West Ridge and East Ridge Trail is a 8 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.
Redwood Regional Park offers a cool micro-climate in hot weather. 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.
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.
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.
One of my favorite loops that's pretty simple
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.