• 07/10/2022
  • 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Hikeleader: Sam Kaufman


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Hike Date:  Sunday, July 10, 2022

Leader:  Sam Kaufman

Leader Email:

Leader Phone:  510-599-4056

Meeting Location (ONLY IF you've arranged for a ride in SF): Whole Foods;
2001 Market St. @ Dolores (on the Dolores St. side); parking on the street or below.
Please only show up at Whole Foods if you've arranged to meet your ride or driver there.

Meeting Time:  8:45AM

Departure Time:  Shortly after 8:45 AM

Rating: Level 3/4

Mileage:  7.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1500'

Description:  Garin and Dry Creek Parks are hidden gems tucked in the hills behind Hayward but feel miles and decades away.   The cattle ranches and orchards here have changed little since their 1800’s homestead days.   Our hike is a double loop with the Vista Peak/Ziele Creek making up the first loop of approx 5 miles. We will lunch afterwards; those who want to make it an easier/shorter day may depart from here. The hike will continue on an afternoon loop to High Ridge Trail, back down Meyers Ranch and conclude by Dry Creek, a mostly shady riparian trail.The higher elevations of each loop have great views of the Coyote Hills, the South Bay, and the Santa Cruz Mtns. 

Bring / Wear:  Please bring plenty of water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes, and hiking poles if you use them. Most of this hike is exposed. Dogs are welcome off leash; however, due the presence of cattle in some places, please have a leash handy.

Weather Policy:  Canceled in the event of rain.

Alternate Meeting Place:  Rockridge BART at the bottom of the escalator.

Alternate Departure Time: 9:10 AM

Please only show up at Rockridge if you've arranged to meet your ride or driver there.

Trailhead Meeting Place: Garin Regional Park Barn Visitor's Center.  Take Hwy 101S to Exit 414B onto Hwy 92E (San Mateo Bridge toward Hayward). From far right lane, take Exit 26A onto I-880S toward San Jose.  After 2 mi, take Exit 25 and turn left (east) onto Industrial Pkwy.  After 1.9 mi turn right onto Mission Blvd, then 0.2 mi and left onto Garin Avenue.  Proceed 1.0 mi to Visitor Center on the right after traffic circle.We will meet by the map kiosk near the visitor's center barn.Google Maps Link

Trailhead Meeting Time:  9:45 AM

Trailhead Departure Time: 10:00 AM

Total roundtrip driving distance: 76 miles from San Francisco, 42 miles from Rockridge

Passenger Carpool Fees:  $11 from San Francisco, $6 from Rockridge
Level-3 Level-4 Level-5

< 5 miles
< 500' gain

moderately easy
5-7 miles
< 1000' gain
7-9 miles
< 1500' gain

9-12 miles
< 2000' gain 

very strenuous
12-15+ miles
  >2000' gain
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