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on Lake Anza Loop

hiking
6 days ago

This is a pretty hike along the lake through east bay woodlands, but it's not as easy as its short distance and minimal elevation would imply. Much of the trail that hugs the lakeside is very rugged, with boulders, big roots, and steep slopes. It can be quite difficult for anyone with even slight mobility issues. One section was basically a six-inch ledge against a low cliff... one misstep and you're going swimming. Great fun for kids, dogs and the athletic, but not recommended otherwise.

Interesting trail done a long time ago.... Also did all the connector trails and parks south. You can go all the way to Chabot pretty easy. A couple of places where you walk on the street for a couple of blocks if you do.

hiking
1 month ago

I've always wanted to do this hike since I always pass by the starting point. I started early in the morning because I knew it was suppose to get hotter later in the day. The first mile is mostly up hill so fair warning! The trail itself was clear and saw some cows grazing. It was a nice view of the morning commute. I didn't do the loop so next time I hike the trail I'll be sure to do it!

I went west ridge to French to stream to Tres Sendas. Great hike. Lots of shade.

Pretty panoramic views of LaMorinda, but zero shade. Mostly asphalt too which made the trail very hot on an otherwise mild day - it was too hard on my dog and we had to turn back sadly. I’d recommend saving this one for a cool or foggy day. There was ample parking at the trail head.

Great 2.5 miles. I went Stream out and French back. The steep parts of the return were all well shaded on a hot, sunny, and warm afternoon.

It was our first time going to Redwood Regional Park and didn’t expect it was this nice. This trail has good views and is an easy hike. Weather was nice this weekend as well. Definitely going back!!

on De La Veaga Loop

hiking
4 months ago

Attempted to hike this trail today from the starting point shown on the map. I am always excited to hike trails close to public transportation, as I don't have a car. We tried to walk to the trailhead from the Orinda Bart station- it is not accessible as a pedestrian at all. We then grabbed an uber to find the trailhead completely locked down and fenced off, with a large sign saying a permit is required. I am not sure how long it has been like that but the starting point on the map is no longer viable. Sad day :(

Nice other than the power cables overhead.

Beautiful walk, most of it in the shade and alongside a stream. The only caveat: the last mile to mile and a half is STEEPLY uphill, and may be too much for some casual hikers. Otherwise, I had a terrific time, and will definitely be going back.

Simple walk down to Lake Anza, ok for kids but a little slippery underfoot. Ok for dogs too.

Beautiful trail, hilly but a lot of great views!

hiking
6 months ago

One of my go to hikes for a workout. Trail Head easy to find & lots of parking. Trail in good condition. From the Start goes up, up, & up.. When you get to the top of the ridge you have great views of Reservoirs and also Highway 24 (ugh). Then you start down into a valley & move towards Berkeley. At one point you cross a road to get on a very narrow path that opens up to a STUNNING view of Oakland, San Fran and both Bridges. Coming back on the loop is really hard but you will survive. I hardly ever see anyone on the trail. Keeping it from a 5 star hike - pretty constant highway noise and a ton of powerlines that spoil some of the views

Not straight forward trail and hours of being lost

Views are spectacular. Steady downhill grade, steeper near the end).

Hiked every foot of Briones multiple times... My go to for 10 yrs.

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pleasant morning hike. Trail not busy and lovely views of the watershed.

trail running
Sunday, September 10, 2017

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

The Nimitz trail is paved, which is nice for biking, but not really my idea of hiking. Once you reach Conlon, there are some nice views of the San Pablo Reservoir. Conlon is basically a cow pasture and has no shade. I wouldn't hike it on a hot summer day and be prepared to encounter cows.

You can bike this trail, but once you reach Jewel Lake, you'll have to stay on Loop Road to connect to Meadows Canyon Trail.

This trail is listed as hard, but it's not. It should be listed as moderate for the distance.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

This trail takes you along the private section of Donald Drive. It offers great views of the area and is completely paved. Because the path is relatively smooth, you could ride a bike here if you wanted to. There is no shade whatsoever.

This should be reclassified as easy/moderate.

paved loop. 9 miles long. It's not what i was expecting but it was a good 3.5 hr walk. because this trail was rated "hard" I was expecting steep inclines or stairs or something. wasn't expecting a paved road. But all in all it was a good 3.5 hrs spent. great views.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

i run the Nimitz Way paved path pretty often, which is a nice way to get in 8 easy miles with nice views & cows that pay you no mind. i've also run/hiked the other trails without incident. but the last time I did this loop (07/01), a young steer of about 800 lbs bucked at me on Conlon midway up. i did all the normal things - distanced myself from it & walked slow. after i passed it & was getting back on the trail (he was standing just off the side) i heard it taking steps. when i turned around, it was walking toward me & started to buck! not cool!! there were 3 other herds blocking the trail on my way up so i ended up walking next to the fence getting foxtails everywhere instead of having another potential pissed off cow situation. it was kind of awful.

trail running
Friday, June 23, 2017

Not a hard hike, but a solid road run when using Nimitz as an out and back. The pavement can get pretty hot, but cools off once you hit the back end and it opens up to the sea. If you prefer to run in gravel, you can usually run alongside of the paved trail. The only thing that is unfortunate about running this trail are the cattle guard grates. It is a great trail to enjoy the scenery while exercising, but I would not consider Nimitz as s a "destination" hike.

Fun loop! Half of the trail is paved and the rest is dirt trails. I would recommend taking your phone or download a map so you don't get lost. It was pretty windy but a beautiful little hike.

walking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

You're basically just walking on the road around the lake. There is no trail.

as a tip, dogs are actually not allowed on the part of wildcat creek trail that passes through the tilden nature area, so you will not be able to complete this loop with a dog, as i discovered on saturday! still a nice hike, but i wish there was a way to loop.

A trail so full of beautiful wildlife. very easy 7 mi in & back. we saw a family of deer, rabbits, a variety of birds, and a rattlesnake. Check in is at trailhead for EBMUD permit info. No dogs.

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