“A partially shaded trail that follows the contours of the hills.”
— stephen rosenthal
Features: Birding — Spring — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
Because of the fire, there is ash that can blow into the air. This will probably continue through the first rains of 2017.
This trail is a newer part of Alum Rock. This trail could use some love; if you'd like to help, there are trail workdays most second Saturdays.
There are nice views of the Bay Area from the top. There was a fire in July 2017, which burned the western part of the trail. Most of the plants that were there in earlier photos are now gone, but the restoration site at the top of the trail is still okay, as are the oak trees near the top of the western part of the trail.
Where you get to the top of the trail, by the entrance to Sierra Vista, there is a picnic table to rest at under a few large eucalyptus trees.
Flora & Fauna
Deer, wild turkey. There's a hawk nest at the top of some eucalyptus trees. Some of the native plants that you can see are: common soaproot, which blooms in the late afternoon in June; jimsonweed, which has a very showy white flower and booms July-August; and narrow leaf milkweed, which is host to monarch butterflies and blooms June-September.