On the northwest side of the park, at Sixth & Upas, is a gateway into five trails:
The 1.5-mile trail goes along tree-lined walkway loops through the north end of the West Mesa area. Type: Level concrete walkways. Difficulty level: Easy. Follow the #1 round green trail markers. View Google map.
The 4.1-mile trail is the best way to see the world-renowned cluster of museums and gardens. Type: Mostly level with gradually sloping concrete walks and segments on roads. Difficulty level: Medium. Follow the #2 square light orange trail markers. View Google map.
The 3.6-mile trail offers varied scenery and trail surfaces with some shade, but mostly in sunny locations. Type: 2/3 concrete walkways and 1/3 sloping dirt trails with some steep slopes. Difficulty level: Difficult. Follow the #3 diamond-shaped blue trail markers. Map coming soon.
The 5.4-mile trail features major elevation changes and some portions that require running or walking against traffic on road shoulders. Type: ½ level concrete walkways (some slopes), and ½ roadway shoulders. Difficulty level: Medium. Follow the #4 square purple trail markers. Map coming soon.
The 6.6-mile trail goes through not-often-seen natural areas of the park, including pine and oak-covered trails. Type: ¼ concrete walkways, ¼ asphalt road, ¼ sloping dirt trails, ¼ steep dirt trails. Difficulty level: Difficult. Follow the #5 diamond-shaped red trail markers. View Google map.
The Google maps are optimized for Mozilla Firefox and do not work in all Internet browsers. If you are having trouble viewing the Google maps or if you would like to print a map to bring with you to the Park, you can download the Sixth and Upas Gateway PDF trail map.
Personal Experience: Whether you are a hiker or biker, this area offers plenty of challenges and scenic beauty. With jumps, inclines, drops, twists and turns, I would imagine this to be a dirt biker's heaven.
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