Park Features: This stunning 1,249-acre regional park provides tremendous views from the tops of the East Bay hills. The plateau rises quickly and steeply from the bay plain and towers over one thousand feet above the cities below, overlooking Niles Canyon, Fremont, Union City, Newark and the San Francisco Bay beyond. Atop the plateau a pastoral landscape predominates, and golden eagles, hawks, deer, bobcats, frogs, snakes and a variety of other animals make their home in the open grasslands, ponds and steep wooded canyons. These characteristics make the park a great place for outdoor recreation and nature appreciation on the urban/ wildland edge. Open 8:00 am to SUNSET (varies seasonally)

Very enjoyable! Took my 68+ uncles and aunt here and they completed it with ease. We actually did the whole loop it was about 4 miles total. Awesome photo op at the peak of the hill.

Scenery: 2
Views: 4
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 2
Shade: 1


My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Cows are the best part of this hike, and the view of the city.

I did the cliff trail to deer gulch and then took a left to the 0.4 mile trail.
In general there is no parking and no entrance at the spot listed here. You need to drive to the start which is Morrison Canyon rd.
There is space for maybe 4 cars there.

The cows are fine, I saw lots of shit but they hide under the trees when it is sunny.
The trail is 95% sun and 5% shade.
I had 2 -3 bicycles in a hurry, I am sure there are more on weekends.

All in all it was ok. I took my kid in a baby bjorn. It was more of an exercise due to the high steep incline than a joy.
The heat was also oppressive even at 3-4PM .
The view is nice though.

Have fun.

backpacking
2 months ago

can be hot and dusty. beautiful panoramic views of south bay.

Not crowded at all, pretty good views, no shade at all, pretty easy hike with mild elevation.

Nice escape from the east bay heat, with great views all around

I try to hike this trail at least once a week. Back entrance is a slight incline into major incline and it's difficult for me as I'm a beginner. But, once at the top you have beautiful views. Saw a few deer. Watch out for cow poop. Recommend going early in the morning or on a cooler day as there is no shade.

Decent trail, although I tracked it to be only 3.2 miles. Very exposed (all cow pasture) and pretty windy in a few areas. The Upper Ranch Trail is not very well maintained, since most of it is overgrown. Great views. Expect rattlers on warm days.

Beautiful views and lots of friendly hikers.

Easy, no shade, roaming cows kinda scary, great views, prob won’t return

Amazing views

Loved the lush green on this trail..

Pretty wildflowers last weekend, a bit muddy from the rain, lots of cow pies everywhere, easy stroll

Best thing about this trail is, you get to see many buffalos and cows on the way and not very crowded like famous trails like mission peaks. I loved my lonely walk there. I recommend going there with your loved ones once in a while.

Easy hike with nice views! Can get muddy after a rainy day. Free parking with restrooms.

Views : 5 stars. Beautiful views of the bay and the Vargas Plauteu. Green hills after rains.
Trail : 2 stars. The trail is still in the making. Unmarked, muddy at certain spots.
Misc : 1 star. Cows on the trail. We had to change course/U turn on both trails due to mothers protecting calves.
Crowd: 5 stars. No one on the trails.

Hardly saw anyone else on the trail on a weekend! If you are looking for solitude highly recommend this trail.

Views of Fremont, mission peak, Sunol peak. Trails are not well maintained like other regional parks but it not easy to get lost.

fantastic views

Nice hike, great views and amazing birding. My photos are from two different visits;)

Quick and easy with kids (who regularly hike) from ages 3-6. On the day we went it was clear enough to catch a peek at the City.

8 months ago

Beautiful views

Very quiet and peaceful. Beautiful rolling hills.

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