half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset

Awesome hike with my pup! Most of it is shaded, but there is a good stretch at the top that is not so you might want to avoid going in the hot afternoon. There is a leash free section that was fun for dogs. Given there isn’t many dog friendly trails in the area, this was a good find. It would also be great for trail running. Not too technical.

Great trail, lots of shade and parking is available. It is a lot of uphill though so I'm not sure it's exactly a beginner hike.

Great hike with the dog. Good views along the way. Not too crowded. Love the off-leash area. Looking forward to going back and checking out the other trails.

One of my favorite hikes in the BayArea. Enjoy the approximately 4-mile loop with much elevation gain on well-graded trails. Probably less known than it's across-the-road neighbor Edgewood Preserve. The view from the top of the Dusky-Footed Woodrat Trail is wonderful.

Great place for kids and dogs (and even better when the kids love dogs!). Good balance of shade and relatively easy hikes. Parking can be challenging.

While there are better trails/hikes to visit in the Bay Area, this is great for getting a quick hike in after work. I normally bring my dog and we run the trails. There aren’t too many dog friendly trails in the bay and you can’t beat it if you live in the area.
There are sections where you’re near the highway/ in sight of houses, but that’s my only complaint.
It’s a good idea to keep your dog on the leash in the “off leash zone” in the warmer months. I’ve seen rattlesnakes on three separate occasions, so keep an eye out!

hiking
5 months ago

Heavily trafficked, lots of dogs. Pleasant elevation changes and scenic views. Not entirely removed from society: road noise audible at times and private houses are visible.

Nice loop with views and variation of open ridge and shadowy woods. Went clockwise.

Great for dogs. I do disagree that the trail is easy, especially for beginners. it was all uphill for about a mile.

Nice trails for dogs but no trash cans. Great views!

Beautiful trail and dog-friendly! Just be sure to pick up after them or else you will receive a very passive-aggressive note

Nice hike with a view or two thrown in. Nothing difficult but will break a sweat. The wildflowers are unique and worth stopping for.

Nice 4miles trail and awesome views

hiking
7 months ago

this trail has amazing views when you get to the top. there is even an area where can even let your dogs off leash and socialize with other dogs.

Beautiful space, but we found 4 ticks on our dog when we got home...

Beautiful hike. 2_2.5 hours, dog friendly, easily accessible.

Amazing views!

Really nice for trail running

Love this trail very much!

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Nice trails, good bay view. Watch your step. There is way too much poison oak.

Some really nice views and easy to get to.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The trail itself is well maintained. It does a nice loop with decent amount of wildlife to interact with. The main gem of this place is taking your dog and allowing them to run off-leash when you get to the top. This is a huge advantage over your normal dog park.

Things to note:

There are no trashcans so you have to carry dog waste out.

Bring water for your dog to make sure they have it. It can get hot.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Way too much dog poop on the trail.

Good Trail

walking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Nice easy trail, good for entire family, but short and limited view along the way but still a good experience if you are starting off or with kids/dogs.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice local hike to let the dog loose and get some fresh air.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Mixed terrain. Great views.

the trail itself is nice, but the directions are problematic.

to access the trail, you need to drive down Edgewood to go to the Pulgas ridge open space.

there is no access from the vista point that the directions take you to.

otherwise the trail was well maintained and a nice day

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

This is my go to place if I need to get a quick hike in but I am short on time. As a previous reviewer stated, this is not the Pulgas Water Temple but is the Pulgas Open Space Preserve. I would place this a little harder than easy. While I think beginner hikers will do just fine they should keep in mind that it is not flat. Dogs are allowed and there is a bathroom along with trail maps at the trail head. Bring plenty of water because it gets really hot even though there is a lot of shade.

walking
Monday, May 23, 2016

This is a good place to walk. The only problem is, it is not the Pulgas Water Temple. It is the Pulgas Ridge Trail. Everything else is correct.

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