Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome views! Fairly intense once you get on to tolman trail, but eases up once you hit south trail. Lots of cows, a pond, and a creek side walk on the other side of the loop. We started at 7:30am and finished around 9:30, with a couple breaks. Glad we started early as when we got back to the parking lot it was almost full(it was Sunday). We picked up some empty water bottles and other misc garbage. I’d recommend it. Our record says it was 5 miles.

Hiked 5/5/18. The hills are still green,grasses are tall and thick. Mustard on sections of the trail were up to about 8_9 feet tall. I'm sure this will all change in the next week or two. I was surprised to find a small grove of trees that included redwoods and Sequoias. Some owner at some point must have planted these. I was thinking I didn't see much wildlife then saw a bobcat near the top of Tolman. Beautiful bay laurel tree at the very top. Veins were great of the bay.

26 days ago

I mountain bike this route once or twice per week except after recent rain. It is not recommended for beginning MTB riders. But if you are up to it, the view, wildlife, and workout going up; and the adrenaline, speed, and view going down are well worth it.

Beautiful views of the Bay and grazing cows. Best to go early to avoid the heat...even during the Spring.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, especially in the winter when it's not too hot as there isn't a lot of shade. Green hills and cows grazing on the hillside. Muddy due to the recent rains.

hiking
2 months ago

As mentioned, great workout hike. Easy to find TH and not a ton of parking. Trail was in good condition and lots of green rolling hills. At first the elevation isnt too bad however by mile 2 you will be sweating. I took the Gossip Rock Spur. I didnt see many people at the top however once you come down trail gets super busy

Nice enjoyable trail! STEEP in the beginning of the trail, but it’s worth it once you see the stunning views... there’s even a bench on the top for you to rest.

Great workout! There are extended periods walking up hill... not the steepest grades, but you will feel the burn. Descent can be tough on the knees, so wear good footwear!

Nice hike. Not really "hard."

hiking
6 months ago

Tough trail. But amazing view at the top.

trail running
7 months ago

Trails were great and views were amazing.
But BEWARE: While I was running out there this morning, my Jeep was broken into. They smashed my back window and stole my workout bag. Luckily I had nothing valuable in it.

Matt D's review basically covers it.. nice trail, would do it again

Beautiful hike. Definitely do when it's still green but it's beautiful all year round.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty cool trail! Partial shade/sun and dog friendly! Some hills but nothing too bad.

hiking
8 months ago

Well this was a pleasant surprise. I've done a handful of hikes in the Garin and Dry Creek parks and found them to be rather meh. Typically in this area you're walking up a steep hill with no shade or through a cow pasture. And yes, once you reach the top of the ridge, the views are nice, but you can get that all over the Bay Area without having to constantly dodge horse or cow poop. I would prefer to go on hikes where I don't have to negotiate a herd of cattle.

But this trail was different and by far my favorite so far in the area. The loop was mostly shaded, which was much appreciated on a warm sunny day. And the tree line that you hike through is scenic. There was still some evidence of horse traffic, but I didn't encounter any cows. I went in the evening on a weekday and by the time I got onto Meyers Ranch trail to head back to the parking lot, the hills were keeping me in the shade there too.

The Pioneer trail was really nice. I had passed it before on my way up High Ridge, but this was my first time on it. No bikes allowed on that trail btw as it is very narrow.

I'll probably go back at some point. It's good for a short hike during the week when you get off work as it isn't overly strenuous and you can knock it out in less than an hour. And I like the May Rd. staging area - you don't have to pay to park and you don't have to climb up a big hill to get to it (like you do at Garin).

hiking
10 months ago

A challenging trail that offers some shaded areas along the way. Wonderful views at the top!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

awesome

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

light rain great hike!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Rigorous in the beginning, but totally worth it once you get up. Wide 360 views and full of hawks. Stumbled upon some cows.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Excellent hiking cros mountain and river

Monday, February 06, 2017

pretty muddy, and lots of horse poop

Sunday, January 29, 2017

hiking, end of January so it was muddy.
the scenery was very relaxing and beautiful with green hills, cows, horses, then a panorama of the Bay Area cities.

Would likely recommend water resistant boots

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Gorgeous! A bit muddy. Not many people. Dogs enjoyed off leash.

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

It was a good trail, not popular so not that crowded. Loved the view from top !! And little plane crash history was good to know.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice view of the bay and sunset!!!

walking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Not crowded at all. Did this trail early morning around sunrise. Has beautiful views. Kid-friendly.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pretty views of the bay and green hills as far as the eye can see. The uphill is pretty intense but definitely worth it.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

You will be exposed to the sun for most of this hike, so bring sunscreen and an umbrella or both. I would suggest going right at the beginning and hiking up high ridge through the tree line to make the hike a little easier. There are great views of the entire bay up top along the ridge. Then when you come back down you will cool off as you hike through the trees along dry creek. Then back out into the sun as you do the last leg of the trail and back to the parking lot. Great hike. I like that it starts you down at the south end so you don't have to pay to park at Garin Park

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