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nice quick trail. part of the loop is not good for biking. it was fun overall.

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no shade
11 days ago

Dirt road

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19 days ago

great hike with a great view. Make sure you touch the peak

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closed
no shade
25 days ago

The bridge which is middle of the trail is under construction until Oct 31 2019. I couldn't go through the loop.

Perfect hike! A little strenuous but worth the views

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2 months ago

I ended up enjoying this hike much more than I expected - I saw no other hikers after the Tolman Peak cut off and saw so many birds, deer, and even a tarantula! I didn’t see any cows oddly - maybe it’s a seasonal thing. I particularly enjoyed the laurel forest part of the loop, especially as it had a lot of colorful fallen leaves. There was a lot of poison oak though.

Was a great family hike with the kids. Lots of shade, rocks, water, and things to explore for the little ones. Only negative was we had a hard time staying on this loop so we went a bit more than 2.2 miles. Also while there is not much in line throughout, about halfway it’ll hit a little hard with the stairs and uphill. Totally fun hike though, 4 year old loved it!

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Would recommend this trail for a run or a short hike with some elevation. The views weren't that great but had an overall great time running this trail. Some parts were pretty rocky so I had to slow down on some parts to make sure I wouldn't slip

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3 months ago

Great ride, nice ups and downs without a strenuous climb. Though you can veer onto a hill and come back if you really want to get a grind in. But a good 70% of this trail is under a forested canyon so it much more shaded than the majority of this park. Went in the middle of summer so there was zero mud. But I can see that being an issue Nov-April, because the sun does not penetrate this trail. The post/signage are in bad shape so it’s easy to miss a turn. This app helps a lot in this park. But great quick workout that should take less than 2 hours. Will incorporate this into my local rotation.

The first and last stretch is mellow which makes for a good warm up/cool down. The loop itself is around a large hill. When you hit the fork there’s a choice. Go left: exposed/no shade, wider trail. Nice views though. Climb not easy as it does not switch back and forth so the grade is steep. Good work out though that’ll induce sweat. Go right: the ascend is through a forested canyon. So very shady but narrow trail. Climb is more like steps, steep yet narrow. On hotter days maybe choose this as it is shaded.

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rocky
3 months ago

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bugs
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Gate locked at just over a mile into hike

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5 months ago

Super nice trail with amazing views of the bay, vegetation is dried out now but it still very pretty! Only reason that I don’t understand is this trail is rated as “hard” it is easier than mission peak and the rating for mission peak is moderate! Anyways, there is a nice 1.6 miles ascending, and the rest is pretty flat and downhill, that’s why it is a moderate trail in my opinion! But it was worth the try!

Today was forecasted to be 95 so we got there early. Started the hike at 6:45. There wasn't anyone on the trail when we started. We also went clockwise. Glad we did so we got the sun out of the way early on. Going down is mostly shady. lots of bugs on the trail tho, and spiders. We also saw 2 snakes, and plenty of poop everywhere. Watch where you step. Otherwise, it was a nice hike. The view at the top is beautiful.

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5 months ago

I recommend going clockwise for the best views. Dip you feet in the pool near the trailhead, slightly down the left fork, at the end of the hike. This hike is decently challenging due to the steep inclines and is fairly exposed to the sun most of the way. The terrain and views are pretty, but not enough to warrant five stars.

long portions of very steep and narrow trail, lots of ruts and gopher holes, lots of bugs and cows, beautiful views

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5 months ago

Came on a cooler day in May and it was a perfect hike. The way uphill and downhill have some shady spots but the majority of the ridge is exposed which would make it pretty brutal on a hot day. There are LOTS of cows and cow pies so be careful where you are stepping. The views of east bay are great and more or less stay with you along the entirety of the top of the trail. Was fairly long but not too tough of a hike, just be ready to sweat on your way to the top.

There is quite the climb involved with this hike but you are rewarded with stunning views of the entire Bay Area from SF to SJ. I went on a partly cloudy cool day which seemed perfect. I imagine it would be unbearably hot during the summer months as there is little to no shade for the majority of the loop. But there are cows! LOTS of cows! And cow pies! The breezy open rolling hills of grass are beautiful at first but it does get monotonous after a while. The turkeys are fun to watch...they're so goofy! I don't know that I ever need to do this hike again though. It's a lot of the same.

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6 months ago

Amazing trail! A bit tough at times but definitely worth the workout! 8/10 will definitely hike this one again.

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7 months ago

I don’t go to Garin / Dry Creek very often because it’s a little out of my way and there isn’t a whole lot of shade there. I’m more of a Redwood forest kinda guy I guess. But I thought this hike brought together some of the nicer trails in a way that looped you through the parks. First of all, I like parking at the May Rd trailhead. It’s conveniently located along Mission and there’s no entrance fee. You should be careful not to leave anything in your car there though. The hike first takes you over to the Tolman Peak Loop. It’s mostly flat on the way there with a few gates and a couple creek crossings. You’ll encounter some cows throughout this hike too. I like doing the loop counterclockwise because you go up the mostly shaded south fork trail. And no bikes are allowed on that trail, so you’re only going to encounter other hikers while making the climb. Be on the lookout for a geocache dedicated to United Flight 615 at Tolman Peak. You need to go off trail to get to it. Pioneer and Dry Creek trails are both great. They’re single track, mostly shaded, and Dry Creek has a bunch of skinny little bridges that are fun to cross. I guess they’re built that way to keep bikers and horses off of them. Once you reach the lake, you either need to cross over to High Ridge at the southern end of the lake or you need to continue north to the Garin parking lot. There’s a little connector trail shown on the map at the north end of the lake, but I couldn’t find it. It’s all overgrown there, so I don’t think it exists anymore.

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muddy
over grown
7 months ago

Interesting trail - very few people on the trail (especially on the way up). It seemed that most people were going counterclockwise around the loop while we were doing it clockwise - I’d recommend the clockwise way since the uphill path is less muddy than the way down. The uphill path is very overgrown while the way down can be muddy at some points. Overall, it was a decent 5.2 mile hike but it would be better if they kept the trail in better condition.

Plenty of wildflowers scattered along the trail. Gorgeous scenic views. Mid April, the air is cool and lots of refreshing breeze. Had cows on the shaded part of the trail, that hiked along with us. Most of the muddy parts were dry, but we could tell it can get pretty muddy when it rains.

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muddy
7 months ago

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