Length: 4 miles
Time: 2.5 hours
This Trail Trekker is my favorite. The land all around is flat, and then there are these hills popping up for no apparent reason. From the top, you get a great view of the bay and the area east of the bay. The starting location has an little bird and butterfly garden and a visitor center. Occasionally, there are people flying gliders at the top of one of the hills.
This hike has one very steep part. It’s not very long, so you can take breaks on the way up if needed.
Where to Meet
This hike is located in the Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, CA. The meeting point is near the parking lot by the Visitor Center. There are several parking areas as you drive in on Patterson Ranch Road, and the meeting point is at the last one. If you zoom in close on the Google map, it shows the actual location of the meeting place.
There are bathrooms inside the Visitor Center, and there is also a porta-potty outside. Encourage your scouts to use them while you wait for everyone to arrive because there are no other opportunities until you return here.
The Coyote Hills hike begins with a trek across boardwalks that take the scouts through a marshy area. At least once, the boardwalks were closed, and I had to use the Chochenyo trail instead. This worked fine, but I was sad to miss the boardwalks.
The hike is relatively flat until you get to the Nike Trail, and the killer part is from the Nike Trail to Red Hill Top and then onto Glider Hill. Sometimes there are people flying gliders on Glider Hill.
When to Start
I usually start this hike at 2pm to avoid the most intense sun (10am-2pm).