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

Very good trail to hike with kids. Both 4yr and 12yr were super impressed with the path. Good mix of creek view from the trail, valley view from the hills and view on beautiful small pond full of turtles!

Not bad of a hike... the only thing it’s dry and your exposed most of the time to the sun. I think it’s a great fall winter early spring hike. I think it can be too hot in the summer tho!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was really nice. Trails weren’t marked very well so I often would have to track back to make sure I was going in the right direction while following this app. I went mid morning and it was a bit hot so I suggest to go once the gate opens at 8am, not at 10am like I did. I went all the way to union city and back to Hayward in this trail which was pretty cool!!

- Well maintained path
- Somewhat challenging
- Mostly open landscape
- Good overlook of East Bay
- Mild foot traffic
- Multiple additional paths in area to make hike shorter or longer
- Decent signage
- Picnic / sitting area / bathrooms near NW edge of Park

hiking
3 months ago

Intense

Only got halfway through the hike both times I've done this, when the trail thins out there has been rattlesnakes in the path. Great view and pretty easy to do. I don't recommend doing this in hotter weather due to the snake problem, and lack of shade.

Awesome trail

We enjoyed this hike on Father’s day. It’s very maintained and a good portion was in the shade. We had two eight year old girls who didn’t complain once. I think the hike was about an hour and my Apple Watch clocked it as 2.5 miles.

This hike is good if not done in Summers. Almost all of it is exposed, with a section going through a construction site/golf course, so the sun can beat down hard. Plenty of options to relax afterwards though.

charming loop trail. this was a good time to see wildflowers. some small wooden bridges and small lake. great short hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Did a 10 mile hike at this place. It is pretty amazing at this time of the year

I mountain bike this route once or twice per week except after recent rain. It is not recommended for beginning MTB riders. But if you are up to it, the view, wildlife, and workout going up; and the adrenaline, speed, and view going down are well worth it.

Beautiful views of the Bay and grazing cows. Best to go early to avoid the heat...even during the Spring.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, especially in the winter when it's not too hot as there isn't a lot of shade. Green hills and cows grazing on the hillside. Muddy due to the recent rains.

hiking
8 months ago

As mentioned, great workout hike. Easy to find TH and not a ton of parking. Trail was in good condition and lots of green rolling hills. At first the elevation isnt too bad however by mile 2 you will be sweating. I took the Gossip Rock Spur. I didnt see many people at the top however once you come down trail gets super busy

hiking
9 months ago

Love this trail. Easy enough for all levels. Great views, and the trail is maintained and easy to follow.

I'm starting to hike again. My friends and I want to be able to hike to garin park from five canyons trailhead. Today we did two miles in and two miles back. Every week we'll increase a mile. Happy New year!

Great workout! There are extended periods walking up hill... not the steepest grades, but you will feel the burn. Descent can be tough on the knees, so wear good footwear!

Nice hike. Not really "hard."

hiking
11 months ago

1st time on this trail, really like how the variations of different hills to get a workout, also seeing the cows along the way help my kid walk alittle faster.

We really enjoyed the hike with our dog. The trail was in good condition (although we took a wrong turn ones). Very nice

hiking
Sunday, November 05, 2017

trail running
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trails were great and views were amazing.
But BEWARE: While I was running out there this morning, my Jeep was broken into. They smashed my back window and stole my workout bag. Luckily I had nothing valuable in it.

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

This one was a little harder than I expected but I liked the challenge.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pretty good trail; just enough elevation. Was hoping that it loops back around but you just have to follow the same trail back. The photos I uploaded pretty much tells you why it's called Dry Creek trail.

mountain biking
Monday, July 03, 2017

I mountain biked this trail, which is allowed, but make sure you bring a bike with a good suspension and brakes. Once you reach the peak of your elevation climb at the radio tower, it's a steep and bumpy ride down from there. And take the advice of the sign by the water towers and walk your bike down the paved road. Otherwise, you'll be giving your brakes a serious workout and you'll need them for the final descent.

I actually took BART to the Union City station and biked to the staging area at May Rd. That's why you see my track start there. This may be preferred by some people so that you can manage this long point to point trail. Also, you don't have to pay to park at the May Rd. staging area. I think it's $5 to park at the main Garin Ave. staging area where the track starts. Once I reached Don Castro, it's another short bike ride to the Castro Valley BART station. You can also utilize AC Transit to get from one staging area to the other. I was riding solo, so this seemed like the best alternative for me that didn't require doing a 23 mile out and back on this trail.

There is very little shade on this trail. There is a scenic, shaded area about 2 miles after the radio tower and then it's shaded once you reach Don Castro. But other than that, you're totally exposed to the sun. Bring protection, lots of water, and don't pick an overly hot day.

I felt like I was fighting off flies almost the whole time I was biking this trail. You'll also be going through a lot of gates, which of course are meant to keep the cattle from getting out. I encountered a few groups of cattle, but they were mostly off the trail seeking shade.

I came across about a dozen hikers along High Ridge Loop Trail. But once I turned off High Ridge and onto Whipsnake, I only passed one girl running on the rest of the 9 mile Chabot to Garin portion of the trail. I think that many people don't realize that these parks connect, and those who do probably aren't up to the challenge. There was also a massive mudslide and some downed trees about 3 miles after the radio tower, but I was able to get around it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

GOOD PLACE

Thursday, April 27, 2017

awesome

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun hike. Very easy with little elevation change. As the name implies, a creek ran through a lot of the trail There was even a section where you had to cross it to continue.

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