Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Joaquin Miller Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice and flat

10 days ago

This trail smells amazing! I did this on a Monday at 9am and it was perfect. Highly recommend

Good for biking, not so much for hikes or dogs

26 days ago

Wonderful and easy trail with great views!

I recommend this as a beautiful easy trail. The sequoias smell like Christmas! Well marked and fairly level, but not a road - a true trail through the forest.

nice beautiful Four Mile Trail right in our backyard

Sunset to castle to big trees to Sequoia and back

Nice trails, good for trail running. My pup and I had a great hike. Pay attention to the trail signs if you don't have a map as there are lots of trails that are adjacent to each other and look super similar. Would have been fun to explore with more time. I would go during the week to avoid all the foot traffic, dogs off leash (if that's something that bothers you), and mountain bikes on these tiny trails. Plenty of shade and nice decent incline for those booty gains.

1 month ago

We veered off Sequoia to Castle to Big Trees and Paolo and enjoyed the off beaten feel of the path. Got some elevation in there and some vistas. Be mindful of bikers. In midst we were surprised by a beautiful buck. (Sigh to all the beauty!)

If you like hiking in the shade of tall, beautiful trees, then this is the place for you. Amazing.

Lots of shade. Weird thought, but it smells really good, like bay leaves. Beautiful trees.

2 months ago

Beautiful, easy walking trail. Occasional bikes passed (hiked it in the fairly early morning) with other trail runners and people walking their dogs. Not an overly crowded trail in the morning with beautiful scenery, nice shade and an easy, level hiking path.

A beautiful fairy-tale like trail. It’s a narrow sun dappled trail from the trailhead and then a bit of an ascent once you get to the loop part. Lots of bikers on that loop so beware if you’re on foot. I actually started this hike at Dimond Park and crossed under the highway to pick up this trail. See my recording.

Nice and easy trail with a good amount of shade.

Easy trail with lots of bike and pedestrian (with pet) traffic. Lots of shade - so cool!

Hands down my FAVORITE hike in the east bay. Not an easy trail if you’re just getting into hiking or if you’re older or with toddlers. The trail is very narrow. It has an awesome view of the bay, the city and Oakland. There are tons of options and trails to eventually explore Joaquin Miller park. The original trail opening had a tree down and closures so I followed a path up the hill (see starting point). It was destiny to find this path as the original trail probably runs along the river. Plan your route if you want to go to a specific area. It’s steep to cross the river and I only had running shoes and not my normal hiking boots. I’d be cautious about going this trail after rain fall or “fall/winter” in the Bay since the paths are narrow and you’ll likely suffer a severe injury if you go down the hills. Best hike again hands down when the weather is nice. Careful of bikers as they have the right of way with the narrow path.

Awesome local hike. My only complaint would be that this trail is primarily used by mountain bikers, which was not ideal when hiking with my dog. I started on the Sunset trail, and headed up the Cinderella, finishing with the Sequoia Bayview towards the end of the hike. The Cinderella trail was very narrow at times, and I would say that I spent majority of that part of the hike trying to pick up my dog and jump out of the way for mountain bikers flying towards us at 40+ miles an hour. Some of them had bells, which was helpful, but most of them did not, which made it especially difficult for finding somewhere on a narrow path to move to with a dog with little notice. aside from that, the trail itself was awesome. The perfect mix of greenery, redwoods, and bay views that one can only hope for in that area. Hoping to explore more trails in Joaquin Miller soon, but will probably opt for something bike-free next time.

Overall a nice, scenic trail. Shady in many parts but very busy with mountain bikers. some sections are narrow single track with little room to move out of the way.

off trail
over grown
3 months ago

I love this trail! I take my dog here and it's perfect in the summer because all the beautiful redwoods provide shade and it's a beautiful scenery

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