hiking
21 days ago

This trail is in a lovely shaded redwood forest along the creek, waterfalls and in a hidden canyon in an Oakland suburb. The trail is short (2 miles) and relatively flat (591 feet). It is not well kept up and there are not many trail signs, but once you climbed up you would be rewarded with some fantastic views over Oakland and the bay area.

Nice easy hike with great scenery. Good hike for the family and the dogs too.
Running water and lush trees makes this a perfect day hike that is well worth the short drive.

2 months ago

One of my favorites so far in Oakland. I like having to use my hands when I hike. And because the trail isn't as well maintained it makes for interesting obstacles like fallen trees along your path.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

walking
5 months ago

Nice walk. It gets steeper the further you go in. Dogs are not required to be on leash, but must be under command according to the sign. From what I encountered, half the dogs were on leash and half were not.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Really nice trail. Very kid-friendly. The slope is generally nice and easy and there's lots of shade.

One thing to note: this trail does not require dogs to be on-leash. 50' in to the trailhead if you're starting from the apartment complex end, there's a sign that clear says it's a dogs-off-leash trail and then it has some rules about dogs needing to reply to voice commands.

Not a huge deal, but wanted to put that out there.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice off leash dog trail with a slight incline.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful trail. My dogs love it!