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

hiking
8 days ago

This was not much of hike. It would be great for runners and their dogs.
Worth mentioning again, lots of dog poo on the trail!
Most of the trail was campers, screaming kids and intrusive music. Lots of people watching though some of it was more like wild kingdom.
I wont return.
I'll go walk on the side of the freeway for better views.

walking
1 month ago

Watch out there are snakes on the trail. We saw one hidden in the bushes and one on the trail. Kept warning people to watch out.

This trail is good if you want a short walk and easy water access. There were benches along the trail for resting or just enjoying the scenery. Make sure you read the signs posted in the parking lot. There is a Tick Warning! We ended up bringing ticks home. I would suggest bug spray. It’s something I wish I would have thought about.

I would rate this trail as just okay: Nothing special. You're basically walking along a service road that takes you through cow pastures around a reservoir. Might be great for trail running but there are many cow and horse droppings on the trail. There are not many "views" as the pictures suggest. Worst part is you need a specific permit to walk this. There are many sings warning of fines without permission. I said f*$k it and went anyway bc it was a Monday afternoon. Unless you live close or intended on hiking all over this area, I would unfortunately not recommended.

walking
3 months ago

Nice, safe hike. Rattlesnakes present, one crossed right in front of us on the gravel path. Mostly a gravel road through but there’s a path through the grass from the cows. Lots of cows & equestrian use. Little shade on sunny days definitely bring lots of water. $3 Permit required. Views at the overlook are very beautiful. Small creek & waterfalls. We didn’t go the whole route but instead logged 8.5 miles. Couple of steep hills, mostly rolling hills.

walking
4 months ago

Pretty short trail.. finished it in 15 min. Watch out for rattle snakes.. we saw one hidden in the grass so I’d suggest just staying in the trail where they’re easy to spot. Then we saw one in the trail jumping in circles..watch out had to warn a couple folks taking the trail. I wouldn’t bring my pets or small children. But overall it’s ok.

walking
4 months ago

I was happily surprised with how much wildlife I saw!
a lot of this trail is next to the road. pretty heacily trafficked with people and their dogs.

Careful where you step, lots of dog droppings along the way.

I would really recommend taking the Disc Golf course. Trails not well maintained, but pretty scenery and bettet if you are looking for that hiking feel.

Easy and well marked trail. Good for animals and children.

Heads up! Backpacking is NOT allowed on this trail. My buddy and I were out for four days camping along the trial before being stopped by the Sheriff. We avoided the fine because we had the trail pass permit that is required. Other than that... great hike! beautiful and well kept trails, pristine creeks and the like.

walking
4 months ago

Excellent trail. Well maintained. Dogs allowed on leash. Beautiful views. Great for strollers.

6 months ago

Beautiful view of the lake. There are about 4 clean toilet facilities on this trail.

Great lil Sunday stroll.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers. A brochure is available at the Visitors Center. Open year round, and an excellent, lightly used, multi-purpose trail. Double track. This is basically an out and back with loops. The actual trail is fine gravel, smooth, and well maintained. Making use of the connecting boat launches and campgrounds, adds to the mileage. Taking the hill up to the water tank offers a fast downhill. There are plenty of clean, toilet facilities (about every 1/2 mile or so, and each campground has water taps. This is an excellent family area. The actual trail head is a short distance north from the main HQ and picnic parking lot and is marked. This is a pretty location with plenty of photo opportunities.

For the more adventurous, there is an intermediate-level 9-mile out and back, single track with advanced sections, located between the Oak Knoll campground and Coyote point picnic area. Look for the small marker on the right just above Coyote Point Picnic area. The trail begins to the left of the marker.

Be advised, there is very little shade anywhere. So if riding in mid-summer, go early in the morning or late afternoon - it does get very hot in this area. Equestrian trails are also offered. Contact park headquarters for more information. Google the site for current contact numbers.

Steep clime to Patty’s point from Gwine Mine Road great views

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

There is not much to see here. There is water but is not accessible. There were a lot of blackberries on the trail. There were some wild flowers.
You must have a permit. Luckily we got internet signal near the parking lot and were able to get the permit online.
I see other reviewers suggesting that it was beautiful. I am guessing that we went during the wrong time when it was too dry. I wouldn't go there again.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice easy trail for the kids.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The walk along the river lacked station markers but it was overall a great walk for myself and kids.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice short, shaded trail. It's maintained with rocked in trail edges. Good for an afternoon stroll.

Good to be outside. Great this spring.

Permit required, $3, can be purchased online. EBMUD I believe.
The trail was relatively mild as far as elevation.
Lots of cows and people riding horses.

3.5 (Hiked to the Pardee overlook)

To hike the trail a daily parking permit is required. Very inexpensive ($3 for the day, $20 for the year?)

The trail itself is wide, mix of gravel and dirt. The trees are spread apart. Not too shady so if hiking during a sunny day or the summer, bring a large hat, sunscreen, water!!

The hike was mildly moderate/easy from my experience and duration. Rolling hills. Small streams caused by the rain we've recently received. At the top of Pardee Overlook, great views westward toward Camanche and the valley.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Beautiful winter hike. Lots of history if you look closely.

rolling hills, gravle road, not much shade, lots of cows and no dogs.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

nice trail but short. good place to spend some time at the water, fishing, birding, etc.

Pretty area, nice rolling hills. Surprised to see signs saying permit from EBMUD required to park and use the trail. Lots of equestrian activity here - perhaps that's why. Nice wide gravel trail the whole way.

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It's an easy trail for people with kids and beautiful once you get down by the water

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beautiful trail! Hiked it while carrying a baby so it's a nice steady trail for any level of hiker, beautiful views.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

it's good...maybe in the spring it would be better. I tried to record my hike but it didn't work...oh well, I'll try again another day.

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