“A utilitarian trail along one of the best routes in and out of the hills. The east end has a drop most will hike-a-bike.
— Preston Jordan
Expect a gentle grade for most of its length along a fire road that has degraded to almost singletrack in stretches. However, the drop and climb across the creek at the east end have a lot of stairs and so will be hike-a-bike at least on the climb side for most-to-virtually all.
Conveniently, this is the most picturesque section of the trail, which traverses a wooded canyon including many redwoods. This mitigates having to carry and push somewhat.
The easternmost portion of the trail runs along dirt next to a sidewalk and road. It ends at a trail tunnel underneath the freeway that provides the best connection to Joaquin Miller Park to the east, which has perhaps the highest density of singletrack in the East Bay.