Seven Springs is used as part of the Fremont Older Open Space Loop
The first part of this trail descends a constant downward grade that will incite speedy leg revolutions that, if left untempered, can cause hikers to experience difficulty tracking their stride and result in exciting disorientation.
You plunge below the tree canopy feeling grateful for the reprieve from the beating sun and weave toward the bottom of a small valley, passing some natural springs that sometimes trickle across the trail. At the floor you'll arrive at an intersection with Ranch Road
, just cross straight over, relish the final bit of shade and continue on Seven Springs as it races back uphill and straight into the furnace.
Be sure to hike with water, as a hot day out here can dehydrate you quickly in these exposed areas. Seven springs does not relent after this turn upward; it continues to steadily gain elevation, with only the briefest of level sections to encourage your resilience, and culminates in the terrain grade zenith of this hike, which upon first glance might appear slightly intimidating for those just getting into hiking.
This is Hunter's Point, which technically is not on the Seven Springs Trail but on an off-shooting segment called Woodhills Loop Trail
. Catch your breath here and continue the Fremont Older Open Space Loop