Skyline Gate Staging Area is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop 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.
There are plenty of beautiful trees for cool shade. There are steep obstacles along the way to keep you focused. The trail is well maintained and varies in width from time to time. It can be vast to narrow enough for only one person. Be cautious of the roots and large rocks that are on the trail.
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.
Good trail in a great area with so many options close by to explore. I've done it many times. Even better when i take my dog.