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hiking
1 day ago

Pretty cool trail! Partial shade/sun and dog friendly! Some hills but nothing too bad.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Well this was a pleasant surprise. I've done a handful of hikes in the Garin and Dry Creek parks and found them to be rather meh. Typically in this area you're walking up a steep hill with no shade or through a cow pasture. And yes, once you reach the top of the ridge, the views are nice, but you can get that all over the Bay Area without having to constantly dodge horse or cow poop. I would prefer to go on hikes where I don't have to negotiate a herd of cattle.

But this trail was different and by far my favorite so far in the area. The loop was mostly shaded, which was much appreciated on a warm sunny day. And the tree line that you hike through is scenic. There was still some evidence of horse traffic, but I didn't encounter any cows. I went in the evening on a weekday and by the time I got onto Meyers Ranch trail to head back to the parking lot, the hills were keeping me in the shade there too.

The Pioneer trail was really nice. I had passed it before on my way up High Ridge, but this was my first time on it. No bikes allowed on that trail btw as it is very narrow.

I'll probably go back at some point. It's good for a short hike during the week when you get off work as it isn't overly strenuous and you can knock it out in less than an hour. And I like the May Rd. staging area - you don't have to pay to park and you don't have to climb up a big hill to get to it (like you do at Garin).

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hiking
2 months ago

A challenging trail that offers some shaded areas along the way. Wonderful views at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Smooth paved roads for biking. There were a few underpasses while on the trail which bikers should proceed with caution. A few rest areas too. Overall a great experience.

hiking
4 months ago

light rain great hike!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Very open trail without any shade. Bring plenty of sun screen and water. The trail is not very "scenic." it follows the county line and the view is mostly neighborhoods and the creek not really a river.
There is plenty of wild life especially all types of water fowl. I also saw a family of deer at the base Red Hill trail where it intersects with Alameda Creek trail. The trail is rated as moderate and mostly due to its length. Minimum elevation change and the trail is paved. Moderate cyclist activity, then again, I went on a Thursday. Weekend activity much heavier.

hiking
6 months ago