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The trail is great for a easy accessible day hike. The only downside is the amount of bikers!

Good out and back hike. Starting at Big Rock the trail is all uphill for 3.5 miles. The elevation change is moderate and provides a good workout but not a difficult one.. Beautiful vistas of Lucas Valley the entire way. Very little shade so best hiked in the morning or on cool days.

Easy. Busy. Views. Informative signs.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Hiked counterclockwise. Moderate to easy hike but relatively long at 9 miles. I hiked during a weekday in order to avoid the mountain bikers. This trail is well known as a favorite for bikers. Still a nice hike worth returning to. On the day I hiked the final 1.5 miles of the trail was closed which required a walk along the highway back to the trailhead. Total hiking time: 3 hours.

hiking
5 months ago

It is a very steep incline but the view is very pretty. Very steep probably too difficult to run safely unless you go very slow.

First, a few things:

1. Moderate? Hm.. no. If you do the full 9.5-10 mile loop, those inclines are no joke. And if you don't know, it's the down hill that kills.

2. Shaded? Some, I'd say only 50% of the trail. Still, don't go in the heat! It'll be rough. I drank over 100oz on the trail, so did my gf.

About the hike:
We hiked this today (late July) it was warm/hot, and I had 25-30lbs in my (inadequate) pack since I'm conditioning for a backpacking trip. We went all the way to the end and came back doing the full loop.

The 2nd part of the loop is not very well maintained, and the trail was even a little hard to keep at times. I took a wrong turn 4-5 times, or thought I went off trail, then realized I was originally on the right one, so went back.

It was tough, maybe it would've been easier with just a light pack and on a cooler day. The views were great though and it's great for conditioning. We only saw two bikers, and two dog walkers. Also two deer, some quail, and a small snake.

Trail
Closed due to storm damage

hiking
6 months ago

Tough. Straight uphill to start the first 1/2 mile. Great views from the top!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy loop, good for bored kids. Or to do just a bunch of lazy loops with a pretty view.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Lots of trail closures today so had to spend part of the loop on the main road, but still such a beautiful area and one of my all time favorite spots to ride.

I'd have to do it again for a full review.

Great view of the bay, city and mt Tam.

Nice gradual incline the entire way out. You'll start to feel it but the grade is shallow enough that you're able to keep your breath. Good workout that's not too brutal.

hiking
10 months ago

FitBit tracks about 145 "floors", but it feels like more than that! Spectacular views at the top make the brutal ascent worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a nice trail It was easy to follow and the trails were well maintained. There has been a lot of rain lately that caused a landslide that required one of the main trails to be closed I also hiked Turtle Hill Easy but very scenic . I saw a few bikers and a couple runners.

Great trail with so much to see. Not to hard and not easy. Going to do trail running next time.

Even on a windy, overcast mid-February day this was a great hike. Amazing views (East Bay, San Francisco, highway 37 all the way through Vallejo).

We did a slightly different route than the one published, turning it into a point-to-point hike instead of out-and-back. Parked one vehicle at the end of the Luiz Fire Road (on Creekside Drive), and started the hike at the Big Rock trailhead. Overall hike was still ~7 miles, taking us along the ridge for a solid ~2.5 miles. Hike time was 3 hours.

According the posted signs, portions of this alternate route are closed during deer hunting season (some of the route is an easement on private ranch land). So check before heading out.

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