trail running


dogs on leash


6 days ago

Cattle can be out in more than one section. I walked about 2 miles sometimes really close to anxious cows and it didn't feel good. I can't imagine dogs would help such a situation, leash or not.
I started from twin gates trailhead (no water, but there's a porta potty), that way it's a loop without repetition (don't have to go back to the main parking lot) and a bit less than 23 miles.
Pretty good hike, mostly serious up and down, level is less than half.

Beautiful hike. First 4 miles pretty steep but not too hard. Great views over the valley and Mount Hamilton.

Forgotten trail from a ways back

A peaceful and easy-to-moderate trail. The view is not as beautiful as Alum Rock in this season. But it is good option if you want to enjoy the trail only yourself.

Very little shade so will revisit and review during a cooler day.

Pretty, quiet, and not too exposed. But cow poop and flies everywhere. Trails weren't clearly marked and we passed by a few forks not even realizing it, so I highly recommend taking your GPS with you.

Hot and dry. Totally empty of other riders. Beware wild pigs. Second half is trickier than the profile shows.

7 months ago

April 2017 // A wonderful hike with sweeping views of the Bay Area. In the springtime, you are surrounded by lush rolling green hills and grand oak trees. Very pretty. To the southeast, the Lick Observatory sits on top of Mt. Hamilton and to the west, Silicon Valley stretches out before you. Bring binoculars.

FYI, Los Huecos trail is steep going up! Not a casual stroll. Lol ;D From Grant Lake, it's easier to go up Halls Valley trail if you're deciding between the two trails.

In warmer weather, start early as it gets hot in mid day and there's not much tree cover. And bring plenty of water.

Happy hiking!

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