A good trail to get your heart rate up! There is very little shade after the first mile and it is a CLIMB, so do this hike early in the day and wear sunscreen. This trail was dog friendly, and we made it to the top with our miniature dachshund and Australian shepherd. The parking lot is pretty empty in the morning and on foggy/rainy days but fills up on nice weekends. We did this hike in early May, and the ground was still a bit wet and muddy - at points I was about an inch taller from all the mud caked onto the bottoms of my hiking boots. Saw some ambitious mountain bikers making their way up as well, I imagine it would be an awesome descent!

Nice dog friendly trail. Definitely recommend going clockwise. I went counter clockwise and up spring ridge is steady climb without any shade.

Great hike but a strenuous one. No place to take breaks or have quick lunch. Hence the whole 8-miles had to be done in one take. Would love to do it again. The view and the wind that blows is worth the hike!

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10 days ago

Hamm Gulch Trail is dog friendly with great view, 90% shaded. We walked all the way up until there was no shade at all and took the original route back. It was around 7 miles. Very pretty trees and wild flowers.

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no shade
over grown
11 days ago

This hike was super satisfying towards the top! Word of advice, go the left route. We went on the right route on an 80+ degree Fahrenheit day and the route on the right took us straight up with no shade. The route coming down was well shaded and cool though. Parking is very limited. My AllTrails also tracked 7.5 miles instead of 6.7, so be warned. It is actually about a mile more than the info on here

Very nice trail with beautiful view!

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no shade
12 days ago

After the first mile there is no shade.

Muddy and windy, the view on top is spectacular

on Anniversary Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Short, easy trail with pretty wildflowers and amazing views- you can see all the way from SF to SJ! Very convenient as parking lots are at the start & end of the trail.

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15 days ago

No longer closed due to COVID. However, you can't easily park on street. So, once parking lots are full, you will have to walk.

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muddy
over grown
18 days ago

Uphills

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26 days ago

An easy to moderate hike, I wouldn't deem this to be hard but definitely enjoyable. More like 7 miles and 1400+ ft elevation gain. As suggested by another reviewer, clockwise is the way to go for this one. Great views at the top from Windy Hill. And yes, Windy Hill is pretty windy :D Went during the COVID crisis and the parking area is still closed. You can find parking almost immediately after you take a turn on to Willowbrook Dr from Alpine Rd

Really great trail with excellent views and a nice slope for exercise. For how short it is the elevation gain is pretty large. Very rewarding to reach the top.

It's a nice trail which has a little but of everything. The wildflowers were quite nice this time of the year.

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28 days ago

Extremely scenic for such a short trail! I would really recommend it in combination with one of the nearby trails.

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bugs
over grown
28 days ago

While this trail has some nice viewpoints it’s way too overgrown. In a few places there were spiked plants obstructing the path, and there are flies and bees everywhere. You pretty much have to walk through small swarms in several parts of this route. Unfortunate I wasn’t dressed for this and had to turn back one mile in. If you’re going to do this one long pants and sleeves are a must.

Nice warm day. Unfortunately no wind in the exposed area! Beautiful carpet of California poppies along Anniversary Trail with wide view of the Bay and Mt. Diablo in background. Many other wild flowers still in bloom. Best direction, in my opinion, is clockwise. Up Hamms Gulch and down Spring. Everyone I met was socially distancing. Some bikes to watchout for. Also there are some benches along the route so you can stop and admire the view. Very uplifting in this time of sad news.

Parking lot closed due to covid

Easy hike to get the blood flowing!

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked the trail with another family and did a lunchtime picnic at the summit! It was so much fun to be able to see the pacific ocean and bay at the same time. Going up with my toddler on my back was grueling but it was totally worth it!

Windy Hill is... windy! Weather was sunny and warm in the parking lot. With a cold front coming through, the wind was blowing 20+ mph and cold at the summit. Bring layers if there's weather. Definitely recommend the clockwise trip. Hamms Gulch Trail runs through dense forest and is very peaceful. The views at the Windy Hill peak are terrific, with the bay on one side and the ocean on the other. Spring Ridge Trail is a scenic descent back, with great views of Stanford and the bay, and even a couple of peaks of San Francisco.

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no shade
3 months ago

Spring Ridge, Lost trail, Hamms Gulch trail

If you’re a trail runner or any kind of endurance athlete this is a great place to train. Trail is well laid out and easy to follow so you don’t have to break your pace much to figure out where you’re going. Solid loop with a nice variety of woodsy/covered areas and open meadows. I started at the Windy Hill Summit so the way out was mostly gentle elevation changes. Last two miles back to summit however is basically up hill the entire way, so a good way to power out your training. Will return

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Nice views on top

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