May Trail, High Ridge Loop, Tolman Peak and South Fork Loop

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Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park

May Trail, High Ridge Loop, Tolman Peak and South Fork Loop is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Union City, California that features a great forest setting 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.

Length5.0 miElevation gain915 ftRoute typeLoop
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This route offers scenic views of the surrounding region, as you traverse rolling grasslands and shady woods. Portions of the trail flank a peaceful creek. Steep inclines give way to at overlooks that have full 360-degree views of the park and cities nearby. The hike begins at the Dry Creek staging area. Park in the lot off May Road, next to the Meyers Cottage and Dry Creek Garden. Begin your hike on May Trail, proceeding through the entrance gate, another gate, and heading uphill. Continue straight past the next trail post to get on the High Ridge Loop Trail. After a third of a mile you will intersect with Tolman Peak Trail. Follow Tolman Peak Trail past a corral and through a cattle gate until it reaches South Fork Trail. There are two creek crossings along the way. South Fork Trail will lead you down a narrow, shaded path that overlooks a creek. It then ascends rapidly and offers beautiful landscape views of Hayward, Oakland, and the Bay. At the top of the hill, there is a bench to take a break and soak in the view. South Fork Trail loops to meet Tolman Peak Trail again. Turn left onto Tolman Peak Trail and descend the grassy hills. Follow Tolman Peak Trail back the way you came, making a left onto High Ridge Loop Trail and another left onto May Trail back to the parking lot. Park Hours: 8am to sunset (varies seasonally) Fees: $5 per vehicle (when kiosk is attended); $4 per trailered vehicle, $25 per bus, $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free.

From I-880, exit at Whipple Rd. in Hayward/Union City and head east toward the hills. When you reach Mission Blvd., continue straight onto May Rd. From I-580, take the I-238 exit and keep left for downtown Hayward. Continue onto Foothill Blvd. for about 2 miles. Use any lane to turn right onto A Street, then turn left onto Missions Blvd. Proceed 5.3 miles south on Mission Blvd. and then turn left onto May Rd. to the Meyers Cottage and Dry Creek staging area.

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Theresa Tocci
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Nice wide trail. Spectacular views. Not very busy, unlike most nearby parks.

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Jessie Nguyen
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Great trail, nice views, mostly sunny but had some shaded narrow trails! Would recommend for a quick hike in Fremont.

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Robin Shehane
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Nice balance of challenge

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Tess Jaylynn
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Overall decent trail

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Parth Kapadia
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Melissa Goodrich-Yarns
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the hills are alive with cows and green grass!

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Eddy Reyes
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It was great, a little muddy. Ran into a bobcat

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Wyn Robertson III
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Ameet Gohil
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Sam Rabling
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Tyler Chuck
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A pretty trail that has gotten a little greener since the rains have come. Sections have a nice view of the East Bay and sections feel like you’re walking more through the forest.

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Hubert Chan
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Will Mamoe
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Tajinder Singh
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T J
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Beautiful trail so close to home. Partly shaded

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Braj Gopal Maity
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Ashish Katiyar
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Willie Bandong
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Good clear day hiking this trail today. Several cows crossing at few areas of this trail. I waited a bit & let them do their own route.

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Sufiyan Khan
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Gilad Gam
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Jenny Hughes
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1/11/2021 Logged 5.1 miles in 1 hour 45 minutes. Handful of people. Quiet. Steep at times. Parking in gravel lot not a problem.

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Chris Heineman
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Michael Kuehn
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Abid Abbas
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Matthew Vinson
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Relaxing trail. Mostly exposed with a moderately steep 0.5mi segment (around 2.2mi in). Beautiful views and seemingly less trafficked that some of the other trails in the area.

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Fred Fisher
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Nice view of bay and SF

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Marc Strong
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Serious climb through forest. Completed loop.

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Glenn Garrison
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Lynn Bruno
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Lovely trail for an afternoon hike. Easy to get to and parking for about 50-60 cars. Went on a clear day in late November the fall colors were spectacular. Mental note to return in the spring when there is water in the creek and the hills are green. But, the rolling dun colored hills are spectacular in their own way, one in particular so furrowed as to look like the skin of an elephant. The trail starts out relatively flat as it meanders alongside the creek. Lots of trees grow along the creek, and there was a fair amount of shade. Go right at the fork for a wooded, shady ascent scented with bay laurel. The climb is steep but relatively short. Views of the bay and beyond at the top, and a bench to rest and enjoy them. The descent is also steep. The trail is wide, and there is very little shade on this side.

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shoba shoba k
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