Leona and Pyrite Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakland, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain800 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Park Features: Nestled between hillside neighborhoods and Merritt College, Leona Canyon offers a 290-acre sanctuary to those seeking a quick and easy escape into nature. Dog owners and walkers alike adore this park due to its accessible location. With lush groves of trees hanging over the trails and creekside terraces, this park provides just the right amount of space to take a break from your day and breathe some fresh air. There are no developed facilities here and no water provided. Restrooms are available at Merritt College during class hours. Water and restrooms are also located at the Anthony Chabot Equestrian Center, 14600 Skyline Blvd. Park maps and a self-guided trail map titled “Local Indian Uses of Plants” are available at the Leona Canyon trailhead. Trail Highlights: This route is “easy to moderate” because you can decrease the distance to make it an easier challenge since it is not a loop trail. The entire hike is 4.28 miles, but you could skip the Pyrite Trail (which is steep and has some storm damage) and make this hike 2.68 miles instead. Halfway up, when the Pyrite Trail hooks right and levels out, you will find two clearings on the left that offer peaceful terraces for resting with overlooks of Leona Canyon. Whether you choose to take the Pyrite Trail or prefer an easier hike by staying on the Leona Trail, it is important to know that both trails are out-and-back routes – just retrace your steps to get back to the parking lot. Trail Directions: This trail begins at Leona Canyon’s parking lot below Campus Drive. Enter the park and stay on the upper trail to the right to begin Leona Trail. Hike 1.34 miles until you reach the end of the trail at Merritt College. Turn around and hike .61 miles back to find the Pyrite Trail on your right. Take a right to begin the steep, but short, trail, which is .80 miles one way. Once you reach the EBRPD gate marking the park boundary line at the end of the trail, turn around to retrace your steps back to Leona Trail. Turn right here and make your way back to the parking lot. Access is also available at Merritt College. The lot charges a fee and is closed on weekends. AC Transit #54 serves Merritt College weekdays only. Park Curfew/Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fees: None Website: www.ebparks.org/parks/leona

From I-580 in Oakland, exit Keller Avenue and turn east toward the hills. Turn left onto Campus Drive and make an immediate right onto Canyon Oaks Drive into the Ridgemont at Skyline development. Turn left immediately and continue to the Leona Canyon parking lot. From Hwy 13 in Oakland, exit Redwood Road toward Carson Street. Turn sharply left onto Redwood Road, heading uphill. Turn right on Campus Drive. Turn left onto Canyon Oaks Drive into Ridgemont at Skyline development. Turn left immediately and continue to the Leona Canyon parking area. Access is also available at Merritt College. The lot charges a fee and is closed on weekends. AC Transit #54 serves Merritt College weekdays only.

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Nisha Kapadia
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I would say this is towards the harder end of easy. Mostly shaded with wide paths.

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Aubrey Cool
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Chris Beaty
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Nice trail for a quick 5K

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arielle conway
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nice easy trail. some good uphill too

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Corey Hur
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Albina Soto-Rivas
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Suguey Hernandez
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During the lunch time I was all alone! It was great to get some fresh air and hit this steep hill. Definitely got the heart rate up!

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Theresa Tocci
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Gem of a trail in an urban environment.

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Anand D
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Very friendly out and back trail; mostly shaded and runs along the Leona creek. Went on a week end, encountered lots of casual hikers with their dogs; Ample parking whose access is interestingly through an apartment community. Don’t miss the Pyrite trail - relatively less traversed but even more enjoyable with nice views of the thickly wooded gorge it surrounds

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Brad Allender
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Just did the Pyrite fork.

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Ammar Babiker
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It is awesome walk.

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Laia Pedreno
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It had plenty of shade and it’s very dog friendly. Really beautiful easy trail.

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Tiara Evans
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Will try this trail again at a later date. Hiking this trail during the Complex Fires made this hike unpleasant. It was dark due to the smoke in the atmosphere, which made it feel creepy for an early morning trip.

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Alice Baldridge
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This is a lovely little out and back trail close to home. Morning fog, going I’d elevation change to get your heart rate up but not kill you. Pack your poop bags out!!!

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Tyler Chuck
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Wide dirt path that is good for social distancing. The canyon path is nice as well as some of the routes into the neighborhood!

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Cindy Yanez
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Very nice view on the top

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Fiona DOYLE
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Very nice for a summer afternoon

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Regina Marie
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Nice challenging trail that doesn’t make you feel like you wanna die. Would recommend! Some inclined but an easy slow incline.

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Rossi Snipper
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Pyrite Trail part is the best --- wonderful dappled light under the shade provided by coastal oak and bay laurel. There is a self-guided tour discussing the use of plants by the Ohlone and Miwok tribes at the northwestern end of the Leona Trail (near Merritt College); pick up a leaflet at the trailhead. I added the Artemesia Trail to the northern ridge -- a bit more exposed, it offers the only real vista (although not a particularly exciting one towards the south bay).

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Madeleine James
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Nice steady uphill climb on pyrite trail. Smells like dog poo pretty much the whole way. Trees are cool though.

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Kelly Carpenter
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Great trail. A little hilly but once you warm up very beautiful and enjoyable with shade and sun and plenty of lush greenery.

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Anika H
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Fine trail, but a little boring. Good for dogs!

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Rahul Butala
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Great Trail. Bit rocky but nice ratio of sun and shade. Couple of bench along the Leaona part of the trail. It is classified as easy but I think it is moderate trail. It has enough elevation to get classify as moderate.

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Jayson Lima
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Amy McC
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Beautiful trail with ideal shade to sun ratio. Decent incline to raise the heart rate a little bit and get a nice glute workout at the same time. Saw quite a few birds, insects, and a slug. No newts. :(

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Weston Schaffert
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Good dog trail, lots of dogs.

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S Fuchiwaki
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disappointed that the top of trail is behind locked gate. Only public access is from ends of Leona Trail

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Marcus Charles
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All kinds of wildlife hawks, squirrels, a little green snake

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Steve Hurd
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