Goldenrod Trail to Grass Valley is a 5 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 but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
An out and back trail with stunning views of Lake Chabot. Follow the Goldenrod trail above the Grass Valley Creek.
Nice hike with some good views. The climb up from the parking lot was rather muddy as it had just rained the day before and that area doesn't get any sun. But once I crested the hill, the path was dry and opened up to some nice views. There are a few benches along the trail if you want to take a break and enjoy the scenery. I encountered a lot of dogs off leash. Some owners had their dogs under control, some not so much.
Nice hike that doesn't get a lot of use. Situated near horse boarding facilities so it probably gets as much horse and bike activity as hikers. Good connector between Redwood and Chabot. I've made it a day hike starting in upper Redwood and going to the bottom of Chabot.
1. Parked at Bort Meadow Staging Area, walked down toward the camp grounds and turning left onto the Grass Valley trail. 2. Took a right to cross the Stone Bridge, and right again to head back, now on the Goldenrod trail.
3. Right onto Ranch trail which later becomes Grass Valley trail and completes the loop.
6.5 miles, 2:45 at a leisurely pace. Not much of a challenge. Mild inclined to get the blood flowing, horse dung to keep you on your toes. Beautiful eucalyptus tree groves along the way. Equestrians, dog walkers, bikers, and hikers, pretty cool! Great one for the whole family. It did get dusty and hot around 11am (in August).
Enjoyable trek through eucalyptus forests, grassland, and some nice views. If you take the Buckeye trail to connect Goldenrod & Grass Valley, you'll follow a nice little stream lined by lots of ferns, moss & green foliage. Depending on the time of year you'll have to deal with mud, ice, dust, and/or horse & cattle manure on the trail. Goldenrod is right next to Skyline Blvd so you'll hear and see cars. Lots of unleashed dogs on this trail under varying degrees of voice control.
It was tedious and involved a lot of horse poo.