Not crowded at all!
Love the proximity of water :) even greater hike when you have waterproof shoes :) a hidden gem in Oakland :)

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5 months ago

the trail starts off really nice , then kinda disappears .... i was there in december and it kinda got tricky but my dog loved it .
its five minute from our home.

10 months ago

Nice and shaded, not too crowded, narrow trail. Had fun with my two pups, they played in the water for a bit.

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11 months ago

This was a fun hike. I was excited to come back to this area in the summer after hiking the Dimond Canyon Bridgeview Trail earlier in the year only to discover that the portion along Sausal Creek is impassable during the rainy months. This time, the water was low enough to get through, but I had to do some rock hopping to avoid getting wet.

The start of the trail is at the end of Benevides Ave. You can park along this road or out on El Centro Ave; just be respectful of the residents. You'll follow along the ridge about 50-100 ft. up from Sausal Creek. About 1/4 mile in, you'll see a marker on the ground for Dimond Canyon Trail. This takes you down to the creek, where you can cross a wooden board to get to the other side.

At .6 miles, there's a switchback to drop down to the creek. At the bottom, you can go left to go through a series of switchbacks that takes you up the other side of the ridge. That trail will eventually connect to Palos Colorados trail and Joaquin Miller Park. If you go right, you will loop back via Sausal Creek.

This is where it gets interesting. Depending on the time of the year and the water level, you might be able to get through completely dry or you might not be able to get through at all. It was July and there were plenty of dry rocks and trail to navigate my way along the creek. You just gotta be creative and find your own path. There is an intermittent trail along the left side that you can utilize, but don't depend on it. Eventually you'll start to see another trail on the right side and then you'll see another marker in the ground and a board to cross the creek. This takes you back up the ridge to the marker I mentioned earlier. You can either loop back this way or continue on until you reach El Centro Ave.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Nice trail with a variety of scenery and wildlife, surprised to find that it's labeled as "good for all skill levels" when most of it was jumping from rock to rock up the creek. A lady hiking with us had to carry her ~15lb dog the whole way as it wouldn't have made it on its own. The redwoods at the entrance to the trail are spectacular, and despite being treacherous the creek portion was a blast.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

I tried to do this hike in March at the tail end of the rainy season and the stretch of Dimond Bridgeview that runs along Sausal creek was impassable. So I did a modified version by taking Old Canyon trail on the north side of the creek. It was still a nice hike, but it would be better during the summer months.

I parked at the trail entrance along Monterey Blvd. The track shows the trail starting at the tunnel under highway 13 that connects with Joaquin Miller Park. If you want to do a longer hike, you can go through the tunnel and hike the Palos Coloradas trail too, which is one of my favorites.

The first half mile of the this trail takes you over a bridge, up a hill, and adjacent to the golf course. You'll pass by a bunch of tree swings that look suitable for kids. Then you'll arrive at a marker where you'll turn right and go down the hill via a series of switchbacks.

At the bottom of the hill, you can either go up the hill on the other side to Old Canyon trail or follow the creek for Dimond Bridgeview. The latter was not an option for me with the water level being so high. Old Canyon continues on along the hillside up from the creek.

You'll go under the Leimert Blvd bridge and reach another intersection. Going straight will take you to Benevides Ave. Going left takes you back down to the creek and Diamond Bridgeview Trail. Once you reach the creek, you want to cross it and go right. There's a board and some rocks that allow you to get across.

After that, the trail takes you right to Dimond Park. You'll have to cross El Centro Ave, but it's pretty straightforward.

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