trail running

walking

It's a good choice for easy hiking and plenty of choices what direction to take. So many trails in this park, you can walk for an hour or take the entire day. Lots of cyclists and dogs too.

trail running
1 month ago

Perfect for running on/off trail options. Bikers are always polite and either ring a bell or say something to give a heads up. Most even let you know when a group passes who’s the last one or how many are in the group. Dog meet ups and play dates created with amazing people. Just love this place.

Be cool

hiking
3 months ago

Great hiking trail active families with younger kids.
Watch out for mountain bikers, as there are loads.
Also took the pup, loads of shade on many trails.
It was our first time and we will be back!

shaded trees and water trails. lots of trails to walk around.

Cool park, didn’t love trail running here. Would be great for dog walking and mountain biking

mountain biking
5 months ago

Awesome trail for beginners. Lots of varying terrain including nice stretches of open, moderately roller coasteresqe hardpack with manageable but challenging (for begginers) semi sharp turns/switchbacks and steep rocky/rooted inclines/declines. The guide indicates a 1.3 mile trail but it's considerably more with all of the interconnected sidetrails of which their are quite a few. This will be my go to trail until I'm ready for the more technically difficult challenge of Brushy Creek (where I spent half of my time pushing my bike/or on the ground).

on Walnut Creek Trail

6 months ago

Beautiful, natural scenery. Mountain bike trails range from easy to difficult. Can be busy at times.

7 months ago

Great trail, not very technical for hiking but dog and family friendly. Lots of side trails to explore and wander. Watch for mountain bikers coming around corners but everyone courteous.

8 months ago

Walk, bike, jog, bring your dog all on a dirt or paved path along winding Walnut Creek.

Lots of great options- I just let my dog lead the way and took several side trails. Lots of flat trails that are easy and lots of opportunity to get to the creek.

Fun mountain biking trail.

hiking
8 months ago

I absolutely love this park. We come here once a week with the puppies. Great off leash trails leading to water and everyone is respectable to each other. there's a healthy mix of cyclists, dog walkers and hikers. it can either be as easy or challenging depending on which area you hike to. we have yet to get bored here...always some place new to explore.

hiking
9 months ago

The park was fun but I was expecting more from the reviews however I did not Adventure all of the trails unfortunately, and I didn't have my pup and being an off the leash park I probably would have enjoyed it more with her. the only thing is parts reaked of dog feces and there was feces bags everywhere. idk if that was the rules and park clean up picks them up but I hated that aspect. the water was not clear where I went like the images depected on some pages. However if you are local it's a fun hike.

Moderate with different elevations. Good access to the river. Great secluded woods within the city.

trail running
10 months ago

So yesterday I decided to take all the offshoot trails. This wide, mostly flat, concrete trail through woods, parks, and a little neighbohood has all sorts of trails in Walnut Creek park, but then when you get past Gracey Woods, there are only a few offshoot trails.

All the trails I took are to the south of the trail except one. The one trial to the north, just before you hit the park-n-ride, was rather short and led me to some tents (probably a homeless camp). The trails to the south, though:

The first two or three trail climb almost straight up, and end rather quickly at an apt complex. Good for a short, steep, sorta scrambley hill climbs. The third or fourth trail, though, took me further back into the woods, still gaining some good elevation. The trial forked a few times, the trails either dead ending in the woods or at the apt complex. But stay to the west and this trail does run by the creek, high above it. Back to the main trail, the next few trails after this one leads into some sparse trees, some of the trails are short, the one with the "no motorized vehicle" sign looped back to the main trail; and the final trail was comparatively longer, ran along side the creek with some neat rocks formations, and went across the creek- but when I got to a fork and heard some loud banging, I decided to turn around.
Then you get to the trail going north, which winds through the woods a very brief way, hits a clearing, and you spot the tents.

I'm sure there are more trails back there, none maintained by the city or the parks&recreation people most likely. But if you want to mix it up a little, these trials give you a break from the down-and-back concrete trail.

Cool park. Lots of trails to get lost in. The dog thing. Some owners don’t keep them on a leash. Got nipped, scratched and jumped on and the owner was oblivious. Really do like the place itself though. The creek and cliffs can be really pretty.

mountain biking
10 months ago

fun place to ride but a lot of dog's had my grandson he liked it, he can ride and made his own fun up some of the good hills

trail running
10 months ago

I ran a lot of this today. I tried following all the signs with the blue dot. But at many intersections, the sign either has no blue dot, or there's no sign at all. I ended up running around 7.5 miles, instead of 9.6, and ended up backtracking on accident. So it'd be good if they updated the signs.

But as for trail running in general, the only thing lacking in Walnut Creek Metro Park are any long, more steep hills. There is much elevation changes, and some steep hills, but none that are very long. But really, this is no deal breaker at all. These trails are way cool.

