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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.
A hidden gem! The trail head was very unassuming as there was some graffiti, but once you go back the trail it is very beautiful. The trail goes up the hill along a creek and within moments you feel as though you are deep in the woods. It rained the day before, so the trail was wet and the creek was flowing strong. There were some fallen trees that I had to climb over/under. It was a little treacherous from the rain and slippery at parts and I actually wiped out climbing on one of the downed trees. There is a spot where you will need to cross the creek via a board and some rocks. It wasn't obvious to me at first and I went to the left and up the hill on another path.
After crossing the creek, you will continue hiking alongside it for about another 1/4 mile until you intersect another wider path. This takes you to the top of the hill. Near the top, there was a lot of water from the rain that blocked the main path, but there was another way around. The top of the hill offers great views of the entire east bay and peninsula.
Overall, this trail was a lot of fun. What it didn't offer in distance it made up for in adventure. I would rate it moderate as there is a significant climb to the top and the path is very narrow at parts. One wrong step could make for a bad day.
Something noteworthy is that Leona Heights Park is operated by the city of Oakland and not by the East Bay Regional Park District.
Out of the three trails on the app for Joaquin Miller Park, this was the most difficult but also my least favorite. Sunset, Sequoia Bayview and all the trails along the stream are the best in my opinion. On Cinderella I'm always worried about bikers coming down the trails. And Castle Park is very steep as you ascend from Sunset. If you're looking for scenery, pick one of the other two trails in this park. If you want a challenge with hills, then this is the trail for you.
Nice short walk. The start of the trail can only be reached via windy and scenic Redwood Road, which can be fun depending on what you're into. This trail offers a nice mixture of scenery. The grass valley portion goes through a more open area as the name suggests and then Brandon trail goes through a scenic tree line. So you will be out in the sun for half the time and in the shade for the other half. I passed one bicyclist and three other hikers so there is some light traffic along the trail. The far end runs adjacent to the Chabot bike loop. If you need to cut your hike short, you can cross over via Red Tail trail. Horses also frequent these trails, so watch your step!
It was ok. Finding the start of the trail was a little frustrating. I ended up heading east on Medau Pl to find an entrance to get started. There is a section that is scenic, but then the upper half of the trail follows along busy Shepherd Canyon Road. The signs clearly say to keep dogs on leash, but most people didn't obey. Fortunately, the dogs that I encountered off leash were well behaved. However, I had someone thank me for having my dog on leash because she just had a bad encounter with an irresponsible dog owner.
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.