Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Alamo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Extremely muddy!

Lots of mud after all of the rain! Wear shoes with good traction, I fell once when turning around on a relatively steep incline. Other than becoming very muddy, all was well from then on. Eugene O'Neill house was awesome! I returned via the streets due to the mud on the trail. Will do again, beautiful views!

Great everyday hike, several trails turn off from here so you can vary the length of your hike. Dog friendly on leash. It was muddy due to recent weather, but we did fine with good hiking boots. Beautiful views, only saw one other group. Some steep hills in places. Would definitely do it again.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Great hike. The trail gave us a different view of the East Bay hills and had a variety of vegetative cover.

Nice view of Diablo all the way. I took a longer rout, which took me almost 3 hours.

I agree this trail is not for beginners it's moderate to the steep incline is steady at least the .83 mile of it I got through. Definitely worth if you love views and a nice combo of shade and sun. It's not a maintained trail so returning can be challenging. I'm looking forward to getting to the summit will be going back.

Actually for my opinion this trail is more than moderate because when you go up, the slopes are long and very steep. It is a very good trail with view of Mount Diablo, as well as many tiny wild flowers thanks to this spring's rain. I took quite a few photos.

Great for a weekend hike.

I really enjoyed this hike. The GPS directions take you right to the trail head, although it's still hard to find. There's no parking lot, you need to go downhill about 50 feet to park on the street. The tiny entrance is across the street from where the GPS leads you. It's pretty much straight up hill, with views on both sides when you reach the summit. I went 1.9 miles uphill before turning back around (I followed the Amigo/Summit trail). There were other trails that branched off, I'm looking forward to going back and exploring them.

A nice trail that varies between steep uphill climbs and traversing the rolling pastures. My only complaint was that the trailhead itself was difficult to find as it's not marked from the road. Went up del amigo trail and looped back trough the pasture for about and hour long hike with my chihuahua who kept stopping. Quick, Fun hike with enough challenge to get your heart pumping.

Probably my favorite under-an-hour hike in the Danville/Walnut Creek area. Start from Starview Rd. and wind your way up through a scene straight out of the Hunger Games. At times the incline is extremely steep. But things flatten out as a wide open pasture with breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo emerges. Cut across - don't worry, the cows are friendly - and explore the beautiful Tao House grounds before turning back and jamming down the mountain.

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