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Don Castro - Five Canyon Loop

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 2.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Explore two East Bay Regional Parks in 6.5 miles.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Loop

913' 278 m

High

236' 72 m

Low

910' 277 m

Up

910' 277 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This area has a swim lagoon and beach volleyball.

Overview

A lake, swim lagoon, variety of birds, eucalyptus trees, and more await along this hike. Expect rolling hills with breathtaking views of the Bay Area.

Description

This hike starts on the Whispering Creek Trail and goes through green rolling hills, cow pastures, paved roads, picnic areas, and woods. The end of the hike winds past the lagoon and lake where you'll see a variety of birds.

Expect to cross several pedestrian bridges along the hike. A short hike on the road will get you to Five Canyons. The views of the Bay Area at the top of the ridge are unique. You can see the bay and backyards of beautiful homes. The streams and lake area made this hike very pleasant.

It is a great spot to enjoy a swim and picnic after a hike. This hike is best in the morning before it gets hot.

The downside to this area is the highway noise!

Flora & Fauna

Eucalyptus, bay, wild turkey, cormorant, barn swallows, trout, bass, catfish, and bluegill can all be found here.

History & Background

In 1964, the Alameda Flood Control and Water Conservation District dammed San Lorenzo Creek to create the bodies of water in this area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Wendy Wheeler

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  2.5 from 2 votes

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Zen moment crossing the creek
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA
Connector trail between Don Castro and Five Canyons
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA
Swimming lagoon and beach volleyball court
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA
View of the San Francisco Bay on a cloudy day
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA
Catch Trout, Bass, Catfish, and Bluegill
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA

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Jun 9, 2018
Arvind Kolluru
Okay hike. Not again. 2.8mi