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dogs on leash
The incline thru castle trail made it rigorous. Terrain is great. It's quite shaded. There's a bit that takes you thru the sunset trail that's completely unnecessary as there isn't any different terrain. Rather, you just find a picnic site and loop back. This loop definitely should be shorter...
This is the easiest of the big loops through Redwood Regional park. I suggest doing it clockwise, starting with a leisurely and scenic stroll on Stream Trail. The alternative would be to go up steep and rutted Canyon Trail and get that out of the way first. I prefer to save Canyon for the end and go down it instead.
The rainy winter of 2017 has wreaked havoc on these trails. The park district is getting things cleaned up, but even in late April the damage is still evident. But don't worry, the trails are open, you just need to go around.
Dogs are supposed to be on leash on Stream Trail, but on East Ridge they can be off leash once you are clear of the staging area. East Ridge is heavily trafficked by dog owners near Skyline Gate.
You cannot bike this loop. Bikes are permitted on East Ridge and the southern portion of Stream. But bikes are not allowed on the 2 mile section of Stream between Skyline Gate and Trails End. If you want to mountain bike in the park, do the East & West Ridge loop.
It was great for taking my 4 year old and dogs...she was able to go out a long distance thanks to the flatness of the trail. And everything felt so fresh and lush. But, there were lots of bikers. It's just not that fun to walk on paths shared with bikes when walking with pups and kids. Also, I selected wildflowers as one of the filters. Not too many flowers but TONS of poison oak.