. The MacDonald Trail from the end of Parkridge is my favorite part of this loop, because the views of the park are stunning! At the end of MacDonald, we went through the Bort lot, down to the Brandon Trail, then up the Horseshoe Trail back to the Equestrian Center. The loop is well worth hiking, you have a mix of shade and sun, and great views.

A lot of eucalyptus forest and not so interesting. Columbine trail is beautiful.

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HikingGreat!Muddy

The Anthony Chabot park has a great variety of trails. Depending on your hiking experience and appetite for adventure, you can choose between easy, moderate, and hard trails. This trail is a happy medium between easy and moderate if you are a regular hiker. You'll encounter benches at Vista points, views of the cityscape and the bay, trees, bushes, and birds to keep you company, and a healthy mix of flat and uphill terrain. It is a popular park/trail for mountain biking, so be prepared to meet groups of bikers. Remember to stay alert, so you don't run into them. Most riders give you a warning if they are coming up behind you, but staying vigilant is important. There is plenty of shade and rest stops to hike at your preferred pace. The trail and park does get crowded after 8.30am, so getting an early start will help you avoid the parking lot hustle.

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HikingBugsGreat!
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Hiking

Easy trail, not much elevation change save for right around the equestrian center on Horseshoe Trail. Only downsides are a little dust and SO MUCH POOP.

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Hiking

Very good trail

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Gary Ulibarri reviewed Chabot Loop from Golf Course
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Hiking

Awesome trail. Lots of elevation. Beautiful scenery. Some shade and some sun. Hard dirt roads, so footing is pretty good. Not the easiest hike, but definitely good for a workout.

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Missy Venegas reviewed Proctor and Ten Hills Loop
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Hiking

It’s just okay. It does have good incline/ decline. Very nicely shaded. What no one mentions in reviews is the Poison Oak. It’s everywhere. You’ll be fine if you stay on the path but I didn’t find one section of the walking path that did not have it.

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Hiking

very nice and shady! a bit much of an incline at the end going clockwise I would maybe say moderate but very nice! I will be back!

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Hiking

A very nice loop. Trail is dirt and the views are nice. You’ll pass a horse stable along the way. Most of the path is plenty wide.

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Hiking

Cotton Tail -> Escondido -> Brandon -> Marciel Rd Loop

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Dusty trail but nice canopy and scenic view of the lake

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Hiking
First to Review

This is fun trail. Took me about 3 hours, including some stops to eat and rest. Most of it is wide fire trails so it's good for keeping social distance from others while hiking. It is sun exposed, especially for the first few miles, so bring sun protection. Even on a nice Saturday I didn't pass too many people.

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Mountain biking

Lots of ups and downs! Wide trail with some nice views. Goes by some horse ranches.

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Tyler Chuck reviewed MacDonald Trail
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Hiking

A relatively empty loop trail! Sort of cool that the skyline boulevard section of the trail takes you on a path between the lanes of the road!

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Lisa Scovill reviewed Red Tail and Brandon Trail Loop
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Hiking

Good, easy hike. Dusty. Be aware of cyclists. We parked outside the Marciel Gate. Abundant shaded parking.

Krishant Lodhia reviewed Chabot Loop from Golf Course
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HikingBugs
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Hiking

Great leisurely trail with my friend and our dogs! You get the best of both worlds, open space and shaded areas :) We enjoyed every step of the way!

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Kam K. reviewed MacDonald Trail
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Hiking

Very nice hike. Many said lots of shade, I’d put it at 50/50 maybe 60/49 (sun/shade). All Trails didn’t note bikes are allowed on this trail, they are as an FYI. Majority of elevation gain is in first 15 min out of McDonald Staging then rolling most of the rest of the way The GPS directions to trailheadfrom All Trails app via google maps didn’t work for me. Trail starts at McDonald staging, which may have been intuitive from home name, I kept going past it in case the trail started from a less well marked place then had to circle back.

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