Bay Area Ridge Trail - Tilden Park to Redwood Regional Park is a 14.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakland, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Rolling terrain hike through a jungle-like setting. This hike is on a very nice portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail which starts at the Tilden Park Steam Trains parking lot, going to Redwood regional park, and returning. The hike covers EBMUD lands, and goes through several East Bay regional parks, including Tilden, Sibley, Huckleberry, and Redwood Regional Parks. The terrain and scenery actually varies quite a bit, from open, dry hillsides, to fern and moss covered grottos. Some portions are completely in the open, offering great views, while others are under extremely dense tree cover. You actually walk over the Caldecott tunnel on this hike, but I could never see the road or any cars, only hear them. Portions of the trail are in such dense greenery, you literally walk in tunnels through the brush. It's like being in a East Bay jungle! The hike undulates a lot, so it can be hard to get into hiking rhythm. If you park at the steam trains, you will have a lot of elevation to gain at the end of the hike...something to save energy for. In the end, it's a nice hike with a lot of varying scenery. It would also be a good hike for hot days, as a lot of this hike is under dense tree cover. Many east bay hikes are on barren, hot hillsides, not good for summer, but this one has many areas which would be considerably cooler.
Dry and hot at 830 am. Did alittle over half the trail out and back due to time constraints. The last 2 miles coming back is mostly uphill but relatively shaded. I'll wait until it cools down though to do this trail again. Didn't see anyone until the last mile. Loved being out there solo.
Stunning with all the wild flowers out
A nice hike. A lot of varied terrain, with the highlight for me being the lush woods in Sibley.
The forest ambiance is reduced a bit by this trail being so close to the road -- for large chunks of the trek you can hear (but not see) the cars passing nearby.
I'd recommend skipping Roundtop peak, as it's just a grubby radio tower with poor views.