60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco
by Jane Huber (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2013 Jane Huber/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
First time at this park. Great trails, all well marked. Good parking area for horse trailers. Water trough, picnic tables and vault toilets in staging area. Morgan Territory Rd. into the park is a very narrow 1 lane road for last 5 miles before the park (from both directions). No pull outs so was a tight squeeze when meeting traffic. Not for the faint of heart when pulling a trailer!
My family and I traversed the many trail in the early morning and our desire to see more of the wonderful views provide by the trail guide, carried us into the hot hours of the day. The view of the Valley was amazingly breath taking. My daughter picky as she might be commented on the cleanliness of the restroom facilities available at just the right place of the trail junctions. On fault was the road coming from Marsh Creek was closed due to road damaged by erosion but we continued with the plan and just went around and entered the park from Livermore. We were determined to hike as a family, especially since I had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. We love the trails and very detailed trail maps that were available at the park.Our tax dollars well spent.
This Preserve is quite remote and as a result, as Jane describes in the trail description, provides for some good solitude. For the most part, this is pretty much standard status quo for preserves including plenty of rolling hills, nicely graded paths and plenty to look at (including a pretty cool view of the Valley floor at one point). One thing to note, the Coyote Trail on the backside of this trail is rather steep and on a warm day can really sap you of strength, especially at the end of the hike. If you did the "add on" portion she talks about in this hike description, you end up doing over 6 miles. While that's no major hike, that last 1.5 miles makes it all the more tougher. Still, can't beat this workout and the clean, clear air!
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