Explore the most popular trail running trails in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
4 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
5 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

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

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
7 months ago

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.

Good trail to hike and bike

walking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

trail running
9 months ago

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.

mountain biking
10 months ago

These trails a very fast and flowy in sections. There trails are a great work out but they do not offer anything too technical. There is a BMX track that has a little pump track and some nice table tops. Definitely worth a visit!

mountain biking
10 months ago

I have this habit of not reading trail head maps, and just riding my bike around trails and let's just say this was one of the best trails I've ridden here in Austin! Great sections you make loops easily with and hit some
Good jumps and features!

Meh- nothing special. Also, it's an easy trail not moderate.

trail running
10 months ago

So I ran on the new, concrete trail; but the trail has several, SEVERAL offshoots for more biking style trails. And, of course, these trails make for some awesome trail running. The ups and downs, twists and turns, you even get some creek crossings and some pretty good hills. Most of it is plain biking trails, but some of it starts to seem "rugged", and anytime you're ready to stop, the trails don;t get too far from the main, concrete trail.

For trail running on flats, in fields of wildflowers, or continuous hill climbing, this isn't it. This is a good leg workout, and forces concentration to not run into any bikers whirring your way.

trail running
11 months ago

Ran here again today (I often do). I ran the "Windy Trail" and the BMX Trail". Those trails are for pedestrians as well as bikers, but just be courteous and conscientious to bikers- some come to the park in order to really go fast and furious on the trails, and they are designed for bikes. In fact, at the back part of the "BMX Trail", there is a small but good BMX course. Lots of jumps close to one another. But you can run/hike/bike the trail itself without getting on the BXM course.

Anyway, all that said, I just really like these trails at this park. I like the ups and downs and twists and turns of bike trails, keep's one on their toes.

Short nice trail, very rocky on a short area. Very relaxing.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

lovely trail.

trail running
Thursday, May 18, 2017

I give the whole trail system itself a four: it is an intricate system of trails, but it lacks the "oomph" of more rugged trails. But hey, family and novice friendly is good too. Hikers, bikers, trail runners, casual strollers- this park has it all. Parking is more than adequate. But the only restroom I can usually find is a porta-potty :(

About half the trails are moderately flat, and soft dirt. There's one concrete trail that goes out of the park, it's pretty nice. The rest of the trails are hard dirt from the bikers, and those trails got the really fun stuff.

On the bike trails, you got ups and down, but even more so: twists and turns and lots of intersecting trails- easy to get turned around in this place; lots of trails to explore. And the creek itself is wonderful. Very pretty with a nice variety of terrain- some parts of the creek are surrounded buy lots of plants, some parts by steep cliffs, others by a lot of rock, etc. It's fun to try and run the creek itself, if you don't mind getting wet.

There are no large hills which is a bummer, and very few places with lots of rock. There are lots of people with dogs, and come later in the day and expect to see scores and scores of bikers- if you're a biker yourself, this place is pretty good for beginners and intermediate. All in all, this gets a four instead of a three: I say three because, really, for a trail runner like me, it lacks a few things. But because of the amount of trails, and thus the amount of time you could spend here just exploring the trails, and the fact that it accommodates bikers and hikers and runners and, well, just about everyone, it definitely earns that extra star.

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