dogs on leash
Redwood Regional Park is located just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. It is a hidden redwood forest whose peaceful groves give little evidence of its bustling past. In the mid-1800s, what is now Redwood Regional Park was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the San Francisco Bay Area.Hiking, jogging, and horseback riding are popular activities in this park.
For this hike we started from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. We walked along the Stream trail, took a left turn onto Tres Sendas trail and went up to the West Ridge trail. From West Ridge trail we stopped at the Redwood Bowl for a short break. We continued to the Madrone trail, turned right onto the French trail. From the French Trail we took left at the Fern trail and went down and took right at the Stream trail. From there we went back onto the Canyon Meadow Staging Area trailhead. After the recent rains, some trail was muddy and required some stream crossings. Overall it was a pleasant hike among the beautiful redwoods.
Nice loop around the park. I did it on a mountain bike. Even though it isn't listed as an activity, you can bike this loop and the lower part of Stream trail.
The track isn't accurate at the beginning. If you go closer to Redwood Rd, there is a spot to cross the stream and get over to West Ridge trail.
Going up West Ridge is difficult at the beginning, especially on a bike. I would prefer going up West Ridge and getting the hard part out of the way early. The rest is pretty easy. Going down from East Ridge isn't as hard on the brakes.
Both trails are relatively wide. East Ridge is very wide close to the Skyline gate. Watch out for all the loose dogs.