“The trail to the top of Stonewall Peak and back down the back side.”
— Russell Hobart
River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
A mostly even trail but there are some loose cobbles.
Most folks use this trail as a simple out-and-back to the summit of Stonewall Peak, but if you have a little extra time you can turn this into a lovely loop.
From the parking lot, cross the street and begin heading uphill. The trail builds at a nice, steady pace as you switchback your way up the mountain. The way is spotted with the skeletons of old pines and live oaks that have bleached in the sun. Currently, you mostly encounter scrub oak, manzanita, and other shrub-like plants. Occasionally, at the switchbacks the scenery opens up to some larger views to the south, north, and west. After a couple of miles, the trail flattens out, and you should stay right on the Stonewall Peak Alternate Trail
to reach the rail-protected summit.
After you enjoy the huge views, head back downhill keeping to the right. You soon pass a hitching post for folks coming up the other side on horses. The trail switchbacks its way down the hill and towards the rocky top of Little Stonewall Peak. The trail turns north when you get close to the peak and descends into a drainage. The trail ends shortly after passing a junction with the Vern Whitaker Trail
at the Los Vaqueros Trail.