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on River Walk Trail

hiking
7 hours ago

Easy walk along neighbored streets: passing little ponds and dog parks.

hiking
10 hours ago

Was up here again this past Friday still hoping for my first buck. Have seen a lot of deer in area. Actually decided to go for my 1st true mtn top experience and glad it was Sonora Peak as my first time backpacking/hunting was a bit further along St. Mary's Trail toward Stanislaus w/ dad when I was 13...will be 52 next 11/6. Passed a 70yr old hiker on his way up (3rd time this yr) as I descended. Hope I'm going that strong when I'm 70!! Whoever might read this the Logbook could use a few new pens as most were dried out and maybe a mylar bag. Was grateful for the wind break.

hiking
10 hours ago

Tricky getting there. Come all the way up past the golf course. Park in the first dirt lot on the right of what feels like a three way branch off at the end of the road, with the probation camp to the left and the equestrian center in the middle. Trail starts behind the sign or walk down the street in the middle toward the equestrian center. Saw a coyote. A few mountain bikers. Inclines and declines. A good easy to moderate loop that took us 45 min. Nice starter that has options for longer if you have the time and energy. Glad I hit record to track my hiking progress as this helped me to follow where I was in real time.

hiking
10 hours ago

I love Mt Whitney. she is beautiful and I want to go back again. In October, My hiking group & I camp 2 nights @ out posted. The weather was cold in mornings and in evenings, but was nice during the day. My experience at Mt Whitney was breathing taking. The 97 switchback wasn't as difficult I thought it would be. Maybe because all hard training I did before Whitney. I thought Trial Crest was a bit challenging and felt long. Finally, I conquered Mt Whitney. Hiking back to Out Posted took us long time, but we all made it back safely. I had any altitude sickness. I drank a lot of water/ electrolytes and ate plenty of snacks which was a big help.

Nice & Moderate Trail - toward the end the switchbacks got quite steep and my family kept slipping on the way down, the only thing i’d suggest is not to wear flat shoes. Hahah lovely view from the top, felt like a giant!!! Table Mountain sure was a doosy and a fun one at that!!

hiking
13 hours ago

Easy trail, kid friendly, beautiful look outs to watch the sunset. Beach was very accessible off of trail. The weather was amazing. great experience

hiking
13 hours ago

Lose rock but amazing hike

Long but worth it. Don’t think this will be a go to hike ;) but it was a great challenge. Took about 13 hours all the way up and then back to the tram with a good amount of snack breaks. Started at 2am. Started going a little insane the last mile or so up... seemed more difficult than the first 10 miles but that’s where he mental stamina came in! Just be prepared with water and snacks and have a good attitude! It’s something to celebrate when you finish!

