Leona Canyon Trail

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Leona Canyon Trail is a 2.8 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 and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
469 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


private property

Leona Canyon Trail a pleasant stroll through the Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve. A great hike for all ages.

2 days ago

The trail is easier to find if you park at Merritt College in their parking lot or along the road. Trailhead access is past the first large parking lot as you enter the second parking area, to your right. The access that is a little harder to find is off of Stoneridge and Campus Drive. Just to the north of the intersection is a gate the looks like private property. There is a walk through gate for trail access here. Nice trail, dogs can be off leash only once you get past the residents at the beginning of the trail head if you enter from Campus and Stoneridge. Shaded trail in some parts, sunny in others. This is not a loop trail and there are other trails that it will access to take you in/out different locations so pay attention where you are and where you want to come out. There is wildlife in the area so remember your trail safety at dawn/dusk. There is no water for dogs so please take care of your furry friends and remember they are wearing a fur coat

1 month ago

Nice trail with shade trees interspersed. Benches begin to appear after about one mile. FYI: You must drive onto private property to find the parking lot and trail head. Popular spot for dog walkers but all we met were friendly with their charges under control.

1 month ago

Great trail for a walk in the woods. Many people bring dogs and some are off-leash so be prepared. There are a lot of birds and in the spring the flowers are beautiful & the water flows in the creek creating a serene oasis.

1 month ago

Nice hike. A wide, mostly shaded trail that begins with a gentle incline and becomes a bit steeper in the last third before heading back. Great midweek, post-work hike.

2 months ago

A nice and short out & back trail. It gets steeper near the end but is pretty easy overall. Very dog friendly. To get to the parking lot, you have to drive into the parking lot of the Ridgemont complex (it’s the one without a closed gate).

4 months ago

I love this place.

7 months ago

Beautiful and fun trail.

10 months ago

Pretty easy trail. Dogs are allowed to be off leash, so be wary if you have a dog who isn't as friendly.

11 months ago

Went here today with the bf. It's our first hike after a year hiatus. It's a good beginner trail. Just be aware that there's a span of uphill. I like that we started from the trail head by the apartment since we got through the uphill first as opposed to last. There's barely any water in the creek; probably because it's summer.

trail running
Friday, July 28, 2017

Close by for a quick run or walk.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nice and peaceful hike, very difficult to FIND! Took us almost an hr to find.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Beautiful trail. Gorgeous scenic views. One part of the trail has a steep incline that makes the hike more of a workout, which is awesome!! It's not that difficult. Maybe took about 2 hours, but we stopped and sat on one of the benches. Great hike!

trail running
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Beautiful but uphill the whole way out, so tougher for beginning runners.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nice easy hike with great scenery. Good hike for the family and the dogs too.
Running water and lush trees makes this a perfect day hike that is well worth the short drive.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Nice walk. It gets steeper the further you go in. Dogs are not required to be on leash, but must be under command according to the sign. From what I encountered, half the dogs were on leash and half were not.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Really nice trail. Very kid-friendly. The slope is generally nice and easy and there's lots of shade.

One thing to note: this trail does not require dogs to be on-leash. 50' in to the trailhead if you're starting from the apartment complex end, there's a sign that clear says it's a dogs-off-leash trail and then it has some rules about dogs needing to reply to voice commands.

Not a huge deal, but wanted to put that out there.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Nice off leash dog trail with a slight incline.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Leona trail is a steep decline to the basin of Leona Canyon, where it meets with Artemisia trail. The Artemisia trail is much more gentle and has direct access from a parking lot near an apartment complex. Leona trail has no trail marker at the ridge of the canyon. Me and my friends happened to spot the trail head while driving around the neighborhood off of Skyline Rd. Good hike with interesting foliage, but LOTS OF POISON OAK!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

awesome short trail with an awesome stream running through it!!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Was a great little hike.. went right after it rained so everything was still wet an fresh.. Had a few benches to stop eat a snack an take in the beautiful views..

Monday, August 11, 2014

I parked for free in the lot next to the apartments and started my hike from there. It was a short and mostly shady trail that was good for my dog and me. We took the Artemisia trail to the top for a steeper incline and enjoyed the view while we rested. Although dogs are allowed off-leash watch out for poison oak on both sides of the trail.

Monday, June 23, 2014

This review is for Artemisia Trail to Leona Canyon Trail - a steep out and back that is approximately 1.2 miles, tucked away in a suburb just off of Skyline Boulevard. Artemisia Trail is part of the Leona Canyon Open Preserve network of trails, which also includes Leona Canyon Trail running the length of the entire canyon, and Pyrite Trail, a tributary trail like Artemisia with steeps descents/ascents from the canyon's ridge.

From a small entrance off Lexford Place, Artemisia follows a semi-rocky descent through enchanting shaded-groves. Even at just over a mile, Artemisia Trail gets steep quickly, and in turn, makes for a helluva trek back up - ideal for some effective after-work exercise. Not necessarily for beginners however, so come prepared with proper shoes and plenty of water. A true hidden gem right in Oakland's back-yard!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

This trail was an easy, family-friendly trail. The trail runs along a creek that my dog and kids enjoyed exploring. There is lots of shady spots and some benches along the way. We started at the apartment side where the parking is free. The only difficult part was the uphill climb as you get close to the Meritt college side. There is no water or restroom facilities along the way. Dogs are allowed off-leash.

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