Ringtail Cat Trail to Calaveras Ridge

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Las Trampas Regional Park

Ringtail Cat Trail to Calaveras Ridge is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Alamo, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,139 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

views

wildlife

over grown

This trail is definitely for people looking for some adventure and a challenge. Las Trampas in general isn't for beginners or the faint of heart. Once you get away from the featured Rocky Ridge View loop, where the climb up to the ridge is steep, but paved and welcoming, you can hike for miles without seeing another soul. And be on the lookout for wildlife, especially rattlesnakes in the hot and dry season.

hiking
private property
1 month ago

Such a pretty hike! So many pretty wildflowers I took so many pictures. Lots of hills so took a bit longer than expected. The part of the loop that is “Point of No Return” has a gate with a big shiny new lock on it so we took the trail parallel with it.

hiking
1 month ago

Recommend doing this trail clockwise and end with going down the paved road. Great trail for the dogs

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Wow! One of the best trails I've hiked in the Bay Area. It was absolutely beautiful, so much wildlife and not too crowded. Some sections were a little muddy (2/1/20) but as long as you have hiking boots you're fine. I did the trail counter-clockwise and it was extremely challenging, I think next time I will go clockwise. This place stole my heart.

hiking
over grown
Sun Apr 28 2019

hiking
Wed Apr 10 2019

Good hike, but took more than we expected (3:30) and we eventually finished after the dark. Please plan in advance and avoid the last shortcut called "Point of no return". This looks like a private property and trail is almost non existent. Overall - beautiful green hike (in April!) with breathtaking views.

running
Thu Jan 04 2018

I ran this one. Beautiful views, very challenging, especially when you get to the Corduroy Hills Trail. This is for someone who is looking for a challenge and is not for the faint hearted.

hiking
Sun Jun 11 2017

This is a challenging hike through some remote terrain. My elevation gain measured in at 2200 ft, which is similar to hiking up Mission Peak. But you won't have the crowds that you will find there. In fact, you'll encounter quite the opposite. I hiked this trail on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in June. It wasn't hot and all the mud had finally dried up. So this is about as good as it gets to hike these trails. I would have expected to see some other hikers on such a nice day. But once I got away from the Ringtail Cat staging area, I saw more deer than I did people. I passed a couple solo hikers on the short stretch of Las Trampas Ridge TrailI and I didn't see anyone on the other trails. I hiked the loop counter-clockwise. The climb up Ringtail Cat, Madrone, and Corduroy Hills was difficult. I really like the rocky part of Corduroy Hills that is close to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail as it provides another obstacle to climb over. After that, it's mostly downhill. There is a section of Del Amigo that is a very steep descent and the trail is covered with loose soil, so bring some good shoes. You'll come to a 4-way intersection about 6 miles in where the track shows you taking an unmarked trail that looks like a shortcut option instead of staying on Madrone to get back to Ringtail Cat. The unmarked trail seemed ok at first, but then it started getting overgrown and I strayed a little of course. There were a bunch of cows and it became clear that I was probably on private property. I looked at the satellite layer and it showed me on a trail marked "point of no return," which wasn't very comforting. I eventually linked up with a fire trail that took me back to Ringtail Cat, but not before I came across about a dozen wild turkeys. This trail is definitely for people looking for some adventure and a challenge. Las Trampas in general isn't for beginners or the faint of heart. Once you get away from the featured Rocky Ridge View loop, where the climb up to the ridge is steep, but paved and welcoming, you can hike for miles without seeing another soul. And be on the lookout for wildlife, especially rattlesnakes in the hot and dry season.

hiking
Sat Oct 22 2016

Great hike. The trail gave us a different view of the East Bay hills and had a variety of vegetative cover.

hiking
Thu May 02 2019

hiking
Sun Mar 24 2019

Fri Jul 21 2017

Sun Jan 08 2017

hiking
Sun Mar 03 2013