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

This is the first hiking at Walnut Creek. It was better than I expected. Above all yellow grass was swaying. But there was little shade for me to take a rest for a while.

hiking
4 months ago

I love this trail. It’s a nice shady trail. As another post says the trail can easily be extended. We did witness lots of wild life even late afternoon. Only minor issue was that it’s a horse trail so watch where you step as you go on the trail.

i gritty hike and some decent formations to view. the hike has two tough sections - near mt. olympia and new the summit. overall it can be a moderate for a pro to hard for occassional hiker. the summit and the ridge trail after my olympia can be windy. it can be a good training ground for longer hikes.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Hard if you are not in shape but the trail is in very good shape. Enjoyed the views!!

Great sweeping views, really awesome! We hiked counter clockwise. I recommend hiking sticks as many parts of trail are steep with loose rock. There was a lot of poison oak, sometimes very close to the trail. Take water! We started hiking at about 830am. Good to start early. Road to Juniper has lots of bikes and traffic. $10 per car fee at gate.

Some great views but whomever made the markings of this trail did a terrible job, it was very confusing. Also, I don’t think it was very difficult, not sure while it is labeled that way.
IF we went through the proper trail, started at Juniper trail then you have to hop on a couple of trails (forgetting the names of them now but luckily a park ranger helped us figure out where to go) then you go down to back out to the road and there is one tiny little sign that shows it’s the North Peak trail but then there is no other signs after that... you just keep going. Once we got to the top there was building of some kind off to the side and we walked around that and there is a nice Peak, it sure if that was North Peak... but like I said the red lines that show you how to get to the trail were terrible and confusing!!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great loop. We start at 7am and very few people is any at this time.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful loop through a fairly diverse landscape, along rock formations, creeks, meadows, cow pasture, forest. Easy to extend the hike if you're motivated, we made it an 8 mile loop.

Perfect for an end of the day walk that’s not too difficult. Look out for rattlesnakes and pollen in April and May

Counterclockwise. This was a very difficult trail. Not because of the length or up and downs. Bit because of the “slipperiness” of the trail. The down hills especially had to be traversed with baby steps because if this. And lots of brush overhanging the trails not good for ticks and poison oak. $10 self service to get in. All day never saw a park employee. I will not be back and don’t suggest this trail, not much fun.

5 months ago

So beautiful!! Bring a lot of water and go early. A lot of trails and mostly uphill. Walking stick would be useful. Watch for rattlesnakes we saw one on the trail and even saw a baby scorpion!

hiking
5 months ago

I live 3 miles from this trailhead. Great short 3 mike hike. If you go early Morning like I get to do it’s great, very little people. Falcons nest. Red tail hawk nest. Stellar’s Jays, Quail, Turkeys, lots of birds. The Ranger is a super nice guy.We have even seen a Bobcat.

Just don’t go in the afternoon with the crowds of loud groups of people.

My go to short hike.

hiking
6 months ago

First mile (and last mile) really muddy - but loved the hike - great workout for the first 2+ miles and amazing views. Needed to cross 3 very small streams so shoes got a little wet

Great views and you just feel like you are in the wide open with no one around.

Great views all around! The first mile makes for an awesome workout...nothing but climbing!! Would love to live close to some climbs like this so I can do repeats as my evening workouts.
My party followed this route up to the summit then north peak. From there we went on the trail for the Grand Loop Trail.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Lot of parking options, go down near the stables (not the school) for your best options. The start of the hike is pretty average - not much to look at other than Castle rock. Crossed a few very small streams but easy to navigate without getting wet. The back half of the hike is pretty amazing - green wide open space and some interesting rock formations. Few more Mountain bikers & cows on this section but still peaceful

Good hike with awesome views.

If heading clockwise, your first 2+ miles are generally downhill. Then the (choose your adjective) begins. 3+ miles up. And on some stretches, it’s very steep, and doesn’t seem to let up. However, the vantage points near the summit are worth the weary legs (and lungs).

Enjoy a savory meal and a beverage afterwards. You’ve definitely earned it.

Southern and eastern aspects of loop are quite exposed. Late January and I found myself wishing for a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. That is, until coming down into the valley of the northern and western aspect of the loop (I journeyed counter clockwise) which is shady from the oaks, full of moths and birdsong, and has a few creeks running across. More muddy than I expected and finished within two hours at a strong pace.

Great views from above the fog line. Well maintained trail, half on fire road. Start counter clockwise if you want less steeper climbs.

hiking
9 months ago

FYI the Little Yosemite portion of the trail was marked with a sign that said no dogs.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Great cardio! The first hour or so is just up up up. So if you’re not a regular hiker this will feel more like an extreme or strenuous hike instead of moderate. Great views! BBQ trail very nice and wooded. We have seen baby bob cats. Haven’t seen the mothers so be aware. Lots of mtn bikers. They go fast so just be looking ahead. Everyone is very respectful. Usually takes us 2:40 minutes to do.

awesome views

10 months ago

Nice and close to town.

on Castle Rock Trail

10 months ago

Love this hike.

on Secret Valley Loop

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike!

It was great hike with great views of Bay Area and part of Central Valley. Sunset from eagle peak was awesome.

hiking
10 months ago

Interesting rock formations

hiking
11 months ago

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