Maguire Peaks Loop Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sunol, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hike Maguire Peaks Loop and you might be lucky enough to see the herd of Tule Elks. Located in the northwest corner of Sunol Regional Wilderness, Maguire Peak is one of the least visited area in this popular hiking ground. This easy 4.7 miles hike provides great solitude and nice views on San Antonio Reservoir for hikers. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see the herd of Tule Elks wandering somewhere near the reservoir. To get to the trail head, drive 0.7 miles on Welch Creek Road from the junction with Calaveras Road until you see the gate with a small parking lot on your left side. The gate is marked SO12.
As of March 2017, the first part of this trail is washed away due to the rain. I do not believe these other reviews are recent. The first spur of this route is completely unmaintained. You need to crawl through a barbed wire fence to get to the trail. There is very limited parking. I think other reviews are mistaking this for a different starting point.
Perfect weather, everything was beautiful and green with lots of water. Trail was muddy but we had a great time!
From Calaveras to Welch Creek Rd, I started at the trailhead entrance on the left. Welch Creek Rd was frighteningly narrow for my comfort zone, as well as steep. It is just about a mile of fire road to get to the loop trail. Much of the lower trail was soggy due to recent rain, but wide enough to be able to scramble to avoid any ankle deep areas. The peak was gorgeous on this mostly sunny day. The various birds, the greenery, and the views were delightful. I was hoping to see elk down below but no such luck this time. In all (6 miles for me) this took 2 hrs, not another person in sight.
It's closed! Storm damaged trail.