French, Bridle and Stream Trail Loop

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French, Bridle and Stream Trail Loop is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,358 feet Route Type: Loop

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This hike begins at the top of Skyline Dr and starts off relatively flat with good views of the East Bay hills and surrounding forest. Eventually, it descends down towards the creek where you will walk by countless tall redwoods. Once you reach the Bridle and Stream trails, the path flattens out again and is even paved in a few areas. There are several picnic areas to stop and rest before you continue the trek back up to the parking lot.

Great hike! Go French to Stream.

hiking
rocky
scramble
25 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Based on a reviewer’s suggestion, started on French. Great if you prefer to get the elevation and difficult part over with in the beginning. After the first 45 minutes, it became quite easy. It was crowded on a Saturday. Lots of markers, and cell service most of the hike!

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Go French to Stream (not the reverse as some suggested). Repetitive steep hills on French and gradual incline on Stream. Almost full shade the whole way, big redwoods on Stream. Dog friendly, pretty busy trail.

It’s a great trail!! I was experimenting with my camera stabilizer and trying to shoot a vlog. Overall moderate difficulty is accurate and stream trail is very easy! Total time would be around 3.5 hours if you are just hiking :)

Kid friendly hike. Saw two lizards and a snake.

Awesome moderate hike! Some portions are pretty steep but it balances overall.

This hike truly has it all. Great views, rigorous hills, well maintained trails, bathrooms, water, and even a playground for kids. Pretty crowded on the main trail and lots of mountain bikes. Overall just a solid day hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Truly gorgeous! I also did this trail backwards, with the Orchard Trail connector. So many incredible smells of eucalyptus, sights of ladybugs on Stream trail, and the secluded atmosphere of the French trail. Bring lots of fluids and get ready for some intense portions of incline. Will definitely do again.

Whew, this was a killer for me. I'm really sore today. It was more like 8.4 miles. I hiked this one in the opposite direction as shown in the AT app. Started too late and hiked the last 3 miles alone in the dark, thus the trail was very difficult to even see. The whole way was beautiful forrest, smelled like pine and Eucalyptus. Busy trail, lots of dogs, saw no bicyclists. Will definitely do it again.

Do the trail backwards!!! We did it backwards and it was amazing I imagine I would have cried doing French trail forward the entrance is the uphill trail next to stream trail! Also don’t forget that orchard trail connects French trail to bridle trail! It was amazing I am definitely doing it again you can smell the eucalyptus tress align the way and check out the thousands of ladybugs on stream trail! Shady and amazing

No water in creek on 9/22

running
2 months ago

This is my second time running this trail, and I’ve really enjoyed it both times...maybe even more as I begin to familiarize myself with where to go. The trail is nicely shaded for a good portion of the time, and in spite of some rain yesterday, the trail was only slightly wet in a few small spots. Nice mix of terrain, with some tricker parts (tree roots, rocks etc.) and some easier parts (groomed dirt paths, pavement, gravel). This one is a keeper!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail! Recommend counter clockwise so there will be bathrooms available in the 2nd half when most likely needed. Also Stream trail is very easy so getting French trail over first would have helped. Also it's the Orchard trail that connects Bridle and French, missed that and ended up going further to West Ridge which gave extra elevation.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail, shady and nice light. The final part of loop is very hilly and challenging!

running
bugs
3 months ago

The AllTrails app shut off on me at one point, for about .6 miles, as you can see from the recording. My watch recorded a total of 7.01 miles for this. Technology aside, this is the prettiest trail I’ve done in the area thus far! Some tough uphills in the first half, and a long gradual uphill for most of the second half. But lots of great shade and beautiful things to look at along the way! Even saw a large black snake with white rings slithering into a hole!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike and great big trees!

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail with lots of shade (as long as you take the side trails), dogs will be both on and off leash just FYI. Very woodsy, great hike in the middle of Oakland. Even when it felt 100 degrees in the sun, the trail was perfect for the dogs, just bring a lot of water. We found some faucets about 4-5 miles in, near the campgrounds.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful and challenging at least for me!

Amazing running - would rate as moderate/slightly tough. Whole thing is runnable and the French trail is super shaded and quite the treat to behold!

Mostly shade and rolling trail of fine quality. The hills keep your ass a little pumped on the way up but are fantastic to fly on the way down :) New training circuit for sure!!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail that was very relaxing and enjoyable for my husband, myself and our Labrador Retriever. Easy walk along the Stream Trail with plenty of shade and beautiful scenery.

I’ve always loved this local hike that features beautiful trees and shade. Check it out!

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