Las Trampas Ridge Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Ramon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
very nice trl.
Ok, so if you intend to do this trail, be prepared for a long hike/bike. You can't park at the trail entrance or anywhere along Las Trampas Rd. There are signs posted everywhere. I parked down on Danville Blvd and biked 1.8 miles up the hill to the trail head.
The trail itself was very muddy even though there hasn't been any rain for about a week and a half. The climb up to Las Trampas Peak is pretty rough. It's hard to get traction with all the mud. And I encountered a lot of cows on the trail.
After the peak, you stay on the ridge for a few miles and it's a series of ups and downs. That was a lot of fun. The trail lists mountain biking as an option, but technically you're not supposed to take bikes on Las Trampas Ridge Trail past the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail intersection. There is a sign explicitly telling you this. But people do it anyway. This section of the trail is much more narrow and not wide enough for bikers and hikers to share the space, so there is a valid reason for the sign. Just be careful out there ppl.
If you complete the whole track, the last mile will be a steep, rutted, cow pasture. It was rough for mountain biking as the cows had trampled the trail and there were some deep ruts that could be problematic. I would suggest taking caution on the final descent.
The trail ends at Elworthy Staging Area. You are allowed to park here, so I would suggest leaving your car at this staging area and having someone drop you off at the northern trail entrance (or take Uber). I biked back to Las Trampas Rd. via San Ramon Valley Blvd and Iron Horse Trail. I stopped half-way and took a detour to do the Del Amigo to Eugene O'Neil trail. In total, I biked 19 miles.
Very steep incline to start. Great views of the Bay! Dress in layers, it gets cold and windy at the top on the Bay side.
Beautiful views! Lots of fun with the dogs and kids. We will definitely go again.
Not easy! But I guess that's always relative.
Best trail with most personal space once passing the permit point... there's rocks to climb too.