Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

5 days ago

What a beautiful trail!! What makes this trail special is the history about the trail which I’ll leave you in suspense so you’ve got to hike to see it. Great views. There is a herd of cows so just be on the lookout. I walked past 3 on the trail and lived to write this review so no biggie.

Firstly, you cannot bike around the lake as the trails away from the parking lot and swimming area are for hikers only. Secondly, there is no way this trail should be classified as easy with very steep grades as mentioned in the reviews and the 1000 foot plus elevation gain. The trail signage is less than adequate and often misleading or missing. Advanced bikers might find this trail more to their liking.

22 days ago

Uphill will get you in shape

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

3 months ago

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

4 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!

5 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

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

7 months ago

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

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!

8 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

10 months ago

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

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.

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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


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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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mountain Biking. Beautiful trail, refreshing. Love the sea air. Birds are nesting.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great views from the tops of the hills. The only issue would be cow pies. Lots of cow pies.

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

Buen recorrido mucha agua y mucho lodo.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Excelente recorrido

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