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French, Bridle and Stream Trail Loop

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Redwood Regional Park

French, Bridle and Stream Trail Loop is a 9.1 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.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 1,437 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Description
Waypoints (1)
Facilities
Tips

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.

Park at the Skyline Gate Staging Area at Pine Hills Dr.

Parking free during the week. Trail maps at trailhead or online at http://www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood#trailmap. Hike at your own risk. There is also the option to park at the Skyline Gate Staging Area on Skyline Blvd. Both parking areas have bathroom facilities.

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Reviews (1023)
Photos (2465)
Recordings (798)
Completed (2874)
Kevin Mora
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Hiking

Clockwise route starting at 11am. Decent number of people on the trail. Temperatures weren't too bad as most of the trail is covered. Facilities were closed for repair and because of COVID. 8/4/2020

Jiwei Wei
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Hiking

Flexible

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Mel Lauren
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Hiking

Great solo hike. Went on a Thursday morning around 11:45am. Went counter clockwise and started on west ridge/French trail and went back on stream. Nice versatile hike with inclines, declines, gradual elevation and beautiful mostly shaded scenery. Loved the grand trees all over. Path gets narrow as you go deeper. Highly recommend if you have 2-3 hours to kill.

Ann Lin
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Hiking

Great workout! Arrived at 2pm and finished 5:30. Pretty much shady all the way - I didn’t even need to use my cap or sunglasses. I like the design of the trail going counterclockwise. Roller coaster in the first half and pretty flat and steady going up second half. There’s quite some bugs though so that was tiny bit annoying. Overall it’s awesome. Love it. Will come again for sure.

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Rushi Patel
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HikingBugs

Great loop if you’re looking for a Saturday afternoon stroll through the redwoods. Some chances to go off trail for some good views and decent elevation change

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Andrew Scarani
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Mike Marko
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overall this area is a great place to spend and kill time but the trails are a maze and if you want to get lost, dont worry you can and possibly will. still fun!

Brea Coffey
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Hiking

Cool trail if you’re not in a hurry. Started on the French trail as suggested. GPS using this app on my phone acted up slightly. Said we hiked just over 9 miles but according to Apple Watch it was more like 8. Either way great scenery. The shade is a huge plus too for summer.

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Nicholas Sims
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Amy Abe
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Hiking

First, I have to say it was not 7.9 miles. It was 9 miles when I walked as same as red line. So it was not easy maybe a little hard trail for non experienced people who wanna try redwood. Those people can use some short cut trail between French trail and Stream trail. The best thing was 90% of trail was shady and we could enjoy very clean nice air in the wood.

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Tamaya Rhett-Szarka
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Hiking

Really fun! I think it’s a little easier to start on the French trail side and end with stream trail. I like getting the harder stuff over with first and the French trail has more hills (a lot is downhill going this way though so that’s another reason I think this way is a little easier). And it’s almost all shaded so that was nice since I went on a hot day

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Mar'Kela Pierce
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Hiking

Since I was pressed for daylight, I partially completed the trail, but what I did hike was amazing. I began at the skyline entrance and slightly trekked off through the eucalyptus trail before turning back around. A great short yet impactful workout with INCREDIBLE scenery. I’ll definitely be returning to complete the full loop!

Suzanne Chan
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Hiking

Take stream first if you are looking for a tough last 6-9 miles. Starting with west ridge is a little tougher on knees but will let you take stream for the last 3 miles which is flattish. Great workout first 3-4 miles with nice hills and shaded areas. I normally take stream, mills, French to west ridge so this was a nice extension to get a bit more mileage without adding on more hills. Don't be fooled it's 9+ miles.

jeffrey m
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Hiking

A little too many up and downs for my liking

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Devin Pontious
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Lance Cicairos-Rodriguez
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Hiking

Reading other reviews, I did the French Trail and ended with Stream Trail which was definitely the best choice. A lot of good scenery and it’s 90% shaded! It’s busy for the first mile but then you will rarely see anyone past that. I would definitely bring bug spray and comfortable shoes. Will definitely do this trail again!

Carlos Lopez
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HikingBugs

As an earlier review said, this was definitely a “Surprise MothaF##ker” moment... We did stream first then French afterwards, next time I will probably do French first and finish off with Stream. Beautiful path full of redwoods and greenery... I should really start with small hikes...

Kassra Azimi
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HikingBugs

Awesome hike with the puppy today!! The trail was pretty busy with families due to the holiday. For the most part everyone wore masks and followed social distancing when possible. I took the stream trail down into the valley where it opened up into super pretty redwoods. The hike down was a fire trail which had a few steep/rocky sections but was pretty easy going. I took the French trail back up to the parking lot which was a 3+ mile single track that snaked it's way up the steep side of the valley. If you're looking for a solid workout take the stream trail down to the French trail and back up to the skyline parking lot ( I believe it's clockwise) Be sure to bring water and snacks. By the stream there are a handful of areas just off the trail for you to relax and enjoy the birds chirping.

Amy J
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Running

Much too crowded right now, but it was nice running on shaded trails since it’s a warm day. And there are TONS of ladybugs, it’s awesome! Just would say that I’m not sure it was worth it due to the crowds. Most people had masks and were respectful of people passing, but a few didn’t make much effort to give space or were without masks. Had to stop sooo many times to allow for people to pass or to wait until groups of people moved, which really breaks up your stride while running.

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Caitlin L.
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Hiking

Awesome trail! The reviews are true and it’s definitely 9 miles. The trail was shaded 99% of the time which was nice. This was my first time doing this trail and if I happen to do it again I will definitely go the right route to start the loop instead of left. Mostly wide trails, very clean , and very dog friendly .

aubrey f.
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Hiking

Awesome hike with nice scenery and lots of shade. Went counterclockwise which ended in a solid and steep ascent. Not too much water in the creek but lots of greenery. Parking lot was crowded but trail wasn’t. More like 9 miles but well worth it.

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Lluvia Cordero
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Hiking

Nothing says “Surprise Mother F****er like 9.1 miles later! I know All Trails is usually a bit off on the miles, but that one through me for a loop. Pretty empty trail once you’re up in the mountain, besides that, do expect people during the first 2.5 miles of your trail and the last mile of your trail

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Crystal S.
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Hiking

Get trail, beautiful redwood area . Dog friendly. Both amount of shade and sunlight on trails

Jai London
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Bugs

Beautiful trails! There are a mix of trail types from redwood forrest trails to meadowy trails. There’s a good mix of shade and sun (mostly shaded). Well maintained. Nice variety. Would recommend!

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Nick Meinzer
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Hiking

Nice mix of sun and shade. You really get down into the redwoods by the stream. Dogs are allowed but on leash only. I couldn’t do this with my previous dog because he was polite off leash but a lunger on leash. So I’ve been to this area many times but not this trail. While it says “heavily trafficked”, I would say more moderately compared to places such as lake Chabot. I ran across people, but not too many. COVID safe, wide paths.

William Ryan
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Hiking

Bad if you’re in a global pandemic and need to stay away from over people. Crowded/narrow. Otherwise, in general very nice and shady.

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Tisha Cosby
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail!!! Shaded most areas, beautiful views everywhere. We did see 1 snake!

Trinity Sines
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Arcadia Alatorre
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Hiking

8.52 miles. Includes West Ridge Trail from Tres Sendas Trail instead of French Trail to Tres Sendas Trail to French Trail to West Ridge Trail.

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