Shady Slope, Short Ridge and Sand Hill Trail

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Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve

Shady Slope, Short Ridge and Sand Hill Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Danville, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length2.1 miElevation gain449 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildlifeNo shade
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Trail Highlights: This hike takes place in the Short Ridge section of the park. Though short, this trail is quite steep in sections. It is also almost entirely exposed to the sun. Bring water and be prepared to take lots of breaks as you head up the hill. However, the hard climb is rewarded with views at the top. In the rainy season a strong creek rushes under the bridge on the path. Trail Directions: From the parking lot on Sherburne Hills Road, head straight towards the hills. Cross through the cattle gate onto Shady Slope Trail and continue for .43 miles. At the next signpost, turn right to continue following Shady Slope Trail. After .18 miles, turn right on Short Ridge Trail. Continue for .51 miles. Keep straight until you reach the signpost for Sandy Hill Trail, then turn right. Take Sandy Hill Trail for .73 miles, then cross through the cattle gate. Follow the path down past the baseball fields until you come to a soccer field, then turn right and follow the paved path along the edge of the field. At the end of the field, turn left on the paved path and walk for about 40 feet, then turn left again to take the stairs back to the parking lot.

Driving Directions: From I-680 S, take exit 38 for Sycamore Valley Road in Danville. Follow Sycamore Valley Road for 1.5 miles, then continue on to Camino Tassajara. Turn left onto Sherburne Hills Road, then turn right to find parking.

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Samuel Fuenzalida
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Great views. Short incline, but worth it. Highly recommend!

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Vanessa Chan
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Good incline in the beginning then flat on the ridge. Gorgeous green hills today (Feb 2021). Love the view of the rolling hills.

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Donald Smith
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Annie Chen
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Xiujuan Lynn
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Nice view, No shade.

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Shail Patel
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Beginning of the trail is a bit steep. Nice, dry path and great views, not super busy

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Nick Doe
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Mike Gar
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Shirt good for warmup. Not muddy 2 days after rain

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Donald Smith
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Jesse Mueller
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Beautiful views, have to climb to start, not too crowded.

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Donald Smith
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Ro Ro
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Meggy .
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You can find a deep breath in the hills ! Amazing views ! Love it !

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Alexander Bouroukis
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Short hike with moderate elevation changes- open to the skies/wind and limited shade along the path, easy parking at sports park/church on either end of the trail.

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donna rodriguez
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Windy but pleasant hike

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David Zucca
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Nura sinan
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Rad Production
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Jayraj Ganesh
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Beautiful views, muddy right after rains, steep hike at the very beginning but worth it.

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Donald Smith
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Judy Yoo
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Karunaker Molugu
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Short and sweet trail. Good uphill incline in the beginning and not so steep downhill. You can add extensions after you reached to the top. Not enough shade, so plan gear up accordingly Amazing views from the top

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Tanay Nagjee
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Sara Babcock
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Nitin Goswami
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Kids friendly, just a small portion of incline, rest is all decline. Takes about 30-40 min overall. Nice view from the top.

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Donald Smith
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