hiking
14 hours ago

As my first section of the East Bay Skyline Trail, I took the 339 bus up to the Chabot Science Center and then got onto the West Ridge Trail going west. I love this trail! The redwoods are dense and tall on the west ridge and it smells super-mulchy. Lots of multiple dog-walkers too, perhaps due to the proximity to car parks at Moon Gate and Skyline Gate. Once onto the East Ridge Trail it gets quieter, especially on the Phillips Loop that leads up to Pinehurst Road. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is really beautiful and quiet, with a thin winding flattish trail amongst the roots of gnarly old bay trees (which smell delicious when warmed by the sun). After crossing the trickling San Leandro Creek, the long trek up to (extinct) Round Top volcano in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve was a little grim with the sun beating down behind me, but once up there views are stunning. Lots of grey volcanic stone underfoot and winding tree roots across the trail, and of course great wide inland vistas. The volcano cap has its own little (alpine?) forest and then to its north is a former quarry and yellowed undulating hills. It does look a little barren from deforestation so I’m glad I went round Round Top to get back onto the wooded trail. Carrying on along the Bay Area Ridge Trail was a lovely stretch with no passersby adjacent to Old Tunnel Road. The hill that Caldecott Tunnel is built through is forested at the point where the trail passes over, after which there was a long ascent up to Scott’s Peak beside Fish Ranch Road - this was mostly shaded and has incredible views inland towards Mount Diablo. For my second section of the East Bay Skyline Trail I took the 74 bus from Richmond BART station up to Castro Ranch Road and Hillside Drive and off up to San Pablo Reservoir I went! I chose not to go around the Black Oak Loop Trail as its closest trailhead on Rag Hill Lane is blocked with a gate and signs warning of it being private land hmm… Hiking along Old San Pablo Dam Road is literally an old one-track lane with craggy tarmac in places, but it’s beautifully shaded by tall trees and glimpses of the reservoir to the side. Ascending EBMUD Eagle’s Nest Trail/Fire Road 3 was quite hard work though as it was so steep - 500 feet in less than a mile. Didn’t see any EBMUD staff to check my permit. Up on Nimitz Way I was pleasantly surprised by how expansive the views are - it’s pretty barren up there so you can see very far all around, even over into San Pablo Bay. Nimitz Way is like an old tarmac lane along the ridge so folks have trod a trail parallel to the road by its side. Views beyond the Wildcat Peak Trailhead are pretty amazing - San Pablo Reservoir, San Francisco Bay, and even downtown San Francisco can be gazed upon from on high. No wonder it’s called Inspiration Point! Speaking of high, Seaview Trail was very unpleasant to climb after Inspiration Point. The trial was gritty, loose and sandy and was 800 feet or so feet of ascent over a couple of miles. Ironically, views of the sea from this trail were not that great, but at least there was some shade. Hiking around Vollmer Peak had beautiful far-reaching views too, including Mount Diablo and Briones Reservoir, before reaching Scott’s Peak. Starting this third section of the East Bay Skyline Trail at Chabot Science Center off the 339 bus, the West Ridge Trail heading south is mostly a long, shallow drop and very pleasantly cool despite there being little shade on the sandy trail. I walked alongside Redwood Road at the bottom end of West Ridge Trail after Golden Spike Trail until the MacDonald Trailhead, whereupon a climb of 600 feet over a mile began. This was quite hard work on the sandy trail, but once up on the ridge the views over the very lush Grass Valley Creek are amazing. This also has little shade until the trail descends back into the valley. Crossing the Stone Bridge meant taking Brandon Trail for its slight shade rather than following Grass Valley Trail which looked to be more open. This stretch is a fire trail so is wide and soon reaches the intersection with Jackson Grade Trail up to Grass Valley Road. My fourth section of the East Bay Skyline Trail started back in Grass Valley off the 46L bus via a corridor of massive eucalyptus trees. This set the scene for descending the Jackson Grade Trail as there are plentiful eucalypts scenting the air. Recommencing the Brandon Trail at Stone Bridge immediately changes gear as it steeply and sandily ascends for a good 500 feet or so. Tree cover here is low so facing the sun as I did felt rather punishing. But soon enough I reached the crest where there’s a cute bench. There’s a flattish stretch from here through dense eucalypts that opens out onto wide views of the South Bay and even has glimpses of Mission Peak. Around here were my only sightings of other hikers/cyclists. I took Live Oak Trail down and around the Willow Creek golf course and then up and around Proctor Trail. Views from Live Oak Trail are stunning as you can see Lake Chabot and even the bay beyond the forested ridges. Circling the golf course includes passing a stunning deep Hayward Faultline, crossing a thin elevated walkway over the boggy lakeside area, and also a rather shaded yet steep incline. After descending onto Redwood Road I then walked down into Castro Valley to catch the 28 bus to BART. For this final section of the East Bay Skyline Trail, I started at the northern end of the overall ridge trail in Wildcat Canyon off the 7 bus at the corner of Arlington Road and Rifle Range Road. Rifle Rage Road is all downhill towards the creek and quite shaded. Wildcat Creek was actually flowing quite loudly, which was a pleasant sound to hike alongside on Wildcat Creek Trail. Much of this trail is a wide old road, which I later found out was the former Park Avenue. It now looks a little post-apocalyptic with its raggedy road surface and plants growing up through it. This trail has dense creekside woodland on one side and steep grassy hills on the other, which I ascended on Belgum Trail, passing cows grazing on the trail and steep winding inclines. It became very foggy when I ascended, giving zero views beyond the San Pablo Ridge in front, which was thrilling! The trail itself was quite crumbly in places despite the regrading work that was underway so good tread would help get up over the ridgetop that resembled a camel’s back. Upon joining Nimitz Way the trail becomes a wide paved fire road with expansive views all round. San Pablo Reservoir in the valley below can be seen from Nimitz Way.

hiking
14 hours ago

Gorgeous! Kinda busy. Stairs. Good work out ☺️ try to go on a clear day if you can.

hiking
14 hours ago

Caveat, if you have trouble with altitude you need to take this trail slow. The 652 elevation is in the beginning and was longer than we expected. I’d say this a mix moderate and easy.

