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Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dublin, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 879 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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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

From I-680 southbound in San Ramon, take Exit 31, the San Ramon Valley Blvd. exit. Turn left on San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon Valley Blvd. becomes San Ramon Rd. Continue south to Dublin Blvd. and turn right (west). Continue west on Dublin Blvd. for two miles. The staging area is on the right. From I-680 northbound in Dublin, take exit 31, the Alcosta Blvd. exit. Turn left on Alcosta, and left again on San Ramon Rd. Continue south to Dublin Blvd. and turn right (west). Continue west on Dublin Blvd. for two miles. The staging area is on the right. From I-580 eastbound or westbound, take exit 44A, the San Ramon Rd./Foothil Rd. exit, and turn north on San Ramon Rd./Foothill Rd. to Dublin Blvd. Turn west on Dublin Blvd. and drive for about two miles. The staging area is on the right.

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Debra Radford
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Brett Yamaguchi
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Nice moderate hike. great view at the end. Lots of cow Pattys.

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Aaron Jones
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Winnie Jones
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Vanessa Rodriguez
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Such an amazing kid friendly easy trail! Make sure you bring lots of water since there is no shade. Recommend trail really early in the morning or later afternoon.

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Brandon Bockman
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Chris J
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I did the Donlan Loop Trail and combined it with the Calaveras Ridge Trail. The Donlan Loop Trail is short and sweet with minimal elevation gain. You have views of the Tri-Valley, I-580, and you can see as far as Livermore/Altamont Pass. Other than that, there are no distinct features of this trail, but it's still a nice loop hike.

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Chris J
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The first .75 miles of this trail have really great views. After that, the amount of people you see tapers off a lot and the views are pretty similar to what you get in the beginning. The trail is wide, easy to follow, and there's only a few minor uphills. The end of this trail is at the base of a powerline. It is fairly remote. A satisfyingly simple 5 mile there-and-back with plenty of East Bay flora (hills and wildflowers) and fauna (cows).

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Ritu Singh
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HikingNo shade

Amazing views all across. Easy hike. Great for trail running as well.

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Praveen Suggala
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Entire walk way is full of buffalo dung and absolutely no one there very very badly maintained and one the the low class trail as per me.

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Cam Brand
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Pro tip: look for the staging area on your GPS or it’s gonna send you to a private property. The hike was fun, with some long inclinations. There’s no shade at all, so be prepared for that. Lovely cows and awesome views.

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dustin westfall
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Kara Dawson
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Easy to follow trail. Lots of poop on trail though

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Joy Ang
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Nice trail with a bit of a nice incline. Great view of the Tri Valley. Trail was easy to follow. Not much shade but perfect for a 70 degree weather.

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Stephanie Alexander
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Awesome panoramic views at the end.

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Michael LaFaye
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Wide trails!! Great for dogs!

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Mezhgan Feroz
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Richard Wustrack
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Great hike no complaints.

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Kyle Cummins
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Christy Michelle
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Dogs loved it!

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Jesse Gandt
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Only hiked about 4/5ths of it, but it’s ideal for any level of hiker. There may be cows nearby, but they’re never aggressive unless intentionally provoked. Winter and spring may be a little muddy, so boots are recommended. Absolutely stunning views of the rolling hills of the east bay. Highly recommend for those looking for an easier hike with constant scenic views.

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Ascia A
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Magdaline D
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I tried to do this hike today but didn’t complete it. 1. There was a large amount of cow poop. It was all over the trail and looks like it’s been there for months. I did not want to step in that and bring my to my car or home. 2. The 2.5 mile mark is in the middle of the grazing area. Large group of cows grazing. I first I wasn’t bothered because they were a short distance away. Most stayed in the hill grazing and watching me walk by but a few male cows started walking towards me. As I approached they got closer and closer to the path as if they were trying to get a closer look at me. That’s too close for comfort for me so I turned around and decided to call it quits. I don’t trust animals cause you never know what they are thinking. On a positive note the Donlon loop (I think it’s called that) has a beautiful view of the Dublin, part of Pleasanton, and part of San Ramon.

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Matthew Nielsen
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This was a fun trail. I saw wildlife and even saw some elusive white deer. Beautiful big trees and great hills for a nice workout. Watch for cows.

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Monica Huff
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Beautiful trail. ended up hiking a goat path that took us over a ridge. Breathtaking view. You can an hour or the entire day out there.

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Malcolm Appelbe
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Lovely open trail in rolling hills fairly easy with a couple of steeper but short climbs. Good for winter and spring. Probably too hot in the summer

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