Very steep at first but worth the hike once it flattens out. Walked 5.6 miles doing the loop. Great way to burn some of the pie calories off.

Don't go on a hot day, the first time I went was 95. The second time I went was 52. The hike back was grueling but well worth it.

This is a gorgeous trail! High grassy hills dotted with huge shady oaks. A lovely stream to cool your feet with nice shady areas to take a break.
No switchbacks here! Just straight ups and downs with a few steep climbs like a big roller coaster.
We didn't spot any buffalo just a lot of cows.
We had lunch after our hike right down the hill in Santa Isabell which made for a very nice day.

Did this hike in 4/2017 and really enjoyed it. Instead of just doing the loop, we took the trail a couple of miles back towards the Santa Ysabel East Preserve. Our hike ended up being around 8 miles but there's the potential to stretch it out to nearly 14 miles if you go all the way to the Santa Ysabel East Preserve trailhead and back.

Pretty tough hike, all uphill for 3 miles. Beautiful surroundings lots of trees, Meadows and creeks. Hiked with Verna and the Sierra Club.

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1 month ago

Hiked this on a warm Saturday morning in April. We were the only ones on the trail. Due to all the rain we had this winter, the grass was real green and still some pretty wild flowers blooming. The first mile up the hill was fairly steep which I enjoyed. After a mile into the trail, it flattens out and you just do a couple mile loop. Views of the pastures but not a lot of peaks. Tons of mosquitos!! There was still a little water flowing the creek. Peaceful hike but not the spectacular views as others. Not sure it was worth the hour drive for an average easy hike. But I never regret trying a new hike. The best part of the hike was seeing all the cows cross the trail.

Very steep hiking up a peak on a cattle ranchers dirt road so it's very wide. It's worth it once you reach the top and there was a nice pond up there. Beware of snakes sunbathing in the road, we saw a gardener and rattle snake. Stop by Dudley's bakery for their fresh bread and Julian Pie company down the road after.

Beautify day. Good temperature. Hung out by the pond for a little bit before completing the loop. No cows this time around. A few wild turkey later on.

Make sure you are ready for a cardio filled adventure. The scenic view surrounding the trail are breathtaking. Very active wildlife, including hawks, squirrels, lizards, deer, and crows. The cattle were comfortably grazing around the creek and in the trail path. I even stumbled upon a Gopher Snake just sunning itself in the trail path as well. There are several picnic benches to stop off at along the way if you need a rest. I absolutely loved this trail.

I'm ready to get down on one knee and propose to this hike....I loved it!!!
Saw plenty of wildlife, including: squirrels, frogs, ladybugs, golden eagles and we heard birds with a song very similar to R2-D2.
There are a couple of very, very steep spots on the way back, especially the hills closest to the creek. Some wonderful soul propped up a board to allow creek-crossing without having to remove your shoes. Because of the extra cardio, we had the confidence to order that slice of pie at the nearby cafe :-).

Hiked this trail for the first time today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery and views are beautiful. Enjoyed the oak trees too. A board had been placed across the creek so that it's passable. The trail provides a good workout as it is quite steep at a few points as it meanders through rolling hills. Probably not a hike I would do in Summer except early in the morning as much of the trail is not shaded but will definitely be back again.

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4 months ago

Nice hike. Beautiful scenery, some steep sections of trail. Trail is more of a fire-road, wide and open. Was in a little rough condition from all the rain, but not bad. Creek is flowing heavily and bridge is washed out. Scenery was great, we were even able to see the ocean in one spot.