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

It's been almost 10 year but it was one of my old winter hiking areas halfway to the gf's house.

Been a long time ago and forgotten.....almost

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike, look forward to going again.

best done in spring when the creeks are flowing freely

I love this trail! Would be a five star except it has a lot of people on it. Lots of trail runners that come right up on from behind you without any warning. Lots of fitness types on the trail. I expected it would be crowded because it is free to park and nearby Brentwood. Wouldn't mind the people so much, but there were some really loud talkers!

The trail is nice and wide in most spots. I saw lots of turkeys both Toms roosting, and hens with the babies. They should rename it to Turkey Hill as there are a lot of them here! Very beautiful scenery to soak up.

Take water with you - there is some shade, but not in a lot of places.. Hold your nose in the toilet. I like the trail and will be back in the winter when the hills are green again.

I went counterclockwise so the ascent was really that abrupt than the clockwise path. It was my first time but I'll do it again someday.

Meh. Nothing really noteworthy to report. Fairly easy, kid and dog friendly, trail. No jaw dropping scenery, but just enough time keep you from falling asleep. A decent trail to get some miles in, nothing more. When I was there (May) it was super duper windy. Like hurricane winds. It got better in some areas where we were protected from on the sides by hills, but wasn’t pleasant in other areas.

Did this hike in mid May. Wildflowers in full bloom, the initial descent along the single track coyote trail is very shady, watch out for poison oak crowding the trail. The trail soon turns into a shady stroll along the upper reaches of Marsh Creek, just enough water to occasionally hear it speaking to you. As you turn onto the Stone Corral portion of the trail the landscape changes dramatically to wide open grass covered hills to start the ascent back to the ridge. Best to do this stretch in the morning as there is little shade as you make a gentle climb with a couple steeper sections. It levels off when you hit the Volvon trail with some nice vistas of the Central Valley and Mt. Diablo. A lovely peaceful hike.

Nice hike with lots of intermittent shade for a reprieve from the sun. Lots of gradual up and down as opposed to straight up. Pretty views. Great hike for a beginner like me.

great for some easy mountain biking

road biking
2 months ago

This is not a bad trail, a bit boring. A few homeless here and there. IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL you will merge into Delta De Anza. This might not be as big an issue if starting from the Brentwood side, but I was riding from the Buchanan side..From this direction ride south a bit on Lone Tree at the hospital until you see the brown fence

Beautiful views, definitely good to bring lots of water and trekking poles for the hike back up the mountain. Another good thing to know is that this trail is highly trafficked. Be prepared for people running at you when there is nowhere to go

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great views! Plan to go when it’s nice and green out(During winter and spring).

no dogs on nature trail will always get a low rating for me...its outside people

Not for Mt Biking as the park has posted signs on parts of this trail. We were following the all trails map and found this out when going in a counter clockwise direction. Easy at first with wide trails then single track with lots of obstacles and poison oak, and climbing several hundred feet in the last mile over tough terrain.

Hiked the Volvon Loop, around Bob Walker Ridge, eating lunch at the top. Saw cows, turkey vultures and markings from boar digging, along moist areas. Some moss, lichen and mistletoe, amongst the Oaks and Manzanita. It was an overcast day, with periods of sunlight. Grand vista from the top. there were open bathrooms at the trailhead and along the trail. Many bicyclists were seen along the bike path, leading to the park, from Livermore, and a couple bicyclists were seen, resting at the trailhead. No poison oak was noticed and trails were well maintained, the width of a car. Hiked with a group leisurely, Sunday, 2/4/1018, about 3.5 hours, up Coyote, Stone Corral, to the top on Volvon Loop, and down Valley View, Blue Oak, Volvon, Prairie Falcon and Condor Trails. there were several other hikers and a few dogs. Large parking lot had many cars but even more spaces available than used. No ticks but I made a point to follow the posted advice at the trailhead, to not sit under the Oaks, since it was a temperate, mostly overcast day.

5 months ago

Nice rolling hills

It was a perfect place for my husband and I to take our dog and 10 month old for a walk

Good hike above and through the fog on a Winter day. Got 2 ticks on arms, may have been from my off-leash dog.

I love this trail. It's challenging enough but overall not too bad. I've hiked it alone and with friends and my kids. Great views of the surrounding preserve from the midway point at the top. If you do the trail reverse starting on Hardy Canyon it definitely makes it more challenging. Muddy after rain but you can still do it. Enjoy!

This is a great pedestrian path - great views of Mt. Diablo and the neighborhoods of Brentwood and Oakley. Plenty of runners, walkers and cyclists on the weekend. Great place to spot bird, turtle and fish wildlife along the creek, especially as you get closer to Oakley. Lots of parks and playgrounds along the way for kids and families.

Great hike. We started at the trailhead at Round Valley and went 5 miles to the lake and then returned 5 miles for a total of 10 miles. The trail is mostly flat with a hill at the beginning and about 3/4 mile before the lake. There is very little to no shade. The temperature was in the 50’s today with a slight breeze. Perfect for the hike today. Got to see lots of wildlife - wild turkeys and coyotes - as well as cows and several people riding horses.

Hiked this trail yesterday afternoon. Was very nice, only crossed path with one other person the entire hike. Will come back again.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail

hiking
7 months ago

Did this one a few times...

Great trail...

Good trail.... Usually just you and the coyotes. I used to fish for trout at Los Vaqueros a lot and take a hike after i caught a quick limit. One of many trails i did here.

Great hike to let the dog run, best in the cooler seasons. Easiest if done clockwise. If done CCW, it will be a moderate to difficult climb out of the creek at the end.

Great hike for cooler weather. Avoid going on hot summer days. Little shade and will be hot.

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