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Don Castro - Five Canyon Loop

Intermediate

Trail

5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 910' 277 m
Descent: -910' -277 m
High: 913' 278 m
Low: 236' 72 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Wendy Wheeler

Explore two East Bay Regional Parks in 6.5 miles.

Wendy Wheeler

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

Overview

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

Description

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

Expect to cross several pedestrian bridges along the run. A short run 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 run very pleasant.

It is a great spot to enjoy a swim and picnic after a run. This run 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.

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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
Catch Trout, Bass, Catfish, and Bluegill
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA
View of the San Francisco Bay on a cloudy day
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA
Zen moment crossing the creek
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA

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