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Beautiful views in the spring. Great for kids as well.

Tip: go left if you want a gentle climb, right for more intense.

Well worth the trip

hiking
5 days ago

Easy trail, however it was hard to enjoy with the massive amounts of poison oak around. Trail was sorta maintained, I feel that any latter in the season parts would have be overgrown.

The loop is only 2.8 miles. Very easy. Covered in spider webs half the time. Don't plan to go back.

Nice easy trail

Loved it. The hike was comfortable and undemanding, which was perfect for my wife as this is our first hike in over 3 years. As mentioned by another review, March is a beautiful time to go as the hills are lush green and flowers are beginning to bloom. The river was running quickly, but serenely and the brooks coming down the sides of the hill provide a tranquil gurgling that almost begs for a sun salutation to be done.

I really appreciated the review that gave directions. Going down the single-lane road I began to question whether I was on the right road or had missed a turnoff, but I remembered that another reviewer had stated that it was nearly 3 miles down to a bridge. Also appreciated, were the heads up to purchase the permit at the trailhead. I paid $10 for the yearly permit at www.ebmud.com/recreation using my phone. Very easy.

My wife and I had a wonderful time hiking, listening to the river, brooks, and birds. I also liked that there wasn't garbage all over the place (e.g., water bottles, snack wrappers, etc.). We will be back with our 6 and 5 year-olds to hike part of the trail and picnic--the whole loop is a bit much for them.

Great hike! It's well marked with easy access from the Middle Bar Bridge. Requires a permit that you can buy at the entrance via your smart phone for $3. March is the perfect time of year while the hills are lush and green. Wildflowers are starting to bloom. A great spring hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is washed out in some locations in others there are downed trees and brush overgrowth. It is still passable but not often comfortable.

Not moderate, but not "easy."

Be prepared to back-up if you meet another vehicle on sections of the narrow single lane access road. The trail traverses beautiful country and is worth the drive. You can purchase a permit at the trailhead if you have a smartphone with internet access.

This was a nice hike, but not great. The trail head is located about 3 miles down a rough, single lane road. After parking, cross the bridge and veer left. There is a check in and several signs indicating that a permit is required. We did not have a permit and did the hike anyway. Trail is well marked and you will pass through several cattle gates. We did not see another person on the trail. The first portion of the trail follows the river and was very green and wet. As we came away from the river, the landscape became more pasture and we could hear and see cars on Hwy. 49. The section of the trail that follows the river is very pretty and feels remote. It's the second half that made me give it a lower rating. Not a difficult trail, and took about 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

It was so green and a great walk

hiking
2 months ago

We took the trail that hugged the lake and it was 2.5 miles. There are a couple places that we needed to scramble to get across the creeks, but overall it was not difficult.

3 months ago

Well marked. Restrooms in parking lot. Nice views. It says you need a permit from EBMUD, but they don't say where to get the permit. So you risk a ticket...part of trail bear hwy 49 is noisy, but that part is short.