Maguire Peaks Loop Trail via Lower Maguire Peaks Trail

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Maguire Peaks Loop Trail via Lower Maguire Peaks Trail is a 4.8 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.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,246 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers




washed out

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.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike this morning from the upper trailhead - we got an early start but it was still pretty hot but there are shady parts of the trail and still wildflowers. We literally only saw one other person on the trail in 2 1/2 hours so it was really peaceful and the views were amazing on this clear day. We didn’t make the final trek to the top as my friend was having foot problems but will definitely come back to do that. lots of birds so wish I had brought binoculars as well. Kind of a hassle to drive to the main entrance to get a parking permit then back to the trailhead but beats getting a ticket. Overall a really enjoyable and tranquil hike.

4 months ago

Got a $43 parking ticket so don't park on the street. No bathrooms either. This hike wasn't too hard until the first peak. That's quite a steep climb. I'd do this one again though. I enjoyed it.

no shade
5 months ago

We got a parking ticket for $43!!! Make sure to pay the parking at the visitor center before you entered welch road. The trail was very scenery and very quite. Parking is very limited. The trail head is at the 1.28 mile mark.

5 months ago

Nice greenish cycle walk arround hills, curious cows here and there, muddy trails after rain, not busy at all.

8 months ago

Great hike. Quiet. Amazing views from the peak. Mainly in good visibility day.

10 months ago

Awesome views. Moderate elevation gain. Do not try and use the Lower access area. It is closed. There used to be a gate, but now t is just barbed wire. Rather is the upper McGuire loops access point - around another half mile up Welch creek on the left.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Started this hike from the Sunol Visitor Center and up the HayField road, then follow the signs for Maquire Peaks loop. I wanted to do more that the 5 miles from there, and this was a nice add to make a 12 mile hike. I saw Quail along with baby chicks, Turkeys and their baby gooblers, turkey vultures, hawks, woodpeckers. I will note that I didn't believe the comment about the Tule Elk, but found that there ARE sighings in this area. What a treat it would be to see one though. I added a bit more on the way back to the visitor center by cutting over to the Indian Joe trail for a bit of stream and shade walking. I ended the hike at 2pm and at 100~f.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great trail, but be sure to wear high hiking socks! Grass sticks to boots and socks and is hard to unattached. Views of the east bay area worth it though.

Friday, March 31, 2017

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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Perfect weather, everything was beautiful and green with lots of water. Trail was muddy but we had a great time!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's closed! Storm damaged trail.

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