York Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Oakland, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.3 miElevation gain620 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewsWaterfallScramble
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Lauren Goldenberg
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Surprisingly fun trail that mostly follows a steep creek edge, then breaks into an easy wide trail leading to fantastic views of the bay. Great for fearless, friendly dogs (like mine!) not great for reactive dogs because at times the narrow trail forces you to pass in close proximity to others. There only unpleasant part was when I had to pass within inches of a lunging, barking dog who was reacting to my dog, hoping that he wouldn’t push me over the steep-enough-to-break-something edge of the trail.

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Erik Vargas
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Beautiful trail!

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Dennis Khuu
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Marina Long
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HikingScramble

Really nice, winding, wooden experience, with just the right amount of workout, and a little bit of trail-scrambling and dirt erosion. Gorgeous view at the top!

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Dennis Khuu
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Dennis Khuu
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lovely trail. I enjoyed hiking while listening to the sounds of the stream alongside me. it seems like a popular trail due to the amount of broken glasses I see at the top. it's a shame to see the abuse people have towards something so beautiful. there is quite an incline but totally worth the view at the top

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Darrin Tinsley
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The trail is right between medium and hard, sections that are narrow and muddy present technical challenges. That said it's beautiful and you can enjoy the first 1/2 mile of creek no problem

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Erin Reis
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HikingMuddy

This is a neat little trail that runs along a creek with lots of little waterfalls. The trail can be slippery at times and very narrow but my dogs loved it and we will definitely be back!

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Valera Zakharov
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Awesome hike that starts with a forested trail along the creek and ends with a pleasant plateau overlooking Oakland. Not sure why there are so many complaints about the condition of the trail. Yes, it required a bit of caution and good shoes at times, but we had no problem navigating it with a 3yo (had to hold her hand at times near steeper dropoffs).

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Andrew Andrew Casillas
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It’s all uphill buddy!

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Tanja Fabel
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I came here with my dog and 2 kids on a Wednesday. There are many small waterfalls along the trail. It's beautiful and green. We passed maybe 3 people with their off leash dogs. I would not recommend that trail for kids under 6 since it is very easy to slip and the trails at times narrow.

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Lidor Avigad
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Gretchen Detre
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HikingScrambleWashed out

This trail looked beautiful -- under the redwoods, teetering over the edge of a rushing stream. 4 stars for beauty; 0 stars for the HORRIBLE condition of the trail, which was narrow (very, very narrow) and slippery and simply sloped off into the mini-ravine at points. The point at which I became most keenly aware of this was the point, not far into the hike, where my otherwise careful dog SLID OFF THE TRAIL -- both back paws dangling into the void, with me and my daughter grabbing her front paws (after she threatened to slip out of her collar, which my daughter first grabbed) and dragged her back up to safety. After that we turned around and got the hell out of there, so can't speak to the rest of this scary trail.

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Norm Knutson
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Slippery and narrow with drop offs to creek at times. Beautiful.

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Sebastian Henao
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Rocky path

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Adele Bidet
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Diane Tadano
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Adele Bidet
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Sandie F
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Narrow at several parts from rain erosion. Rocks are especially slippery after the rain. Not recommended if you have bad ankles and knees.

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Scott Forman
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K C
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Moderate hike. Narrow paths. Would be careful or avoid when wet. Took us 1.5 hrs roundtrip at nice pace. Shaded for most of hike except at top. Really beautiful woods, stream, and at the end - scenic view of the bay. if it’s a clear day you can see sf :)

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Z F
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Tammy C
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Narrow parts in the beginning but one of the best views of the Bay at the end!

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Elvira Velasquez
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2.3 is one way. Note it is moderate. Views at top are incredible! Happy this is close to my home.

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kathleen asbury
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Rough diamond of a trail - love redwoods and stream with waterfalls!

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Jamena Jones
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It was definitely more intense than I thought it would be. But love all the nature and different trails!

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jason villaluz
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Easy quick hike..Just enough to get a sweat in

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Armando Garcia
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