Donlan Loop Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Donlan Loop Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dublin, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
918 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent walking trail with beautiful views of the local foothills. The trails are very accessible and the trail system is well marked and easy to navigate. I walked the Donolon Loop Trail on 4/20/2018; beware that parts of the "loop" portion of the trail are overgrown. Until maintenance has been done, some bushwacking is required so where long pants.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little trail right by my house. Gorgeous views and can get your heart rate going on the uphill portions. I enjoy doing this hike once a month or so. Always something new to see.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail for the most part but trail narrows quite a bit and the grass overgrowth makes certain areas of the trail hard to distinguish in the loop portion of the hike. Also in same area very tall with grass about 4-5’ high, pay attention to your downloaded map or you could mid a turn. Overall nice very nice, just look down a lot when you walk or you will be ankle high in cow patties. Satellite and phone reception worked the entire trail.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

If you like gravel trails, dead grass, and a view of Suburbia the entire time, then this is the trail for you.
The point is nice, but not enough that would have me coming back again. Cut the hike short because It left more to be desired.

mountain biking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Great downhill sections. No trees which can make it hot.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nice 5 mile hike and view of the tri valley area from the Donlan bench. Had just rain and saw what look like mountain lion tracks in mud.

hiking
Monday, December 19, 2016

Great views! Crowd pleaser. Most dogs off leash. Dear and cattle on trail. Can be muddy in rainy season. On day of this review could get away with running shoes, but would recommend hiking shoes/boots for mud and need to watch your step (slippery when wet).

This loop could use more description on trail directions. Start is pretty straight forward. First turn to Donlon Point can be missed, but not too bad. On right turn after completing Donlon Point loop, be sure to not head up hill too fast - keep right to the right hand side of the valley (want to be walking on left side of hill on right. When coming up from the large loop (after briefly walking on street), turn right at top to visit another great view (can make it out on topography of map). As you're almost finishing the large loop counter-clockwise, keep walking another 50 to 75 feet and take a small single track ridge trail heading up to rocky formation. To me, this is a better way to complete the trail, with nicer views and not on muddy fire/cattle road. This single track then connects back up to main trail where you can turn left to head back per original trail.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nice hike with great views of the Tri Valley. I went on an overcast day because you will be exposed for most of the hike. There is a small section that goes through the woods and along a block of town homes about half-way through. I look forward to going back and hiking up Calaveras Ridge Trail.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Quick short hike to Donlon Point and back...prefect for my lunchtime break. I enjoyed it and only passed 3 people. Nice and quite, peaceful but you do hear the freeway noise...I would still recommend. Moderate effort

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

This loop trail is ideal if you want a relatively quick hike in West Dublin. From the back of the California Highlands condo complex, the loop takes about 45 minutes to complete. At the top of the hill, you are rewarded with views overlooking the Tri-Valley. The trail is not super difficult, but there are definitely up hill portions to get your heart rate up. I have seen Turkeys, Coyotes, and all sorts of birds and ground critters along the hillsides.

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