Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Lafayette with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I run here a lot. great place close to home. love this little trail!

Great 2-2.5 hour afternoon hike, especially after all the rain: very green, beautiful wildflowers, great views, plenty of cows, and not too muddy. The lagoons are especially picturesque.

Beautiful hike, low land canyon with a canopy of oaks that rises up to ridge lines overlooking rolling hills. Amazing 360 degree views. Love this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on a cloudy day, a day after some evening rain. The clouds made for a perfect hike as there is not much shade along the trail. The rain, however, created quite a bit of mud along the hike which made it more of a upper moderate hike today. Had to navigate around some thick mud and soft footing. Beautiful scenery throughout the trail, from the rolling hills to the cows to the views of the Carquinez Strait.

hiking
2 months ago

Very muddy. Saw 25+ cows.

great hike. we even kept going to the top of one of the hills. fantastic views to bencia to marin once you get to the top.

Great hike with varied terrain, just enough to push you but not too much to break you. The early peaks (just after the initial elevation) can be VERY windy. Hold on to your hats!

Fantastic views almost constantly from start to finish. A hidden gem. We hiked it at a leisurely/breaking for photographs pace in 3 hours.

I’ve done this hike the last 2 weekends. Today was a bit windy but the views are beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

We parked at the Bear Creek Staging Area which costs $3 for parking if someone is at the kiosk or it's free to park if nobody is there to collect your money when you drive in.

This hike is a series of trails, so make sure you print out the pdf of the park map to bring with you and compare it to the map from All Trails. Even with that, we still managed to get lost. There is a lot of cow poop along the trail, so you will want to watch your feet so you don't step in any. You will also pass by cows who are near the trail, but they didn't bother us when we went and I made sure to give them space.

This trail made for a good winter hike and there was a bench mid way at 'Table Top' where we had our lunch. There are no significant features along the trail other than rolling hills and a couple small pools of water. I wouldn't take someone hiking here to impress them, but it's a good trail if you want to experience hiking at this park at least once.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike was moderately strenuous but doable for the average person. Parking is great but does fill up if you do a late morning early afternoon hike. The hike begins as a steady climb until you reach elevation 1300. Afterwards it is a rolling up and down hike. This was not the most beautiful but it did have a good panoramic view of Rossmore, Walnut Creek and Benicia. The hike was mostly in sun and very little shade so bring water and hat. I brought my dog and he had a great workout. Many people bring their dogs and many walk them off lease. Con against hike was lots of cow/horse droppings for the dogs to walk on and roll in. The area is a cattle area so that would be expected. I ran into lots of people so it was not a solitude type of hike. Almost a little to crowded for my taste but the people who hiked it were friendly.

Pretty, tons of cows, but a little on the short side. I ended up making this a loop via the crest and valley trail. Would definitely come back again.

Nice little hike along the creek. There is a gravel trail/road that is west of the creek and runs alongside the other trail. Make sure to get on the trail and not on the road at the beginning because you can't jump over the creek and will be in the sun the entire time if not. Nice views of Diablo and not crowded at all. Would be tough after any rain.

A few hills, some great views. What’s not to like?

hiking
7 months ago

steep ups & downs. allow 1 hour. bring water & water for dog

Try and spot the coyote. I’ve seen one each time I have hiked this trail. It’s pretty neat

8 months ago

Walked the ridge and then descended a steep slope through dry grass/reeds. Should have stayed in the trail.

Perfect length for us and our corgi.

So many different trails you can take, we ended up doing a 6.5 mile hike, rather than the 2.4... My GF had control of the map.

hiking
9 months ago

TH easy to find and and a lot parking. No need for long pants but bring lots of water bc most of trail is exposed. I was alone on the trail for most of the morning - it then got pretty busy, ton of (friendly) people with dog. Really great work out but not much to see.

on Diablo View Trail

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is only about three miles but a lot of it is uphill. If you make a right when you reach the loop, toward the end are two very steep hills - makes me which I went left when I reached the loop! Doesn't offer too many beautiful views, but close enough. This is a good beginner's trail, but be careful on hot days, there are several parts that do not offer shade and you are surrounded by dead grass that reflects heat back onto you! Bring a lot of water if you're going on a warm day.

Good moderate level hike. Beautiful views. Lots of cows. The map on here takes you to a private road that you cannot go through. To get to this trail, keep going on happy valley rd then make a right into bear creek rd. until you get to Bear Creek Staging on the right. There's a few parking lots. Gets pretty windy when you get higher too. Overall, great hike. Made it in 3 hrs, 4 miles with frequent breaks. Our 5 year old hiked the whole way himself and 2 year old was on my back most of the time. Kids loved it.

trail running
11 months ago

Beautiful view of Mt. Diablo.

Great loop with a mix of climbing and flat terrain. Gorgeous views from Mt Diablo to the Carquinez bridge. Had to navigate around a herd of about 30 cows at one point blocking the trail. A lot of cattle gates along the trail. Make sure to bring plenty of water for a hot day. Lots of lizards, wild flowers, and birds.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice combination of creek side hike, open space and views of Mt Diablo

This was a good casual morning hike.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Beautiful wildflowers.

North side is a little muddy but nice walk.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

great view, but unfortunately there was a pretty big coyote close to the path so I had to turn around the day I took my dog. gone back since and is relatively 3 miles to do this loop

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice wide trail, easy parking, views. Lots of cows!

Really green and lush now--wildflowers are starting to pop. Due to the rains and the cows the trails are really rutted and there are still a few really muddy areas. But definitely worth getting out into all that green now in the spring-- probably will be too hot for me in the summer as it's mostly exposed-- which makes great views though.

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