Skyline Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews

Skyline Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hammond, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1742 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

There are numerous trails for hikers and bikers. During the spring you will see many flowing waterfalls.

The trail head was difficult to find since Skyline Drive is posted as a dead end, but the dead end is the trail head. Lots to look at. Friendly fellow hikers and bike riders. It had rained the day before so there wasn't an issue with flies as described by other reviews. I'm just starting my hiking adventures and the Skyline Trail was a great way to start and test equipment and my capabilities. Although I pulled a calf muscle the trail was moderate enough for me to complete. I recommended gem of a hike.

15 days ago

Gorgeous this time of year! Green hills, waterfalls up the main trail about 3 miles up. Uphill the whole way—until you turn around. Still, a very nice hike. Small trails all over—used by mountain bikers.

24 days ago

Best trail yet. We went on March 25th it was a little rainy but amazing! Lots of waterfalls and different little trails. We will definitely be going back.

28 days ago

Awesome trails with spectacular sceneries!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! The waterfalls were surprisingly beautiful; didn’t think we’d see so many flowing falls and streams:). Dog-friendly. Wildflowers were plentiful. Didn’t come across cows or horses but came up on plenty of patties so beware. Gorgeous scenery even driving to the location. Can’t wait to do it again!

1 month ago

pleasant March 9 hike. Good directions to parking. 8-10 cars in the lot.
The prior reviews were helpful. We are seniors, my husband had to pause on the hike up. By taking our time we enjoyed our hike up the broad path to the foot bridge over The creak.
Enjoyed seeing the colt. Thought we might get lost, but not an issue.

hiking
1 month ago

It's always a beautiful hike! 3 weeks ago I hiked it counter clock-wise to make it more difficult and it was a workout!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice day hike, or an overnight. I would like to hike to case mountain one day. Alot of locals on the trail which makes for great conversations. There are alot of bike trails to follow if you want the off the trail feel, and they wind around the mountains and intersect to make it interesting.

hiking
4 months ago

It was gorgeous! One of my new favorite spots to hike for sure. Can’t wait to go back in the spring. So many different trails to take.

hiking
4 months ago

Went on this hike on Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time. There were beautiful fall colors on the red buds and poison oak (1 plant). We saw many birds including a couple of hawks. There are many different routes to follow, which was a bit confusing but we managed to make a loop that passed by two waterfalls (one was dry). Parts of the trail between the two waterfalls were a bit difficult to find but I enjoyed using my trail finding skills to navigate. It was a beautiful day with beautiful views. At the end we saw a few horses in the distance enjoying the day with us.

hiking
5 months ago

Groups trail not too busy
As others have said it’s also a horse trail so expect lots of droppings
Overall a good hike

6 months ago

Awesome trail. It's a horse ranch that the horses free graze on, so manure is to be expected and makes finding the horses a little easier. Such a fun time watching them graze.
Normal amount of bugs and flies for the outdoors since, well, it IS the outdoors.....

hiking
6 months ago

Wife and I have hiked this three times in the last year. Today (October 13, 2017) might be our last. There was so much horse manure and zillions of flies. Batting the flies away zaps your energy. Before starting, we sprayed ourselves with 40% DEET and reapplied several times, to no avail. The folks that bring horses should clean up after themselves. Earlier hikes on the same trail were beautiful, plenty of wildflowers, senic hills, valleys and spring (only) waterfalls. There were a couple other cars at the trailhead when we started (11 am), but none at all when we finished (2:00+ pm). As others have mentioned, trail is not well marked. Lots of side trails, but they do seem to eventually join the main trail. A few dead end at scenic points. Using the alltrails app will get you back to the trailhead. If it were not for the flies, I'd be back tomorrow.

hiking
6 months ago

Had a blast with the dogs! We are always looking for dog friendly areas! We will definitely be back! I can't wait for the spring to see the waterfalls!!

mountain biking
7 months ago

This trail is quite close to HW 198 but far enough to not hear traffic and enjoy a country hill experience. The trail is fairly lengthy and has several uphills and downhills which can make it fun and challenging at times. The trail is mostly clean except for some parts of it being full of horse manure. It features a small waterfall, small ponds, and small bridges. It's great for a day hike, mountain biking, and hiking

8 months ago

Awesome little hike! This was the first hike i took the kids on and they loved it. But we only did a mile of it. It is so nice when it is green and there are so many little areas where you can see creeks and mini waterfalls. We've done it several times since. The last time we went was in april 2017 and everything was green and nice and the weather was great.

