The Chesapeake Arboretum is a 46-acre park with three combined trails that equal out to a loop. This trail runs beside a creek and is composed of a combination of foot bridges and dirt pathways. The trail has little to no elevation with the exception of one "hill" that has a few steps going both up and down. The path is flat with a few areas where you should watch your step for roots. This trail features a garden section, a lake, a natural play area, as well as the creek. You can usually spot various wild life such as turtles, ducks, snakes, bats, and birds.
This is a very wide, flat and short trail (aprox 0.10mi each way). It is an excellent trail to take toddlers on who are eager to hike on their own because it is a very safe path. Additionally, this trail is very stroller accessible. At the end of the trail there is excellent bird watching and views of Drake Lake. At the parking lot and at the end of the trail there are picnic benches available. This trail and lake is hidden between a residential community and has very limited parking. The trail is an out-and-back trail and is primarily gravel. There is little shade and no bathrooms, trash cans or water fountains available
Buena Vista & Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Natural Play Area
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Trail head starts at a cute little duck pond and grassy area. The trail then runs along both sides of a creek. Can be done as 2.5 mile loop or can easily be shortened by crossing one of the bridges to the other side. Can also be done as a relatively flat trail or you can add in the hill that meets back up with the flatter trail on the other side. We love coming here on our mountain bikes. It’s the perfect level biking trail for my 7 year old daughter.
If your family feels like doing a hike a little more challenging than the Candy Mountain Interpretive Loop, this one is perfect! You can choose to go either left or right when the trail forks, both will lead to the summit. Take the route you didn't choose on the way up, on the way back to see something new. Both sides of the trail are part of the interpretive loop and have different plants identified. There are a few switchbacks for a pretty gradual incline up the mountain. Children walking themselves or in a carrier would work best. The trail is gravel, which might make a stroller difficult in combination with the incline.
There is a port-0-potty in the parking lot to use. There are sometimes mountain bikes on this trail. Dogs must be leashed.