Miwok Trail and Hardy Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 138 reviews

Miwok Trail and Hardy Canyon Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brentwood, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles
980 feet

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers





no dogs

Explore the beauty of Round Valley Regional Preserve. Enjoy oak woodland and riparian habitat as you stroll along this peaceful area Take the Miwok Trail to the Hardy Canyon Trail for this loop adventure.

1 month ago

Nice rolling hills

2 months ago

I love this trail. It's challenging enough but overall not too bad. I've hiked it alone and with friends and my kids. Great views of the surrounding preserve from the midway point at the top. If you do the trail reverse starting on Hardy Canyon it definitely makes it more challenging. Muddy after rain but you can still do it. Enjoy!

3 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday afternoon. Was very nice, only crossed path with one other person the entire hike. Will come back again.

4 months ago

Great hike for cooler weather. Avoid going on hot summer days. Little shade and will be hot.

5 months ago

Not too crowded on Sunday. Very dry in October, half shade. Miwok trail is wide and pretty flat, the Hardy Canyon Trail is narrower and gets you up to the peak of the hill with good views, and around back to the beginning for a loop. Free. About 3 hours with young kids.

7 months ago

Beautiful scenery! I went around clockwise up the Hardy Canyon Trail and back down via the Miwok Trail and that is how I would do it again if I ever went back. I'm from SoCal but I was in Brentwood on business and decided to go on a hike before getting in the car and driving 6 hours home. The Miwok Loop was perfect.

9 months ago

I had an absolutely great time this morning hiking this trail. Enough elevation change to make it challenging yet not over whelming. Great views and a nice variety of terrain from oak woodland to grassy hills. Wonderful hike.

10 months ago

Enjoyed this trail today. A good sized hill, doable but still a little challenging.

11 months ago

This trail is very muddy. There are a few spots that you will definitely have to step in water to get across. The green hills are very pretty to look at. Overall it was good family hike. I would not recommend it for kids under age 10 due to the mud & water.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

It's a nice trail to spend some time on. I got over 9 miles on the trails at Round Valley.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cool trail! Awesome stream that runs along side for 1/3 the loop. Trail was a bit rough at times due to the recent heavy rain so be careful. Perfect 2-hour walk to start the morning ;)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wow really cool trail. There's multiple creeks that run into Marsh Creek and there all flowing! Mid February is the best time to see this park! 5 Stars!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

beautiful hike. a little rough right now due to all the rain we've had. still manageable though, just wear shoes that are OK in mud.

trail running
Friday, November 18, 2016

Beautiful place to take a hike (walk) enough up hills to get your heart really to beating and then down hill to recoup and then up again. my daughter and I loved it. Will return to do other trails

Thursday, November 03, 2016

I enjoyed doing this one except it was hot... I had done several hikes in both parks so I decided to do a connector. There is a gate between the 2 in the back of round Valley that I had discovered a year before so something drew me to go through and on to Vaqueros. Only did this one once....

horseback riding
Monday, October 17, 2016

Beautiful place to ride!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nice little hike, can go easy or choose the path with a moderate hill. Since this is almost in my backyard, I like the easy access and options to vary the difficulty.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Good climbs, some sun exposure, good surface for hiking.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great views! The right amount of challenge!

Monday, August 29, 2016

This was a good hike and I actually did this one 2 weekends in a row. I wasn't satisfied with myself and my skill the first time I tried. I am new to hiking and I am working to challenge myself and get the most from me and the hike. At a glance this trail might seem easy; but, it has its challenges and don't underestimate it.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Nice fairly easy trail, saw about 10 other people but mostly at entrance points. Rolling hills, in and out of shade. Free parking.

Monday, June 27, 2016

I always go hiking here and it's simple to get to. There's a treacherous side of the trail and a moderate side. It gets hot during the early morning and afternoon so I suggest going in the morning around 8:00 or around sunset. I love this hike. It's perfect for getting a quick work out in and the scenery is great!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Popular spot especially on weekends with horseback riders and I have also seen some bikers and runners. The Miwok trail is moderately challenging with some hills. The hike is pretty, especially in the spring and fall when the hills turn green. Lots of birds and you may see cows on the trail as well.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Love this hike!

horseback riding
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

started from the left side and found ourselves on some steep rocky hills . it went up and down then around the backside . Pretty yellow flowers in bloom past the stock watering hole . horses were pretty Tired when we were done but it was an enjoyable ride.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good overall hike, says no dogs, a few dogs were on the trails but signs are posted all over. Perfect mix of sun and shade, the hills were green, the creeks had water. Some trails had some elevation but nothing difficult just enough to make you breath a little harder than normal. Wasn't packed with people but did run into a few people on the trails who were all friendly. Plenty of parking and there's a restroom at the parking lot. Great little getaway with beautiful scenery.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Fun hike with great trees and a good view of Diablo around the back side of the loop. Great introduction to hiking for my 5 year old.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Great trails but no dogs allowed here

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Unfortunately, we did not get to hike this trail. All Trails stated dogs could go but on leash. This is not a trail that dogs are allowed on so we had to venture somewhere else. Wanted to save anyone else the drive if they have dogs with them.

Monday, December 28, 2015

From the parking area, I went left on the Canyon Hardy Trail. Nice hike with various beautiful vistas; different shapes & sizes of rock formations with Bay Laurel trees creekside along the ascent on Loop trail. Once you make your way thru the canyon and reach the top, sweeping views open up & give way to a tight enclave of trees growing on the hillside across a vast meadow floor. Up a short way nearing the bend, old oak trees with their low reaching branches call for you to pose with them.*(While being a great photo op. spot, please note you have missed the turn & need to go back a short way to get back on the trail.) This is where you catch your first glimpse of Mt. Diablo and for a surreal moment, it seems as if you are on level ground with its' peak seen in the distance across the stretch of Morgan Territory valley. By the time the trail loop intersects and becomes Miwok, it is smooth sailing back to the parking area.

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