There are trees so there's some shade, but it's just not the same. It's on/off shade and you only get bits and pieces of the Redwood trees. There's no dewy forest smell.
2. There are more horses
Almost all the trails here are multi-purpose, and there are clear signs telling humans when to leash us up and when we can run free. But in all the other times we've come here I've always seen horse poop but never actually saw a real horse. Because these trails are near equestrian centers, the chances of meeting a horse are pretty high. In fact, we got to hike past a few and even walked by some stables!
If you can't keep your cool around horses then definitely avoid this area.