Tolman Peak Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews

Tolman Peak Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Union City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1003 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The best hike in Dry Creek Pioneer Park provides great scenic views on the east bay and solitude you're looking for. Tolman Peak (997 ft. elevation) is located at the southeast side of Garin / Dry Creek Pioneer Park, which is part of East Bay Regional Park System. This site was also famous for a plane (MD DC-6B) crash in 1951. This hike takes you from the park's Tamarack entrance to the peak and back. It starts with easy uphill hike, several creek crossings until a moderate uphill climb to Tolman Peak. After the peak, it leads you into a well-shaded trail in the oak woods, completes the loop around the hill and then takes the same way back to the trailhead. This is a great hike for people looking for solitude and great scenic views on the east bay. The best season to hike is early summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views! Fairly intense once you get on to tolman trail, but eases up once you hit south trail. Lots of cows, a pond, and a creek side walk on the other side of the loop. We started at 7:30am and finished around 9:30, with a couple breaks. Glad we started early as when we got back to the parking lot it was almost full(it was Sunday). We picked up some empty water bottles and other misc garbage. I’d recommend it. Our record says it was 5 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 5/5/18. The hills are still green,grasses are tall and thick. Mustard on sections of the trail were up to about 8_9 feet tall. I'm sure this will all change in the next week or two. I was surprised to find a small grove of trees that included redwoods and Sequoias. Some owner at some point must have planted these. I was thinking I didn't see much wildlife then saw a bobcat near the top of Tolman. Beautiful bay laurel tree at the very top. Veins were great of the bay.

8 months ago

Tough trail. But amazing view at the top.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike. Definitely do when it's still green but it's beautiful all year round.

hiking
11 months ago

A challenging trail that offers some shaded areas along the way. Wonderful views at the top!

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

light rain great hike!

Monday, February 06, 2017

pretty muddy, and lots of horse poop

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Gorgeous! A bit muddy. Not many people. Dogs enjoyed off leash.

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

It was a good trail, not popular so not that crowded. Loved the view from top !! And little plane crash history was good to know.

walking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Not crowded at all. Did this trail early morning around sunrise. Has beautiful views. Kid-friendly.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

It's a beautiful hike through meadows, riparian forest, shaded canyons, and a panoramic view of the bay. What a nice discovery.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Parking at Tamarack (and nearby) is now prohibited for non-residents. Park at the entrance on May Rd and join the trail from there. It was not a bad hike. Get there early in the summer before it gets too hot.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

This isn't 5 miles. It's at least 6. My GSP tracker said 6.5.

And I would not call this easy for beginners. The first and last 1.5 miles or so are flat, but that middle few miles is pretty steep for newbs. 1-5 I'd give the whole thing a 3. 1 being totally flat. 2 being slight elevation gain. Nice views. Cool if you don't feel up to hiking Mission Peak.

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