The Cow Mountain Recreation Area Trail, also called the Glen Eden Trail, starts and ends in Ukiah, California on Scotts Valley Road. The first hour of the hike is shaded by huge oaks and pines that are some of the only trees not damaged by the recent fires. This is a dog furiendly walk as long as your pupper is in good health and you bring plenty of water.
Even on the drive to the trail, you will have gorgeous views of the Cow Mountain, Mount Konocti, and Clear Lake. Once you and your fur buddy hit the trail, you will quickly see that this walk is going to be a good workout for you both. Along the way, you will be hitting peaks and ridges where you can see amazing views of the mountain ranges and valleys spread out below you.
There are a few signs along the path where there are crossroads to other trails or scenic overlooks such as the Mayacmas Trail, Ukiah, and Willow Creek, but if you stay on the Cow Mountain Recreation Area Trail, you will reach the peak about three hours in, depending on how fast you are walking. The chaparral, wildflowers, and other flora will offer up some amazing blazes of color as photo opportunities for you to add to your scrapbook.
While many say this is a very difficult trail, others claim that it is moderate, but it is definitely a long walk at just over eight and a half miles, and reaching an elevation of almost three thousand feet. Make sure you get your comfortable walking shoes on and pack some snacks for both you and your four-legged friend. You're almost guaranteed to see some wildlife no matter what time of year you hike because this is a lightly hiked trail. Many who have been here reported seeing turkeys, deer, elk, and even some wild boars. You and Fido will definitely want to come back again.