West Ridge and East Ridge Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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West Ridge and East Ridge Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, 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 are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,171 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The creek running through the park is where specimens of rainbow trout were used to first describe the species. This hike starts by the creek and climbs up to the West Ridge, where you will have views of both San Francisco Bay and Mt. Diablo.

trail running
11 days ago

This trail was quite fun as a trail runner! The initial ascent along the West Ridge Trail is quite steep and not very runnable (unless you have calves of steel!) but beyond that the trail is very runnable. I went on a Monday morning and parked at the Wayside Parking Lot. It was my first time at the park and there weren’t too many people but trail markings were abundant. Once I hit the East Ridge Trail I did see a lot more people (and dogs!!) walking and hiking about. I didn’t really get to see the exact viewpoints where one could see SF and Mt Diablo but then again it was also a cloudy day. The fire trails were quite wide and it was overall a fun 12.4km/7.9mile run!

hiking
3 months ago

It is a great hike but the description is inaccurate and which is why I am giving it 4 Stars. I am an experienced hiker and this was definitely a hard one, one of the harder ones I’ve done. The hike up on West ridge trail was a killer. The description says it’s a cool climate in hot weather however it was actually extremely hot. Today was 70° and it felt scorching because more than half offered little to no shade. Brought my dog and it was very tough on him. If you know what to expect it was great: beautiful views and a great workout but just be adequately prepared as we were not :)

mountain biking
4 months ago

i think its B.S. how mountain bikers get limited to fire roads. riding a fire road is like riding on the street. every trial that looks like it would be fun we cant be on. out of all the trails in most of the parks in the area there,s maybe 4 to 5 bike trails.how ever if you a hiker you can be on any trail you want{ now thats fair } NOT. WHERE ARE THE BIKE ONLY SINGLE TRACK TRAILS for those of use who arent afraid of a little danger like flower sniffin bird watching wimpy ass hikers. MOUNTAIN BIKER 4 LIFE

trail running
10 months ago

Nice trail for a run. Mostly fire road width. Started near staging area on Skyline and headed clockwise. East Ridge Trail was pretty empty after a couple miles, even on a Sunday. The ascent on/to the West Ridge Trail from parking lot was a challenge but over quickly. Would certainly do this run again. Nice shade most of the time.

11 months ago

We meant to do 3 miles and ended up doing those 3 miles plus these 8.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Went for the West ridge ascent. Super intense uphill then it's sweet sailing for 7 miles. A great ridge run... but don't blow past that Canyon trail descent marker on your ninth mile because you will curse the skies and Odin for half an hour.

mountain biking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nice loop around the park. I did it on a mountain bike. Even though it isn't listed as an activity, you can bike this loop and the lower part of Stream trail.

The track isn't accurate at the beginning. If you go closer to Redwood Rd, there is a spot to cross the stream and get over to West Ridge trail.

Going up West Ridge is difficult at the beginning, especially on a bike. I would prefer going up West Ridge and getting the hard part out of the way early. The rest is pretty easy. Going down from East Ridge isn't as hard on the brakes.

Both trails are relatively wide. East Ridge is very wide close to the Skyline gate. Watch out for all the loose dogs.

Friday, November 04, 2016

It's a pretty wide trail that's well maintained and resembles an access road for most of it, so not so much a hike as it is a great run or bike path. The lush greens, soaring trees and glimpses of views make it well worth it.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

One of my favorite loops that's pretty simple

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Trail as described starts at Canyon Meadow parking lot. Follow the paved path and take Bridle Trail to your left (stay left). This leads to West Ridge which is a pretty dramatic climb for a bit. Once you reach the ridgeline it levels off. Continue on West Ridge until Madrone (you can split off to Peak Trail if you want to catch the summit and come back, but it adds to the trail and we skipped it). Take Madrone down to French (go right) and then to Mill (it's a left) and then Mill back to the stream trail which will lead you back to where you started.

West Ridge was a little crowded (many trails head into it) and you have to keep an eye out for bikers, especially when ascending as they descend really fast. Stay right! But it was fun and Madrone/French/Mill are less crowded.

mountain biking
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hiking
6 months ago

recorded Epic

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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