This is a long route in the northern part of Pyramid Mountain Natural Area and around Butler Reservoir. The reservoir and Pyramid is really pretty, but a lot of this route is just so-so. The trail runs near a LOT of houses (which would be less visible when the leaves are on the trees), and there is a lot more road walking than we like... you literally walk on several streets through a neighborhood.
This isn't a hike for a beginner or to put at the top of your "must-do" list, but maybe give it a shot.
8.5 miles. Trail is mostly moderate, some steep sections, rocks. There were very very wet sections, but we'd had an unusual amount of rain recently. NOTE: Since there isn't one overview map of this, there is potential for getting yourself off-track and a GPS is handy.
Read the entire Butler Reservoir blog.