hiking

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Did this a few times when I lived in HMB.

hiking
7 months ago

I have to agree that being sandwiched between a barb-wire fenced the highway seriously detracts from the experience, especially at the beginning.

The Crystal Springs Reservoir is beautiful in the morning. As seen from Edgewood Road, thin clouds hover some hundreds of feet above the reservoir as the glistening water reflects the green hills like glass. There's one particular spot where the vegetation is wonderful mixture of green, orange, and red as it gives way to the water. Seeing it from my route to school each weekday morning, I wanted to spend a weekend day hiking along it.

Unfortunately, that did not go so well. My main issue is that there's a massive fence- seriously, six feet tall with barbed wire- separating you and the reservoir. Practically every view of the water is deeply dampened by the fence right alongside the trail. The beautiful views from sections of Edgewood Road are inaccessible or impermissible to travel to.

The trail seldom passes alongside the edge of the reservoir. It spends more time closer to the highway/road than to the reservoir, as the topographic map shows. The heavy vegetation and fence means that a good view alongside the edge of the reservoir is basically nonexistent. There does appear to be a trail that passes closer to the reservoir (look at satellite) but it may be trespassing.

If you're looking to hike along this area, I'd heavily suggest going to Huddart Park and marveling at the Redwoods. The Purisima Gulch Trail is tantalizing in the Winter. If you want to hike alongside the water, the Californian coast will serve you better than the fault reservoirs in this location. The paved Devils Slide trail or Muir to Rodeo Beach (in Marin) hikes would be worthwhile hikes on a sunny morning.

As beautiful as the reservoir is, this trail won't give you any reward. Look elsewhere in this area- there's many, many alternatives.

The description in Getting There is spot on. This is a nice hike and I'm happy it's close to where I live. Some great views and lots of wildlife. I gave it 4 stars because of the fence that obstructs the view of the lake and because how close you stay to the state highway. There are only a few spots where you feel like you've gotten away from it all. So, why 4 stars and not 3? It's a nice trail and when you get above the fence line it's a beautiful view. I saw bunnies, deer, and even a tiny little snake. The payoff at the end is nice and they have port-a-potties in case you need it. Better than nothing. And you can refill your water. Close hike that's convenient and has a lot to offer despite the downside of the fence.

FYI: No dogs or pets allowed.
This place has some plenty of shades on a hot weather. The view of the lake on the side of the trail os also soothing and there are quite some number of squirrels lurking around. They also have a good number benches around and some tables at some areas. My goal originally was the Pulgas Water Temple, but there was an on-going construction at the dam thus i couldn't get through. One day if i get the chance i would definitely like to cycle on this trail.

this was a fun Sunday afternoon trail with a big payoff at the end.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

If you love trying to get a view of a beautiful lake and hilly backdrop while looking through a green barbed wire fence then this is the trail for you. Utterly ridiculous the size of this fence, it's one thing to protect the area but to take a picturesque area and cluster fuck it the way they did is pathetic. One section has a low barbed wire fence which kept you out yet provided unobstructed views, to bad that's only for about the first 200' of the trail. Won't be hiking/running this. What's the point? I get clearer views looking out the gym windows

walking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This is a cute super easy walk to go on with the kids, the elders or if you feel like having a super light but outside sort of day. The lake is super pretty but there is a dance around it with a bit of a mood kill. Though considering it's a reservoir I'll allow it. It's completely flat, lots of coverage, high traffic.

Nice easy hike to go on with my four year old daughter ! Not steep at all , clear dirt path to follow . We got some ticks but no biggie , it was a beautiful sunny day with an ice breeze by the water !

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The view was not super impressive because there was a fence the whole way. The walk was long and straight for the most part for a nice leisurely stroll. Was able to get a few good pictures. Mostly sun a little shade.

1 month ago

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