Nice local hike. Pretty easy trail with lots of shade.

I would rate this trail somewhere between a 4 and 5, with some five star portions and others than were more like a 3.5-4. The loop around Don Castro is ok, but a bit smelly and swampy for my taste. Enjoyed myself much more in the higher elevation part of the trail, including the Newt Pond Trail portion. Open, grassy and breezy. Didn’t do the full 10 miles today as it was my first time and wasted a little time trying to navigate. However I live very close by, so this is a convenient trail running training spot for me that I don’t have to drive to

So we wanted to do the newt pond, Bay Area ridge trails and they were closed so we ended up doing the whispering creek one which is 4 miles shorter. The trail is fairly muddy but doable. My biggest disappointment is how incredibly dirty and littered the place is. Beer bottles, McDonald’s bags, gloves. People need to take care better place fo this place but also management, considering all the fauna in the place. I’m giving it two stars because there are lovely eucalyptus, baby ducks, beautiful flowers. Conclusion: Wouldn’t recommend.

road biking
no shade
8 days ago

Beautiful, clean and clear views with so much opportunity to click pictures. Many many people hiking specially at 8 pm after sunset. Starting itself it’s steep like 600 feet up then it’s gradual increase upto 1300 feet elevation. Lots of cattle and few horses. Been there thrice and highly recommend.

hiking
no shade
13 days ago

This good trail for kids and dogs.. but no shade. I like that you can see the cows.

Actual trail is closed off you can only do the small loop trail.

pretty sure parts of this trail are inaccessible currently due to the COVID 19 closures. i was able to do the majority of the trail though. ignored 1 sign mid-hike that said “trail closed” and it was fine. parts of the trail go along roads and neighborhoods. i had to check the app many times to be sure where to go. it was enjoyable and not too strenuous

hiking
14 days ago

Great loop. Beautiful hills. Moderately easy.

on Garin Peak

hiking
16 days ago

Steep climb at first then it’s down hill and in the shade

mountain biking
18 days ago

This Trail is AMAZING it is beautiful, challenging, inspiring and just plain good for the soul. Be aware of the cows who generally move as long as you slow your speed and hold your nerve. If there are young calves around, I suggest you pause and let the calves get clear (if they are on your path). I actually took the route from Castro Valley to Garin. I was using my phone GPS and of course lost signal in some places so it is a good idea to download the map. As it just rained yesterday, I only came across to other mountain bikers. Be aware of the area where the cows drink water (under trees) as it was completely muddy and my shoe came off walking over it (par for the course)

Went on 5/17/20 after rainfall. The hike offers sweeping vistas of the Bay Area and follows the Bay Area Ridge trail for about a mile. Parts of the route takes you through Five Canyon neighborhood. Great hike for Five Canyons neighborhood residents looking for a 1-2 hour workout close to home.

hiking
25 days ago

Good down and up. Whispering tree is nice

mountain biking
25 days ago

Definitely am easy ride. There are some peaceful points along the way. Enjoy

mountain biking
25 days ago

Garin park is an INCREDIBLE gem! I love the challenge of riding the trials here. Once at the top, the views of the Bay are STUNNING!! Go soon as there are only a few weeks left in Spring and the Green hills are well... STUNNING!

Very steep in some places, good views, some forest, cow droppings, almost no people

hiking
bugs
27 days ago

walking
no shade
28 days ago

Flat, easy trail to and through the Cogswell Marsh from the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center.

Super fun trail!! Pretty hilly but not too hard. Short hike so easy to take a rest. Cool view of an underpass like you’re in jurassic park. Trail runs through neighborhoods and there is plenty of trash cans at intersections and signage. Went on a hot day and there was plenty of shade! Only saw a few other hikers and bikers!!

Garin: shady and some steep hill upfront, 6 miles

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Extended the hike with a brief loop around the steep hill by the visitor's center – which ended up being the best part! When combined with that, the variety of terrain was excellent. A path by an orchard, wide-open rolling hills with views of Hayward, a shady stroll across several bridges, ducks and coots at the pond, and a steep hike amongst wildflowers and birds. Good times.

Nice easy trail to see sunset

Don Castro very nice and peaceful. Glad I have this app or would have veered off on a few occasions. trail not marked in some areas

mountain biking
1 month ago

only half of the trail is bike friendly

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