Nice and easy trail. Good views from the top. We stayed on Calaveras Ridge Trail the whole time. Recommend!

Nice trek and views


8 months ago

If you like gravel trails, dead grass, and a view of Suburbia the entire time, then this is the trail for you.
The point is nice, but not enough that would have me coming back again. Cut the hike short because It left more to be desired.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great downhill sections. No trees which can make it hot.

Nice 5 mile hike and view of the tri valley area from the Donlan bench. Had just rain and saw what look like mountain lion tracks in mud.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Muddy. Disappointing.

There were some heavy rains 4-5 days before I hiked this trail, but it was still very muddy at parts. I had hoped all the sun that these hills had received in the few days prior would have dried them out more. I wouldn't suggest hiking this trail unless the area has not seen rain for at least a week. There was a spot about two miles in where a small mud slide had wiped out the path and I had to go on a detour to higher ground to get around it.

I had prepared for a 7 mile hike according to the track, but unfortunately 2.5 miles in the trail ends at the electric line tower at the top of the hill. You will see marker 10 at the bottom of the hill and a sign that the trail ends in 1/4 mile. In order to follow the track and do the entire 7 miles, you would need to hop the fence and hike through a private cow pasture. I wouldn't recommend it.

The views are nice, but I spent too much time looking down where I was walking so I didn't step in a cow patty. Out of the 70 trails that I have completed in the Bay Area, this was one of my least favorite. The Donlan Loop is nicer if you are hiking in this area.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

This is a local fav of mine!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Great views! Crowd pleaser. Most dogs off leash. Dear and cattle on trail. Can be muddy in rainy season. On day of this review could get away with running shoes, but would recommend hiking shoes/boots for mud and need to watch your step (slippery when wet).

This loop could use more description on trail directions. Start is pretty straight forward. First turn to Donlon Point can be missed, but not too bad. On right turn after completing Donlon Point loop, be sure to not head up hill too fast - keep right to the right hand side of the valley (want to be walking on left side of hill on right. When coming up from the large loop (after briefly walking on street), turn right at top to visit another great view (can make it out on topography of map). As you're almost finishing the large loop counter-clockwise, keep walking another 50 to 75 feet and take a small single track ridge trail heading up to rocky formation. To me, this is a better way to complete the trail, with nicer views and not on muddy fire/cattle road. This single track then connects back up to main trail where you can turn left to head back per original trail.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nice hike with great views of the Tri Valley. I went on an overcast day because you will be exposed for most of the hike. There is a small section that goes through the woods and along a block of town homes about half-way through. I look forward to going back and hiking up Calaveras Ridge Trail.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Quick short hike to Donlon Point and back...prefect for my lunchtime break. I enjoyed it and only passed 3 people. Nice and quite, peaceful but you do hear the freeway noise...I would still recommend. Moderate effort

Saturday, October 22, 2016

This loop trail is ideal if you want a relatively quick hike in West Dublin. From the back of the California Highlands condo complex, the loop takes about 45 minutes to complete. At the top of the hill, you are rewarded with views overlooking the Tri-Valley. The trail is not super difficult, but there are definitely up hill portions to get your heart rate up. I have seen Turkeys, Coyotes, and all sorts of birds and ground critters along the hillsides.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Best trail by far !!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Good all season trail for light to moderate hiking.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Love this trail once you get away from the houses you feel like you are 100 miles from the busy eastbay! The views make it all worth it

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beautiful trail! On a clear day, you can see SF from the higher points.

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