Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dublin, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles
895 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


trail running



wild flowers


The park features rolling, grassy hills with oak and bay woodlands along the small drainages. The ridgeback trail meanders to its terminus at the small peak of the Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail. This completely exposed trail doesn’t provide any shade, dress accordingly. There is a drinking fountain at the Donlon Point Staging Area parking lot; make sure to ll your water containers before starting the hike. Park at the Donlon Point Staging Area. Pass through the gate behind the restrooms to access the Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail. You will follow this trail the whole way. The trail winds up the hill. Continue straight through the next cattle gate, and straight again past the next trail post, remaining on Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail. At the fork, take the trail closest to the fence line and continue straight past trail post #5. Keep heading uphill and at the fork stay on the trail to the slight left, passing trail post # 9. Keep going straight passing large water trough and follow the trail for just under 1 mile all the way up to the top of the hill. At the top of the hill, enjoy the view, and retrace your steps to return to the staging area. Park Hours: 8am - varies seasonally

1 month ago

Nice and easy trail. Good views from the top. We stayed on Calaveras Ridge Trail the whole time. Recommend!

2 months ago

Nice trek and views

4 months ago


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Muddy. Disappointing.

There were some heavy rains 4-5 days before I hiked this trail, but it was still very muddy at parts. I had hoped all the sun that these hills had received in the few days prior would have dried them out more. I wouldn't suggest hiking this trail unless the area has not seen rain for at least a week. There was a spot about two miles in where a small mud slide had wiped out the path and I had to go on a detour to higher ground to get around it.

I had prepared for a 7 mile hike according to the track, but unfortunately 2.5 miles in the trail ends at the electric line tower at the top of the hill. You will see marker 10 at the bottom of the hill and a sign that the trail ends in 1/4 mile. In order to follow the track and do the entire 7 miles, you would need to hop the fence and hike through a private cow pasture. I wouldn't recommend it.

The views are nice, but I spent too much time looking down where I was walking so I didn't step in a cow patty. Out of the 70 trails that I have completed in the Bay Area, this was one of my least favorite. The Donlan Loop is nicer if you are hiking in this area.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

This is a local fav of mine!!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Best trail by far !!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Good all season trail for light to moderate hiking.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Love this trail once you get away from the houses you feel like you are 100 miles from the busy eastbay! The views make it all worth it

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beautiful trail! On a clear day, you can see SF from the higher points.

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