Dry Creek Trail

Garin Regional Park, California

Elevation Gain321ft
Trailhead Elevation239ft
Elevation Min/Max224/306ft
Elevation Start/End239/239ft

Dry Creek Trail

Dry Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Alameda County, California. It is within Garin Regional Park and Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 239 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 321 feet. Along the trail there are bridges. Near the end of the trail are benches and an information. This trail connects with the following: Peak Loop Trail and Meyers Ranch.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's East Bay (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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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."
East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties (Wilderness Press)
David Weintraub
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"Combining the High Ridge Loop, Tolman Peak, South Fork, Meyers Ranch, and Dry Creek trails, this route—two loops attached by an out-and-back section— explores a regional park gem, an oasis in the middle of one of the East Bay’s most heavily industrial and residential areas. Scenery, views, and variety of habitat combine to make hiking to Tolman Peak more than just a challenging workout. Mileage and commitment, rather than steepness of terrain, earn for this hike its “difficult” rating. Go east and cross a bridged creek, then continue straight on a path into a picnic area. When you come to a gravel road, cross it, go through a cattle gate, and begin climbing the High Ridge Loop Trail. This dirt road ascends through an open area of tall grass and weeds, leaving behind the trees—sycamore, willow, fig, and California buckeye—that line the creek by the park’s picnic area. Soon you pass the Newt Pond Trail, left, which connects this part of the High Ridge Loop Trail with the Newt Pond Wildlife Area."
Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"This route loops through a family park out fitted with a playing green, sycamore- shaded picnic areas, a pond that provides habitat for ducks and other waterfowl, and the historic Dry Creek Cottage and gardens."

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Trail Information

Garin Regional Park
Nearby City
Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park
East Bay Regional Park District, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, CA 94605; 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, ext. 4502; www.ebparks.org/parks/garin
Local Contacts
USGS Niles and Newark; East Bay Regional Park District brochure and map available at trailhead and online at www.ebparks.org
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