Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

7 days ago

This is a real hidden gem. Very quiet and tucked away. I went on a Sunday morning and didn’t see anyone until I was on my way back down the hill. I got a little confused about a half mile in at the spot where a bunch of paths converge. FYI, I figured out on my way back that the trick is to go up the 2 sets of stairs on the right to stay on the trail and follow the creek.

There are a few creek crossings along the trail that I would expect might make it impossible to complete during the rainy season. Along the East Ave trail there were a lot of picnic tables and even some benches that formed some sort of amphitheater. And I spotted an old wrecked car along the Ward Creek Road Trail.

One thing that’s great about this trail is that it’s almost 100% shaded, which is great during the summer months. Garin and Dry Creek parks to the south are the complete opposite, so this is a nice alternative if you want to be active, yet escape the sun and heat.

I was pleasantly surprised with this trail. Being in such an urban area I expected more people and thus litter but it was clean and quiet.

11 days ago

Nice and easy early morning time with a little bit of history to learn on the trail.

2 months ago

Quintessential East Bay Hike - bald open face hills with oak shaded creek trails. Absolutely beautiful during the Spring months- very green with an abundance of wildflowers including poppies all over the place. Beautiful views of the bay. And COWS on the trail! Loved it.

3 months ago

WILDFLOWERS time for April! It is stunning view from trail end near Alta Vista Equestrian Center. 4.5 miles to and out from Garin Regional Park Gate. There are wild flower near the Jorden pond but most significant colorful patches is at the end!

3 months ago

Not exactly a loop but still a good hike with decent elevation and views. Watch for nettles and cow poop if you venture off the main trail.

3 months ago

Today was my first time hiking this trail. It was after a good rainfall, so it was a bit cold and windy. I wasn’t able to finish the full loop, but I was able to see some breathtaking views! I’m looking forward to doing the full loop and bringing my dog with me next time!

4 months ago

Lovely hike- took us about an hour. Great views, close cow encounters and historical landmark. Beware cow poop all over the place. Want to return to picnic with views in the future.

Went for a jog on a Sunday afternoon in January. Very pleasant, barely anybody for most of the time. Once you pass the cattle gate, it could get muddy but the views are very nice. Sweeping view of hills and the bay, mostly in the sun with a couple short shades. Watch out for cow poops.

6 months ago

Nice trail for a chilly day. Rolling hills but minimal shade.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One of my favorite trails. Breath taking views of the Bay, City of Hayward and the San Mateo Bridge. Quite wooded by Zeile Creek. Refreshing to have a very wooded trail in this area.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Beautiful landscape, cows, hawks. A little muddy in the beginning, so be careful you follow paths from the parking lot rather than the immediate trail to avoid the muck.

Friday, March 24, 2017

We went at Sunset, it was really beautiful :D If it has been raining, you will get very muddy! : )

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beautiful hike, listed as 3.9 miles but my GPS put it at 3.0

Monday, February 27, 2017

Nice hike. Some part of the trail were very muddy. We had to find an alternative route to get around the mud. It was hard to follow the trail because there were mud slides and fallen trees. Lastly, be prepared to cross the freezing water creek.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Great view . Beware of lizards. Nice soft trail . Enjoy

Buen recorrido mucha agua y mucho lodo.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Excelente recorrido

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Monday, December 05, 2016

I returned with a mountain bike this time. Do not take a road bike or a hybrid bike on this trail as your suspension and brakes will be inadequate.

I extended beyond the track and took the Chabot to Garin and Whipsnake trails to High Ridge. This way I could link up with the High Ridge Loop Trail that I had previously hiked. My goal is to be able to do the entire ridge one section at a time. If you want to do the same, just keep going to the radio tower, then go through Stonebrae Country Club until you come to a gate where Whipsnake begins and leads you to High Ridge. There are signs along the way, so it's hard to get lost.

There are a couple hiills that are difficult. The paved hill up to the water tanks is a tough climb. But the worst is the down and up through the tree line about half way through the trail. I ended up having to push my bike for part of it because I couldn't maintain traction in first gear. The path was just too muddy. This trail should be rated as hard.

I saw a lot of cows, some sheep, and about a half dozen deer. The trail is very scenic. There are great views of the whole Bay Area. The section where you go through the trees is very nice. Biking on Newt Pond trail was a lot of fun on the way back.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

A nice trail high up in the Hayward hills with some history. You start by hiking a half mile up a paved path that resembles someone's driveway. Then you will see a sign for the Ukrainia Loop Trail pointing to the right. The path to the left is private property. A little bit further you will pass a park residence and then the trail will split into the loop part of the trail. The marker says "Ukraina Trail" as there appears to be some discrepancy as to whether or not to include the "i" or not. At the far end of the loop you will see a historical site. See the pictures for some more information. There is a bench to sit down and enjoy the view of the east bay.

I went on a Wednesday afternoon and only saw one other person walking their dog throughout the entire hike. The trail entrance says Garin Regional Park but I don't think it connects to any of the other Garin trails. I think the advertised 3.9 miles is exaggerated as my gps only measured 3.0 miles.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Great views up in the Hayward hills. I didn't see anyone on this trail as it is mostly frequented by cows and horses. Speaking of, be prepared to dodge land mines.

Great views once you make it to the ridge. I wouldn't say it was easy and I wouldn't take any bike other than a mountain bike because of the steep grades. It was my first time and I took my hybrid and had a hard time getting traction on the hills.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Did it in "07 along with Garin Peak. Never went back into that trail system again. A lot of wide open spaces that didn't impress...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Did this one in jan of 07. Nice views and mostly wide open spaces wih plenty of cows grazing. I did Zeile Creek the same day. Neither was impressive enough to ever do again.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This a favorite trail for my wife and I as it is right next to the Stonebrae Elementary soccer fields where our son practices. This is a relatively new trail--the end of the loop isn't even shown on maps. There's a half mile ascent to begin with, but otherwise it's an easy trail with great views of the East Bay. Lots of birds to see along with the occasional rabbit and snake. The trail leads to a historical landmark and gravesite for Agape's Honcharenko (see reference below).

There's plenty of free parking next to the soccer fields. No bathrooms or water along the trail, but it's only a few miles. There are cattle grazing in the loop area of the trail, but we've never had any trouble with them.
“Ukraina” is the site of the farm and burial place of the Ukrainian patriot and exiled orthodox priest Agapius Honcharenko (1832-1916) and his wife Albina. Honcharenko was the first nationally conscious Ukrainian to arrive in the United States. He published the first American newspaper in Russian and Ukrainian languages, The Alaska Herald, from 1868-1872. He wrote the first book for the educational use of Native Alaskans. After moving here from San Francisco in 1873, He continued to publish political literature, which was smuggled into Czarist Russia. Honcharenko was a prominent scholar, humanitarian, and early champion for human rights. http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/ListedResources/Detail/1025

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