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rocky
15 hours ago

Beautiful day hike with lots of changing scenery and lakes! We completed it in 3 hours and 45 minutes including about a 30 minute stop for lunch overlooking Twin Lakes. Absolutely breathtaking landscape, and really not a difficult hike at all. Highly recommend.

hiking
15 hours ago

**NOTE: Not seeing any other reviews that say it, so you should know there are warning signs for mountain lions and rattlesnakes, in addition to deer and poison oak. A runner said he runs the trail 3x a week and not to worry. Another person said a couple mountain lions have been spotted over the last couple days, so idk. I kept a steady fast walk, as to not become prey, just in case. Great trail.. I think. Started at dusk and it was completely dark 1.5 miles in. Beautiful sunset, despite the highway in the background. It’s seriously so dark, and more than half of the Edgewood/Ridgeview Trail is heavily wooded. Saw a group of 7 or so deer at the start of the Ridgeview Trail after passing the highway. I think they got Daylight Savings calculation wrong this year, cause the sun has been down by 7 pm. Stay safe out there!

on Mount Baden Powell Trail

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bugs
15 hours ago

Great trail some bugs in the beginning but worth it once you get to the top. Dogs enjoyed the hike!!

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rocky
15 hours ago

walking
bugs
16 hours ago

Fun walk nice and easy. No too many people or dogs. Was a Monday evening. A lot of benches and bathrooms.

mountain biking
16 hours ago

This trail is at least 50% paved road. The off-road is really just a dirt road for vehicles. It’s flat and somewhat sandy with smooth rocks that provide some bumps. Certainly not a challenging trail at all. Might be good for teaching young kids (or older novices) some basic bike handling. Weather was perfect, the river was running, and plenty of birds on the lake. All in all, enjoyable, but not worth the entry fee and drive.

Nice for a sunset

Did this counter clockwise in 2 days. Be prepared for lots of slow going boulder fields and talus starting at Goethe and over Alpine col and the next lake. Its not easy but u get some of the best scenery in the Sierra

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
16 hours ago

This route is hard to find despite cairns and markings on trees. Definitely use an AllTrails map for this one, it helped me avoid a a whole lot difficulty finding my way back (especiallyin the dark). The lake is very mediocre.

Hiked the loop counter clockwise. Stream Trail is a gentle incline through a completely shaded forest with a good amount of redwoods. Lady Bugs in force in the fall/winter where the sun is able to peek through. One good climb which is pretty steep, almost stair-like climbing. Maybe 20+minutes of sweat inducing incline. Also had to backtrack 3-4 times to stay on the loop, lots of forks and off shoots. The descent is on West Ridge Trail and now this is a wide gravel-y road. Bikes allowed here so watch your left side. Also more sun exposure here, a lot more than the 1st half. Still had to check the map often, especially where West Ridge Trail and the Madrone Trail intersect. Supposed to be 6 miles but probably did 7 b/c of all the back tracking.

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washed out
16 hours ago

Easy hike that didn’t feel like 8 miles. Watched the sunrise. Will be going again!

I would highly recommend to be careful while hiking this trail.We encountered 3 baby snakes and one of them was a rattlesnake. Did not encounter anybody on this hike.

Good trail. Nice views of coast, Farallon Islands and all the way back to San Francisco. Saw a bobcat who seemed very little concerned about us as he sat down on a side trail to watch us like an arrogant house cat. A ranger said sightings are rare. Saw mule deer and lots of enormous redwoods. All in all a nice adventure for a couple of East coasters.

This was a great hike! We arrived at 7:30 and there were already a handful of people, but we still managed to get a parking in the front. The first mile or so of the hike is very nice, reminds me of being in a mystical forest. The view is amazing if you make it all the way. Take water and wear comfortable shoes!

hiking
bugs
17 hours ago

We never saw another person all the way out and back probably because of gnats!! We didn’t bring a net and sometimes it was really annoying . Fortunately in the descent, the gnats left us alone. Fall colors, pine scents, and views on top made it worth the effort !

hiking
18 hours ago

Fairly easy and beautiful views!

Hike counterclockwise for the views and sunset, though it is a more challenging hike. sunset with the 360 degree view is a 10/10

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