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An excellent "hike" more like a walk, no serious inclines or drops, some minor over-grown parts but 95% EASY, the hardest part was about half way back it got dark and had to walk the rest of the way with flashlights, but that was my fault for starting at 1pm! only saw 2 other people. Lots of rails are still intact and the scenery was great! highly recomend for kids, dogs, biking or horseback. loved it!

Nice long trail. End is anticlimactic but had fun. Took two pups and it was easy for them. Definitely don’t need gps well labeled as you go.

Medium trail. Nicely kept clear of overgrowth. Would do it again

No bathrooms for MILES before the trail so stop on your way. Lots of overgrown brush, much of it thorny.

Great trail, lots of history, but not much shade, so plan ahead for that. Easy to follow, make sure to go down to the river when the trail seems to end , worth it. Strava had me at 12.18 miles all told. Good hike. Beauty at every turn.

Hot, limited shade. Definitely more easy than it is moderate..elevation was closer to 400 than 1K. Saw many groups within 1-2 miles of start, but no one past that, even on our way back.

This was our first time on West Side Rail Trails. We walked about 3.5 miles when we decided to turn around. It is such an easy trail with so many breath taking pictures that we didn't even realize how far we had walked. Next time, we'll keep walking to hopefully find the end lol. It was a beautiful, calm, clear trail.

Easy hike. Dog friendly. I was scoping it out for a future bike ride at this location. I think I’ll stick to hiking here. The trail narrows and would not be suitable for me to ride.

pretty views, lots of nats but still a really nice walk.

This was a nice trail. It's very mellow and well-trafficked. I noticed a few families and a father and son riding bikes. It seemed like a great place to go trail running or bring small children.

For lack of time we only walked in a mile. Great views! Well maintained path with signs and picnic tables, which we left unused. Easy walk at any age. Starts out in what looked like a ditch which, after torrential rains a few days ago, was a bit soggy, And not everyone follows the ‘dogs on a leash’ rule. We’ll definitely go back for a longer walk.

Amazing views, easy trail and lots of perfect picnic stops along the way. My 5 and 3 year old made it two miles in and loved it!

Absolutely gorgeous trail with plenty to see and experience. I think it's rated 'moderate' due to the length (almost 10 miles out and back) but don't let that deter you from hiking there. It's flat and easily accessible for all kinds of hikers. I saw plenty of folks on the trail with dogs and plenty of horse prints along the way. The trail is both sunny (bring plenty of water during the warm months) and shady (cool enough for a warm hat in December). I don't recommend bringing kids without some way of keeping them on the trail - it's steep on one side. There are informational signs along the way including identification of trees and about the railway. Enjoy!

Walked from the Black Oak Casino RV Park to the trail. Was a great and easy walk. Once at the trail it was a steady path with great views! Definitely would recommend.

I hiked this trail yesterday. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Overall it was an enjoyable hike. Seems as though it should more appropriately be rated as easy rather than moderate.

Nice walk to about mile 3; fallen tree blocks access for horses. Someone needs to bring a chain saw

It's a pretty boring route, the canyon is beautiful at the beginning, but then nothing happens. River is from a distance, and there isn't much shade.

This is a delightful trail on a cool Spring day. It’s easy walking and the trail is wide. The views of the Tuolumne River gorge are wonderful and the wildflowers are numerous. A warning: The trail’s entrance is a bit hard to find.

This trail is near level with little grade. It is an out and back trail, unless two or more people will be hiking together. In this case a vehicle can be left at the far end for an easy return to the trailhead.

Easy and flat trail with beautiful views. Our dog loves it too. I can't wait to see the wildflowers in spring.

I enjoyed the fact that there were markers along the way telling you the names of some trees. Also how far you have gone and some history of the rails. My dog enjoyed it as well.

Wonderful hiking trail! Great trail markers and educational signs. Picnic tables and benches along the way. Awesome views. A trail for all ages to enjoy.

Some nice views and very well marked trail but the trail got a little boring after awhile. It is very flat and anyone in reasonably good shape can do it. The trail ends abruptly with no major payout at the end which was a bummer. There are also lots of ticks so bug spray is a must and be carried you bring your furry friends.

Good place with a pretty view of the canyon. I use this trail to run for it's pretty flat and not super busy. Easy to find and always has parking.

Very cool hidden gem. I went at 7:15 am on a very hot June day with my 2 year old Pit. We did 3.5 miles round trip. Very cool to walk along the old railroad tracks. Nice picnic tables along the way.

Easily found trail and really doable for all ages. My 11 year old and I did just about 3 miles in and then back. Positives - mild terrain, a couple of shaded picnic benches along the way, pretty views of mountains and mostly clear trail. Not so positive - not much shade on a hot day (best in cooler weather - we baked as there wasn't much shade at all), other than the mountains it's a little boring this time of year (probably much prettier in early spring), fairly overgrown just after 3 miles in (was worried about snakes this time of year so we turned back - saw one rattlesnake about 2 miles in, it was on its way into the brush...). Might do it again in cooler weather since it's not far. Several others out there today but definitely not crowded.

Beautiful trail, did a little over two miles in then back with family. Mostly flat, easy trail. Awesome views overlooking river, lots of flowers to see and picnic benches along the way to enjoy scenic spots.

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