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Beautiful and well-maintained trail. The hike is very scenic with a lot of diversity: water, mountains, pastures, greens. The trail is safe. All of the elevation gain happens in the beginning and in the shaded area. There are a few short stretches in the open full of spectacular views. Highly recommend. One callout is the steep left turn at 1.1 mile point is not marked and is easy to miss without GPS tracking.

I enjoy hiking in this area. It can get crowded at times with large groups of weekend hikers. This hike ended up being more like a 9mile trail which wouldn’t matter much except for time of hike planning.

Great mountain bike trail

Really beautiful trail! Not too crowded on a Saturday. The trail starts behind the community center building. Definitely do the loop as the two parts are very different terrain wise.

Short trail among oaks and scrub brush with great views. Can wander among the rocks on top. Trail a bit rocky and washed out.

Nice moderate trail, only made difficult by the length. Mostly shaded. Bring poles for the ascents! Easy descent, lots of stairs. Lots of deer and bird sightings!

Great hike. Recommend going CCW

over grown
1 month ago

I'd go as far as to say that this trail is hard. Once you get off the fire roads, it is challenging to stay on trail. There is a lot of scaling over rocks, swinging among trees, and crawling along narrow trails. It is FUN and quite lovely, but as someone who hikes a lot, I found this daunting at times. It is def over grown and I may end up with a poison oak rash tomorrow.

Gorgeous hike. Varied terrain with peacefulness throughout. Strenuous, but fun. Crowded on Cataract trail near the waterfalls but no one around once I got onto High Marsh and the rest of the trail loop. Would recommend and will go again!

Waterfalls were pretty weak when I went in late September but walk is good, challenging at times. Lakefront is the most scenic part of the route

Loved this trail! My garmin said 7 miles round trip from the trailhead in 2.5 hours at a very quick walking pace. There’s very clear signage and was really nice in the crisp Fall air... will be even better after some rain.

Gorgeous hike. Lots of varied terrain, beautiful waterfalls even in late summer. Gorgeous views of the lake at one point. Strenuous, but not too much, just lots and lots of stairs in the beginning. Very crowded on Cataract trail near the waterfalls, but literally no one was around once we veered onto High Marsh and the rest of the trail loop. Would highly recommend.

1 month ago

given the pictures I had higher hopes for this trail and was slight disappointed. The area is very dry this time of year so the ground was hard and cracked which made the steep descents pretty treacherous and the waterfall was not flowing at all. The liberty trail part of the hike was nice and shaded with some moss covered trees that was the most enjoyable part for me.

no shade
1 month ago

Steep incline to the ridge and not much shade on the ridge. Bring plenty of water or go early.

This trail is great to hike right after the rains, however I hiked it in the mid of summer and still found it nice... I usually hike it backwards though due to the concentration of elevation change. You get some truly great views once you summit near the end. Definitely recommend

beautiful, easy/moderate trail. Definitely lots of stairs though! The waterfall is kind of dried out right now, I suggest going during the winter or after its rained. My friend and I started at the bottom and worked our way up to the laurel dell picnic area which took us about one hour.

Great trail! Everything was well marked and easy to follow. Quite a climb up at first but beautiful small waterfalls to enjoy with the climb. Loved the variety of scenery along the trail and also that it had a lot of coverage and was shaded most of the time. We drank up all of our water by the end so definitely bring plenty of water and some snacks for the hike. We finished the hike in about 4.5 hours rather than the suggested 6 hours even with short breaks and about 15 minutes break for a snack type lunch. We kept a swift pace most of the time.

The first half of the hike was very difficult, with a continuous climb from the base until you turn off the cataract trail. Even with the low water level, the falls were still very nice

more hard than moderate. lot of incline. really nice, longer than promised by about 1.5 miles

2 months ago

Grassy, wear pants. Steep and rocky at some points. Beautiful views of the lake. I ended up off trail on a single track which was fun, but my cell phone map was spotty so I had to turn back. Bring a map with you if you go off trail.

Wow, this was such an f’ed trail map I can’t even put it all into words. Nothing is marked well and we spent the first hour wondering around a hillside. Most of the pictures posted led you to believe there is WAY more shade than there actually is. It was like hiking on the surface of the sun. All 3 of us are seasoned hikers and I would rate this trail as hard. There are definitely some rocky and slippery areas that the moderate hiker would find pretty technical. We were training for a longer Yosemite hike...what a drag that the All Trails map sucked so badly. At the end, you walk down someone’s driveway and onto Bolinas Rd., which is a very steep and windy road that is not for pedestrians. There are plenty of beautiful hikes in this area...skip this one.

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