Looking for a great trail near Kenwood, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Robert Louis Stevenson State Park or Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Hood Mountain Regional Park. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Kenwood ranging from 3.9 to 11.1 miles and from 652 to 2,736 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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Beautiful hike, took Pony Gate down and Canyon back up. Going up was steep, maybe a little more than 'easy', but not very long. The falls were lovely.

16 days ago

no shade
1 month ago

So I went counter clockwise and really enjoyed the work out. I would recommend on the way down from bald mountain to takes the watershed cutoff to vista trail so you don’t have to walk the whole way back on a road

Enjoyed the challenge and the interesting environment and the views. There's some big steps up and rocks in the final mile. Went to Gunsight only. Quads are hurting today!

Nice trail, I hiked it a week ago. The last half mile of the ascent is the most challenging! Area was very dry and had visible fire damage from last year, so a bit more barren than I was expecting. But the views from Gunsight rock are great! The trail is fairly loose/rocky in spots so be careful on the way down (I slipped a view times).

2 months ago

This hike is beautiful! If you are going on a weekend, make sure to be there at sunrise. You can see the hot air balloon launching as you hike up the mountain.

Great trail with variety. Starts off easy and picks up towards the end. Took about 3.5 hours and we stopped a few times to check the views. Only saw 3 other people the whole time. Oh and 1 deer!

Parking: you can pay cash ($10) at the trailhead parking area or drive up a mile to pay at the main area with credit card. Definitely a challenging hike, especially with the relentless ascent to the summit. Check out the Gunsight overlook, great views. Wear sunscreen, there's not a lot of shade because of the fire. Watch out for the beehive - there is a sign saying it's coming up. Overall, good signage and easy to follow. We did 8 miles in about 4 hours. Recommend hiking shoes for rocky areas. My tennis shoes were a mistake. Great hike with lots of different scenery.

Great workout. Very steep in parts. Very strenuous in parts. The view at the top is worth it though.

It's a short loop that takes you through a variety of lovely habitats. You'll pass a creek and then another creek that stems from a waterfall (visit the waterfall). Nice hike that isn't too strenuous.

Great hike with really nice views of Sonoma valley, watch out for poison oak it grows close to the trail and even overhanging and on the trail higher up in the less maintained areas. I saw tons of burned out trees, a few wildflowers, tons of wild flowers, a few deer and lizards, and a bee colony that took up residence in the trunk of a tree

3 months ago

Come early to beat the heat and get parking. I got the last spot at 8:30am Sat. $10 fee. Easy start over to bridges and log with rope. (fun!) Steady climb on well kept trail, more moderate than hard. After bench and bee hive (watch out for those with allergies!), it gets steeper and rockier. Now leaning to hard, mostly due to heat and steady climb. Wonderful views from overlook. Can certainly be done in three hours, but give yourself four to pause at the views.

4 months ago

Impressive views of the entire Bay area.

Excellent hike with good vertical and variety. Definitely go all the way to the lookout and enjoy snack/lunch. Trail is very exposed post-fire so plan accordingly. Did up and back in 3 hours; took 1.5 liters of water and drank every drop (and opened car water bottle immediately). This was my first time to Lookout from Sugarloaf side; very different than Mount Hood side. Like both but Mount Hood has less exposure.

I wouldn't call this an easy trial. It was extremely steep going down to the waterfall. Coming back up it wasn't quite as bad but when you get over to the pony trail it is all uphill for 80% of the walk. A good deal of it was in the sun as well. It was still beautiful but my 6-year-old kept saying her legs were so tired and my boyfriend and I were tired too. I won't be doing this whole loop again. I will just take the canyon trail down to the waterfall. There are a couple decent looking trails that shoot off to the left on your way down that also head towards the water.

5 months ago

Short hike, but very nice! I started and finished in the parking lot past the visitors center. Good for kids, but strenuous enough to get the adults breathing heavy. Decent inclines and declines. Waterfall is still flowing today. So many butterflies too! Lots of shade, but do bring a hat for the less shady parts. Lots of good photo ops.

fun hike. takes 2 to 2.5 hours depending on your speed. some shade at the beginning, no shade for the last half. only needed 32oz of water but some may need more. options to take other trails with some brush. beautiful look around when you're at the top of bald mountain. there are a couple signs at the top to show you what other mountains or sights are in a certain direction. recommend!

over grown
6 months ago

This was a good climb with some interesting variety. The trail loops across the mountain so one minute you're crossing a broad sunny side meadow and the next you're in a shady dry creek bed. Knocking a star for the maintenance on the last third - lots of grass and starthistle along the trail - wear pants! We went to Gunsight Rock instead of summit and were glad we did, view from there is great. We started around 7:30am and had breakfast to ourselves at Gunsight Rock, but passed a lot of ppl heading up when we were heading down. It took us around 4 hrs with a good 45 min breakfast break. Highlights on the trail include a beehive and crossing a stream via log/rope handle.

6 months ago

This was a great hike - followed a gravel trail the first half up that was shaded, then onto the paved trail for the final ascent. View from the top was stunning! It’s a butt burner for sure on the way up though - and definitely bring your sunscreen! Our GPS tracker said the trail was 6.4 miles though, not 5.1

6 months ago

Great hike. Even though it was memorial weekend we only asked 6 people on the trail.

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