Miwok Trail and Murphy Meadow Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Brentwood, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Trail Highlights: Save for a slight climb at the beginning on Miwok Trail, this is a flat route that takes you through the heart of peaceful Round Valley. Much of the trail borders a gentle, seasonal stream. You’ll wander beneath the high hills, amid tall grasses and scattered oak groves, but much of the hike is in direct sunlight with little shade. Plan accordingly, arriving in early morning during summer months or enjoying the park in spring, late fall and winter. Trail Directions: From the parking lot, walk .11 miles to the cement bridge, following signs for Miwok Trail. Cross the bridge and go through the cattle gate, staying right to follow Miwok Trail for 1.06 miles. There are smaller paths paralleling the trail that dip down to the stream – you may follow these if you choose, as they never stray far from the trail. After crossing another bridge, continue straight on Miwok Trail for another 1.51 miles, then take a right on to Murphy Meadow Trail. Follow Murphy Meadow Trail for 0.42 miles, then take a right to continue on Murphy Meadow Trail for another 1.13 miles. Slightly before the end of Murphy Meadow Trail, follow the trail through a cattle gate to your right. You will then cross a small bridge and finish the Round Valley loop by rejoining the Miwok Trail. Stay left and follow the Miwok Trail back to the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

Dry and hot... Best done as a winter trail.

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

This is a fantastic trail in which you walk through open grasslands and oak woods and you are always surrounded by the forest covered hills. You can also access the park's group camping area on this trail as well as the out and back Fox Tail Trail. The majority of the elevation is right at the start and then (because it is a loop) right at the end. Plenty of Brush Rabbits and other wildlife to spot. Also some turn of the century farming equipment here and there since this was once a working ranch/farm.

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

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5 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

hiking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

mountain biking
Friday, July 28, 2017