French and East Ridge Trail Loop via Canyon Meadow

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Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

French and East Ridge Trail Loop via Canyon Meadow is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length9.7 miElevation gain1,755 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowers
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French Trail to Madrone to Redwood then back to French Trail up to Skyline. Walk across parking lot to East Ridge and follow it to Canyon Trail and back to the start.

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Jill Crane
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Aubrei Duncan
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Amalia L.
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I love this park, has so many options. It’s very popular, it’s difficult to find parking after 11 am on a weekend. The trail is challenging at first and depending where you park it will end up to be more like 11-12 miles

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Dana Kwitnicki
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11.5 miles!! More than anticipated but easy decline at the end

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Tremell Lowell
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Great hike longer than title we ended up with 13.1 miles

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Ajeet Mirwani
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Nice challenging climbs during the first half, however the way back on east ridge was a bit meh. good tree cover throughout!

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Kashif Ali
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great hike, beautiful views

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Stephen Tyler
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Very nice hike. Some solid elevation gain/changes throughout the more forested sections. While there weren't any super-giants, there were still many beautiful redwoods.

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Erickson Alvarez
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Trail was a long hike but peaceful once you hit the French trail...west ridge is pretty much the main highway of the trail. Nice hike tho!

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Jason Burwell
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left on the loop

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Stevie Burnich
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I love the French trail and this route takes you on the majority of it with a nice easy way back. Kind of muddy this time of year but cool enough where you don’t need to bring a ton of water.

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Lauren Donahue
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This was a great hike. Took me about 3.5-4 hours by myself. There was plenty of shade so it stayed cool the whole time. There were some parts where the trail was a bit muddy but not too bad. This time of year there were a lot of stretches of this hike with no other people, so it was nice to really be out in nature by myself. This trail starts at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area parking lot (you can navigate there on Google Maps).

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Grant Abernathey
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Madison Mount
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Madison Mount
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Catriona Esquibel
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Russ Martin
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Erika Azabache
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Kirsten Mize
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Kirsten Mize
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Sarah Groman
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Taylor Landrum
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MHER MNATSAKANYAN
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Courtney Nuttall
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Rachael Gehrman
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Raleigh Latham
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Sonam Lhamo
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Zoraida Maldonado
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C Crutch
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