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

2 days 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.

9 days 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

15 days 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.

2 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!

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."

4 months ago

trail running
5 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.

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.


11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Beautiful landscape, cows, hawks. A little muddy in the beginning, so be careful you follow paths from the parking lot rather than the immediate trail to avoid the muck.

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

11 months ago

We went at Sunset, it was really beautiful :D If it has been raining, you will get very muddy! : )

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beautiful hike, listed as 3.9 miles but my GPS put it at 3.0

Monday, February 27, 2017

Nice hike. Some part of the trail were very muddy. We had to find an alternative route to get around the mud. It was hard to follow the trail because there were mud slides and fallen trees. Lastly, be prepared to cross the freezing water creek.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Excellent hiking cros mountain and river

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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Great view . Beware of lizards. Nice soft trail . Enjoy

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Excelente recorrido

Thursday, December 01, 2016

A nice trail high up in the Hayward hills with some history. You start by hiking a half mile up a paved path that resembles someone's driveway. Then you will see a sign for the Ukrainia Loop Trail pointing to the right. The path to the left is private property. A little bit further you will pass a park residence and then the trail will split into the loop part of the trail. The marker says "Ukraina Trail" as there appears to be some discrepancy as to whether or not to include the "i" or not. At the far end of the loop you will see a historical site. See the pictures for some more information. There is a bench to sit down and enjoy the view of the east bay.

I went on a Wednesday afternoon and only saw one other person walking their dog throughout the entire hike. The trail entrance says Garin Regional Park but I don't think it connects to any of the other Garin trails. I think the advertised 3.9 miles is exaggerated as my gps only measured 3.0 miles.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice view of the bay and sunset!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Great views up in the Hayward hills. I didn't see anyone on this trail as it is mostly frequented by cows and horses. Speaking of, be prepared to dodge land mines.

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.

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Did it in "07 along with Garin Peak. Never went back into that trail system again. A lot of wide open spaces that didn't impress...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Did this one in jan of 07. Nice views and mostly wide open spaces wih plenty of cows grazing. I did Zeile Creek the same day. Neither was impressive enough to ever do again.

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