Goldenrod Trail to Grass Valley

MODERATE 4 reviews

Goldenrod Trail to Grass Valley is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakland, CA 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.

5.0 miles 902 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

An out and back/ loop trail with stunning views of Lake Chabot. Follow the Goldenrod trail above the Grass Valley Creek

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

My route:
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).

9 months ago

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.

1 year ago

It was tedious and involved a lot of horse poo.