Bay Area Ridge and Nature Path Loop

EASY 2 reviews

Bay Area Ridge and Nature Path Loop is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Orinda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

7.0 miles
1,604 feet

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


18 days ago

Really enjoyed this spot. We did an hour hike up the quarry trailhead side. The beginning is a solid incline on a paved road but gets a little tougher near the top. Head up to the top of the spine for an amazing 360 view, you can pick and choose a few routes. We went on some of the old cattle paths that are a challenging vertical, but you can go around to the right and have an easier way up. Nice place to smoke a joint. Headed down and decided to check out the Pond Trail, an easy side trail that dead ends at a pond filled with reeds and LOTS of birds. There was a symphony of bird calls, I heard or saw at least 7 different species all in or around the pond. There’s a little picnic bench down there also, perfect place for lunch. You can definitely make a day of this park/trails, well traveled but still spacious and great dogwatching too.