Hayward Plunge - TRAIL

Hayward Plunge - Trail, Hayward, California

awsome downhill, super technical, lots of speed (45 mph avg.), lots of turns, and bad @#$ jumps(jumps are really just mounds on the trail about a foot tall, but you get launched off of them) Super long(8min to get to bottom @ 30mph), nice view of forest and best thing is there is NEVER any sort of wind because you are in a forrest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User Reviews (17)

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Galactic   Downhiller [Jul 05, 2013]

I really enjoy riding this trail, I definitely do not recommend this one for beginners especially during Summer and Fall, trail is very slippery during those months of the year. It looks like local riders are always improving some man made obstacles which is really fun. I rarely fall but for some reason this trail has put some kind of spell on my bike lol. Highly recommended Trail.

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4
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4
1wyattearp   Weekend Warrior [Jun 05, 2010]

Been riding this trail for 35 years. Fun for experienced and beginners alike. Nice creekside trail with different terrain. Rocks, ruts, downhill, flat, sharp turns and water crossings. Its all here. Nice night ride too. Have seen Mountain Lions at night twice over the years and rode over one lion kill (deer). Watch out for hikers and horse riders. PLEASE be nice to them and dismount. We want them to say to others how nice the bikers are!!

Customer Service

There are two top trails and one lower. Find your way to Oakes and Durham. Park. At the intersection is one trail head. Approx 100 yds on Durham is another. The one off Durham is easiest. Ride. At the trail bottom (Campus dr) go across the street to the church. Find the where the trail resumes on the right side of the parking lot, follow it past the big drainage tube, and continue down to the Hayward Plunge. Have lunch at Jack in the Box across the street.

Similar Products Used: Wilder Ranch near Santa Cruz
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4
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3
motormonkeyr6   Downhiller [May 21, 2007]

The 1st reviewer said speeds up to 45 BS. The fastest I have gone is prob somewhere around 30. There are not many hikers on the trail mainly because no one knows where it is. Its deffinatly fun no doubt. I wouldnt drive 30+ mins for it though. Someone has been building some burms and kickers *wink* latly. If your a Dj'er there are some jumps on the lower section that you will enjoy. Dont bring your big hit full Dh big. We ride 7points, bullits, Nomads, etc. In all my riding I have seen less than 10 ppl on the trail. I ride it once a week.


It can be very leafy in the fall and winter. Beware.

Get ready to drift!!!! :)

Customer Service

Trailhead on the left of oakes )going up oakes.

Similar Products Used: JMP, Chabot
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4
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4
roach666   Weekend Warrior [Apr 02, 2007]

This is the first time I've ever written a review about anything so bare with me. I used to ride this trail a lot when I was younger and I really enjoyed the night rides but it has been years since then. I just had my girlfriend shuttle me up this morning and all I can say it was great. I'm just getting back into Mt. biking so I wasn't going very fast but the trails seem to be very technical. I could tell that Hayward Park services is really not maintaining the trail, but the ride was still good. The inclined killed me (had to dismount and hike it).

Customer Service

Here is the exact directions of how to get there:

From Decoto Rd:

L- Mission Blvd.

R- Fletcher (first right passed the Hayward Plunge. Fletcher turns into Walpert St.

R- 2nd St. (the very end of Walpert)

R- Campus Dr.

L- Oakes Dr.

The trail is is where Durham and Oakes intersect. There are two trail heads. One right where the two streets meet and the other is down just aways on Durham St.

Similar Products Used: Lake Chabot, Garin Park, JMP and Redwood in the Oakland/Berkley Area.
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4
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4
rzims   Weekend Warrior [Sep 23, 2005]

What an awesome trail I parked at Memorial Park on Mission and rode up to the top where it meets Durham rd. It's got a few creek crossings, some single track and is a pretty trail since it follows the creek and is in the shade. It wore me out on the uphill since I'm just getting back in to riding after a couple of years off but coming back down made it all worth while. Some parts can be slippery on the downhill so be aware. My computer said jsut over 7 miles up and back. -Rich

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4
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3
Cohiba101   Weekend Warrior [Jan 18, 2004]

