French Trail and Stream Trail Loop via Skyline Blvd 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

hiking
21 days ago

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

hiking
27 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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 .

hiking
1 month ago

Stream trail is easy, flat and fairly wide with portions where the trail is paved with concrete. I went on a Thursday morning and was surprised by how crowded it was. It’s very nice, especially considering how close to Oakland it is, but it doesn’t stand out as a memorable hike. On its own I’d give 3-3.5 stars. French Trail on the other hand is quite pretty. I took Orchard Trail off of Stream Trail which connected me to French trail. French Trail has a number of steep inclines and declines with beautiful, dense forest. I had the trail to myself almost the entire walk.

hiking
1 month ago

It was an amazing place. Calm and love all the fresh air.

2 months ago

Great workout for us

2 months ago

This is our go to trail when hot or raining... The trail is under the canapy and easy to moderate... The trail is always changing and if you are lucky you will see a nice waterfall

hiking
2 months ago

stream trail is the best, all in redwoods and always chillly

hiking
2 months ago

Whether you start from either French Trail or Stream Trail, there's good elevation coming in and out of it. You’ll find several picnic tables along the way and enough bathroom facilities. There's also lots of side trails to explore.

My AllTrails app suddenly stopped recording at one point so I wasn't able to full record my hike but that's ok (pardon the gap on my recording).

If you decide to hike on a weekend and choose Skyline Gate Staging Area as your starting point, try to get there before 8am to have a better chance at finding parking (vs street parking).

hiking
2 months ago

What is great about this trail is that you can make it as long or short as you like. There ate lots of trails that off shoot this trail so if you want an extension or if you want to cut it short you can. The French trail is one of my favorites because first of all it’s beautiful, it’s up-and-down to get a nice workout and no bikes!
it really is a good idea to get there early as it does get crowded and it tends to get warm as you’re making your way uphill back to the parking lot. Definitely put this one on you list!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice elevation loop. You will feel the burn. Start as early as possible.

hiking
2 months ago

Within few minutes you forget that you are very near to some of the busiest cities. A close-up experience with nature, this moderately rated hike will help you appreciate the much needed quiet time you are missing after living in the city. Good for kids who can manage some elevation.

hiking
3 months ago

Got to Skyline parking lot before 8am on a Sunday and it was already full so had to park along the street. Hike down Stream Trail and to the other parking lot was pretty easy, shaded and downhill, passing by campsites and redwoods. Headed back via French trail, which requires some uphill initially and then a few portions of up and downhill, nothing too strenuous. Overall a good hike, just get there early.

hiking
3 months ago

River trail is flat and a pleasant walk. French trail portion is strenuous but fun. Lots of foilage and shade

hiking
3 months ago

People do not keep their dogs on a leash even though the rules are to do so!!!

Other than being unsure of people’s dogs level of friendliness while walking, the experience is nice. I love the views of the redwoods and the creek. Oh and the lady bug habitat.

Lots of bathrooms along the trails.

A great hiking experience, minus the dogs not on a leash.

3 months ago

Good workout..we started with stream trail and reached play area from there we got on to orchard and then French trail. Has some elevation and trees around.

3 months ago

Great trail ! I recommend coming on a weekday as to avoid the traffic and enjoy a more quiet experience.

3 months ago

Just went today and one of the most beautiful places to go hiking!!

3 months ago

Definitely get there early - it gets crowded. Some good redwoods and shady, covered areas so it’s perfect for hot days. Lots of uphill. Be prepared.

3 months ago

Nice hike. Lots of people though. Some groups as large as 10. Most with dogs. Started on the west ridge trail (the one to the right) and was going against most of the flow.

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite trail at Redwood Regional Park. I always go extra early to avoid the crowds. Be warned that if you start on French and finish on Stream that the final stretch is totally exposed.

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail right in the east bay when you need a nearby hike in the shade to escape the blazing summer sun as long as you DO NOT return via the west ridge trail which is boring and exposed! No views along French trail - this is a forested section. Lots of redwood trees and smells of eucalyptus. Gets really busy during the weekend.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike if you don't mind the crowds. Give it five stars if it was not so crowded.

5 months ago

Love this hike! and got to see the lady bugs earlier this year!

6 months ago

Beautiful, shaded, good for running, lots of trail options

hiking
6 months ago

A tot of tree cover. Great hike for the hotter months

6 months ago

the only issue i have with the place is not the place itself but the irresponsible and sometimes even arrogant dog owners who allow their dogs to go off leash. there is so much info provided by the ebrpd about conservation and the impact of y'alls dogs disturbing the fragility of flora and fauna of the park. there are hella dog friendly nature spots in the bay stop encroaching on areas that really need protection. i'm grateful rangers ticket the hell outta y'all. please humble yourself and get educated and examine your sense of responsibility and care to the future of humxnkind and mama nature.

other than that, what is not to love about this place? been going there since a wee thing with my fam. thx ebrpd, government regulation (ya hear, neoliberals and libertarians?), and tax mula for keeping these parks so accessible, protected enough, and natural.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a good hike, pretty much downhill all the way on the Stream Trail, and then bursts of good short climbs on the way back through the French Trail. We saw wild flowers and lots of dogs on the Stream Trail, but once we got onto the French Trail, there wasn't much traffic. The whole trail was quite muddy though because of the rains.

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