Secret Valley Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length6.0 miElevation gain1,282 ftRoute typeLoop
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Vehicle Entrance Fee: $6.00 This trail has numerous vistas of Mt. Diablo, much of the East Bay, and up into Napa Valley. Down in Secret Valley the trail gives a sense of what the early explorers and settlers experienced in this part of the state. One absolutely gets the feeling of traveling down one of the old stage roads. Portions of the trail are open to equestrian and mountain bikers.

Bring water and appropriate clothing for the season. Walking the ridge right after a storm with crystal clear air would make for fantastic views of the East Bay cities. A wonderfully lonely hike off season. A visit in the spring should be particularly beautiful when the flowers are in bloom. Watch for mountain bikers. Even though trails are closed to bikes, some have been seen to make their way on the trail.

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Jan Flanigan
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Pretty.

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June Parina
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Nice trail.

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Arthur of Camelot
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John McHugh
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Good hike. If you do the trail counterclockwise, it goes uphill for the first half then downhill. Is 70 to 80% unshaded. Plenty of mountain bikers use the trail, as well as a few horseback riders. The trail is fairly wide and visibility is good, so it wasn't troublesome to share the trail.

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Andrew Foglesong
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Juan Muir
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Muddy morning but dry on ridge. This is a great hike for early morning or late afternoon fall, winter, spring. I would die out here in the summer sun. Interesting rock formations.

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Mayzhong Lee
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Beautiful! Scenery was magnificent! Also it was fun seeing cows on the trail!

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Tyler Hair
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very clean and beautiful views

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Rachel Hope
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Fabiola Estebanez
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beautiful hike. Start early because it gets crowded

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Jeremy Kiger
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Great loop - good for trail running, but some decent climbing the first few miles and a tricky single track section. The back half is awesome - great dirt / gravel trail and awesome scenery.

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Nathan Wong
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June Parina
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Great views. Interesting rock formations. Mostly fire roads on the way up. About 70% wearing masks. Wider trails nice for COVID. Enjoyed the Secret Trail spur in the backside the most where shade and silence was golden.

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Adam Chasen
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Mark Ward
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Joby Babu
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Low trafficked, kids friendly and open view of the hills

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Tyler Chuck
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Such a pretty loop trail! The south side has amazing views of homes. This time of the year, the hills are starting to become more green. Will definitely get back to hike this one again. Make sure to pay the fee at the parking lot.

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tucker oconnor
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Perf

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Chris Campbell
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Always epic!

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Hilary Friedman
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Great views. Wide trail(fire road) for socially distanced passing. Glad we got a cloudy day, as much is exposed.

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B Sommer
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CW seems less strenuous than CCW. Lightly trafficked on Fri AM, parking lot ($6 fee) was packed by the time we left in the early afternoon. Great hills and beautiful views, recommend coming on a clear day.

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Lauren Kelley
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lovely!! went counterclockwise for hilly to start and more rolling on the back half

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Franco Folini
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Saida Acevedo
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Beautiful!

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Alejandra Monroy
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plenty of parking at 8:30 am. bring cash ($6). the hike is wide enough for hikers and mtn bikers

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sungae hong
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Greg Hart
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Very nice loop. We hiked counterclockwise. Solid uphill, nice shade coming down. Great views, will return in the spring.

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Tyler Sinclair
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Went anti clockwise . Shadier on the backendClockwise mellower up, steeper down.

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Stephen Gomes-Figueira
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Jazz Toor
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Macedo Ranch —> Secret Trail —> BBQ Terrace —> Stage Rd —> Buckeye/Burma —> Stage Rd to Dusty Road

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