I just moved to the Bay Area from Europe and decided to search for some trails close to where I live. After checking MTBR.com I found the "Hayward Plunge" trail. Since I'm more of a downhiller, I prefer starting up at the top trailhead on Durham rd in Hayward. I get a friend to drive me up first though. =) The starting section is fairly rutted, steep and consists of doubletrack with some tight switchback sections. Make sure your brakes are working and that you have your bike set up for downhill (i.e. lower the seat and get behind on the bike!) After that you enter a small forest trail which varies from tight technical singletrack sections to doubletrack. Especially on the first part of the trail you can get some nice air off some jumps, but watch out for oncoming hikers or horse riders. Hitting either at full speed could really ruin your day. With this in mind, you can still get some good speed up, but if you are going as fast as the first reviewer mentions (40 MPH +), you're risking an accident with another trail user. Overall the trail is pretty technical, and you've got to react fast in some sections. A few stream crossings are in there as well, but I mainly hoof those. Once you arrive at the bottom, you'll see Campus Drive. If you cross the road there, you can continue on to the "Wally Wickander" trail, which starts with a few uphill sections, but then the rest is all downhill with some small jump opportunities from berms along the way. You will pass a few picnic and BBQ areas, and see some nice little valleys and a waterfall. This part of the trail ends at the Hayward Plunge swimming pool and recreational area, where you'll find a small ampetheater and some tennis courts. Overall, a fairly technical trail, and a superb training opportunity for those ppl who can't get away for long rides during the week. And if you can have someone drop you off at the Durham trailhead, even better! I once tried climbing uphill from the Campus Drive trailhead, but on my trailbike (GT STS-1000 DS) that was a real killer. Basically, it is all uphill until you reach the entrance at Durham road. Without a doubt this would be a real challenge to hillclimbers if you started out from Campus drive (or even from the Hayward Plunge park entrance)! Still, its worth checking out if you live in the area. A full loop is about 8 miles.

Customer Service

Take 880 to Jackson Street, go east(away from San Mateo Bridge). Merge onto Foothill Blvd. Turn right on D Street, which turns into Fairview Avenue. Go uphill on Fairview. Turn right on Oakes, then right on Durham road. Durham is a small street, not to be confused with Durham road in Fremont. After about a hundred yards on Durham, you run into the Hayward Recreation Map at the trailhead.

Similar Products Used: Lake Chabot, Hayward Peak
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3
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4
Mike Hum   [Oct 17, 1999]

Man, This trail is fatty!
Lot's of different stuff to "mob" down. You can even make your own trail there!

Customer Service

"Dead Body"

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5
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Mountain cyco "T"   [Sep 13, 2000]

First of all that previouse reviewer must be high. Follow the trail up about 1.5 miles you will hit a small BMX area. Cool place to goof off & smash your body into the ground because your not as young as you wish you were. Stop the bleeding & continue Lower rt. Past the BMX area to stay on the trail. Single track go's on about another 3/4 of a mile & you will ride between a large drainage pie & a cyclone fence up to a road. Cross the road go rt. up hill about 100 feet & enter trail again on left then you will ride up about 2.5 miles getting steeper & more rugged as you go. When you get to the street at the top proceed straight to the end of the long court in front of you. Here you will enter the trail back down. Oh hell Ya!!! this is a fun ride down. I know how to ride & wreck pretty good but you are not going to do 40 mph here baby. Once you get back to the road at the bottem you just jump back on the same trail you came up in the begining. It's about a seven mile ride with a decent but short work out to get to the top. Blast to ride down though short, it has some steep, & some high speed jumping sections of single track. Only bad part is it's way to small. No other real riding options there. Peace boy's

Customer Service

880 to city of Hayward take Jackson st. east go up to Mission blvd. & turn rt. go approximatly 1.5 blocks to Hayward Plunge, Memorial Park. Turn left into parking lot & park your car. At rear of park behind concrete stage. is the trail entrance.

Similar Products Used: Chabot graet for cross country,
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3
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Mitch "Baconfingers" Hackey   [Nov 05, 2000]

This is an excellent ride for anyone with basic riding skills. You enter into a thickly forested area with a good dirt trail. A beautiful fern gully is on your left, with a creek running down the middle. There is actually a cool picnic area about a mile from the start of the trail.

Many short, steep downhill stretches allow you to gather lots of speed, but they are followed by steep uphill parts. This means you don't have to brake, instead maintaining momentum like on a roller coaster.

The total trail length, from top to bottom, is about three and a half miles. This makes the round trip about seven miles. Going back uphill is steep, but rideable.

Overall, it's an exhilerating ride through a very beautiful wooded area. It's shady and green from top to bottom.

Customer Service

Take 880 to Jackson Street, go east. Merge onto Foothill Blvd. Turn right on D Street, which turns into Fairview Avenue. Go uphill on Fairview. Turn right on Oakes, then right on Durham road. Durham is a small street, not to be confused with Durham road in Fremont. After about a hundred yards on Durham, you run into the Hayward Recreation Map at the trailhead.

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4
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Joyce Gregory   [Nov 07, 2000]

I recently decided to ride this trail based on baconfingers' review. His review was spot on!

This is one of the best trails I've had the chance to ride on. The ups and downs on the descent are great fun and the foresty scenery that abounds throughout the whole trail is inspiring.

However, you will have to pay the Piper on the ascent back to your car. I found myself taking a few rest breaks on the way back up.

Overall, this is a great trail. Check it out if you're in the area.

Customer Service

Take 880 to Jackson Street, go east(away from San Mateo Bridge). Merge onto Foothill Blvd. Turn right on D Street, which turns into Fairview Avenue. Go uphill on Fairview. Turn right on Oakes, then right on Durham road. Durham is a small street, not to be confused with Durham road in Fremont. After about a hundred yards on Durham, you run into the Hayward Recreation Map at the trailhead.

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