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Donlan Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dublin, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 918 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Walking Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Abhishek Gaikwad
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Colleen Taylor
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Hiking

Steep hills, but worth the effort

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Jerry Hom
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Hiking

Nice moderate hike, great views from the top. Lots of ups and downs. Little shade. Plenty of parking even on weekends.

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Anand D
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HikingGreat!

In spite of being a weekend, there were very few hikers on the trail. This hike is for the most part, open, so not suitable on a hot day. The Calaveras Ridge trail starts off as wide path that doubles as a fire road and continues on its upward journey almost for a mile and you are never away from the new Dublin Hill community houses during this initial stretch. It is only when you make the sharp turn on to the Donlon loop trail that you get any sense of remoteness. As it slopes down you get the feeling you are at the bottom of a large bowl with the surrounding hills making up its walls. It is an upward climb again as it meets the Martin Canyon Creek trail where you make a right and go on a ridge. Here you are treated to some grand sights of the hills to your left. You meander down a sloping hill following zigzag paths to reach a thickly wooded area. Continuing down you suddenly reach a set of town houses. This is McBride lane. A short trudge along this will take you back to the trails. The directions to get back on the trail are well marked. Heading up the path, you pass through a gate to the open skies. You follow this to loop back. On your right is thick vegetation on the slopes with the mature tree branches kissing the sloping grounds. You reach the point where you head back the path that is close to the ‘bowl’ mentioned earlier. On your way back on the Calaveras Ridge trail don’t miss Donlon Point. A very nice overlook where you can look down on Hwy 580 as also the BART track. If there is a train moving on the tracks so much the better. Soak in the sights before starting on the final lap. A nice 4 miles. Would do it again sometime.

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Edwin Tran
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HikingNo shade
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Anthony Torres
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Mountain biking

Great trail. A couple steep hills but fun coming down.

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Ringo Perez
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HikingNo shade

You need to hike this trail early or in the late afternoon... not a lot of shade. Parking was open when I arrive 7:30am on a Sunday which is good. It’s an easy to moderate trail depending on your capability... view of 580 & 680 was amazing on the Donlon Point an extra 0.34 mile hike but worth it.

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Ziomara Aviles
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HikingNo shade
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Sara K
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Hiking

Fun trail open broad paths, kids friendly. Will come again for a run.

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Kim van
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Hiking

Nice trail but windy

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Joy Ang
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Hiking

Good moderate hike with a manageable incline. Not crowded and wide paths (and not so grassy). Great view of the Tri Valley.

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Mandi Batdorf
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HikingNo shade

Nice trail, beautiful views, no shade. East weekend morning loop.

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Colette Snyder
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HikingNo shade

It’s close to home and simple. Nice short hike without a ton of people around. Found a Geocache I wasn’t even looking for! So I’ll have to come back to sign it and leave a token. At one point you have to walk in a neighborhood through some townhouses to come around back onto the loop which was kinda weird.

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zachary hauser
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Hiking

Lot of cows and poop

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Amber Merrill
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Hiking

I love this trail. It has a little bit of incline, pretty views, cows to admire while you hike, and lots of exploring. The trail reminds me of a mini mission peak without the day dedication. Just be careful of the cow poop.

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Rahul Somani
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Hiking

not really moderate. wear long hiking pants. you'll have to wade thru talk grass. I got lost several times.

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Maggie Li
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HikingNo shade

We had to walk through an area with lots of cows (and poop) before getting onto the trail. The hike is moderate with some good inclines, almost no shade. You will walk through a residential neighborhood about halfway if you do the loop. Overall, a good hike in the Spring where you can see lots of wildflowers and beautiful views of the cities from the top

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Ganchana T. Nanan
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HikingOver grown

Easy trail. Took me through really high grass so I basically ran through that part. Lots of cow at the beginning. A group of were staring at me walking I was scared.

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Sujesh Sundaram
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Hiking

Nice and easy trail with beautiful views, especially in Spring

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Jesse Gandt
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Heavily trafficked along the calaveras ridge trail, but almost no one on the loop trail. Spring is definitely the best time to do it, has some serene views of rolling green hills and wildflowers. Take heed on the heavily shaded portions though- there’s poison oak dotted on the sides of the trail.

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Kurinjiselvi Dhandapani
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Sri Varadhan
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Hiking

kids friendly trail.

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Kristen Przeslawski
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Allen Bohart
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HikingNo shade
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Kristen Bobertz
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Hiking

very foggy day, lots of cows, overall a good hike.

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Manoj Kumar Varadarajan
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Hiking

Loved the trail. No shade except for a small patch. Love the ups and downs which is good cardio exercise Do early to avoid sun/heat.

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Matthew Nielsen
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Hiking

Awesome trail with great scenery and a wonderful bay breeze. Nice hills and a great work out. Would recommend.

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Cameron Talebi
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Easy trail. sunscreen and hat recommended during summer time. No shade areas. Lots of cows and lizards.

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Robert Barrios
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HikingNo shadeOver grown
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