Rocky Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews
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Rocky Ridge Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Danville, 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 are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles
1085 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



Take a stroll around the tall rolling grassy hills East of San Francisco in the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Wildflower lovers will love the springtime scenery of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, but when the blooms have faded this East Bay park still has plenty to marvel at. Eagle-eyed hikers in autumn and winter will spot birds of prey amongst the gliding turkey vultures, and there's also the chance of a golden eagle sighting.

7 days ago

Steep incline to start for roughly a mile but evens out near the top. Beautiful view of Diablo and lots of bird sightings. Mind the cows

14 days ago

Great trail. Couple of things to note: cows (to avoid) in parts of the trail; very strong winds sometimes in top. Not for beginners.

27 days ago

Great reward for the hike up - amazing views

1 month ago

Beautiful views from the summit. Be careful not to take Cuesta trail cutoff and no bueno in winter. Massive mud track.

1 month ago

Wonderful experience. One among the easier hikes I would say, nonetheless the views are amazing. No mud when we hiked today - seeing the trail it’s very clear why people have complained so - a drizzle and it could all turn muddy in no time.

Highly recommended - if it hasn’t rained recently.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike on a clear day! It was fun to see Diablo get bigger and bigger as we climbed. Also cool to be above the hawks!

6 months ago

We went 2 couples, each with a baby. We took them on baby carriers. The beginning of the hike you ascend very quickly so it can be a challenge, but shortly after ending the paved path the ascent stops and its pretty much little ups and downs from there. It was very windy on top but not cold. Amazing views. Highly recommend.

8 months ago

Awesome trail. Super challenging on the way up, but then you are rewarded with amazing views! Take lots of water, a hat, and sunscreen as most of the path is exposed. Elderberry trail is very uneven and cracked from the rain. Landslide cut through the paved path, towards the top, but easy to get around.

8 months ago


9 months ago

5/5/2017 This has to be the best loop trail in the bay area. The scenery of the rolling hills on both sides of Rocky ridge and also while coming down the Elderberry trail is breath taking.
We did spot the fossil shells in exactly the area mentioned in this app.
Did spot 1 or 2 little snakes on the elderberry stretch. The Elderberry stretch is a little muddy and uneven due the rains this season.

App says 4.7 miles, but it felt like 6. most of the climb is in the beginning on a paved road. However the Elderberry part also has a few little climbs and it was longer than I was anticipating it to be.

Do visit before the rolling hills turn brown in summer.

10 months ago

Beautiful views. Challenging at first to get your workout in then a nice walk with amazing views at the top.

10 months ago

Great views of Mt Diablo and the city. Also a large assortment of wildflowers during beginning of April.

10 months ago

Challenging scenic hike. Expansive views of Mount Diablo, Mount Tam and SF. Lovely green hills and wildflower meadows. I've lived in the East Bay for over 20 years and never knew about this area. Highly recommended!

11 months ago

It's an amazing spot! 5 stars in my book, for a few reasons. 1. The almost immediate dramatic incline gets your blood pumping quickly, if you like that. Within minutes of climbing 1,000ish ft, views of Diablo to your east appear, with tiny pockets (WAY) behind that of snow-capped Sierras. (With an EBMUD pass, you then enter near the fire road to your right- no cows/dogs beyond here) 2. The beauty of shell fossils, these are the coolest! 3. The vast views of SF bay and beyond. 4. You are practically alone any given weekday.
The most recent reviewer must have come the day(s) after the last rainstorm, of course it'd be messy. This trail was completely dried up on this 75 degree day. As far as a million cows, I saw maybe 8, and very little flops.

11 months ago

2/25/17 I cannot for the love of God understand all the 5 star ratings. Probably the worst hike I've ever been on. I took a Rocky Ridge to Sycamore to Elderberry loop. Seriously, the mud on Elderberry was ridiculous and then add in that a million cows made it uneven and full of crap. Most of the loop was a farm road so it was mostly wide, graded and not natural looking. It was also pretty heavily used, parking was inadequate and many of the people felt the need to play music and not bring earphones. And everything is always steep. The views at the top of Rocky Ridge were pretty nice but not nearly redeeming enough to make me ever for a second contemplate doing this again.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Awesome views. Mud is really bad on way down right now. Was with my two boys, 6 and 8. Wouldn't bring kids any younger, my husband had to turn back with my 3 yr old.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

It was a decent hike for a family. Only problem was mud puddles while coming back

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Tough inital climb to the ridge. Beautiful views of Mt. Diablo and surrounding bay area!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Nice climb to the top of the ridge. Go after the rain to see the animal tracks.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

It was a nice workout making the initial climb up the hill. But once you reach the ridge, the views are wonderful. I look forward to coming back and doing all of the other trails at this location.

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