Explore the most popular birding trails in Garin 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.

trail running
1 month ago

Cow pies galore, but such a lovely short jont. The view is amazing at the top and the cows and calves I stumbled upon a long the way were adorable.

Nice, quiet trail!

Nice hike during April-May when the wild flowers bloom all over the mountain. A very moderate hike with good camping and barbecue area.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was really nice. Trails weren’t marked very well so I often would have to track back to make sure I was going in the right direction while following this app. I went mid morning and it was a bit hot so I suggest to go once the gate opens at 8am, not at 10am like I did. I went all the way to union city and back to Hayward in this trail which was pretty cool!!

2 months ago

A nice trail, there wasn’t a lot of people on the trail when we were there.

hiking
3 months ago

What a beautiful trail!! What makes this trail special is the history about the trail which I’ll leave you in suspense so you’ve got to hike to see it. Great views. There is a herd of cows so just be on the lookout. I walked past 3 on the trail and lived to write this review so no biggie.

4 months ago

Nice and easy early morning time with a little bit of history to learn on the trail.

We enjoyed this hike on Father’s day. It’s very maintained and a good portion was in the shade. We had two eight year old girls who didn’t complain once. I think the hike was about an hour and my Apple Watch clocked it as 2.5 miles.

This hike is good if not done in Summers. Almost all of it is exposed, with a section going through a construction site/golf course, so the sun can beat down hard. Plenty of options to relax afterwards though.

charming loop trail. this was a good time to see wildflowers. some small wooden bridges and small lake. great short hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Did a 10 mile hike at this place. It is pretty amazing at this time of the year

Quintessential East Bay Hike - bald open face hills with oak shaded creek trails. Absolutely beautiful during the Spring months- very green with an abundance of wildflowers including poppies all over the place. Beautiful views of the bay. And COWS on the trail! Loved it.

WILDFLOWERS time for April! It is stunning view from trail end near Alta Vista Equestrian Center. 4.5 miles to and out from Garin Regional Park Gate. There are wild flower near the Jorden pond but most significant colorful patches is at the end!

hiking
7 months ago

Not exactly a loop but still a good hike with decent elevation and views. Watch for nettles and cow poop if you venture off the main trail.

8 months ago

Today was my first time hiking this trail. It was after a good rainfall, so it was a bit cold and windy. I wasn’t able to finish the full loop, but I was able to see some breathtaking views! I’m looking forward to doing the full loop and bringing my dog with me next time!

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely hike- took us about an hour. Great views, close cow encounters and historical landmark. Beware cow poop all over the place. Want to return to picnic with views in the future.

Went for a jog on a Sunday afternoon in January. Very pleasant, barely anybody for most of the time. Once you pass the cattle gate, it could get muddy but the views are very nice. Sweeping view of hills and the bay, mostly in the sun with a couple short shades. Watch out for cow poops.

hiking
9 months ago

Love this trail. Easy enough for all levels. Great views, and the trail is maintained and easy to follow.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail for a chilly day. Rolling hills but minimal shade.

I'm starting to hike again. My friends and I want to be able to hike to garin park from five canyons trailhead. Today we did two miles in and two miles back. Every week we'll increase a mile. Happy New year!

hiking
11 months ago

1st time on this trail, really like how the variations of different hills to get a workout, also seeing the cows along the way help my kid walk alittle faster.

We really enjoyed the hike with our dog. The trail was in good condition (although we took a wrong turn ones). Very nice

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

This one was a little harder than I expected but I liked the challenge.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pretty good trail; just enough elevation. Was hoping that it loops back around but you just have to follow the same trail back. The photos I uploaded pretty much tells you why it's called Dry Creek trail.

mountain biking
Monday, July 03, 2017

I mountain biked this trail, which is allowed, but make sure you bring a bike with a good suspension and brakes. Once you reach the peak of your elevation climb at the radio tower, it's a steep and bumpy ride down from there. And take the advice of the sign by the water towers and walk your bike down the paved road. Otherwise, you'll be giving your brakes a serious workout and you'll need them for the final descent.

I actually took BART to the Union City station and biked to the staging area at May Rd. That's why you see my track start there. This may be preferred by some people so that you can manage this long point to point trail. Also, you don't have to pay to park at the May Rd. staging area. I think it's $5 to park at the main Garin Ave. staging area where the track starts. Once I reached Don Castro, it's another short bike ride to the Castro Valley BART station. You can also utilize AC Transit to get from one staging area to the other. I was riding solo, so this seemed like the best alternative for me that didn't require doing a 23 mile out and back on this trail.

There is very little shade on this trail. There is a scenic, shaded area about 2 miles after the radio tower and then it's shaded once you reach Don Castro. But other than that, you're totally exposed to the sun. Bring protection, lots of water, and don't pick an overly hot day.

I felt like I was fighting off flies almost the whole time I was biking this trail. You'll also be going through a lot of gates, which of course are meant to keep the cattle from getting out. I encountered a few groups of cattle, but they were mostly off the trail seeking shade.

I came across about a dozen hikers along High Ridge Loop Trail. But once I turned off High Ridge and onto Whipsnake, I only passed one girl running on the rest of the 9 mile Chabot to Garin portion of the trail. I think that many people don't realize that these parks connect, and those who do probably aren't up to the challenge. There was also a massive mudslide and some downed trees about 3 miles after the radio tower, but I was able to get around it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

GOOD PLACE

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun hike. Very easy with little elevation change. As the name implies, a creek ran through a lot of the trail There was even a section where you had to cross it to continue.

One of my favorite trails. Breath taking views of the Bay, City of Hayward and the San Mateo Bridge. Quite wooded by Zeile Creek. Refreshing to have a very wooded trail in this area.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great views from the tops of the hills. The only issue would be cow pies. Lots of cow pies.

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