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Not too hot. Plenty of shade, not difficult. A few horse riders, dogs, very friendly people on the trail.

on Goldenrod Loop

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muddy
15 days ago

Hiked this trail with my partner and pup. The views were super pretty, overall the hike was nice. I recommend going clockwise as the horseshoe trail is super steep and would be a pain to go up. The first half was super muddy, but the meadow views were well worth the trek.

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washed out
1 month ago

I gave this trail two stars... It was pretty and the waterfall is lovely. But....
Thank goodness I went counter-clockwise and not clockwise. The steep part at the bottom was totally rutted and slick from recent rains and would have made a really rough climb.
Also, the description said it was heavily travelled but on a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon it was dead empty. I passed not a single other hiker on the single-track trail along the creek. As a woman who hikes alone, I rely on the “heavily trafficked” description to make trail choices, looking for safer options.

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1 month ago

Took my pup on this magical trail. I highly recommend going clockwise on this trail, the hills are much more gentle going that way. The trail starts out in eucalyptus tree groves. Once you hit the equestrian center, half way in, the trail dives into this beautifully shaded valley. Everything was especially lush in the second half of the hike as the trail hugged the creek.

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muddy
1 month ago

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no shade
2 months ago

This is one of my fave hikes this time of year to take my doggo offleash. I can always see him and no major cliffs or ledges for him to run down. Trail is wide and decent for running as well. Only 4 stars for me because of the immense amount of horse poop and the electric fences by the stables - be sure to leash your dog as the trail bends!

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blowdown
bridge out
muddy
off trail
washed out
3 months ago

This after the big storm, I could not cross the cascade so I had to return via Columbine and then Goldenrod back, but it was GREAT!!

Had a lovely hike today. It was challenging enough, but may not be for you if you’re in very good shape. Only reason for 4/5 stars is that once I got to the lake, it became more crowded and was louder which is fine too, but not as meditative if that’s what you’re looking for.
Overall, a delightful day.

Nice wide trail.

Holy tamoly. This hike is how my husband and I discovered the difference between “easy” and “moderate” trails.
The first half of this loop (leaving from the small parking lot heading straight up the hill) was nice. But all of the sudden once we crossed the bridge at the golf course ALL shade went away and it was COMPLETELY UPHILL. 22 degrees!!!! To be fair, my husband and I are not avid hikers, but we are also not out of shape. We were dying the 45 minutes it took to walk straight up.
SO my suggestion is to 1) walk the opposite way that we did (from the parking lot, walk TOWARDS/thru the golf course) and 2) pack a lunch so you can rest and make a nice trip out of it.
There is a comment somewhere on this thread that it is a “nice 1.5 hour hike” so we only had water with us...It took us 2.5 hours.
Anyways. We’re proud that we finished (not that we had the option of turning around), but won’t be doing this again any time soon!

The last half of this hike is the wide and often dusty Brandon trail. On busy days mountain bikers come careening around corners — be prepared. It’s an interesting loop and I’m happy somebody put it together but I do feel that there are probably more creative and better loops for hiking this section of the park.

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11 months ago

Nice breezes for a warm day, pretty smatterings of wild flowers and the front side was deserted. Second half of the loop on horseback/Brandon had more people (probably because it’s flatter).

We started at the Skyline Trail, followed the Columbine Trail, Quail Trail, Brandon Trail, and finally hiked back to the Skyline Trail. Total distance was 8.4 miles with elevation gain 1,155'. Total time was about three hours. It was a good hike.

Perfect 1.5 hour hike with varied terrain and beautiful views.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The return 1/3 of the hike is definitely on the high end of moderate with the steep uphill climb, but totally doable. I went after a week of rain, so about 40 yards at the bottom at lake level were more creek than trail, but relatively easy to hop in most places. Horse poop at the top and accessible water at the bottom were a tad challenging to keep my off-leash dogs under control, though.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

We started at Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course parking lot. Followed the Ten Hills Trail, Cameron Loop Trail, East Shore Trail and Honker Bay Trail up to the family campground. From the campground we continued to th Towhee Trail, Brandon Skyline Trail and back to the parking lot. Total distance was 7.1 miles with elevation gain 965 feet. This hike was rated as Moderate with panoramic views along the Brandon Skyline Trail.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The starting point was not very convenient to get to. It would have been better to start at the Grass Valley Road end. Not very scenic compared to other trails in the area.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

I rated this Trail low because of all the horse poop, especially on the northern end by the horse ranch. The Goldenrod Trail was less traveled, probably because it's windy and hilly. I didn't encounter anyone on this section when I walked on a Saturday morning. The Branden Trail is nicer and more traveled. The trail felt safe and the people I met were friendly. I went after it rained the previous night and it was muddy, which is to be expected. There are better options for hiking in the area in my opinion and I don't plan to return.

This is a nice place to take a picnic. When you get to the meadow there are picnic tables and a beautiful open space full of green grass and beautiful wild flowers. Go in the spring. Its the best time to see it. Diring the summer they allow campers with horses to camp in the meadow. Very horse and dog friendly. But keep your dog on a leash so it doesnt roll around in cow patties which there are a lot of.

Some nice spots but not the most scenic. It's a fire trail. Convenient but Redwood is nicer. Definitely gets hot! Bring water.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Not worth the time if you plan to hike, especially in the summer when everything's extremely dry. There's no scenery, only worth hiking if you want a workout. I did see some people biking part of the trail, might be interesting if you want an easy beginner MTB trail.

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17 days ago

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