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Best trails in Garin Regional Park

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Looking for a great trail in Garin Regional Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Garin Regional Park ranging from 3.3 to 7.1 miles and from 114 to 1,174 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The parks rolling hills and narrow valleys were home to years of farming and ranching. Explore the history at the Garin Barn Visitor Center, open weekends in summer. Today the park also features kite flying, hiking, birdwatching, and horseback riding, and picnicking. In fall the park hosts an annual apple festival. At the south end of the park, the Dry Creek Garden is a beautiful spot. Park Hours: 8am to sunset (varies seasonally) Fees: $5/vehicle; $2/dog.

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Map of trails in Garin Regional Park
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Acreage:
4,794 acres
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Dry Creek Trail Loop
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Note: Dry Creek trail will be CLOSED to all public starting Monday, August 10. Re-opening is planned for early October. This is for the replacement of the three very old foot bridges. For more information, please see https://www.ebparks.org/parks/garin/ A pleasant loop trail that up to Garin peak at 948 ft. Enjoy scenic vistas and hike through a variety of ecological zones. Don't forget to take the kids to the Garin Barn Visitor Center which has a working blacksmith shop. Show more
#2 - High Ridge, Newt Pond, Old Homestead, Vista Peak, Ziele Creek and Garin Woods Trail
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
Though Garin Regional Park is not that far off the beaten path, the contours of its valley and the quality of its scenery makes it feel secluded and wild. Newt Pond Trail in particular is narrow and has heavy vegetation, for which long pants may be necessary. Zielle Creek Trail is shaded by lush oaks and bays, and the creek usually runs well after the rainy season. Although the trail does not pass directly by Garin Peak, you’ll reach elevations high enough to see the bay as well as the Coyote Hills in the distance. From the Garin Barn Visitor Center, head straight, following signs for High Ridge Loop Trail. Cross through the cattle gate and take the right-hand path for .48 mile. At the next signpost, make a left and continue for about 100 feet until you come to a sign for Newt Pond Trail. The trail is immediately to your right, and is small enough to look like a cattle trail. Take Newt Pond Trail for .38 mile, then cross the stream and turn right at the fork to head up to Vista Peak Loop. After .25 mile, turn right at the signpost and continue on Vista Peak Loop for .78 mile. Make sure to keep left at the Bailey Ranch Trail signpost to stay on Vista Peak Loop. When you come to the junction with Zeile Creek Trail, turn right. Follow Zeile Creek Trail for .59 mile, then head left at the next fork to take Garin Woods Trail for .23 mile. At the next fork, turn right to follow the lower trail. The lower and upper trails reconnect after .36 mile. Turn left onto Zeile Creek Trail. In .17 mile, turn left on Vista Peak Loop Trail. Stay on this trail, keeping right at the intersection after .44 mile. Head straight at the next intersection, after .80 mile, then turn left onto Old Homestead Trail. After .08 mile, turn right onto Newt Pond Trail, and follow it uphill to High Ridge Loop Trail. Turn right on High Ridge Loop Trail and follow it downhill for about a half mile back to the Garin Barn Visitor Center. Park Hours: 8am to sunset (varies seasonally) Fees: $5/vehicle; $2/dog.Show more
#3 - Ukraina Trail
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
#4 - Garin Peak
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
A perfect introduction to the rolling hills, windy summits, and shaded creeks of Garin Regional Par, this trip uses Vista Peak Loop Trail to take you past Vista and Garin peaks. From those summits you will have most of San Francisco Bay displayed for your enjoyment. NOTE: East Bay Regional Park District charges fees for parking and dogs when entrance kiosk is attended.Show more
#5 - High Ridge and Pioneer Trail Loop
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
#6 - Vista Peak and Garin Woods Loop
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
#7 - Ziele Creek Trail
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#8 - Garin to Don Castro via High Ridge Loop Trail
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 5 h 47 m
This is the Bay Ridge Trail between Don Castro and Garin Park. It is one way and requires two cars and at least two or more friends.Show more
#9 - High Ridge, Meyers Ranch and Dry Creek Trail
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m