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West ridge is fun, its windy and a good hike

Beautiful hike! We happened to go during the Endurance 100k trail run so there was a lot of activity on the Stream Trail, but it was still very enjoyable. We kept our dog on leash in the heavy traffic areas and let her loose once we turned uphill (toward Redwood Peak). With the climbing, the six mile distance felt perfect.

Was a great run, and I absolutely love running through those redwoods. It's a treasure of the east bay, and can't get enough of seeing these thousand year old behemoths right in my backyard. I started at the entrance off Skyline Blvd, and ran mostly downhill before hitting some of the bigger inclines along the Stream trail. Overall, was a good run and will definitely do it again!

Was a great run, and I absolutely love running through those redwoods. It's a treasure of the east bay, and can't get enough of seeing these thousand year old behemoths. I started at the entrance off Skyline Blvd, and ran mostly downhill before hitting some of the bigger inclines along the Stream trail. Overall, was a good run and will definitely do it again!

Great hike! Saw a few other people on the trail but was very lightly trafficked on a Sunday morning.

Such a great hike! It even rained at the top of Redwood Trail! That was amazing! Definitely a moderate hike. Lots of steep inclines and declines but the views, smell of the forest and the sound of the woods made it at worth it.

Great opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of floors and fauna.

We really enjoyed this trail.
Started at the canyon trail went to east ridge and lastly the stream ridge trail. I’m glad we did it this way because canyon was a steep incline for about a mile and has decent views but when we got to stream ridge I was so surprised with how pretty it was, the last 3 miles just flew by. It was shaded so not too hot for the pups either! Will definitely be returning to check out other trails

Came with a group of 8. Parking fee is needed for this regional park. They do have plenty of parking and some bathrooms. I thought it was a beautiful trail with some very steep parts. Not sure I would consider this an ‘easy’ trail but more towards the high end of easy to moderate. Loved the beautiful trees surrounding the trails. Most of the trail is pretty wide but watch out for mountain bikers as they will go downhill pretty fast. It’s a very popular trail and people going on this trail are pretty friendly. I would come back again!

A fairly moderate trail-loop with some inclines that are manageable with regular comfortable walking shoes. It was a particularly warm day so the 6+ miles seems rather long. Overall, a nice trail, super easy to follow when you don't want to do too much planning or looking out for trail name sign posts!

I loved this hike and all it had to offer but, and one major BUT, it’s definitely not easy. The beginning is like a brisk walk in the park but the last half was literally like walking up 100 flights of stairs only to have to slide down half on my butt on the way back. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fit person and I love a good challenging hike, but I brought my family along and it’s didn’t exactly lend itself to a nice, peaceful, family style hike.

If you’re in for a good workout, this one is for you. Other than that, turn around at the spilt into redwood peak and call it a day!

Great hike, but I disagree on it being “easy” as there is a steep section up followed by a fairly steep, rocky section down. I’m a fit person and enjoyed it, but brought a friend along that struggled. To me, this trail isn’t friendly for all skill levels. We were looking for something long and shaded so we could chat and catchup and it ended up being more “moderate” than I was hoping. I should have paid closer attention to the elevation/climb as I think that’s a better indication of needed skill after using this app over the past year.

All in all, I love Redwood Regional Park and all it has to offer... I’ll just need to be more selective about the trails and people I bring with me next time.

hiking
8 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).

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.

It's a nice trail for beginners, lots of redwood. Glad I got to see ladybugs gathered in several locations in the park.

Trail was awesome! Majority of it is totally shaded so if you go on a hot day you will be fine! I didn't hike the complete loop because when I got to the end of the Stream trail (2.6 miles) I didn't realize to loop back around you had to take the West Ridge trail on the way back but I'll know for next time. Brought the pup and he loved it as well!

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great variation in scenery - forest and exposed areas. Wide trails. Dogs are allowed off leash on the East ridge trail. Do loop clockwise so you go downhill on Canyon trail

Comfortable hike, easy to navigate, few steep areas. Recommend stepping off main trail for best views.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

walking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Nice short walk. The start of the trail can only be reached via windy and scenic Redwood Road, which can be fun depending on what you're into. This trail offers a nice mixture of scenery. The grass valley portion goes through a more open area as the name suggests and then Brandon trail goes through a scenic tree line. So you will be out in the sun for half the time and in the shade for the other half. I passed one bicyclist and three other hikers so there is some light traffic along the trail. The far end runs adjacent to the Chabot bike loop. If you need to cut your hike short, you can cross over via Red Tail trail. Horses also frequent these trails, so watch your step!

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Very nice dog-friendly hike. The redwoods and groves on the Stream Trail portion are top notch.

walking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

I rated this Trail low because of all the horse poop, especially on the northern end by the horse ranch. The Goldenrod Trail was less traveled, probably because it's windy and hilly. I didn't encounter anyone on this section when I walked on a Saturday morning. The Branden Trail is nicer and more traveled. The trail felt safe and the people I met were friendly. I went after it rained the previous night and it was muddy, which is to be expected. There are better options for hiking in the area in my opinion and I don't plan to return.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Awesome trees along the stream and an enjoyable hike done many times

This trail is in a redwood forest. It was mostly shaded and cool even in the middle of August. Some part of the trail was steep but general was easy. We started at the Redwood Bowl Staging area parking lot. We followed the West Ridge Trail, Redwood Peak Trail, then the Stream Trail. We then climbed up to the Mill Trail, French Trail, the Madrone Trail and finally back to the West Ridge Trail for a total distance of 6 miles and 1106 ft elevation.

A beautiful walk. I did it counterclockwise and there was one tough (steep) up section. Beautiful light through the trees. Not too crowded especially after going up. Don't miss the cute little Redwood Peak outcropping of rocks.

Easy, and pleasant hike!

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