Ringtail Cat, Madrone, Las Trampas Ridge and Corduroy Hills Loop

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Las Trampas Regional Park

Ringtail Cat, Madrone, Las Trampas Ridge and Corduroy Hills Loop is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Alamo, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.2 miElevation gain2,034 ftRoute typeLoop
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Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers a true sense of wilderness in the Bay Area, with an expanded trail system that allows hikers to enjoy its remote and rugged areas. The park’s size and terrain allow visitors a feeling of privacy and escape from urban hustle and bustle. Two major Bay Area faults helped form the steep and rocky hills. This geologically diverse park contains a great variety of rock, from volcanic Pinole Tuff, to metamorphic, fossil-bearing El Sobrante formation, to the ancient beach and shoreline sandstone of the Orinda formation. If you stay vigilant, you may see a fossil on the Las Trampas Ridge Trail. Be sure to carry plenty of water; the park’s water supply is inconsistent, and water may be unavailable at any time. This route explores the northern portion of the park. The trails traverse a variety of terrains from flat grasslands, shaded woodlands, and beautiful, rolling ridgeback hills. This route offers scenic views of the surrounding areas. There are no bathrooms or water at the staging area or along the route, so please come prepared. Park at Ringtail Cat Staging Area, and enter the park through the fence opening, making a left onto Ringtail Cat Trail. Go through a gate, bearing left at the next trail post, and continue to ascend on Ringtail Cat Trail. At the next trail post, you will continue straight onto the Madrone Trail. Follow Madrone past the next trail post, staying to the right. Remain on Madrone Trail for just over 2 miles, passing over a seasonal stream and through shaded portions. The trail will take you uphill to a nice bluff that opens to landscape views of the East Bay. There is a bench here; a good place to take a break. At the next intersection go through the cattle gate and turn left onto Las Trampas Ridge Trail. In a short distance, the trail crosses private property; access is allowed for trail use only, so please remain on the trail. Follow Las Trampas Ridge Trail passing through another cattle gate and staying right to keep on the trail. At the next trail post, turn left onto the Corduroy Hills Trail. This beautiful trail is narrow and steep, snaking through sandstone outcrops among diverse chaparral plants. Take a left at the next trail post to stay on Corduroy Hills, descending the steps. Corduroy Hills will connect with Madrone Trail at the bottom of the hill. Turn left onto Madrone Trail. Follow it around the bend, and make a right to descend the way you originally came up. Be sure to continue onto Ringtail Cat Trail and follow it back to the staging area where you began.

Park Hours: 8am to sunset (varies seasonally) Fees: No fees Website: ebparks.org/parks/las_trampas

From I-680, exit West Stone Valley Rd., left on Danville Rd. and right on Hemme Ave.

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Carol Daniels
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Difficult but spectacular

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Tracy Lonstein
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dan rl
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Tommy Valenta
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Juan Venegas
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Nathalie van Linder
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Great hike, definitely a work out but worth it! beautiful views, fun all around.

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Darnella Jenkins
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This hike was so beautiful. Yes, it was hard and challenging, but so work it. The workout was great! The Views!!! OMG. You won't be disappointed. I believe the route that I recorded was a little more accurate, so feel free to use. Have fun!!

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Nathan Moros
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Wendy Wheeler
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The Las Trampas and Bollinger faults createted steep hike and and unique terrain with defined geological formations. Over 2/3 of the hike is tree covered with Bays and old Oak trees. This is a tough hike and would not recommend after a heavy rain. From the ridge, you have views of the bay, delta and Mt Diablo.

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Robert and Linda Savre
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Will do it again 

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Patricia Richmond
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Nice trail, not crowded — just you, your inner voice, the lovely views, the birds, and the cows. It was pretty slick/muddy on some parts with the recent rain, so you might want to bring hiking poles.

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Bob Hope
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super fun hike with plenty of ups and downs in between rolling hills. Good views and seclusion all in one. bring poles if it's been raining because it gets super muddy.

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wanda fong
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Strenuous hike. Lots of steep hills up and down. One part we had to climb down boulders. Some shade . I don’t think I would do this one again.

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Sarah K
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T H
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Great, lightweight hard hike. There were some pretty steep parts, but most were not too lengthy. Only a small amount of shade mostly at the beginning of the hike. Trail ranged from narrow to wide. Views were decent. Not too heavily trafficked. Plenty of street parking available in addition to the small lot. Cell service available throughout entire hike. Took just a bit over 2.5 hrs

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Noel Jaca
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Difficult trail but fun ... good part of trail is not shaded . Bring water .. lots of them . If you reach the rock.. that’s a cool spot .

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Sherwin Lu
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Ado Ado
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Beautiful views, some steep sections and areas that are definitely sketchy when muddy. Altogether a lot of fun.

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Andre Beaudoin
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A little muddy. Great hike for dogs. Beautiful views. Lightly traffic.

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Erica Kelly
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I think this might be one of the more underrated trails we’ve done in the Bay Area. Very few people. Offleash for the dog. Easy parking (small lot, but lots of street parking). Lots of variety in the trail. Good workout. It’d be tough in the summer since it’s pretty dry / not a lot of shade - but wonderful for a mid sixties day.

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Daniel Bednarczyk
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Joel Luna
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Rossi Snipper
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A very tranquil trail that gets you away from everything. A nice variety: up a creek, up the hills, great vistas from the forested ridge. But I couldn't complete as planned: hit a section that was very steep going up and I knew would be scary coming back down --- so not knowing what lay ahead, I doubled back. Made a nice loop on the return on an un-named trail that descended the slope to the creek farther upstream and criss-crossed it repeatedly back to the main trail route.

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Amy Lin
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Muddy! Pretty up the D birthday trail

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Joel Luna
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Limited parking. Light to medium traffic. Wet, but not muddy. Sketchy after a fresh rain. Hard climb is worth it!

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Andrew Portlock
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Evan Burton
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