With 1,830 acres the park is open for lots of different recreational activities: hiking/running, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping/bbq-ing. There's even a children's playground by one of the staging areas, and since the park is so big there are many different ways to enter. We started at Skyline staging area.
East Ridge Trail: 2.94m
The trail starts off exposed and as hard packed dirt. This time there were goats. Mom always gets nervous when I'm around livestock. I approached the fence very carefully to get a better sniff but then I touched the fence...
If you want to do a shorter loop, you can turn off at Prince Trail which is at 1.26 miles, but just be careful because there are no signs so you may want track your mileage to be sure. We actually missed it which is why we ended up doing a 7 mile hike instead of 4 miles.
Canyon Trail: 0.44 miles
This part of the trail is downhill, getting closer to water and deeper into the forest. The air gets a bit cooler and the trail gets a bit softer. Bidam and I like to run a lot and we kick up a lot of dust! It's like we're running so fast no one can see us!
This is also approaching the turn around point at Canyon Meadow Staging Area, where there are picnic tables, a playground, trash bins, bathrooms and water fountains. Mom and Jade were really happy since the bathrooms were real bathrooms. I don't know what all the fuss is about and why you can just lift a leg like I do.
Even if you think you have enough water - definitely refill here because the rest of the way back is all uphill and the stream won't always have running water.
We didn't see any, but this is also appears to be a more popular horseback riding area (there were signs), and convenient horse "parking" areas. Mom puts carabiners on any of my leashes that don't already have them or other types of hooks. It comes in handy when she has to make me wait outside of shops when walking around the city, and I guess it can come handy when hiking too.