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Best trails in Hayward

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Looking for a great trail near Hayward, California? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or Mount Diablo State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McNee Ranch or Rancho San Antonio County Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 12 easy trails in Hayward ranging from 1.3 to 8.3 miles and from 6 to 1,272 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Hayward
Top trails (24)
#1 - High Ridge Loop Trail
Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Get a good workout and explore the history of the hills east of Hayward at Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park. Ancient traditions and recent tragedies form the backdrop for this 10-mile hike at Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park in the hills east of Hayward, California. The tradition: mortar holes the Ohlone peoples used to grind acorns into flour near Gossip Rock, a loop/spur from the park's High Ridge Loop Trail. The tragedy: a 1951 airliner crash that killed 50 people when the plane smashed into Tolman Peak. While no wreckage is visible from the trail, it's haunting enough to know so much was lost on this hilltop. The route also provides impressive views of the San Francisco Bay and the nearby East Bay Hills; expect to see raptors, deer and the occasional coyote. Trails on this route: High Ridge Loop Trail, Spur to Gossip Rock loop, Tolman Peak Trail, South Fork Trail, High Ridge Loop Trail. Skip the Tolman Peak section to slice three miles from the hike. The peaks on this route are not especially high, but the combined ascent is considerable: over 3,000 feet when all the hiking's done. Best times to go: Early to late spring, when the hills green up and the wildflowers put on their annual show. Winter is fine, too, though bear in mind the trails get very muddy. Give them a few days to dry out after a passing storm system blows through. Summer's too hot, but cooler weather in the autumn make the hiking pleasant.Show more
#2 - Dry Creek Trail Loop
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Note: Dry Creek trail will be CLOSED to all public starting Monday, August 10. Re-opening is planned for early October. This is for the replacement of the three very old foot bridges. For more information, please see https://www.ebparks.org/parks/garin/ A pleasant loop trail that up to Garin peak at 948 ft. Enjoy scenic vistas and hike through a variety of ecological zones. Don't forget to take the kids to the Garin Barn Visitor Center which has a working blacksmith shop. Show more
#3 - Whispering Creek Trail, Chabot-Garin Trail, Shady Canyon Trail, Ridgetop Trail Loop
Don Castro Regional Recreation Area
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Note: At times, there are cattle gates on this trail that can be closed. Proceed with caution. This trail takes you through two park areas, each very different from the other. The route offers varied terrain, including a walk along an old reservoir as well as a climb up a ridge that provides stunning views of the Bay Area. The hike back to Don Castro winds along a shaded creek, a welcome respite from the sunny ridge. Trail Directions: From the Don Castro main parking lot, head towards the entrance and the entry kiosk. Continue past the kiosk, following the sidewalk across the bridge until you come to the Whispering Creek Trail on your left. Follow Whispering Creek Trail along the lake for .41 mile. At the fork, keep left and continue for .24 mile following the shoreline. At the next signpost, keep right and follow signs for Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail. At the bridge, keep straight; do not cross. Continue until you come to a paved road; turn left, following the Chabot-Garin Regional Trail. At the Private Property sign, make a right to continue on Chabot-Garin Regional Trail. This path will take you to Five Canyons Parkway. Make a right and cross safely at the first crosswalk. Turn right, then walk about 50 feet. Enter Five Canyons on your left, following signs for Chabot-Garin Regional Trail. After .51 mile, cross through the cattle gate and make a left onto the paved fire road. Keep to the shoulder and climb for .31 mile. At the top, the paved road becomes gravel. Cross through the cattle gate and continue for .54 mile, then make a right onto Shady Canyon Trail. At the next intersection, turn right to stay on Shady Canyon Trail. At the sign for Deer Canyon Trail, make a right again to stay on Shady Canyon Trail. Head straight, crossing Canyon Terrace Drive safely. Continue for about 400 feet, then cross Boulder Canyon Drive and follow the paved trail through Ridge Trail Park. After exiting the park, make a sharp left to continue to follow Shady Canyon Trail. Once you reach the sidewalk, turn left. Continue until you reach the “fire trail” gate, then head left down Chabot-Garin Regional Trail. Turn left at the private property sign. After about 200 feet, make a right, following signs for Chabot-Garin Regional Trail. Cross the bridge to your right, then head left to follow Ridgetop Trail. At the next fork, keep right to continue on Ridgetop. Come to a gate, cross through it, then head left to return to the parking lot.Show more
#4 - High Ridge, Newt Pond, Old Homestead, Vista Peak, Ziele Creek and Garin Woods Trail
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
Though Garin Regional Park is not that far off the beaten path, the contours of its valley and the quality of its scenery makes it feel secluded and wild. Newt Pond Trail in particular is narrow and has heavy vegetation, for which long pants may be necessary. Zielle Creek Trail is shaded by lush oaks and bays, and the creek usually runs well after the rainy season. Although the trail does not pass directly by Garin Peak, you’ll reach elevations high enough to see the bay as well as the Coyote Hills in the distance. From the Garin Barn Visitor Center, head straight, following signs for High Ridge Loop Trail. Cross through the cattle gate and take the right-hand path for .48 mile. At the next signpost, make a left and continue for about 100 feet until you come to a sign for Newt Pond Trail. The trail is immediately to your right, and is small enough to look like a cattle trail. Take Newt Pond Trail for .38 mile, then cross the stream and turn right at the fork to head up to Vista Peak Loop. After .25 mile, turn right at the signpost and continue on Vista Peak Loop for .78 mile. Make sure to keep left at the Bailey Ranch Trail signpost to stay on Vista Peak Loop. When you come to the junction with Zeile Creek Trail, turn right. Follow Zeile Creek Trail for .59 mile, then head left at the next fork to take Garin Woods Trail for .23 mile. At the next fork, turn right to follow the lower trail. The lower and upper trails reconnect after .36 mile. Turn left onto Zeile Creek Trail. In .17 mile, turn left on Vista Peak Loop Trail. Stay on this trail, keeping right at the intersection after .44 mile. Head straight at the next intersection, after .80 mile, then turn left onto Old Homestead Trail. After .08 mile, turn right onto Newt Pond Trail, and follow it uphill to High Ridge Loop Trail. Turn right on High Ridge Loop Trail and follow it downhill for about a half mile back to the Garin Barn Visitor Center. Park Hours: 8am to sunset (varies seasonally) Fees: $5/vehicle; $2/dog.Show more
#5 - Greenbelt Trail
Memorial Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
No biking on the lower half of the trail. Bikes are only allowed after you cross 2nd st heading east.Show more
#6 - Ukraina Trail
Garin Regional Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
#7 - Don Castro Lake Whispering Creek and Shoreline Trail
Don Castro Regional Recreation Area
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 40 m
#8 - East Avenue and Ward Creek Trail Loop
East Avenue Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
#9 - Peak and Dry Creek Trail Loop
Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Note: Dry creek trail is closed till early October 2020 for the replacement of the three very old foot bridges.Show more
#10 - Cogswell Marsh Trail
Hayward Regional Shoreline
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
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