MacDonald, Grass Valley, Ranch, Goldenrod, Buckeye

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Anthony Chabot Regional Park

MacDonald, Grass Valley, Ranch, Goldenrod, Buckeye is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.1 miElevation gain577 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashCampingHikingNature tripsForestViewsWildlifeBugsNo shade
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Park Features: This 3,314-acre park sits in the hills above Oakland, and includes a beautiful, year-round public campground. Miles of hiking and riding trails make this a must visit for outdoor enthusiasts. Anthony Chabot Family Campground overlooks Lake Chabot and offers walk-to tent sites, drive-to tent sites, and RV/trailer sites with full hook-ups. Group camping is also available. Horse boarding is available at Chabot Equestrian Center and Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center. Trail Highlights: This trail starts at the Big Trees/Bort Meadow Staging Area on Redwood Road, mile marker 4.2. The route provides expansive views of Grass Valley and the surrounding hills as far as the eye can see. You’ll travel through a variety of grassland and woodland habitats. Restrooms and drinking water are available at Bort Meadow Group Camp. Trail Directions: From the gravel parking lot at the staging area, walk through the gate marked MacDonald Trail/East Bay Skyline Trail. After the gate, take the first left onto the unmarked spur trail towards Bort Meadow. At next trail post, continue straight onto Grass Valley Trail. When you reach Bort Meadow, turn right on Ranch Trail, passing through the cattle gate. Continue on Ranch Trail, turning left through a gate as it begins to wind steeply uphill. At the top of Ranch Trail, turn left onto Goldenrod Trail. Continue on Goldenrod Trail for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Horseshoe Trail at the Chabot Equestrian Center (go through parking area just before the Center). At the bottom of canyon, turn left onto Brandon Trail then right at the next junction (follow sign to Bort Meadow Staging Area). Go through parking area, then take next left on gravel road towards Meadow. Turn right on MacDonald Trail, then right again on MacDonald. When you reach the gravel road at top, turn right to reach the staging area. Park Curfew/Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

From I-580 westbound in Castro Valley, exit Redwood Road, turn right onto Redwood Road. (From I-580 eastbound, take the Redwood Road exit and turn left onto Redwood Road.) Continue on Redwood Road 8.2 miles until you reach Bort Meadow Staging Area. From Oakland, exit Highway 13 at Redwood Road. Turn onto Redwood Road heading up the hill. Continue 5.5 miles until you reach Bort Meadow Staging Area.

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Chara Bui
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There is an easy to access parking lot. The trees are pretty and the trail was not too difficult to navigate.

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T Amme
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Elizabeth Berg
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Great hike! Kind of steep but beautiful. Really good directions.

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TeddyLouise Jackson
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need to find the correct trail head

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Hunter100x Hiking
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Ringo Perez
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There were some issues on the trail going to Horse Trail descending for some reason we didn’t see the trail first. The hike was great overall will do it again next time.

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Chris Shannon
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Great local hike for a couple hour outing. First third is through narrow dappled shade. Lots of birds and lizards and other wildlife. The rest of the trail is fire road, but nice and lots of shady parts. No one spectacular landmark or view, but I’d go again. One note though. There’s no cell service for the first half, which is fine unless you’re on call. Oops

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Carlos A
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I’m thinking of doing the Skyline trail [32.mi] soon (from Wildcat Canyon/Richmond to Anthony Chabot in Castro Valley). #trailschallange2020

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Tali Marcus
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Steve Hurd
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Maggie Cunningham
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Jeff Sobel
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Steven Sweeting
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Craig Hollow
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Watergrass N
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Kat Q
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Paul WalkaMile
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Joanna Redmond
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Kelsey Jones
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Arnaud Auger Sengupta
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Matt R
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Troy Cole
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Salvador Coronado
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AllTrails User
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Dalton Touchberry
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Steve Hurd
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Leanne Abraham
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Cybelle Beaulieu
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Nana Aikawa
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Mari McGrath
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