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Training for the Tahoe Rim Trail. Good workout with the packs. Nice views of the East Bay.

Would have been an easier hike had I not forgotten my water

Great trail especially in the spring. Good winter hike. Not too many people in the off season. one of the tougher hikes in the bay and the hardest hike I ever got my wife to do...

This should not be rated as hard. I've done moderate rated trails that were harder than this. Fire roads mostly, but once you get to Little Yosemite, then you have some single track. The huffer and puffer was Buckeye Ravine Trail - if you follow the written directions. That will get your heart pumping for sure.
I saw some turkeys and deer very early on in my hike. You are in the sun for a lot of this trail, so plan accordingly.

There were way too many bicycles and horses on this trail for my liking. I'd do it again when the hills are green, but only during the work week, not on a holiday or weekend. Between the cow and horse poop, all you do is keep your eyes glued to the trail to step over it. Perhaps that is why the trail is rated hard.

Went with a friend. Parking spots were limited in the parking lot but it is a safe secluded spot. We completed 15 miles but had to alter a portion of this hike as we got confused on which direction to take in the Madrone trail. One of the problems is that there are additional paths or clear shortcuts emulating a trail which are not mapped and without signs. From the beginning, the Ringtail Cat trail has many shortcuts. On the other hand, the existent signs were not very clear and the paper map didn’t match the actual trails. We basically walked in circles between the Madrone and Virgil Williams trail. We tried to find the Sulphuric trail or Del Amigo trail and we just didn’t see a path. We had to go back where we came from and take the Corduroy hills trail. The Corduroy trail starts wide but then narrows to a single person lane. No shade until we reached areas that were next to cliffs and it seems that the trail narrows even more. Then we started our descend via Las Trampas to Chamise to reach the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. Since we got lost for about 2 hours in the Madrone trying to find the way, we decided not to do the lower portion (Elderberry - Rocky ridge trail) and instead we continued into the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail. For shade, take the western part of this trail as the eastern part is in the open and the heat of summer slows one down. From here it was all uphill to Las Trampas Peak then once we reached the Madrone trail we descended until our exit point. Very few hikers in our route, we saw less than 8 people and only 2 were serious hikers the rest were people who lived around the area that came for an in and out stroll. We didn’t see much wild fauna in this hike. Couple of eagles at the peaks. There is a lot of cattle grazing from the nearby ranches.

We hiked this trail mid June and it was beautiful. The up hills were a challenge but the view once you get up into the trees and can see the skyline is great. Definitely a great workout!

Gorgeous. Amazing views, moderate effort with the hills, varied scenery—tree shaded area, rolling hills, etc.

Great hike. Good for medium or heavy cardio. Needs a little path clearing but still a great viewpoint

Great trail to do with kids. There were a lot of little creeks in the middle.

Did this hike both in winter and spring when I lived close...

We hiked the loop in reverse starting at Madrone Trail and I think it was even better. Good challenging day hike for semi beginner hikers.

Very pleasant hike. It’s not too hard I would rate it as moderate.

It's like running on pillows right now

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5 months ago

This is a great hike. After the rain it was extremely slippery and we all 4 slipped and fell in the mud, it was so much fun but we averaged 2 hours. Should be a lot shorter in dry conditions.

I ran this one. Beautiful views, very challenging, especially when you get to the Corduroy Hills Trail. This is for someone who is looking for a challenge and is not for the faint hearted.

could not get in, you have to make reservations

Beautiful hike

The start of the trail isn’t easy to find. It’s through a fence opening on right before you head up the private drive.

Really nice hike with the dogs. After steep start the hike around the O’Neill property had some great views and colors in the Fall.

Tough uphill to start, but great trail with some optional routes. Beautiful views of the San Ramon Valley and Mt. Diablo. My wife loved it!

From a view standpoint starts off slow. Then when you get to the wooded area it opens up nicely.

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9 months ago

This trail gets very steep in sections once above the shade. We turned around at the Madrone intersection, 1 mile up. Then 1 mile back to TH. AT recorded el gain as 660' in the 1 mile up. Good views of Mt Diablo up at the ridge.

Hiked it in Oct and while a nice hike, it'll be much better in spring and early summer when the creeks are flowing. They are dry now. Saw a fox so that was cool.

Lots of shade to cool off in. Avoid during prime sun. Good 2 1/2 hour hike.

Liked the short hike very much, especially visiting the Eugene O'Neill National Monument, that was special and made this short hike. But you can continue further on two trails, which we did do, to make the hike longer.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

This is a challenging hike through some remote terrain. My elevation gain measured in at 2200 ft, which is similar to hiking up Mission Peak. But you won't have the crowds that you will find there. In fact, you'll encounter quite the opposite.

I hiked this trail on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in June. It wasn't hot and all the mud had finally dried up. So this is about as good as it gets to hike these trails. I would have expected to see some other hikers on such a nice day. But once I got away from the Ringtail Cat staging area, I saw more deer than I did people. I passed a couple solo hikers on the short stretch of Las Trampas Ridge TrailI and I didn't see anyone on the other trails.

I hiked the loop counter-clockwise. The climb up Ringtail Cat, Madrone, and Corduroy Hills was difficult. I really like the rocky part of Corduroy Hills that is close to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail as it provides another obstacle to climb over. After that, it's mostly downhill. There is a section of Del Amigo that is a very steep descent and the trail is covered with loose soil, so bring some good shoes.

You'll come to a 4-way intersection about 6 miles in where the track shows you taking an unmarked trail that looks like a shortcut option instead of staying on Madrone to get back to Ringtail Cat. The unmarked trail seemed ok at first, but then it started getting overgrown and I strayed a little of course. There were a bunch of cows and it became clear that I was probably on private property. I looked at the satellite layer and it showed me on a trail marked "point of no return," which wasn't very comforting. I eventually linked up with a fire trail that took me back to Ringtail Cat, but not before I came across about a dozen wild turkeys.

This trail is definitely for people looking for some adventure and a challenge. Las Trampas in general isn't for beginners or the faint of heart. Once you get away from the featured Rocky Ridge View loop, where the climb up to the ridge is steep, but paved and welcoming, you can hike for miles without seeing another soul. And be on the lookout for wildlife, especially rattlesnakes in the hot and dry season.

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