Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Oakland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I love it. Will def do again. Lots of friendly pups and wonderful views. Beware of some steep hills!

FYI no bathroom. Nice trail though.

Nice 1.5-2 hour loop. First leg of Golden Spike parallels Redwood Rd so there is some road noise at first but not bad. Also very few people on this stretch. Once on Tate trail, it traverses away from the road so much more quiet. Bigger crowds emerged once the trail met up with West Ridge. Would do again.

Nice trail. A little narrow/steep at points. Great view at the end.

Beautiful, varied views and a good length. The hike starts out level along a wide fire road that is fully exposed with a few parts that having a gentle decline. The vistas are wonderful... looking out into the valley and the facing hillside full of redwood trees and in the distance you can see golden rolling hills. The sign post for the Prince Trail was missing, so pay attention... it is a well defined trail heading down to the right just past a bench lookout. The Prince Trail is a bit steep and re-enters the tree line. The Stream Trail takes you on a level ramble through some redwoods... very lovely! Tres Sendas gains in elevation. There are a few creek crossings that were minor in the summer, but may be more of an issue in the wet season. As you leave the redwoods and transition into oaks you will hit the French Trail. I missed it and got a bit lost... it is a sharp right uphill. (If you get to a cluster if seven or so stump seats, turn around and you'll see it behind you. Don't take the French Trail to the left, it means you missed the turn off! Head back down the trail.) The French Trail is a steady climb back up to the East Ridge Trail. It's mostly covered by trees and narrows with some poison oak on the sides, so wear long pants. It is a short level walk back to the parking lot along a fire road. The ridge trails are both busy, but it is much quieter as you head into the valley. Nice variety of views and vegetation. Great way to feel outside the city!

hiking
1 month ago

Busy trail when I did it and not one I'd repeat. The park in general wasn't very well kept up. Hopefully it's changed now

Great easy hike. There is a point in the loop part that is kind of hard to follow because the signs aren’t good. You come off the trail and walk around the horse arena then connect back to Sequoia Bayview trail on the horse arena short cut trail.

goid hike a bit a hill, some flat, rocks and tree cover

Mostly shaded hike with a few exposed areas. Youou pass a lot of bay trees, eucalyptus and redwoods. It makes for some lovely scents along the trail. There is a moderate uphill section in the middle, but ends with mostly downward slope. Great hike for exercise!

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 :)

2 months ago

A beautiful hike along the creek! Kids can enjoy playing in the water, and climbing over roots and fallen trees. at the top it opens up to a flat flower filled path with beautiful views. It's our favorite trail hands down.

Plenty of parking mid-day Saturday, took 2.5hours to complete. Not really a view of the bay since the view is blocked by trees. Heavily trafficked and lots of bikes, but everyone is friendly enough to share the trail with dogs on and off leash.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of super friendly dogs! We loved it. It took is two hours to hike counterclockwise with three adults and three pre-teens. Would’ve been ‘faster’ but we just had to stop and meet all the friendly pooches.
A very clean trail- only a few poo bags on the side and no actual dog ‘debris’ to be seen. Only a bit of horse droppings where we crossed to the horse trail.

Very enjoyable. Nice hike with some terrain variation and dogs can go off-leash. Bikers seem to enjoy it too and the trail is mostly wide enough for everyone. Good mix of shade and sun and a few vistas along the way. Just enough wildflowers in bloom to make it really feel like spring. As marked, the hike is just over 3.8 miles taking the loop clockwise and going Dunn to Graham to West Ridge to Baccharis to Dunn. There is no trail marker where Baccharis and West Ridge intersect. If you don't take a map, you'll want to note that it's 0.4 miles from Graham to Baccharis as you walk along West Ridge, that way you can keep an eye out for that trail. Or if you take the trail in reverse you can't miss the turn from Baccharis to West Ridge as that's where Baccharis ends. You can park in the lot off Skyline at Crestmont Drive and walk behind the building to get to the trailhead. Or, if you park off the road near where Joaquin Miller Road and Skyline meet, you can join the about trail 0.1 miles in.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice breezes for a warm day, pretty smatterings of wild flowers and the front side was deserted. Second half of the loop on horseback/Brandon had more people (probably because it’s flatter).

mountain biking
3 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

Great hike, lovely wildflowers all along the path. Could not find the loop (did not download the map) so circled back after 2 miles. Lots of ups and downs so feels like a nice workout and plenty of shade along the way. Several lovely vistas to look over the valley and over to the bay. Very enjoyable.

Beautiful mostly quiet trail with many different kinds of wild flowers. Sunny but with some redwoods and shade at times. Easy, not much up hill if you go clockwise. The trail can be a bit hard to follow with the signposts and map but we managed to find our way around. Take a map at the parking lot! Lots of dog owners and their dogs!

Not the best and safest trail for kid’s biking.

The return 1/3 of the hike is definitely on the high end of moderate with the steep uphill climb, but totally doable. I went after a week of rain, so about 40 yards at the bottom at lake level were more creek than trail, but relatively easy to hop in most places. Horse poop at the top and accessible water at the bottom were a tad challenging to keep my off-leash dogs under control, though.

Great day walking!

hiking
5 months ago

A lovely hike that can get pretty narrow at some points. Not exactly the most kid-friendly. There also didn’t seem to be a final end point, which was kind of disappointing.

great trail. If you're hoping to take your dog off leash however you're out of luck... a lot of mountain bikers using this narrow trail.

Redwoods

6 months ago

Beautiful little hike this time of year. A little wet, but the smell is amazing, and the sounds are so soothing! The stream is running and the falls are gorgeous!

I think this is a great hike to bring your non-hiking or beginning hiking friends as it’s pretty easy but has some uphill sections and variety.

hiking
7 months ago

What a sweet hike! Be aware that the marker where the McDonnell trail meets York is missing. We had great cell reception so we quickly figured it out.

Mostly shaded well defined trail with multiple forks. A good 2 hour hike!

Great, varied hike. I agree that the Graham trail was the best part!

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