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.
Can get very crowded during the weekend, yes. Just went on MLK day and by most major Trail junctions there were crowds milling about. Ditto for any areas near parking lots. And lots of dogs, yes, but who wouldn't want to bring their pup to such a beautiful resource so close to those of us in the east bay? I don't have a dog and I used to be irked by trail dogs but that's not the case anymore.
The hike itself is mostly covered and there are only a few sections of actually steep climbing. I did use trekking poles and if you have them, bring them! Also if you go when it's rained recently, wear boots; it WILL be muddy! I had fun sliding and slipping around. Overall fun hike and fun distance (8.4 miles).
I really enjoyed this hike as it takes you through a variety of trails in the park without having to commit as much time as some of the other trails require. I've already done some of the 6-8 mile hikes in the park, but this time brought a friend along for their first time and this was the perfect hike in length and difficulty. I took the opposite route and hiking up Tres Sendas was a little tiring, so I would suggest doing this loop counter clockwise.
East & West Ridge are highly trafficked by joggers, bikers, and dog walkers. But once you go down into the valley on Tres Sendas or Prince trail the traffic becomes sparse and the trail much more scenic. Right now there are a lot of lady bugs at the Prince/Stream trail intersection. And we crossed the water on Tres Sendas via a fallen tree, which was fun. It's hard to believe while walking on these trails that you're only miles away from millions of people. It's a great way to escape the city.
Took 3 of our kids out to see how the 2 year old would tolerate hiking and they all loved it. We saw horses, dogs, cyclist and hikers. Trails were nice and the scenery a nice break from city living. Will definitely come back and do more exploring.
Long, but relatively easy hike. There is a down and up at the midway point when you cross over. It took me a little over two hours to complete, but I have some long legs.
The "dogs on leash" tag is not accurate as dogs are allowed off leash once you get away from the staging area. You will encounter many dogs off leash on these trails.
In retrospect, I wish I did this on my mountain bike. There is another version of this trail that starts at the redwood gate that I will have to try on my bike. For hiking, French and Stream are much more scenic and interesting.