East Ridge, Prince, Stream, Tres Sendas, French West Ridge

MODERATE 21 reviews
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East Ridge, Prince, Stream, Tres Sendas, French West Ridge is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

1 month ago

Beautiful, varied views and a good length. The hike starts out level along a wide fire road that is fully exposed with a few parts that having a gentle decline. The vistas are wonderful... looking out into the valley and the facing hillside full of redwood trees and in the distance you can see golden rolling hills. The sign post for the Prince Trail was missing, so pay attention... it is a well defined trail heading down to the right just past a bench lookout. The Prince Trail is a bit steep and re-enters the tree line. The Stream Trail takes you on a level ramble through some redwoods... very lovely! Tres Sendas gains in elevation. There are a few creek crossings that were minor in the summer, but may be more of an issue in the wet season. As you leave the redwoods and transition into oaks you will hit the French Trail. I missed it and got a bit lost... it is a sharp right uphill. (If you get to a cluster if seven or so stump seats, turn around and you'll see it behind you. Don't take the French Trail to the left, it means you missed the turn off! Head back down the trail.) The French Trail is a steady climb back up to the East Ridge Trail. It's mostly covered by trees and narrows with some poison oak on the sides, so wear long pants. It is a short level walk back to the parking lot along a fire road. The ridge trails are both busy, but it is much quieter as you head into the valley. Nice variety of views and vegetation. Great way to feel outside the city!

hiking
9 months ago

Solid hike mostly flat with a few uphill bursts that got the heart going

10 months ago

Good hike. Was a nice comfortable distance. It's about half open space and half forest. Some good views and benches too.

hiking
11 months ago

We called it the perfect hike at 6pm after work. Took about 1:15 - easy walk until you hit Tres Sendas, then a nice bit of vertical through Tres Sendas to French - then you're happy when you hit West Ridge and a flat hoof back to the Skyline gate. Perfect if you're short on time and want to get in some wooded vertical. Be careful not to go too early or too late if you don't like hiking in the dark, as Tres Sendas and French are deeply wooded and much darker than East and West Ridge and even Stream.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015