High Ridge Loop Trail

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High Ridge Loop Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hayward, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.7 miles
1128 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Get a good workout and explore the history of the hills east of Hayward at Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park. Ancient traditions and recent tragedies form the backdrop for this 10-mile hike at Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park in the hills east of Hayward, California. The tradition: mortar holes the Ohlone peoples used to grind acorns into flour near Gossip Rock, a loop/spur from the park's High Ridge Loop Trail. The tragedy: a 1951 airliner crash that killed 50 people when the plane smashed into Tolman Peak. While no wreckage is visible from the trail, it's haunting enough to know so much was lost on this hilltop. The route also provides impressive views of the San Francisco Bay and the nearby East Bay Hills; expect to see raptors, deer and the occasional coyote. Trails on this route: High Ridge Loop Trail, Spur to Gossip Rock loop, Tolman Peak Trail, South Fork Trail, High Ridge Loop Trail. Skip the Tolman Peak section to slice three miles from the hike. The peaks on this route are not especially high, but the combined ascent is considerable: over 3,000 feet when all the hiking's done. Best times to go: Early to late spring, when the hills green up and the wildflowers put on their annual show. Winter is fine, too, though bear in mind the trails get very muddy. Give them a few days to dry out after a passing storm system blows through. Summer's too hot, but cooler weather in the autumn make the hiking pleasant.

1 month ago

Great workout! There are extended periods walking up hill... not the steepest grades, but you will feel the burn. Descent can be tough on the knees, so wear good footwear!

2 months ago

Nice hike. Not really "hard."

3 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

Trails were great and views were amazing.
But BEWARE: While I was running out there this morning, my Jeep was broken into. They smashed my back window and stole my workout bag. Luckily I had nothing valuable in it.

9 months ago


10 months ago

Rigorous in the beginning, but totally worth it once you get up. Wide 360 views and full of hawks. Stumbled upon some cows.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Excellent hiking cros mountain and river

Sunday, January 29, 2017

hiking, end of January so it was muddy.
the scenery was very relaxing and beautiful with green hills, cows, horses, then a panorama of the Bay Area cities.

Would likely recommend water resistant boots

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice view of the bay and sunset!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pretty views of the bay and green hills as far as the eye can see. The uphill is pretty intense but definitely worth it.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

You will be exposed to the sun for most of this hike, so bring sunscreen and an umbrella or both. I would suggest going right at the beginning and hiking up high ridge through the tree line to make the hike a little easier. There are great views of the entire bay up top along the ridge. Then when you come back down you will cool off as you hike through the trees along dry creek. Then back out into the sun as you do the last leg of the trail and back to the parking lot. Great hike. I like that it starts you down at the south end so you don't have to pay to park at Garin Park

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Awesome trail ! But highly reccomend not going on the hills unless you arent clumpsy.

trail running
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hills for breakfast. Go early if it's gonna be a warm day...a lot of the trails are exposed.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Very nice hike with great views

Monday, February 29, 2016

Nice place to come to climb some hills. Remoteness is a plus.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Great family hike trails.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It was great!You should go.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It was great ! You should go.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Beautiful walk, but can get muddy...bring a walking stick.

Monday, August 26, 2013

a really nice hike with great views. We did the high ridge trail which started off with nice views of the city on your left and rolling hills on your right. There's a good amount of shade later on in the hike, which is great because it covers most of the moderate incline. Up top there are viewing benches to look out and when we went (saturday 11 - 3 PM) there actually weren't that many people. We felt alone for most of the hike. Also, even though we went in August, it wasn't too hot and there was a really nice breeze.

the parking fee is $5.

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