Explore the most popular hiking trails in Las Trampas 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.

Great little loop for breaking in some new hiking boots ;) Right at the start of the trail is the ascent, but once you are all the way up the views are unbeatable! Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat because the entire trail is exposed, saved for a bit at the end.

Also worth noting that, since this is a wilderness area, there is livestock grazing permitted, so you are likely to run into (and definitely smell) the cows.

Great trail especially in the spring. Good winter hike. Not too many people in the off season. one of the tougher hikes in the bay and the hardest hike I ever got my wife to do...

Went with a friend. Parking spots were limited in the parking lot but it is a safe secluded spot. We completed 15 miles but had to alter a portion of this hike as we got confused on which direction to take in the Madrone trail. One of the problems is that there are additional paths or clear shortcuts emulating a trail which are not mapped and without signs. From the beginning, the Ringtail Cat trail has many shortcuts. On the other hand, the existent signs were not very clear and the paper map didn’t match the actual trails. We basically walked in circles between the Madrone and Virgil Williams trail. We tried to find the Sulphuric trail or Del Amigo trail and we just didn’t see a path. We had to go back where we came from and take the Corduroy hills trail. The Corduroy trail starts wide but then narrows to a single person lane. No shade until we reached areas that were next to cliffs and it seems that the trail narrows even more. Then we started our descend via Las Trampas to Chamise to reach the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. Since we got lost for about 2 hours in the Madrone trying to find the way, we decided not to do the lower portion (Elderberry - Rocky ridge trail) and instead we continued into the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail. For shade, take the western part of this trail as the eastern part is in the open and the heat of summer slows one down. From here it was all uphill to Las Trampas Peak then once we reached the Madrone trail we descended until our exit point. Very few hikers in our route, we saw less than 8 people and only 2 were serious hikers the rest were people who lived around the area that came for an in and out stroll. We didn’t see much wild fauna in this hike. Couple of eagles at the peaks. There is a lot of cattle grazing from the nearby ranches.

Great hike. Went counterclockwise. Mile three is a bit technical with lots of foliage down the back of the ridge. Wish we wore long pants. Mile four is a bit grueling hiking back up and over but there are enough shady spots to catch your breath.

Probably the hardest trail I've run, but also one of the best. There are great scenic views throughout, and whichever direction you go (up Devils Hole, or up Sycamore) youre in for a great workout!

1 month ago

Nice trail with great view of San Francisco city and Salesforce tower :-)

Gorgeous. Amazing views, moderate effort with the hills, varied scenery—tree shaded area, rolling hills, etc.

To get this trail right, start counter clockwise, and once you are on del amigo trail, make a left on Virgil Williams trail and then a left on madrone all the way to ringtail cat trail.

Close to home and dog friendly. Once you go over Ridge View Trail down Sycamore there are no people , ever. Love this hike. Not hard but you will sweat a bit. Just a good isolated hike.

It’s a great trail. Loved everything about it. Going there towards end of the spring and just before summer, There are several places where the trail was overgrown and it was impossible to see the trail - especially the last part getting back to the fire road. We literally had to guess and pray that we were not stepping on a snake or something else.

Great hike. Good for medium or heavy cardio. Needs a little path clearing but still a great viewpoint

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, especially during spring time. Lots of wildflowers along the path.

another jewel in the east bay hikes. great mix of easy to moderate sections. sycamore trail from the north end down to the valley is narrow and overgrown vegetation due to the winter rains. beautiful spring blooms and an virtually empty valley trail makes it much more rewarding than the ridge trail. Devils hole is a good landmark to visit at least once, you can crawl thru the hole if you so dare. from the outer parking lot its almost a 8 mile loop. can get windy and chilly on the ridge. recommended to have a wind cheater and full length wear to avoid getting scratched

Great views of SF bay and surrounding. Allow about 3 hours to get around due to steepness of trails.

trail running
2 months ago

A great trail, especially running up the first hill. Once you get to the top you get a beautiful scenery.

One of our Favorite hikes. Once you turn left and go down into Sycamore and come up Devils trail - No noise. No people. Just the wind at your ears and birds. Great escape! Solid fairly easy east bay hike.

One of our favorite hikes, We add the Devils hole loop adding 1.8 miles. Once you go over the ridge into Devils hole loop you are completely alone. No city noise, no other hikers - ever, no mountain bikes. Just Retail Hawks, Turkeys, Stellars Jays and views of Castro Valley, Oakland airport, and San Pablo Reservoir Dam. It is single track with switchbacks heading down Sycamore Trail, Fun. The climb out of Devils hole is straight up, a butt kicker. This is one of our go-to hikes. Then come down Elderberry is mostly under canopy so it's kinda doable on a warm day. Just under 8 miles.

Beautiful scenery during the entire hike! The first part was uphill and difficult, but then the path mellows out at the top. Stunning views of east bay and peaks of the city at the top. Be careful with your dog off leash as we saw and heard other people seeing snakes along the path. Super exposed so bring sunscreen and lots of water to stay hydrated. Windy at the top. We’ll definitely revisit!

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk. The ridge line was fantastic. Took us about 2 hours at a nice clip.

3 months ago

Good work out! Variety of views with wild flowers, stream, and fossil rocks.

The views are amazing from Devils Hole trail. Sycamore trail is narrow, with lots of brush infringing. Strongly recommended long pants and long sleeves. Also, plenty of poison oak.

I started from the end point so your experience may differ from the other end. The first .6 miles was quite steep and a bit muddy, but was passable. About a mile and a half in there is a cow pasture. once you get in that area the grade and slippery trail combine to make it to dangerous for me to continue, so I went back. I went in April, so you may want to try it in a dryer time of the year. It was strikingly beautiful though.

Nice views of Mt. Diabolo. If you want to avoid the private roads to the trailhead you can do the trail in reverse, start at Elworthy Staging Area, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness https://goo.gl/maps/RfuuDdmQeuH2

getting to the trailhead is a joke - all the roads are private and gated! didn’t even get to do the hike since i was limited on time and couldn’t add an extra 10 miles of walk/run to the trip

a great hike with excellent views. We picked a nice cool day with white clouds for a backdrop. Will definitely hike again!

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