Garin Peak is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hayward, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.3 miElevation gain603 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeScramble
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A perfect introduction to the rolling hills, windy summits, and shaded creeks of Garin Regional Par, this trip uses Vista Peak Loop Trail to take you past Vista and Garin peaks. From those summits you will have most of San Francisco Bay displayed for your enjoyment. NOTE: East Bay Regional Park District charges fees for parking and dogs when entrance kiosk is attended.

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Tiffany Chan
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amy brown
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Great!

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Maria Luca
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Denni Duggan
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Easy to moderate

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Avrami Tzur
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dog can be of leash half with no shade

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Arthur of Camelot
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cows are cool. fully exposed, so hot sun will bake you and rain causes a lot of mud. some nice views

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Itchy Zhang
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Hudson Wid
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Alex Z
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Maria Luca
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Taylor G
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bomb

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Don Jayakody
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Awesome! Pretty much empty. Plenty of parking spots and hardly ran into anyone.

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Zach Bent
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Maria Luca
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classic east bay cow hills. nice wide trails and very few people (currently more cows than people). beautiful views! I can imagine this getting very muddy after heavy rains, but not too bad yet!

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Demetrius Mclendon
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loved it!

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Jasmine King
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Rolling hills, lots of cows, great views from the top.

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Xin Li
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Karen Schuyler
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Sarah Markus
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This was a nice trail. Lots of parking, and the trail was decently wide. Not much for shade, lots of cows wandering around, some birds and lizards too. We went clockwise and enjoyed seeing views of Hayward first, and ending with walking through the hills and enjoying the feeling of being away from the city. Only ran into a couple other people (including a group on horseback), which was a plus to spend most of the time without needing to put my mask on. While it is definitely a hill, it wasn't too steep and there were areas that it would flatten out before continuing up/down.

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Paushak Parikh
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Brian Fowler
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johnydecali User
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Easy hike with lots of sun

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Delasa A
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It was a great hiking trail, very well maintained, with visible signs to find your way through. There are cattle roaming around, it was so green this time of the year, with great views of the bay. There was plenty of parking available, with a fee of $5. There are also grills and picnic table available at the park. Highly recommmed it!

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Jenny Hughes
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A little muddy in the shade but nothing too bad. Had the trail to myself. I’ve never explored the north side but I can do the southern trails in my sleep so this was a nice change of pace. Wouldn’t recommend the day after rain but today was nice and sunny.

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Dmitry Latnikov
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a good place for a short walk especially in autumn-winter when the hills are green

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Liz Huelfenhaus
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Great daily trail. Took my dog and I about and hour to do the whole loop, considering we stopped to take some pictures and enjoy the views. Mostly open plains. if you come during spring everything is very green! It gets dry and yellow during summer time when it's hot. Lots of big and baby moos!

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Cassie Castrejon
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Cow pies galore, but such a lovely short jont. The view is amazing at the top and the cows and calves I stumbled upon a long the way were adorable.

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Lara DeShayes
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Not exactly a loop but still a good hike with decent elevation and views. Watch for nettles and cow poop if you venture off the main trail.

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Ryan H.
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Beautiful landscape, cows, hawks. A little muddy in the beginning, so be careful you follow paths from the parking lot rather than the immediate trail to avoid the muck.

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Rowena Camat
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Nice hike. Some part of the trail were very muddy. We had to find an alternative route to get around the mud. It was hard to follow the trail because there were mud slides and fallen trees. Lastly, be prepared to cross the freezing water creek.

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