This was my first venture to Daley Ranch, starting at the parking lot off Honda Drive. There are toilets and potable water at the parking lot.
There are two options just off the parking lot - the paved road, which is about 3/4 of a mile long and leads directly to the Ranch house, which is a private residence and open once a month for 3 hours to visitors. The initial incline is very steep and a little bit of a slog but not too long. The path goes up and down a few times before reaching the ranch house. The land surrounding the ranch, and outbuildings are interesting to walk around. There are flush bathrooms there and potable water. There are benches and a few picnic tables.
The other option off the parking lot is a wide dirt path. This branches off a few times, so if you don’t have a map, remember to take photos of the junctions or notice land marks. I visited shortly after some rain and some of the path was severely rutted and slightly tricky to navigate in steep locations. I don’t know how often a ranger traverses they trail, but one passed me in a utility vehicle - possibly checking out the trail condition. Eventually they had to turn back because of the ruts.
There are some benches along the way. If you want to make it to the ranch house, take the left branch called East Ridge. I believe it is about 3/4 of a mile from there. There are other trails I didn’t have time to take. This was a nice break from the city, felt fairly remote but safe. I saw other hikers and some mountain bikers.