Pleasanton Ridge Trail

MODERATE 324 reviews

Pleasanton Ridge Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sunol, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is an often overlooked getaway from the seemingly never-ending suburbs that fringe the San Francisco Bay Area. This hike from the Foothills Staging Area is an excellent introduction to the park: long enough to get your heart rate up, but not nearly as arduous as some hikes in the nearby hills. Once you hike up to the ridge, you meander up and down with far-reaching views of the nearby scenery, including Mount Diablo and the San Francisco Bay. Once nice amenity: a smattering of water spigots to refill your water bottle. And a surprise: The hike passes through a grove of olive trees planted when a local rancher owned the land. Note this park is popular with mountain bikers, so keep an eye out.

27 days ago

nice open trail with good views. we did it at sunrise and it was awesome!

trail running
27 days ago

I was expecting more single track through the woods etc. it's mostly just a dirt road except for the last last downhill section. no technical aspects. the views are great at the top but scenery on the trail itself is a little boring, oak trees and the dried up native grass. the best thing about the trail is that it is steep and provides a good uphill workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Great scenic workout!!

hiking
2 months ago

For an urban trail this is just great lots of woods to walk through as well as the usual open California chaparral

2 months ago

The pictures don’t do this trail justice! I’m from flat as can be Houston Texas. The hills (mountains in my eyes) are beautiful and rolling. A camera simply does not pick up there beauty as seeing it in person does. The views from the top are amazing!!

hiking
3 months ago

My husband and I hike here with our dog very often. It’s really close to where we live so it makes it easy. It’s so beautiful, great views! Most of it is slightly uphill so it’s a good workout

mountain biking
3 months ago

south peak

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views

4 months ago

Awesome

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Awesome trail! :)

7 months ago

8 months ago

Great for kids and dogs!

8 months ago

Good exercise, good views.

8 months ago

Moderate but a Great View!!!

9 months ago

Make sure your iPhone has enough power or you will get lost!!

mountain biking
9 months ago

very good long ride i compled the loop

9 months ago

Lovely views and tough up and downs with a 2 year old on your back!

11 months ago

nice for good hiking workout in nice environment

Monday, May 29, 2017

This trail was awesome with nice company from cows! There are stretches without any shade so come prepared with water and a hat

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's was definitely challenging with kids with all the uphills.. challenging but fun! Very dry and not good for allergies though :/

mountain biking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Good climbing and fun downhills. Single track not allowed which is too bad.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Steep hill to the top, but the view is worth it. Pretty easy once at the top except for the occasional hill. Great hike overall! Watch out for cow pies!

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Many wildflowers and some good hills. Nice hike.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nice trail in Pleasanton's backyard. Starts off with a bit of uphill climb which opens up on the ridge rewards with sweeping views.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

So steep on both sides. That's it.

hiking
Friday, March 03, 2017

It was nice, not shaded most of the way. Got chilly at the top though. 6 miles roundtrip of moderate elevation.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

LEVEL: MODERATE.
A lovely hike, slow incline and decline. a fine hike for kids and families. Clear, wide, easy to walk dirt paths, and GORGEOUS views.
Nowhere near being rated HARD. I have requested that the app developer change the rating as such.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

60F is a perfect temperature for a hike here. Just watch the recent weather a bit too avoid muddy trails.

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