Las Trampas and Rocky Ridge Loop

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Las Trampas and Rocky Ridge Loop is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alamo, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,740 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

views

wildlife

hiking
23 days ago

Went with a friend. Parking spots were limited in the parking lot but it is a safe secluded spot. We completed 15 miles but had to alter a portion of this hike as we got confused on which direction to take in the Madrone trail. One of the problems is that there are additional paths or clear shortcuts emulating a trail which are not mapped and without signs. From the beginning, the Ringtail Cat trail has many shortcuts. On the other hand, the existent signs were not very clear and the paper map didn’t match the actual trails. We basically walked in circles between the Madrone and Virgil Williams trail. We tried to find the Sulphuric trail or Del Amigo trail and we just didn’t see a path. We had to go back where we came from and take the Corduroy hills trail. The Corduroy trail starts wide but then narrows to a single person lane. No shade until we reached areas that were next to cliffs and it seems that the trail narrows even more. Then we started our descend via Las Trampas to Chamise to reach the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. Since we got lost for about 2 hours in the Madrone trying to find the way, we decided not to do the lower portion (Elderberry - Rocky ridge trail) and instead we continued into the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail. For shade, take the western part of this trail as the eastern part is in the open and the heat of summer slows one down. From here it was all uphill to Las Trampas Peak then once we reached the Madrone trail we descended until our exit point. Very few hikers in our route, we saw less than 8 people and only 2 were serious hikers the rest were people who lived around the area that came for an in and out stroll. We didn’t see much wild fauna in this hike. Couple of eagles at the peaks. There is a lot of cattle grazing from the nearby ranches.

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Saturday, May 05, 2012