Five Canyons to Stonebrae

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Five Canyons to Stonebrae is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castro Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,502 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


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wild flowers


An exploration hike of a newer portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. This hike starts in EBRPD Five Canyons Open Space but is primaraly in what is known as North Garin. The Chabot to Garin portion of the B.A.R.T. follows the Palomares Canyon western ridge before descending to cross a creek that empties into Palomares Canyon. The dirt road/trail then follows the creek around until you climb back out on to the ridge above Palomares Canyon. The current trail ends on the ridge at the southern edge of EBRPD Garin property, where it becomes Stonebrae land. This hike has something for everyone, open ridgetop views and wooded canyon shade, plus plenty of up and down to give you a good workout.

4 days ago

I did this trail and then some, 5 Canyons all the way to Garin for a total of about 10 miles. Unfortunately, the trail had recently been graded and the dirt was really loose, so it was hard to walk. Also, at this time of year, in November, it is uber dry with barely any shade, so it was not the prettiest hike. I probably wouldn’t do it again, but I did appreciate knocking off 10 miles of the ridge trail. Make sure you are familiar with the turns because there aren’t that many trail markers. Also, this is definitely not an easy trail as there is quite a bit of elevation and some unrelenting ups. I would say it is moderate.

3 months ago

Quiet trail that descends to a small creek and then goes back up to a beautiful view of the bay and city, then goes back down to a small pond with ferns and reeds. not sure it's really an easy trail since the ups and downs are pretty steep.

Sat Sep 15 2018

Went from Five canyons to Stonebrae community and arranged a ride back to our car. This is a nice, very low traffic trail, The bottom of the canyon in the shaded areas has a good nature feeling. Be aware of the cows though, one attacked my wife, it was terrifying and I'm thankful she's okay. The hike took longer than expected since we had to go around the pathways, on the outskirts to avoid the cattle that we are now traumatized by.

4 months ago

4 months ago

recorded Shady Canyon

Sun Aug 19 2018

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