French, Bridle and Stream Trail Loop

MODERATE 548 reviews
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French, Bridle and Stream Trail Loop is a 7 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: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,272 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: As of May 2019, the Stream Trail is still closed and fenced off. Please check with Redwood Regional Park for updates.

hiking
2 days ago

For a casual hiker like me, this trail was HARD. The french trail area of this hike contained the most windy, steep portion of the trail. Perhaps of the whole park as well. It was fairly busy during the time I went.. Sunday 7-12 noon. Total distance recorded from my iphone health app 9.2 miles. Another app recorded it as over 9 miles as well with a 1622 ft. peak elevation. Total time is a 4:45 hours.

hiking
12 days ago

Very pretty trail! Tends to get packed on weekends, but there are enough other trails that loop and intersect with each other to go off on a side adventure. Dog friendly and a decent amount of shade while hiking.

hiking
18 days ago

Stream Trail was open. Started from the mid point and hiked Bridal/Stream trail first and then French. Would have preferred to hike in reverse...French Trail had much more ups and downs than we were expecting. French Trail was very pretty with lots of redwoods and ferns.

hiking
19 days ago

Gorgeous, although expect some significant uphill sections! Stream trail definitely open now.

hiking
24 days ago

Trail was 8.3 miles not 7. Stream trail was open on June 23 no problem following the trail as specified. Well shaded so not too hot when is was 80+ out.

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular hike. Stream trail is closed from the Skyline parking area to Fern. My route started from Skyline parking and stayed on the Western Ridge until Fern Trail. Took Fern all the way to Stream. Watch your footing. It is a narrow trail with too many tree roots and it is downhill all the way. Stream was a magnificent section of the hike. No one else was on the trail until the Bridle trail turn off. A few runners went by as I took Bridle to Orchard-very nice uphill climb until I reached French trail. Took French all the way until it ended on the Western Ridge then back to the Skyline parking. French trail has sections where footing can get tricky. Lots of runners and dog walkers as you get closer to the Ridge. Fun 9.8 miles hike

closed
1 month ago

Stream trail is still closed. Took a little detour suggested by one the reviews (french to stream to star flower to madrone/monroe?? back to french ) great view of the redwoods by the stream and some uphill challenges. Very dog friendly, pretty crowded at French trail.

1 month ago

wonderful area. there are a bunch off little trails so you can change your route. very dog friendly as well.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Stream trail is closed and fenced off. You can still do a loop using star flower trail , macron and west ridge. It was about 5 miles. The area is beautiful with tons of ferns and redwoods. The west ridge trail is more crowded with walkers and dogs but along the French trail it’s fewer people.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall a great hike! Mostly shaded, not many other people but definitely more uphill than downhill. Saw signs that Stream Trail was closed but we had no issues and could make the loop like on the map.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of green poison oak on the trail but a beautiful day!

3 months ago

beautiful redwoods in oakland! trail can be too busy for my taste

Heavily trafficked trail. Nice quiet hike and hard to believe it’s still in Oakland. A few hills that will make you work but overall a good hike.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Beautiful hike just 15 min from downtown Oakland. Went in early March and it was VERY muddy but passable. Some good up and down elevation makes it a nice workout. Free parking in the lot- was tight on the weekend but able to snag a spot even in late morning.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Plenty of shade throughout the trail. Hidden gem .

trail running
muddy
4 months ago

Ran it Saturday, March 9, 2019 and it was muddy but not too bad. Great loop. A keeper.

This trail was muddy and pretty slippery at points, but still really gorgeous!

4 months ago

Great way to see Redwood Regional without missing the Stream Trail.

5 months ago

beautiful redwoods, creek and ladybugs

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

This is a wonderful area to Explore due to the Many Trails that loop and intersect each other. it was a very wooded trail with lots of greenery to look at I do suggest getting here early due to the popularity of the park

6 months ago

Very shady trek, wide trail, multitude of trees. Overall a great little escape only minutes away. A restroom along stream trail, nothing on west ridge portion.

6 months ago

great singletrack in some sections and trail is clearly marked. My watch marked the gain at 1550 and was 7.1 miles. didn't see many people on a weekday

trail running
8 months ago

Beautiful Trail! First half is downhill, second half mostly up. I ended up coming back on the West Ridge Trail instead of the French trail and this worked out fine, just a bit of extra elevation. Plenty of spots to cut through back to the French section if desired. Not too many people on a weekday and nice and shaded.

hiking
9 months ago

Starts off easy enough but gets challenging on the bottom half. Especially the French trail section.

hiking
9 months ago

A nice place but ALOT OF PEOPLE. Stream trail is basically a paved walkway. A lot of big groups. We did have a nice picnic

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail. I’m new to hiking and getting in shape. This trail kicked my ass. The last half mile-ish back up to the parking lot is killer and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath. It’s definitely the higher end of moderate.

hiking
10 months ago

Started at West Ridge and went on to the French trail.Kept on french trail .It had pretty steep inclines and declines.Wanted to go till Chown trail .But,took the route back to steam trail.It was about 7.5 miles hike overall.It is pretty intense and hard .

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