MacDonald Trail to Proctor Gate is a 11.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Valle Vista, 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.

11.3 miles
1,614 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


mountain biking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

I suggested an edit because Escondido Trail is currently closed. Also, by avoiding Proctor trail at the southern end, this trail can accommodate mountain bikers. The southern portion of this trail overlaps with the Lake Chabot Bike Loop and it gets a lot of bike traffic.

I would also suggest taking Brandon Trail instead of Grass Valley because it is more scenic and shaded. Grass Valley is very rutted from all the runoff and there is a muddy quagmire at one point that I would want to avoid.

If you want to follow the Bay Area Ridge Trail exclusively, then simply follow Brandon Trail all the way until you reach the golf course, then go through the golf course and follow the path that runs parallel to Redwood Road until you reach Proctor Gate. I took this route on my way back as I did a round trip.

If you're goal is to complete the entire Bay Area Ridge Trail, then you can link up with the following trails also available on All Trails. Nobody has yet created a trail for the missing link that goes from Proctor Gate to Rampage Peak then through Cull Canyon and links up with Don Castro (this is the Chabot to Garin Trail).

Nimitz Way Trail (Tilden Regional)
Seaview Trail (Tilden Regional)
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Lomas Cantadas to Skyline
Skyline Gate to Macdonald Gate
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Independent School to Five Canyons

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nice hike with some good views. The climb up from the parking lot was rather muddy as it had just rained the day before and that area doesn't get any sun. But once I crested the hill, the path was dry and opened up to some nice views. There are a few benches along the trail if you want to take a break and enjoy the scenery. I encountered a lot of dogs off leash. Some owners had their dogs under control, some not so much.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I really enjoyed this one. I hiked it solo and had my wife drop me off and pick me up. There are some really pretty aspects to this hike. I did it on a very nice day in jan so the weather wasn't hot. You go in and out of different forests and clearings with some great views. The part that is closer to Chabot is used quite a bit by cyclist and I came across a few horseback riders on the north end since it is so close to the stables.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Nice hike that doesn't get a lot of use. Situated near horse boarding facilities so it probably gets as much horse and bike activity as hikers. Good connector between Redwood and Chabot. I've made it a day hike starting in upper Redwood and going to the bottom of Chabot.

Monday, August 08, 2016

My route:
1. Parked at Bort Meadow Staging Area, walked down toward the camp grounds and turning left onto the Grass Valley trail. 2. Took a right to cross the Stone Bridge, and right again to head back, now on the Goldenrod trail.
3. Right onto Ranch trail which later becomes Grass Valley trail and completes the loop.

6.5 miles, 2:45 at a leisurely pace. Not much of a challenge. Mild inclined to get the blood flowing, horse dung to keep you on your toes. Beautiful eucalyptus tree groves along the way. Equestrians, dog walkers, bikers, and hikers, pretty cool! Great one for the whole family. It did get dusty and hot around 11am (in August).

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Enjoyable trek through eucalyptus forests, grassland, and some nice views. If you take the Buckeye trail to connect Goldenrod & Grass Valley, you'll follow a nice little stream lined by lots of ferns, moss & green foliage. Depending on the time of year you'll have to deal with mud, ice, dust, and/or horse & cattle manure on the trail. Goldenrod is right next to Skyline Blvd so you'll hear and see cars. Lots of unleashed dogs on this trail under varying degrees of voice control.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Very scenic

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

It was tedious and involved a lot of horse poo.

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