Red Hills Extended Loop Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Red Hills Extended Loop Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jamestown, 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
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1384 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

The hard-bitten, scruffy, gain-forsaken landscapes of the Red Hills appeal to cooler-season hikers who can appreciate how their unique geology, vegetation and history have set them apart from the surrounding ranchlands. Novice hikers who are uncomfortable walking trails that are not clearly marked may find the profusion of unmarked use-trails confusing. A compass or GPS device is helpful. Spring is the best season to hike this trail, especially during the March-April wildflower bloom. Birders may prefer winter, when bald eagles come to hunt and roost near Don Pedro Reservoir. Autumn is pleasant, but avoid the scorching days of summer.

trail running
3 days ago

Very technical path for trail running. I ended up running around 9 miles over there the rocky, gravelly surface. While trails are marked, it is very easy to go the wrong way and get lost, or add extra miles to your trail. Luckily I downloaded The map so I was able to correct my course a number of times. Still, I ended up 2 miles out of the way. Very beautiful country. Great place for training for trail running.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike. There are poles set up in strategic locations along the trail to guide hikers; be that as it may, I found it very helpful to carry a map (available at the trailhead marked on this map), as the trail doesn't have every trail bend marked clearly. Carry water, obviously, during the summer months. Not much shade on this loop.

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful, however the rocky terrain makes a tough hike. there were no maps at trail head and trails not marked.

10 months ago