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Definitely higher end of moderate with the first 2 miles being uphill and even the downgrades are steep (and skinny in some places). My lower half is feeling it today! The mud wasn’t too bad and the cows were very cute and calm. A tree is down in the middle of Virgil but a clear path is there. Amazing views and the weather was perfect!

This is a challenging hike. You’ll climb elevation comparable to Mission Peak in less distance.

The initial ascent isn’t very interesting. It’s a paved path that you have to trudge up to get to the ridge, where you’ll be greeted by great views. Make sure to wear boots with good traction, because going down the west side of rocky ridge is a slippery slope. I did the loop counter clockwise so that I could climb up Sycamore. There was an overgrown section of Sycamore that I took a wrong turn on and found myself lost in a sea of thick chaparral. So that wasn’t fun, but I found my way out.

I took a little detour on the west end of the loop to see where the Devil’s Hole trail goes. It follows the Cull Creek for a little bit through a nice forested / rocky section. Then it ends at a gate marked private property. I took a pic of where I stopped if anyone’s curious.

It is hard to find so don’t give up! Park on the street and make ur way to the trail GPS spot. You will see the post and know ur in the right spot. Enter to the left of a corner driveway.

The trail is pretty open. I missed a turn or two and took a longer path back to the start. It was good thou. Those trails are more covered and were more fun than an open path. All in all....pretty good.

good trail, mostly covered by trees which was a huge plus when hiking in summer. the trail has some character to it, mix of hard bush, open grassland, Rocky scrambles and some scenic outlooks. the view from top of cordorouy hills was great. overall it's a moderate climb with no section particularly straining you. started early at 7 and finished before 11. there are areas with cattle but mostly it's isolated. good number of local hikers too. overall I would look towards coming back sometime in winter

simple pastoral trail typical of the East Bay hills. nothing particularly impressive. the day was beautiful and clear skies made for a picturesque hike.

Simple straightforward trail hike and easily manageable. Had an 830am start and ended in time for lunch in downtown Danville. Beautiful view and weather was sunny 75F.

hiking
3 months ago

it’s a nice trail. I don’t think it’s moderate, it’s closer to “hard” in my opinion. about 60% shade, but otherwise no shade at all. hiked during noon-3pm and 87F, doable but was hoping for more shade

Overall, really fun hike with amazing vistas and cool landscape changes. Highly recommend going counter clockwise in the loop as there are some parts of the trail that require you to climb up/over some rocks. I would not want to climb down these parts. I think the rocky parts and some very narrow paths with a steep drop-off to one side warrant the 'hard' rating. The elevation change is intense but well spread out. The first 2 miles were the toughest for us, but the views after mille 3 were well worth it. We saw a deer, lots of quail, squirrels, cows, and a gopher snake. Near the rocks, my husband swears he heard a rattlesnake rattle but we didn't stick around to see it. We were cutting it close to sunset so we took a ~0.5 mile shortcut on the very last leg. Excited to come back and do the full loop.

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery

Beautiful vistas!

Easy until you hit Corduroy Trail. I highly suggest to follow the route as written. I doubt that I would have gotten down the rocky parts and up the "stairs" as those were pretty tall. I was able to enjoy Corduroy Trail by going counter clockwise as the directions state. I enjoyed the trails very much, lots of views and the trails were in okay shape. It has enough shade up to the last part as you descend. Take lots of water. I saw more people than animals. A few cows, but they didn't bother me nor I them.

The trails are not marked as well as others that I've been on. I totally missed my turn for Ringtail Cat trail and ended up south of the Ringtail trail head and ended up on Camille. I had to walk down Camille, take the Iron Horse trail back to Hemme. There are a lot of unmarked single tracks and I had taken one up to the top when I first started out, but couldn't find it on the loop back. My fault, so it added a little bit more to the hike.

I would think this would be a very pretty trail after some rains to get the water in the creeks again.

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.

Very easy to navigate, largely fire road, still beautiful wild flowers along the trails and 2-3 bathrooms as well. Quite exposed so lots of water will be good if the temp gets above 70s. I didn’t realized there was a road goes to the top with parking lot. I will definitely hike again especially in early spring time !

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

Love this trail, a nice 6 mile loop.. next time I want to hike to the Summit!!

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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