Rocky Ridge View, Sycamore, and Devil's Hole Loop Trail

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Rocky Ridge View, Sycamore, and Devil's Hole Loop Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Danville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,909 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

muddy

over grown

scramble

no shade

Fun 6 mile hike into a remote area of Las Trampas. Great views East towards Mount Diablo and West towards the Oakland Hills. Hike begins at the very end of Bollinger Canyon Rd at the Las Trampas Staging Area where there is plenty of free parking. Take Rocky Ridge View Trail (paved road) up the hill for .8 miles. The trail turns left onto a single track that runs diagonally up to Rocky Ridge. At the top, follow the Ridge Trail South for .83 miles and enjoy the magnificent views in all directions. Turn right on Sycamore and enjoy the views and rock formations for 1.26 miles to the bottom of the canyon where a creek runs year round. Cross over the creek for a short distance and make a hard left on Devil's Hole Trail. Be prepared for some serious climbing for the next 1.3 miles back up to Rocky Ridge. Turn right on Rocky Ridge Trail for .38 miles and turn left on Elderberry for 1.67 miles mostly through the woods. At the bottom where there are picnic tables, turn left for .37 back to the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Went counterclockwise. Mile three is a bit technical with lots of foliage down the back of the ridge. Wish we wore long pants. Mile four is a bit grueling hiking back up and over but there are enough shady spots to catch your breath.

trail running
1 month ago

Probably the hardest trail I've run, but also one of the best. There are great scenic views throughout, and whichever direction you go (up Devils Hole, or up Sycamore) youre in for a great workout!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Close to home and dog friendly. Once you go over Ridge View Trail down Sycamore there are no people , ever. Love this hike. Not hard but you will sweat a bit. Just a good isolated hike.

hiking
2 months ago

another jewel in the east bay hikes. great mix of easy to moderate sections. sycamore trail from the north end down to the valley is narrow and overgrown vegetation due to the winter rains. beautiful spring blooms and an virtually empty valley trail makes it much more rewarding than the ridge trail. Devils hole is a good landmark to visit at least once, you can crawl thru the hole if you so dare. from the outer parking lot its almost a 8 mile loop. can get windy and chilly on the ridge. recommended to have a wind cheater and full length wear to avoid getting scratched

hiking
2 months ago

Great views of SF bay and surrounding. Allow about 3 hours to get around due to steepness of trails.

hiking
2 months ago

One of our Favorite hikes. Once you turn left and go down into Sycamore and come up Devils trail - No noise. No people. Just the wind at your ears and birds. Great escape! Solid fairly easy east bay hike.

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery during the entire hike! The first part was uphill and difficult, but then the path mellows out at the top. Stunning views of east bay and peaks of the city at the top. Be careful with your dog off leash as we saw and heard other people seeing snakes along the path. Super exposed so bring sunscreen and lots of water to stay hydrated. Windy at the top. We’ll definitely revisit!

3 months ago

The views are amazing from Devils Hole trail. Sycamore trail is narrow, with lots of brush infringing. Strongly recommended long pants and long sleeves. Also, plenty of poison oak.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Just hiked it today 8 Miles 1900 ft elevation. Today’s hike Rocky Ridge and Rocky Ridge View out and Back . With an add on towards St Mary’s. Great place to hike especially in the winter drys out fast especially the service road up Rocky Ridge. Been hiking this area for 40 Years

5 months ago

What a great day for a hike with my pup! only reason it is getting a 4 star is because of the mud slides that took out about 10 yards of the trail but they have a path around it! it is partially paved and part dirt/rock

6 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
6 months ago

This was a great hike for our dogs. In the beginning you do a fairly strenuous upward hike for the first 1.5 miles. You are on a service road in the beginning. Once you hit the top it is all downward for the last 4.5 miles. Hard to get lost and don’t need a lot of preparation. There is little protection from the sun or wind as you hike the middle portion as it is on the ridge. One may want to bring a windbreaker if you tend to get cold. The last mile was in a groove of trees so was fairly protected from the sun. We brought our 2 dogs and they had a good workout. They chased the cows for a bit so be aware that there are live stocks if you walk your dogs off lease. It was a cool day for our hike so didn’t need a lot of water. Bring a little snack if you tend to get hungry.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views, good hills. Fossils, birds, caterpillars, cows..fun and a good work out.

hiking
8 months ago

Hard but worth the effort. Excellent View!!!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

You will likely be alone once you get out into the Devils Hole trail or Sycamore. The trail is challenging and beautiful. Poison oak is plentiful especially near the creek at the sycamore/devil junction.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Definitely a solid hike. I'm 26 years old and in moderately good shape and it took me 3 hours with some side trips in total for the loop. I did it clockwise which seemed like a good way to go. I'd highly recommend wearing pants if you do the Sycamore portion of the trail. It's very narrow singletrack and overgrown but still doable. Bring plenty of water as well. I brought just one water bottle but would recommend more. It was a beautiful day today and extremely clear with views of SF and the Golden Gate bridge in the afternoon. Would do it again but I'll be more prepared next time.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The hills are still nice and green.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Really enjoyed the counter clockwise route - saw almost more coyotes than people!

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

I hiked this loop counter-clockwise, opposite of what the track suggests, and that was pretty tough. Climbing up the ridge via Elderberry is much more gradual than taking the paved path. Hiking up Devil's Hole trail was strenuous.

I suggested an edit as Sycamore trail is not suitable for horses or mountain bikes. There are lots of switchbacks and there are some rocky parts. I really liked this trail, even though it was overgrown and narrow. The terrain was challenging and great for people who are more adventurous. There were a couple downed trees near the bottom where it meets up with Devil's Hole trail. You definitely want to wear pants on Sycamore.

I didn't pass anyone as I hiked up Devil's Hole trail and I only passed one other lone hiker on Sycamore. These trails take you off the beaten path of the ridge. The Rocky Ridge Loop Trail gets much more traffic. I like to avoid the crowds, so this hike was perfect!

There is very little shade on this hike. So be prepared for the sun exposure. Luckily for me it was overcast. But I could see it getting hot in the summer.

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nice challenging hike with two climbs up the ridge (following the proposed route Rocky Ridge View -> Sycamore -> Devil's Hole -> Elderberry) . Elderberry trail was pretty muddy even though it hasn't rained in over a week. Sycamore trail was pretty wild. It was a steep, downhill, overgrown, narrow path with loose soil. I made the mistake of wearing running shoes and shorts. There were also a few felled trees to maneuver past. Would definitely not go down Sycamore trail without proper hiking boots, poles, and long pants to avoid the shrubbery (and a sense of adventure)!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

have done this loop several times and still is exciting to me. the area gets covered in carpet of beautiful wildflowers in spring.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Accidentally did the reverse of the proposed trail- really burned my legs out on the incline. Ok hike and weather, but too many people and a lot of dogs.

I have always hiked in the Sierras, and decided to check out the bay area. I prefer the Sierras, but I've heard Muir Woods is a good place to check out.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The shell mound is cool, lots of lizards, saw some deer and a rattlesnake once right in the middle of the trail. Oh and cows! You can see SF from the top if it's clear.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tough incline at first but views are amazing and overall a great hike!!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

easy

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Hike is a serious cardio work out if you follow the proposed trail and include Sycamore and Devil's Hole Trails in your route.

Going down Sycamore Trail from the Ridge is a bit of a scramble.

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