Golden Eagle Trail to View Point

EASY 26 reviews

Golden Eagle Trail to View Point is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
311 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

Park Features: This stunning 1,249-acre regional park provides tremendous views from the tops of the East Bay hills. The plateau rises quickly and steeply from the bay plain and towers over one thousand feet above the cities below, overlooking Niles Canyon, Fremont, Union City, Newark and the San Francisco Bay beyond. Atop the plateau a pastoral landscape predominates, and golden eagles, hawks, deer, bobcats, frogs, snakes and a variety of other animals make their home in the open grasslands, ponds and steep wooded canyons. These characteristics make the park a great place for outdoor recreation and nature appreciation on the urban/ wildland edge. Trails Highlights: Vargas Plateau is one of the more recent District parks to open to the public. The scenic trail slowly wraps up to the top of a lookout point, offering panoramic views of the surrounding cities (San Jose and Loma Prieta to the south, Mission Peak, Mt Hamilton and Rose Peak to the southeast, Sunol ridge to the north and San Bruno Mt, Twin Peaks and San Francisco to the west). You will notice from the trail posts that the trail you are following is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Vargas Plateau is an open range park so be watchful for roaming cows. Parking and rest rooms available at the Vargas Plateau Staging Area. Trail Directions: Park at the Vargas Plateau Staging Area, and follow the trail past the restrooms, continuing through the gate. Keep going straight onto Golden Eagle Trail, past the next trail post. Golden Eagle Trail will contour around the hill and continue through another gate. At the second trail, pass through the gate to follow the Upper Ranch Trail. At the next trail post, stay to the left for the View Point Trail. The View Point Trail will ascend to the top of the hill. Take a break at the top of the plateau and enjoy the views. To return to the staging area, retrace your steps, turning right onto Golden Eagle Trail and following it back to the staging area.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views and lots of friendly hikers.

2 months ago

Easy, no shade, roaming cows kinda scary, great views, prob won’t return

3 months ago

Loved the lush green on this trail..

3 months ago

Pretty wildflowers last weekend, a bit muddy from the rain, lots of cow pies everywhere, easy stroll

hiking
4 months ago

fantastic views

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike, great views and amazing birding. My photos are from two different visits;)

5 months ago

Quick and easy with kids (who regularly hike) from ages 3-6. On the day we went it was clear enough to catch a peek at the City.

5 months ago

Beautiful views

6 months ago

Very quiet and peaceful. Beautiful rolling hills.

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