Watch out for bikers, always give them the right-of-way. They are supposed to yield to pedestrians- this is proper etiquette. But a bike zooming down a hill more than twice as fast as you, then suddenly they come around a corner and you're five feet from them- it's easier for a pedestrian to get out of the way than for that biker to stop on a dime.

trail running
10 months ago

I ran a lot of this today. I tried following all the signs with the blue dot. But at many intersections, the sign either has no blue dot, or there's no sign at all. I ended up running around 7.5 miles, instead of 9.6, and ended up backtracking on accident. So it'd be good if they updated the signs.

But as for trail running in general, the only thing lacking in Walnut Creek Metro Park are any long, more steep hills. There is much elevation changes, and some steep hills, but none that are very long. But really, this is no deal breaker at all. These trails are way cool.

A lot of the loops in this park have names. To help out, this trail consists of: Windy loop, BMX loop, Severe Consequences loop, .6 loop, and others. I think you'd cross the creek at least twice. Watch out for bikers, always give them the right-of-way. They are supposed to yield to pedestrians- this is proper etiquette. But a bike zooming down a hill more than twice as fast as you, then suddenly they come around a corner and you're five feet from them- it's easier for a pedestrian to get out of the way than for that biker to stop on a dime.

trail running
10 months ago

Concrete trail through mostly woods, starting in the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Trail head is easy to locate- turn into the south/west parking lots (there's one road through the park). Going west through the parking lots, it's hard to miss the large, open area with a highly visible concrete trail and steel handrails, on the west.

The trail is entirely concrete, except the three or four large, flat wooden bridges. The trail is rather wide with a yellow stripe in the middle. No large hill climbs, no scrambling, no twisty-turny, up-and-down stuff, no rocks and roots, etc. Just a regular concrete trail, but the scenery is very pretty. Lots of walkers, bikers, joggers here, plus dogs and strollers and kids too. Strangely enough, there are only benches and such at the trail head, then about a mile down a Gracy Woods park. But that's it.

The cool part about this trail is that the Walnut Creek Park itself has a lot of hiking and biking trails, with all the ups-and-downs, twists and turns, etc. the real "hiking in the woods" experience. So you can go down this concrete trail as kind of a landmark, and take any one of the numerous sidetrails into the woods. Most trails eventually loop back to the concrete trail, but not immediately- one turn and you could go deeper into the tangle of trails away from the main trail, so be careful if you wanna stick close to the main trail.

All in all, there's enough variation- plain old woods, some large wooden bridges, the creek, open grassy areas, play ground, train tracks and streets overhead, , etc for this trail to be not too boring.

mountain biking
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The trail is fun, mostly moderate with a few extreme places. I can easily ride out here for a few hours, even though you’ll loop around a few times. The only down side is the amount of people with dogs off leash in on-leash areas. I have crashed having to avoid a dog that jumped out in front of me. Also, be careful on the paved path with the bridges when they’re wet. The wooden bridges get super slippery.

hiking
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fun park. Lots of traffic today. So many trails. I could have spent hours exploring all the trails. The trails are a little confusing, but that’s part of the fun. Prepared to be a little lost. It’s ok. The map on AllTrails was helpful.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Too many mountain bikes racing make it dangerous for dogs & kids.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Nice scenery, but way too many little doggie presents left on the trail despite numerous signs to pick it up. The smell can be strong at times.

trail running
Saturday, October 07, 2017

If this is the trail I'm thinking of, it's all concrete. As a trail runner, this trail is a sinch, but the proximity to the Walnut Creek trails is good. I usually am running in Walnut Creek park, and run through here to take a little break from the more rugged trails.

Lazy strolls, your half-hour of walking to get a quick exercise, or bringing your kids to play in the park. That's what this trial is good for. obviously it's in the city, so expect city sounds, and sadly, the occasional "dirty/creepy" looking person. But all-in-all, it's very nice and lots of people use it so it's totally safe and a good choice for the family.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good trail to hike and bike

walking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great trail lots of nature. Was the first trail I've explored since I moved here. Loved it will definitely be back to explore more

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

trail running
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

So I'm running this park the other day (as I do often), and decide to take some "trails" that I haven't taken yet. I see a sign a few feet in the wood, crumpled over (I'm assuming vandalism), that said "no tresspassing". OK, I'll just stay on the trail then.

Well I hit a few dead ends with the same signs on the trail itself (this is in the southern portion of the trails/park). The views from these parts of the trails where really nice, but then i saw a chainlink fence, and on the other side of the fence facing away from me was a "no trespassing" sign". Oops! I guess that sign in the woods, was supposed to be on the trail itself.

I scurried down a somewhat steep embankment, ran down a dry creek bed, and found the main trail again. It was a fun day.

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