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Loch Trail Loop is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ben Lomond, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 853 ft Route type Loop

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Parking Fee: $8 Explore the wonders of Loch Lomond hiking trails, the Maclaren Loop offers redwood and oak forest as well as views of the lake. Open daily from March 1 to Labor Day; Closed November - March Open weekends only Labor day - October For more information regarding park hours, please see http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/water/watershed/loch-lomond-recreation

Park at the boat launch parking area

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Hana Leuze
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Running

Beautiful!!!! Very hilly, a few places where you need to move around trees. We took a shorter route via McClaron(?) and then that made us run down the paved road at the very end. Hopeful to do it again, would recommend!

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Refugio Gonzalez Ponce
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Hiking

Lots of bugs. One part of trail overgrown

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Amanda Fasenmyer
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Hiking
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Alexandra Siri
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Hiking

Can’t swim :( but beautiful views

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Bridget Barry
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HikingBugsFeeRocky
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charles gary
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HikingOver grown

This is a very nice trail, and with the entrance restriction of 40 cars at once, the trail was empty. As mentioned by others, there's one stretch along the lake that requires some bushwhacking, but it isn't too long. The views of the lake are great and the path is shady. As with almost the entire peninsula, the old growth redwoods were logged, but within another 200 years the forest should be spectacular. It's probably better to go counterclockwise to avoid the steep descent, which I found hard on my knees.

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Michelle Sanchez
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HikingBugsFeeOver grown

$8 to park and max capacity of 40 cars so get there early. The trail itself is nice, but LOTS of bugs - like swarms of bugs. The lakeside part of the loop is overgrown and lots of shrub in your way. I enjoyed the last half as it offered a nice breeze and wide trail. We didn’t encounter anyone on the second half of the hike.

nidhi malhotra
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Hiking

Nice reservoir . It was a very hot day so we did a small part of the loop.

Jordan Yankton
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HikingOver grown

Great trail! Gorgeous lake! One section is really overgrown but it’s a short section. Costs 8$ to park.

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Harleigh Wilder
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HikingFeeOver grown

Pretty at first, but the trail about 1.5 miles in gets very overgrown and had poison oak everywhere. It had loose dirt and branches were in the way. We turned around and took a different trail that had a ton of gnats and mosquitos. Also has very large stairs in some spots.

Melinda DiGiacomo
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HikingBugsFeeOver grown

Totally beautiful! Loved hiking along the lake. Lots of up and downs and lots of people fishing. Wasn’t able to complete the whole loop, due to it took me quite a while to get to a 1.5 mile mark, decided to turn around since I didn’t have a ton of time. But will return another day with more time to complete entire loop. And wearing long pants next time! Some overgrown areas and lots of poison oak. And lots of mosquitos!

Sneha Petkar
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Hiking

Its a beautiful, mostly shaded trail, with spectacular views of the lake. We saw few people fishing lakeside. Highly recommend!! Few Tips: -They are currently allowing only 40 vehicles inside the area, so you might have to wait at the entrance if the lots are full and once 1 vehicles comes out your vehicle will be allowed inside (parking fees per vehicle 8$). -Maps will be provided at the entrance. -Plenty of washrooms are available at picnic areas and along the trail side. -Pay attention to the road names to reach to trail head (especially if you are visiting for the first time). No phone signals will be there.

Lea Glick
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike! We hiked on the road until the highland trailhead and went counter clockwise. Beautiful views of the reservoir from above! Hilly and took about 2 hours.

Natasha Warwick
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HikingPrivate property

Unfortunately the area this takes you is to a closed off private road. I wasn’t able to access the trail with the directions this gave.

Christa G
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Hiking

CLOSED UNTIL MARCH.

Nicole Buchheit
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HikingBugsOver grown

Bring bug spray! The flies and nats were sooo annoying throughout the whole trail. I went counter clockwise, the trail is a bit overgrown at the beginning, lots of fallen trees and branches. The trail can be steep and sandy/rocky. The top view was beautiful! You can see the lake and the hillside. The walk by the lake was tight and narrow at times, watch your step!

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Swarup Rath
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HikingBugsFee

It's a pretty relaxed hike with great views. Good to have friends and chat along. Definitely recommend counter clockwise and end at the reservoir. Take a bug spray along and stay covered.

Anthony Bigler
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Hiking

Many bugs but beautiful scenery!

Richard R
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HikingBugs

Could be nice hike but the bugs swarming and buzzing in the ears made it very unpleasant even with DEET. Maybe it's just the Aug 13 timing? Or midweek and not enough other hikers to feed on? Or it's better if you're running or have headphones in your ears? Wouldn't go again without a head net? Wound up fanning myself with hat or map for much of the trail just to clear air. Have had many other more pleasant redwood hikes this season. Nice finish at lake with a breeze to clear the air.

Garrett Johnson
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Arpita Biswas
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Hiking

Great pet friendly hike along a reservoir. Well shaded trail, with lots of parking. Take a bug spray along. The suggestion to do the loop counter clock wise was definitely a great tip, because that's the steepest part. Having worked up a sweat in the first half of the hike, we took a hammock break by the redwood lined shore of the lake. People were canoeing, fishing and BBQ-ing at the picnic spots too. A good quick workout hike!

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