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Chabot to Garin Regional Trail, Cull Canyon Road, Heyer Road, Service Road, Lake View Trail, Columbia Drive

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Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area

Chabot to Garin Regional Trail, Cull Canyon Road, Heyer Road, Service Road, Lake View Trail, Columbia Drive is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Castro Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 193 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

Park Features: Home to shaded trails, shallow creek crossings, ridge-top breezes, and a 1.5-acre white sand swimming lagoon, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area is an award winning East Bay playground. The lagoon itself was the first of its kind. When it was made, a secondary dam was constructed to provide an inner swimming area complete with a sandy beach. Never previously tried, this innovation made the swim area independent of what was then a water reservoir. The park won the 1966 Governor’s Award for Exceptional Distinction for Recreational Development. The park is also home to many picnic areas, grassy play areas, and a newly restored seasonal creek adjacent to the main dam. Trails Highlights: Take a break from the heavy I-580 traffic and enjoy a short but serene hike around Cull Canyon. The trails begins in a dense, shaded woodland, and then leads up to the main road. It passes the small dam before ascending, and then hugs the ridgeline, looking down on the swim lagoon and seasonal creek below. Trail Directions: Park in the main lot and head towards the footbridge that leads into the park. Instead of crossing the bridge, turn left on the Chabot to Garin Regional Trail. Follow the trail past the park residence on your left. After .38 miles you will come to a fork. Take the path heading uphill to Cull Canyon Road. Make a right and walk beside Cull Canyon Road until you pass the dam. At the dam, turn right on Heyer Road and follow the sidewalk until reaching the gravel service road. The service road has a brown wood gate. Follow the service road. When you reach the trail post that marks Lake View Trail, turn left to go up the hill. Follow Lake View Trail as it hugs the fence line of the houses. When you reach the fork, turn right at the sign panels. Follow the trail for another .36 miles. When the trail crosses a creek , follow it around to Columbia Drive. Turn right on Columbia Drive. Columbia Drive will lead you back to the parking lot.

Driving Directions: From I-580 eastbound in Castro Valley, take the Grove Way exit. Turn to the north (left) on Grove Way. Turn left onto Cull Canyon Rd. and continue to the park entrance on the left-hand side. From I-580 westbound, take the Castro Valley exit and continue west (left) on Castro Valley Blvd. to Crow Canyon Rd. Turn right on Crow Canyon, then left on Cull Canyon Rd. and continue to the park entrance on the left.

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kendra s.
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Hiking

poorly marked for a newbie. gate was locked today at halfway point over by lagoon, so had to go back.

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Celica Suryabara
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Hiking

Poison oak sightings

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Susan Hollingshead
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Hiking

Lost the trail halfway around. Poorly marked for this rookie!

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Stina Houston
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HikingOff trail

Nice little quick hike. Took my 2yr in a Jogger stroller with Dog. Private and Quite

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Matt R
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Running

6/10/2020 hike/jog: Had a little fun with this one. I did the recommended loop and then followed the Bay Area Ridge Trail to Don Castro and went around that lake too. It's interesting to mix the urban roads/paths with the nature. This activity put me over 700k ft. of elevation climbed on All Trails.

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Jess Dhillon
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Hiking

Super easy trail. Had about 4-5 inclines that each lasted less than 5 min. One of my lesser faves in regard to scenic value.

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Liz Noone
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Hiking

Trails are still open during shelter in place. Signs posted indicate that parking lots open at 8 AM. Parts of the trail go along the road but other than than we enjoyed a nice, private hike at sunrise. Saw beautiful wildflowers.

Becky Urbano
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Hiking

Not much of this trail gets you away from the surrounding neighborhoods. It does have some nice views and is a pleasant stroll.

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Peter Forster
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Fairly Urban trail with some views whose main selling point is its accessibility. it is a bit confusing navigating the trail because of breaks and switchbacks

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Marie Kahn
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Hiking

Just under five miles, this is a beautiful hike. Best to avoid the hot summer weather because it’s quite exposed.

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Krystal Kramer
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Hiking

View of lake Chabot Lake, geese on the golf course, there are trails for bikes. There is also a driving range

Vallorie Kalos
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Be prepared for several pocked trail pitfalls. Steep narrow heavily over grown trees to hike through. Not an easy trail. The take away is the broad views. Take a friend.

Gizella Aguilar
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Nature trips

Easy but peaceful & calming

Serena A.
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It's not a very pretty hike. It looks more like a neighborhood motocross trail than a hiking trail. It is easy for a more active person because of the 3-4 steeply graded hills.

Teresa Martyny
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Most of the trail is alongside of roads and there are tons of bugs that you are walking through.

Vallorie Kalos
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I walked this trail. Rating this trail MODERATE . For eager, energetic well seasoned hikers looking for a challenge who will enjoy the steep up and down hill trails; very narrow to non-existent on more than a few occasions. Sure footed hikers will experience pot holes from gophers, rain and erosion. Watch out for the ground is unevenly pocked in many areas. Great respiratory workout. Sunny and shadowed areas. Be aware of the vicious barking dog: luckily fenced.

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love this park especially if you take it from Estudillo entrance it has many beautiful shaded trails.

Maya Eberhard
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Walking

I walked this trail with a jogging stroller and it was quite challenging. Trail would not work for a regular stroller and I recommend a stroller with a handbrake as well as a wrist strap. Trail is uneven from water damage and quite steep at times. However the entire trail was wide enough to accommodate the stroller and this is now a new favorite of ours. Update: To avoid the crazy steep hill that is not stroller friendly I start my walk on the trail at Winifred. As such I have l to walk up Center, but that is worth it!

Randy Martin
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Hiking
First to Review

Good trail. Nice hike - a little elevation change, but great hike.

Jen K.
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Scott Manor
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Bill Fesmire
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Erin Kundert
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East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD)
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Tanya Staysa
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Bill Fesmire
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Christopher King-Hall
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Jazmin Nahuis
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Larry Viglizzo
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