Palo Comado - Shepherd's Flat Loop is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oak Park, California that offers scenic views 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.

Length6.7 miElevation gain1,095 ftRoute typeLoop
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Catherine Lightfoot
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Karen Kalan
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Loved this loop. Fairly quiet and nice mix of fire road and single track. Not much shade.

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Jonathan Mayes
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Not too hard. Did it counter clockwise. I like the most steep parts to be early and up. Not too many bikes. Winter afternoon sun may be optimal for this one. Some bikes but courteous

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chris yan
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Gabe Rockets
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Tracie MacGregor
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Adventure Seeker
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Hiked this route clockwise on the afternoon of Sunday, 11/15/2020. First half is a smooth, wide trail. Second half gets more rocky and uneven in parts but still nice. Overall, a good loop. Expect direct sun since there is no tree cover.

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Mark Scheuer
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Counter clockwise hike. Good uphill climb to start. Very scenic for a brush hillscape. Gets narrow half way thru and was getting concerned with how close the wildlife seemed to be, but in the end, a very nice hike. Temps were in the mid sixties, would have been more difficult if above the 80s. Some bikers along the way but were not an issue

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Jolene K
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Nice trail but there were so many bikers, I had to keep moving aside to let them pass. 

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Scott Lewis
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Nadim Jubran
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Nice, but it’s mainly a biking trail. I literally had to stop and let bikers go by every couple of minutes, so that was a bummer. Not ideal if you’re looking for a quiet hike.

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Nick Norvilas
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Varied terrain and nice views. Lots of mtbs out early. Would definitely do it again.

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Jolene K
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Nice trail with lots of easy up and down elevation changes. No other hikers, and only a few bikers on the trail. The center part of the loop has pretty rock formations and was still a little green even in July.

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Chris Shule
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One of a few trails still open. Definitely worth extending the hike to Albertson Motorway or Simi Peak for stunning views.

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Gabrielle Otis
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Nice wide well maintained trail, a little shade at the beginning but none when climbing. Wildflowers are starting to bloom, this one will be beautiful in about a month

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Mark Hilgenberg
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Really nice after a big rain, lots of new creeks and runoff digouts. Some mud but totally passable. The smell was so clean!

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Gerwin De graaff
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Julie Jenkins
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pretty great workout. wish all bikers would use the bells. to share the trail with the horses. I hike and ride and wish it was safer....

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Keenan Barber
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Starting to get hot so the earlier you go the better. Thankfully a little of the June Gloom kept it on the cooler side. I took the little short cut (Dead Cow Trail) and thought it gave better views than the other part of the Palo Comado Trail.

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B Lustmord
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A fun loop with great views. Very light foot traffic but mountain bike trail at the higher elevations and along Cheesboro section. Best avoided on weekends as the bike traffic is much heavier.

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ReJeana Goldsborough
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Jackie Blanchard
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Nick Chu
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Jonathan Mayes
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Lori F
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Olivia Gordon
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Kimo Zaiger
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Russell Miller
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Heather Scott
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Tyler Rubio
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