PS take bug spray.

9 months ago

Just finished this hike, it was hard to find the trail...no markers. No cover and it was really hot. We made the loop, just by pure determination and luck. Glad I finished, but would not do again or recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

Walked about one mile into the south side of the loop. Many unofficial side trails; if I wasn't using the GPS I would have gotten mixed up. Enjoyable scenery following the contour of the creek. However, it was dang hot even at nine in the morning.

hiking
10 months ago

Not a bad trail. This trail is not kept up very well. I tried to begin my loop on the south side, got about .5 miles in and the trail ended. I back tracked up to the north side and started to climb the elevation. I got to the top (3.5 miles in) above the waterfalls and there was a picnic bench. At this point, the trail split into 3 different directions. I took the southern trail, got about 1 mile down the hill and the trail ended again. I wondered around for 30 mins looking for the connection point but was unable to find it. Resorted to going back the way I went in. The other two directions went farther up the mountain and one of them was gated off. Total hike was almost 9 miles. Great views, awesome elevation changes, not a lot of foot traffic and it was nice to be in nature. I would do it again!

10 months ago

This is a good low elevation hike near Three Rivers (it might also be the Salt Creek BLM trail, that's how we found it). I have to agree that this trail is not very well marked, but it's in a canyon/valley with one obvious entrance so it would be hard to get lost. Use tracking on your phone to make sure you take the right junctions. Finally, this trail is only partly shaded so it will be very hot from late spring through early fall.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is NOT well-marked. We ended up going the wrong way several times and I finally had to download the All Trails app to keep us on course. There were lots of wildflowers, even though there were probably more earlier in the season.

10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Steady incline that wasnt too taxing to take the fun out of it. Lots of water along the way for our dog and even got to see our firemen in action.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved this trail the horses, meadows, views, waterfalls, views.

11 months ago

Great trail but wish the route was clearly marked. The views were beautiful and the waterfall was amazing.

11 months ago

i loved this hike! Not experienced hiker but everthing was beautiful. My only advice is go early, because it can get hot as the temperatures rise.

11 months ago

The views and waterfall were amazing. There weren't a lot of people out there either, which was a plus. And the trail was clearly marked most of the time.

hiking
11 months ago

Spent the morning on this trail with our family. This area has so much to offer from wild flowers to horses to waterfalls and rivers. We loved it! Hidden gem for sure.

hiking
11 months ago

My husband and I hiked this trail today and it was great. It was his first time hiking. The view was spectacular. Good for beginners.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Tried this trail for the second time. Our first time was about 6 years ago. Lots of fun. Enjoyed the views of the falls this time of year.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

Loved the hike. Got to walk through the clouds near the top of the loop and enjoyed every bit of it. I started on the north end of the loop and finished with the south end. The north part was a gradual incline on a fairly wide path. Around 3 miles, where the path leaves the wide road, there is a picnic table and the path narrows and is less defined; this is where you begin crossing the rivers. After crossing the second river around 3.5 miles, the path was very hard to see due to the tall grass. Luckily I had the AllTrails app on my phone and was using the record feature which helped guide me along the way. On the descent on the south part of the loop, the path is very narrow and choppy in places due to water runoff. Once you meet up with the wide access path, you may choose to stay on it till the end or venture through a narrow path closer to the river. Both end up at the same place, the narrow one is a little more adventurous. I will be back to do it again and explore some other little paths I saw along the way.

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