Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Lake Chabot Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

12 days ago

Nice breezes for a warm day, pretty smatterings of wild flowers and the front side was deserted. Second half of the loop on horseback/Brandon had more people (probably because it’s flatter).

Pretty good bay area hike. The Bort meadow end of the trail has much less people. At 7:30 we had the first hour of the trail to ourselves, super nice, lots of birds to listen too. The Chabot portion of the trail had mountain bikers flying by with no regard for us but they need their space to do their thing too. I'd do this hike again just prefer quieter trails. Nice three hour hike.

Perfect 1.5 hour hike with varied terrain and beautiful views.

The return 1/3 of the hike is definitely on the high end of moderate with the steep uphill climb, but totally doable. I went after a week of rain, so about 40 yards at the bottom at lake level were more creek than trail, but relatively easy to hop in most places. Horse poop at the top and accessible water at the bottom were a tad challenging to keep my off-leash dogs under control, though.

I went on this hike today. It was a great way to spend the day. It was peaceful and beautiful.

We started at Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course parking lot. Followed the Ten Hills Trail, Cameron Loop Trail, East Shore Trail and Honker Bay Trail up to the family campground. From the campground we continued to th Towhee Trail, Brandon Skyline Trail and back to the parking lot. Total distance was 7.1 miles with elevation gain 965 feet. This hike was rated as Moderate with panoramic views along the Brandon Skyline Trail.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

I suggested an edit because Escondido Trail is currently closed. Also, by avoiding Proctor trail at the southern end, this trail can accommodate mountain bikers. The southern portion of this trail overlaps with the Lake Chabot Bike Loop and it gets a lot of bike traffic.

I would also suggest taking Brandon Trail instead of Grass Valley because it is more scenic and shaded. Grass Valley is very rutted from all the runoff and there is a muddy quagmire at one point that I would want to avoid.

If you want to follow the Bay Area Ridge Trail exclusively, then simply follow Brandon Trail all the way until you reach the golf course, then go through the golf course and follow the path that runs parallel to Redwood Road until you reach Proctor Gate. I took this route on my way back as I did a round trip.

If you're goal is to complete the entire Bay Area Ridge Trail, then you can link up with the following trails also available on All Trails. Nobody has yet created a trail for the missing link that goes from Proctor Gate to Rampage Peak then through Cull Canyon and links up with Don Castro (this is the Chabot to Garin Trail).

Nimitz Way Trail (Tilden Regional)
Seaview Trail (Tilden Regional)
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Lomas Cantadas to Skyline
Skyline Gate to Macdonald Gate
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Independent School to Five Canyons

Easy hike

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The starting point was not very convenient to get to. It would have been better to start at the Grass Valley Road end. Not very scenic compared to other trails in the area.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I rated this Trail low because of all the horse poop, especially on the northern end by the horse ranch. The Goldenrod Trail was less traveled, probably because it's windy and hilly. I didn't encounter anyone on this section when I walked on a Saturday morning. The Branden Trail is nicer and more traveled. The trail felt safe and the people I met were friendly. I went after it rained the previous night and it was muddy, which is to be expected. There are better options for hiking in the area in my opinion and I don't plan to return.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I really enjoyed this one. I hiked it solo and had my wife drop me off and pick me up. There are some really pretty aspects to this hike. I did it on a very nice day in jan so the weather wasn't hot. You go in and out of different forests and clearings with some great views. The part that is closer to Chabot is used quite a bit by cyclist and I came across a few horseback riders on the north end since it is so close to the stables.

This is a nice place to take a picnic. When you get to the meadow there are picnic tables and a beautiful open space full of green grass and beautiful wild flowers. Go in the spring. Its the best time to see it. Diring the summer they allow campers with horses to camp in the meadow. Very horse and dog friendly. But keep your dog on a leash so it doesnt roll around in cow patties which there are a lot of.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nice little trail with some good connectors away from Chabot's asphalt walkway.

Friday, September 16, 2016

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.

Monday, August 08, 2016

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).

Some nice spots but not the most scenic. It's a fire trail. Convenient but Redwood is nicer. Definitely gets hot! Bring water.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Very scenic

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Not worth the time if you plan to hike, especially in the summer when everything's extremely dry. There's no scenery, only worth hiking if you want a workout. I did see some people biking part of the trail, might be interesting if you want an easy beginner MTB trail.

It was tedious and involved a lot of horse poo.

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