Dry Creek Trail Loop

Union City, California

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The heart of this park lies in its playing green, sycamore shaded picnic areas, and at Jordan Pond. The Dry Creek Trail Loop ushers hikers away from that activity into a shady, secluded canyon, then climbs onto a ridge for quiet views across the bay. You’ll get lost on the Dry Creek Trail . . . but not really. Though route finding can be challenging as social trails intertwine in the Dry Creek drainage, it’s more the lack of human traffic and signs of civilization that lend the route an air of seclusion. The loop begins on the edge of the park’s developed area. Once a working ranch, the park has a long history of hosting festive gatherings of family and friends. Its previous life as a ranch and farm is also in evidence near the trailhead, in the old barn that serves as a visitor center, the rusting farm machinery scattered on the grounds, and in the old apple orchard, which boasts about 200 trees and nearly that many varieties of “antique” apples.
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's East Bay

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Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's East Bay

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)

The heart of this park lies in its playing green, sycamore shaded picnic areas, and at Jordan Pond. The Dry Creek Trail Loop ushers hikers away from that activity into a shady, secluded canyon, then climbs onto a ridge for quiet views across the bay. You’ll get lost on the Dry Creek Trail . . . but not really. Though route finding can be challenging as social trails intertwine in the Dry Creek drainage, it’s more the lack of human traffic and signs of civilization that lend the route an air of seclusion. The loop begins on the edge of the park’s developed area. Once a working ranch, the park has a long history of hosting festive gatherings of family and friends. Its previous life as a ranch and farm is also in evidence near the trailhead, in the old barn that serves as a visitor center, the rusting farm machinery scattered on the grounds, and in the old apple orchard, which boasts about 200 trees and nearly that many varieties of “antique” apples.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Union City
Length: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks
Local Maps: USGS Niles and Newark
Topo Map: Dry Creek Trail Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's East Bay Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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