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Wonderful trail right in the east bay when you need a nearby hike in the shade to escape the blazing summer sun as long as you DO NOT return via the west ridge trail which is boring and exposed! No views along French trail - this is a forested section. Lots of redwood trees and smells of eucalyptus. Gets really busy during the weekend.

4 days ago

Nice hike. A wide, mostly shaded trail that begins with a gentle incline and becomes a bit steeper in the last third before heading back. Great midweek, post-work hike.

Nice trail. Mostly shaded, lots of redwoods. Full loop is closer to 4 miles exactly.

Mostly shaded trail with nice views and varied vegetation. the trail begins with gentle switchbacks up to Sequoia Bayview trail. From there it is a long flat stretch under the tree line with occasional peeks out towards the bay. The Cinderella Trail narrows quite a bit. (I wouldn't want to meet a bike on that part of the trail as parts of it were rough and the steepest section.) Then you are returned back to the trailhead through a flat fire road. Overall, a nice hike.

Perfect place to escape the Walnut Creek heat and get the pup some exercise without working too hard! Easy, shaded, dog friendly loop trail.

Great trail. Not much shade on the first half of it, but as a result you get excellent panoramic views. Note that there are no dogs allowed in the Tilden Nature area (first and last mile of the hike) so if you have a dog you'll have to approach from a different angle.

Lots of wildlife: many cows, a deer, a snake, a bird carrying a snake, etc.

Parts of the trail are very active with bikers so it can get very dusty. Relatively shady for most of the trail. Pretty easy trail to follow.

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!

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

birding
20 days ago

great place to see local native water birds, a lot of geese, and members of the community coming together. Great for a jog, scenic stroll, or watching a drum circle form.

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!

No views, but a great escape in the lush forest. Be warned it is straight down and then straight up.

We made a small wrong turn and it ended up being an 11 mile hike.
Overall very pretty and nicely shaded. Blue jays, lizards, flowers, and horses at the end of the Golden Spike trail.
Water refill and bathrooms in the middle of the hike was VERY helpful since it was so long. Nice to have done it!

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!

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 :)

Great hike if you don't mind the crowds. Give it five stars if it was not so crowded.

26 days 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
27 days 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.

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!

This is a branch off the Leona Canyon Trail. I like to take this if I’m looking for more of a workout since this is a steeper incline. Nice views. Ends at a metal gate with a sign that you’ve reached private property.

hiking
29 days ago

A nice and short out & back trail. It gets steeper near the end but is pretty easy overall. Very dog friendly. To get to the parking lot, you have to drive into the parking lot of the Ridgemont complex (it’s the one without a closed gate).

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.

Nice trail, but you have to watch out for mountain bikes. Alot.

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.

Extremely fun and great for all ages.

Nice walk through the red wood forest. Overall, pretty easy, but a few steep areas. We went on a Saturday and it was crowded—hikers, bikers, families, dogs.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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

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