It is a nice trail. A little bit of everything. First it's paved, then dirt, then shrubs, then forest, then eucalyptus forest, some uphills, some downhills, and good views. Paved parts have lots of traffic because of the people running and fishing. I liked it. I live in So Cal so it's nice to get a hike in up north. I'm used to hiking up the Mt. Baden-Powell and also Mt. San Jacinto so this is an easier 9 mile hike if your used to doing lots of elevation. If not, then it's a good workout. Anytime your on a trail it's a good thing. Trails won't hike themselves! :-)
Elisa D. on Dan Foley Park Lake Chabot Trail
This was definitely a challenging hike. It's pretty flat at the beginning and then it's challenging with several hills. We completed the entire trail all 9 miles with my husband, 4 year old son and 10 year old daughter. We where lucky the weather was perfect! It's definitely a place you can spend the entire day. Another plus is that there are lots of markings to stay on track...so it's hard to get lost!
It is about a 9 mile hike if you take the right trails around the lake. I hiked it once there are trail markers along the way that have the distance on them. From the start of west shore trail to the end of east shore trail was a little over 9 miles according to markers took me about 5 hours to complete but I did stop a few times so if you wanted to hike it non stop it would probably take about 3 hours it depends I guess be prepared for it though I wasn't.
I went for this hike today. I didn't find the 9 miles. The walking path is not that long. Takes you nowhere and then you have to return the same way since there is no "loop" because the other side of the lake is Discovery Kingdome property and closed to the public. I forgot my iPhone to map the hike and edit the information in here. All in all with a few detours to increase the walking area as much as possible, I spent 1 hour (taking time to smell the "Flowers") a couple of steep areas but nothing major.