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Nice short hike. Relatively easy for dogs. The view from the summit is worth it.

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bugs
6 days ago

Took my dog here in the morning and found it was really quiet and nice. It is however difficult to find being that it is right next to castle Rock state park. There are ALOT OF FLIESand I had no idea when I web. It is properly shaded and a very nice hike otherwise.

The start of the Peterson trail is quite steep and left me panting. But it doesn't last very long. After about 15-20 mins, the grade becomes gentler. The forest is beautiful and the trail has some nice rock overhangs. We really enjoyed our hike.

Pretty steep both up and down

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1 month ago

Great hike with beautiful varying landscape, redwoods, oaks, pine, a pond and a view at the top. Totally unnecessary to go on skyline trail. When you get to the view I would just turn around. Also FYI to dog people, there are a lot of mountain bikers on this trail so make sure your dog is well behaved and manageable.

Great trail! Started from the left side and the elevation was great! Park opens at 8 am and we arrived at 7:50, so waited for about 5 minutes. Parking is $6 per car with lots of parking spots! Trail was 95% shaded and was not too dusty compared to others. Love it!

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1 month ago

Nice ride trail, great for walking the dog. Reservoir was really nice, even with water level -11 below 0.

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2 months ago

Summit only open Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise a nice shady hike!

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2 months ago

Incredible view from the rock at the overlook. Requires a bit of climbing to get to the top of the rock to see though.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

Mostly shaded and best to go Peterson first and then San Andreas due to incline and rocks in Peterson.

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bugs
3 months ago

The lookout is closed for wildlife preservation. Short little loop, steep toward the end but moderate at most. You can hear the gun range at the beginning and end of the loop. I probably won’t go back until the lookout reopens.

We went up the really steep part first. It was difficult but not bad. My kids did really well too (8,10, and 12 years old). Wish there were better views because I like looking out into the wilderness, but I have to say that just waking through all the tall trees for miles and miles was also really nice. Not too many people here on a Wednesday afternoon.

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3 months ago

All day walk

Beautiful redwoods in the beginning. The trail is pretty much straight up and down with little breaks. It starts out a wider trail then narrows To a small foot path. Lots of mosquitos and flys.

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4 months ago

Limited roadside parking. So plan accordingly. Wide, well-maintained dirt trails. Lots of mountain bikers. Brought 2 kids and a dog, and we hiked to the reservoir and back, approximately 3.25 miles. No crazy elevation gain. Very shaded, great for a hot day. Very friendly hike for the whole family. Will definitely come back again.

Nice hike thru redwoods if you're short on time or need someplace to take the dogs for a walk. HIked w/ my dogs. Would definitely do this hike again. Fairly good grade, and almost completely shaded.

well shaded and quick hike. Recording has some part of the car ride too...oops.

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4 months ago

This hike is near an outdoor gun range. You can hear gun fire for the first 10 mins of the hike so just be aware.

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bugs
5 months ago

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bugs
5 months ago

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5 months ago

poison oak growing on the trail and at points it's hard to avoid.

Great moderate MTB ride with just enough up hill and level recovery trail to make this flowing downhill ride worth the 1,400' climb. And it's under cover, cool for a hot summer ride. Bruce Hamilton

mountain biking
6 months ago

This was my first mountain bike trail experience and it was great! The ascent was very doable, flatter sections exist after every steeper climbing section to recoup out of shape legs. Views, cliffs, and woods all wind around to make great terrain and atmosphere. Overall had a great experience. Lots of little boofs and burms to turn and bunny hop. If your a good rider you could really shred this trail.

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bugs
6 months ago

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6 months ago

It’s was cold and some noise from the shooting range is disturbing but overall pretty good hike

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