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Best Trails near Oakland, California

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on West Ridge Stream Trail L...
11 days ago

hiking

This trail is in a redwood forest. It was mostly shaded and cool even in the middle of August. Some part of the trail was steep but general was easy. We started at the Redwood Bowl Staging area parking lot. We followed the West Ridge Trail, Redwood Peak Trail, then the Stream Trail. We then climbed up to the Mill Trail, French Trail, the Madrone Trail and finally back to the West Ridge Trail for a total distance of 6 miles and 1106 ft elevation.

on Lake Merritt
11 days ago

walking

on Skyline Gate Staging Area
17 days ago

hiking

Nice scenic heavy trafficked loop. I headed out on the East Ridge Trail to Philips Loop Trail to Eucalyptus Trail to Stream Trail back to staging area. Great small grove of Redwoods across the trail from the girls'camp.

on Goldenrod Trail to Grass ...
18 days ago

hiking

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).

on Cinderella Sunset Loop Trail
23 days ago

hiking

Great mostly shaded trail which eventually leads you alongside a creek. There was even a mini waterfall along the way. Keep your ears open for mountain bikers. I really enjoyed ending it with a climb up the Chapparal Trail, which included step-like ascension.

on Redwood Regional Park Loo...
24 days ago

hiking

Enjoyed it. If you start to the left, it starts out as a wide path, intermittent shade, pretty gentle turns, lots of dogs off leash. Heading back on the part with the Monteiro Trail and the Golden Spike trail, the path is narrower, steeper, much fewer people, mostly shaded - may want to just turn around at the Dunn/Monteiro intersection and head back if you are looking for an overall easier walk. Didn't see a fee to park at the lot at the Crestmont/Skyline intersection.

on Joaquin Miller Park Loop
24 days ago

I love this trail. Mostly wooded throughout. Picturesque and lots of forests.

on Leona Canyon Trail
24 days ago

hiking

Nice off leash dog trail with a slight incline.

on Redwood Regional Park Loo...
25 days ago

hiking

Nice hike. About 3/4 shaded. Took 1 hour 10 minutes with a couple stops for water. I'd call this easy, not moderate.

on Skyline Gate Staging Area
26 days ago

Very casual and fun with plenty of shade. My dog had a great time too.

on Skyline Gate Staging Area
26 days ago

hiking

Very casual and fun. Plenty of shaded

on Bay Area Ridge Trail - Ti...
1 month ago

trail running

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.

on Lake Merritt
1 month ago

Beautiful site, lots of people. Not great for off leash unless in a side field.

on Lake Temescal Loop Trail
1 month ago

trail running

on Joaquin Miller Park Loop
1 month ago

hiking

We stared at the park and walked the stairs thinking that was the starting point for the trails... It wasn't. We got really frustrated. Also, the park definitely needs a touch up, so much graffiti it's really sad! Wish we weren't in a drought so the fountains could run. Finally found the trails after a short drive down the ranger station. Trails are really nice, which they had printed maps to take along. Views were incredible. Again, wish we weren't in a drought cause I bet with water flowing it's beautiful. Loved seeing all of the Bay Area. I also liked that it wasn't too much incline and was flat for most of the trail we chose (I think sunset trail was the name). Dogs are supposed to be leashed but people don't follow the rules. I kept my dog on a leash and got nervous when dogs came over to her with their owners farther behind. Overall it was great when we finally found the trails and I enjoyed myself.

on Sequoia Bayview Trail
1 month ago

mountain biking

I'm a new trail rider and it was just enough to keep you pushing but not to difficult to make you not like what your doing. Beautiful scenery and the people on the trails are all considerate.