Gerle Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Pilot Hill, California that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 157 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: As of April 2020, parking lot to the trailhead is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check the park website for more information.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Great for first time MTB

hiking
2 days ago

Great bike ride. A tree limb is down about 1/2 way around from parking lot. Be careful!

hiking
3 days ago

My wife and I hiked this morning. Trail has reopened. Many beautiful wildflowers in a variety of colors, at the peak of perfection. Clumps of a variety, no massed displays. We hiked along the unimproved trail along the river.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail can be easy or moderate depending on which direction of the trail you follow. The trail is confusing. Even with the All Trails Map. Me and my wife took our 2 & 4 year olds and it was quite the adventure. At the entrance you can go right or left. If you go right (what we did), the trail will take you all over the place and intersects with a bunch of other trails. You will still get to the beach area but it’s a mission if you have little ones with you (clocked 4 miles). However, if you go left (what I wish we did), it’s about a mile walk to the beach area. Flat, open, wide and easy path. There is a sign that says “Beach Access” that takes you off the Gerle Loop Trail. Nice little area for the kids. They had a blast. More people there than I expected during this Social Distancing time (not one person had a face mask) but worth the trip. Parking closed. There are good spots to park on the side of the road within very short walking distance (almost directly across the street). Only gave 4 stars because of the confusing signage. Other than that, the beautiful green hills made it a trip to remember.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail for bringing little kids on. I gave 4 stars because the trail was confusing to follow without using a map, but we figured it out. Also, parking lot is closed right now due to COVID-19 quarantine so we had to park down the street & walk up to the trailhead.

relaxing and easy

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, easy trail. The day we went, we took our 5 month old pup and had him leashed the entire time. We encountered three different idiots who had unleashed dogs that rushed my dog, scaring him. They didn’t seem to care and would not control their dogs. So frustrating!

great trail to hike or a trail run with the hound!

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail. Been out here twice now. Good for seeing how that new pack is gonna feel.

walking
3 months ago

it's a nice view of the river and even some stops you can take to go down to the river.

hiking
3 months ago

Great for bikes next time

Beautiful green all around hike, some incline and decline...a total body workout, over 8 miles long, make sure you are well rested to hike this, it’s definitely a moderate hike

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

As advertised, A nice fairly flat easy loop. Nice overcast day, with few people on the trail. I wanted to check this out after doing the Lake Clementine Trail early in the morning.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail, we took our two dogs with us, found about 6-7 small ticks on them, make sure to look over your pets before you get them home.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for 2 city dogs and a 10 year old. Trail was perfect and it was gorgeous out.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail for a hike with dogs and young kids.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail! Pretty simple walk and we were able to find some access to the river. Very enjoyable overall.

hiking
no shade
Sun May 12 2019

watch out for rattle snakes. otherwise a beauty of a trail you never want to stop walking on! my hike stopped recording for 2 miles. I went 13.78 miles today. I'm sorry but put a bag on your horse's ass if you're riding in here. y'all don't deserve to share trails.

Mon Mar 11 2019

Nice short little hike. You can hear the river from the trail but can't see it. Still a good hike for my puppy's first time.

walking
Fri Feb 01 2019

Nice little trail with birds and the sound of the river! I was out there 1/25/19 and didn't run into anyone on the trail, my dog was happy to run around and splash in every puddle. If you go in warmer months, remember sunscreen and water! There is some shade but no drinkable water access.

hiking
Tue Jan 22 2019

We took this clockwise and it started out shaded along the river then opened up into a grassy area. Nice shaded scenery along the river with secluded spots and the sun in the open space (yes there’s buildings/roads in view) so you get both. It’s a little confusing at an interchange in the “meadow” which is which trail so we looped back a couple times. I went on a nice NorCal winter day after it rained and it was beautiful.

Sun Dec 30 2018

we had our dog with us, as did half the people we came across, nice tree lined trail beautiful water spots along the river .

Thu Dec 27 2018

easy hike. lots of shade, so would be great for summer time. the only downside is your either looking at dirt or trees, not the best views. but still worth checking out

Sun Nov 04 2018

Very nice hike. We started at the equestrian parking and went left, the stayed left down to the river. Following that trail hooks you back up with the Gerle loop. It is a bit shorter but so nice walking along the river. We went mid day and it was warm but nice amounts of shade kept it comfortable. Decent little hill towards the end to get your heart rate up a bit but still a nice easy hike. We are looking forward to returning and doing more of the trails here.

hiking
Wed Oct 31 2018

Had a great hike with pups and infant in the backpack! We took the outer trail Greenwood, it was closer to the river and the dogs could get in for a dip and drink along the way. Magnolia trailhead is the name of the parking- you are in the right place. We only saw a couple people and there were horses(allowed on gerle trail) in the parking lot but not allowed on greenwood trail apparently as the sign states. Really pretty views and a great fall day.

Thu Jul 19 2018

Signage could be better. From the parking lot, go left on the trail to do the loop that way if you are unfamiliar. it is easier to not take a wrong turn that way. It has a few nice views, and for a stretch you can hear the river, which is nice. The trail never approaches the river, so don't count on that. Well maintained, this loop trail has minimal elevation change, and you could do laps on it if you want.

Tue Jun 05 2018

easy trail with river and stream access off of the loop

Thu May 31 2018

The signs were quite confusing but otherwise a really great trail

hiking
Tue May 08 2018

We walked the short 2.6 mile loop in early May with a toddler, and a baby in a backpack. The trail is smooth and fairly level, great for little feet--a few rocks that tripped her up but nothing serious, and no scary drop-offs or dangerous cracks. Quite a bit of poison oak but hey, welcome to the foothills...! The trail is partially shaded, which made it wonderful in the Spring and probably tolerable in the summer, and there are several great places for a swim, and quite a few nice views along the route; there's even a toilet half way round, which is rather civilized! The map only shows one loop, but there's an outer loop that runs closer to the river. To find it, turn left instead of right at the first fork in the trail (0.3 miles clockwise from the main Magnolia trailhead), it will take you down to a kayak put-in spot, and will join back up with the Gerle loop after a while.

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