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

5 stars because it is really hard and exhausting. If you are planning to hike this trail in Summer or Fall start by 5.30 am so that you are back by noon before the scorching heat. Only 15 to 20 percent of the route has shade, rest of the trail is through pastures, bushes and barren land. Carry enough water because there are no water fountains on the trail and not even a bench to sit for a while. For expert hikers this is fun but it is not recommended for novice hikers.

good tough hike.started late - around 730 and the weather was quite humid in the early part. it was quite draining and by the time we hit the black mountain trail it became really tough. on a spring or winter day would have be a good hike.
went counterclockwise and that was better since the PGE trail is attracts heavy traffic in mornings. there is a lot of parking but they all get filled up by 7. so plan on street parking and adding another 1.5 miles of hike. the PGE trail is a long fire road and for serious hikers will not be enjoyable with the constant hum of the transmission line. Not on my top 10 list of bay area hikes but will return some time in winter or spring

Great hike, though both the PG&E and Chamise trails are pretty exposed, so make sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of water.

Less crowded than some parts of this park, pretty good views

Great hike, done it 2 weekends in a row! We continue 2 miles up (4 miles extra) to Black Mountain peak.

Amazing wildlife! This particular loop is one of the more strenuous hikes at Rancho San Antonio, but it’s well worth the effort. Some of the trail sections are steep, but at no point is scrambling necessary. Pack lots of water and plan for between 6-7 hours to finish the trail if you aren’t a crazy speed-hiker. There is a nice bench at the top of the trail where you can enjoy views and a lunch.

It’s a very beautiful hike. This hike has elevation change upto 2000ft. There might be wild life on the way to hike, turkeys , deer etc.

Might be a little tough on a hot day. Take plenty of water.

trail running
5 months ago

Sweet trail. You should go counterclockwise and definitely don’t skip going to the top of black mountain.

Beautiful walk

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great hike! Not too strenuous until going up quarry trail. Felt a little afraid since we didn't run into anyone but the view is beautiful!

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Good exercise for a weekend. it can be finished in a morning

It's a great place to hike with lots of trails to choose from.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trail is well maintained and passable.

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