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Good for a walk with your furry friend.

This trail is great for beginning trail running! It's a pretty easy trail with a slow incline. The trail is really beautiful with the creek and big redwood trees. I wore my normal running shoes instead of hiking books, and I didn't have any trouble crossing the creek. It was a warm day but much cooler on the trail.

Took Pipeline road trail to Ridge Fire trail to get to observatory point. Hiking through the redwoods on the pipeline trail is so beautiful! Ridge trail is so interesting. It goes up the mountain but the path is covered in white beach sand. Beach sand on top of a mountain is unheard of. This is because the top of the mountain used to be under the ocean 10 million years ago!!! Entire hike (round trip) is about 6.5km and it took 2 hours - from the beginning of pipeline to observation deck and back.

hiking
10 days ago

Great place to take the dog. I enjoyed seeing friendly people along the way.

Great hike if you have your dog with you!

hiking
15 days ago

Scenery: 4
Views: 2
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 3
Shade: 5

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Lots of poison oak, but if you stay on the path, you’re fine. A few spots where you can take dogs down to the river.

22 days ago

Beautiful trail. Allows opportunity to walk over streams on large fallen trees. A workout but accessible for a wider variety of hiking and fitness levels.

Magic... peaceful!!

I grew up in a house along the San Lorenzo river- across Henry Cowel park and in the summer got to enjoy the constant sound of train whistles and bus loads of loud unappreciative school kids- the redwood loop is my favorite- such rich history from a president falling asleep on a log- to a hallowed out tree where if my memory serves me right, a squatter tired of society’s pace took shelter.
Can’t bring dogs though, low blow park- low blow- I love my dog, and I love breaking big and bending as many rules , laws and decrees as possible- soooooo.......Great place to take your dog!

on Fall Creek

hiking
25 days ago

A beautiful hike shaded by the trees. I went early on a Sunday morning and saw about two other hikers for my 2.5 miles in. On the way out, however, I saw easily 20+ other hikers. I’d love to go again and get an even earlier start. There were very infrequent, brief sections of the path that were narrow, rocky, and/or interrupted by fallen trees.

Agree with all the other reviews that the views of the lake are beautiful. Would recommend reversing the direction to end along the lake which would provide the best for last.

best hike ever! easy not moderate, my kids love it!.

1 month ago

Great trail along the creek, wonderful redwood trees and other flora. All the trail is in the shade so perfect for hot summer days. Note that at one point the trail collapsed, there is a huge tree fallen on the creek, on which you should walk to continue.

1 month ago

Definitely a favorite now. We went August 25, the weather was perfect and in the morning about 9am, there was still parking, but it was filling up..

The first of the hike is where you gain your elevation. Coming back was all downhill. The redwoods are always breathtaking and do not disappoint and the creek is just a bonus.

In August there was still enough water rushing through the creek. It is nice and refreshing to stick your feet in after hiking for a few hours.

As we got closer to finishing the hike more people were headed in and it got crowded. Definitely worth getting an early start if you want some quiet time with the redwoods.

hiking
1 month ago

Too many people and walking up on someone dropping their drawers close to the creek was the final straw.

hiking
1 month ago

WARNING - the trail is completely eroded at https://www.google.com/maps/search/37.06963,-122.10235 going through older comments now I see others mention this and some say you can get through by going into the creek but it may have gotten worse. The creek has a lot of fallen trees in it so not clear it can be reasonably traversed and from the point at which you would need to go through it, it isn't clear you can get back on the trail or how long you'll have to keep climbing over fallen trees in the creek.

The trail is beautiful though but if you do it plan enough time to get to the erosion point and then go back out the way you came so the distance is closer to 14 miles.

Easy hike, beautiful trail by the river.

hiking
1 month ago

What a rewarding hike. The look out point is breathtaking.

Done this loop a couple of times. Nothing more humbling than being surrounded by redwoods!

One of the best hikes I’ve hiked in the Bay Area.
Offers a little bit of all landscape.
We hiked a little over 7 miles with my 12yr old son, 7yr old daughter and wife - without complaints!

Fun easy walk with friends with very young children. They loved the tree they could walk inside of.

2 months ago

No... just, no.

walking
2 months ago

We went there with our dog! There are few trails where you can bring your dog (on a leash). Was really beautiful and peaceful. We even found a small piece of creek to refresh. We’ll definitely return!

Beautiful place, so quite. We took foldable chairs and sat next to the lake. We went there with our dog as well. We’ll definitely return!

on Fall Creek

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Trail!

2 months ago

Great trail that follows the creek for a good distance. We did an out&back because there were some fallen trees blocking the path

Great views. Tip: $8 parking fee and opened seasonally

3 months ago

Saw Big Ben

3 months ago

Pipeline trail is all paved and kind of an easier end of a moderate rating. We ended up with switching to river trail to eagle creek trail and make a loop and come back out. Those trails are primarily for mountain biking. Don’t forget the bug spray when you reached the higher elevation part of eagle creek trails.

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