Finally checking out this trail

Shady Trail
About half of the trail is well shaded in the first mile from Montclair Village. It's also am easy to navigate gradual climb into the Canyon.
User: Austin Explorer - 5/2/2015

Location: Montclair Railroad Trail

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 3.88 Miles  Elapsed Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes


Coppertone and I took about a year to finally walk this trail so close to home.  Not expecting much, it was just a way to fill up some time on Saturday and check off another trail.

In reality, the first mile of the trail was surprisingly enjoyable.  Hidden behind the businesses of Montclair Village, the trail gradually ascends into Shepherd Canyon.  A few walkers or cyclists now and then and some traffic noise from the roads don't make for great solitude, but many portions of the trail were peaceful nevertheless.

Log Photos
Shady Trail
Sunny Trail
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