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Redwood Regional Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is located in the Oakland Hills just a few miles from downtown Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. The main park entrance is located off of Redwood Road. The park is known for the old growth redwood forest that was once an extensive logging operation. This redwood forest is now the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood in the East Bay. Hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and horseback riding, are popular activities in this park. There are several trail heads that access the park, including the Canyon Meadow Staging Area, Skyline Gate Staging Area, and the Redwood Gate Staging Area. Popular trails in the park include the East Ridge Trail and West Ridge Trail, which allow bikes, the stream trail, and the French Trail. The park has four picnic sites, several group overnight camping areas, and a children's play structure off of the Stream Trail from the Canyon Meadow staging area. The Chabot Space and Science Center is also located within the park. Redwood Regional Park is great for nature watching. The park is home to a variety of species, including some rare species, such as the golden eagle and common species like deer, raccoons, and squirrels.

I loved this hike. The Mill trail is closed for maintenance because it is unsafe at this time, so we had to take the stream trail back to Tres Sendas and get to French trail from there. The views are gorgeous, and there are enough breaks between the uphill climbs on Tree Sendas. I’m definitely doing this loop again, and can’t wait to try the Mill trail route when it reopens.

Good hike. Dog friendly. I was able to take my dog off leash almost the entire trail. There is half a mile of the trail where dogs need to be on leash. Some sections are shared with horses and bikes, good dog handling is advised for the safety of your dog and other users. 50-60% under shade. Some steep-rocky sections, good shoes are recommended. I will rate this trail as moderate rather than hard. Trail with moderate traffic, during the 3 hours we met about of 25 groups, almost all of them with dogs (off-leash), and we met 3 horses. This trail has hardly any view points. No phone service (AT&T) for the first 30% of the hike.

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