Bay Area Ridge Trail: Lomas Cantadas to Skyline

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Lomas Cantadas to Skyline is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Orinda Village, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2148 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This is a car shuttle trip, starting at Lomas Cantadas, near the Steam Trains in Tilden Regional Park, and ending at Skyline Gate in Redwood Regional Park. This segment of the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, also part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, heads southeast from Tilden Regional Park, crosses EBMUD land and the Caldecott Tunnel, and then traverses Sibley Volcanic and Huckleberry Botanic regional preserves on its way to the Northwest corner of Redwood Regional Park.

hiking
4 months ago

This portion of Bay Area Ridge Trail takes you from Tilden to Redwood Regional and passes by Sibley and Huckleberry. The foliage changes from dry at the start of the hike and becomes progressively more lush and wooded as you get closer to Huckleberry Nature area. The hike isn't too difficult. The only hard climb is when you are approaching Sibley and there are restrooms and water fountains at the staging area when you crest the hill.

The start of the hike passes through EBMUD lands. The Skyline and De La Veaga trails are part of the north watershed. So that means you should bring a permit and no bikes or dogs are allowed.

I've been wanting to do this hike for awhile now as it was a missing link in my quest to complete the east bay ridge trail. Now I've hiked/biked everything from Inspiration Point in Tilden to the May Rd. staging area in Union City, which is about 45 miles. I can't connect any further south until the Niles Canyon section is completed in 2018. But I'm looking forward to heading north on Nimitz Way in the future.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Great hike that was done as an out and back that goes through several regional parks including Tilden, Sibley, Huckleberry and Redwood. There are some nice hills and some great views. It's very good to do on a nice, dry winter day or in the spring when everything is green. The only possible downside is you have to cross a few city streets. It can be done in half the distance with 2 cars and there are many other variables you can do along the way...