“This combines dirt road and trail going up the back of the peak and finishing down a steeper grade back to the fork.”
— Andrew Soldavini
Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Much of this trail is dirt road but the back half and the section up to the peak are a nice trail. There is a steep climb up the back of the ridge on a narrow trail. A couple of dry creek beds cross the trail, and this trail can be very muddy and wet after a rainy day.
From the trailhead, you'll start on the High Ridge Loop Trail
and pass the High Ridge Loop Trail
fork to connect onto the Tolman Peak Trail
and continue onto the South Fork Trail
You'll have to go through a few cattle gates, and the day I went there were a lot of cows and calves on the trail. A couple of the calves were spooked, and the mothers did not appreciate this. A couple of times I had to wait for a comfortable route around them.
The trail continues onto the peak with another dirt road up to the gate/border of the regional park. This section of the Tolman Peak Trail
is a short out-and-back, so if you take that trail, you'll have to turn back at the park boundary.
The descent on Tolman Peak Trail
felt pretty steep, but the trail is wider. At the base, you'll get back onto the High Ridge Loop Trail
and continue back to where you started.
Flora & Fauna
Cows are plentiful here.