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Best trails in Pleasanton

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Looking for a great trail near Pleasanton, California? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Diablo State Park or Portola Redwoods State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Huddart Park or Rancho San Antonio County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Pleasanton ranging from 1.3 to 16.3 miles and from 370 to 1,712 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Pleasanton
Top trails (29)
#1 - Courdet, Ridgeline, Shady Creek, North Ridge, Cowing, Sinbad Creek, Ridgeline, Courdet Trails Loop
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 6 h 27 m
Trail Highlights: The Castleridge Trailhead opened in March, 2018, greatly increasing accessibility to the northern end of the park. This route utilizes this convenient, new access point, however it does have limited parking. You’ll head north, taking in magnificent views as you climb, and then south through Kilkare Canyon, and then back up to the ridge again. Many of the sections are quite steep. Keep an eye out for wildlife in the valley, especially soaring birds of prey. Be sure to bring water, as it is only available at the trailhead and near the end of the hike. Trail Directions: From the Castleridge Trailhead, take Courdet Trail 1.98 miles, then turn left. Continue for about 200 feet, then turn right onto Ridgeline Trail. The trail is narrow and grassy. Follow Ridgeline for .41 mile, then turn right on Shady Creek Trail and continue for .43 mile. At the intersection with North Ridge Trail, turn left. Make sure to follow signs for North Ridge Trail, as it diverges from the wide dirt path about .2 miles later. Pass Loop Trail, continuing on North Ridge Trail. Cross through a cattle gate, and, after another .41 mile, turn left at the fork to follow Cowing Trail. After .68 mile, turn left at Sinbad Creek Trail, which will take you through Kilkare Canyon. In .64 mile you will cross through a cattle gate. Continue on Sinbad Creek Trail for 2.97 miles. Where the trail splits (trail marker 23), take a left and follow Sinbad Creek Trail up the hill. Climb for .85 mile, then turn left on Ridgeline Trail. Proceed for .65 mile until you reach Courdet Trail. Turn right and follow Courdet Trail for 1.98 mile to return to Castleridge TrailheadShow more
#2 - Courdet Trail from Castleridge Trailhead
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
A very scenic trail up the Pleasanton Ridge. Well developed trail predominately through trees after early open grasslands. Many additional trails at top of ridge to explore. No water.Show more
#3 - Water Slide, Levee, South Arroyo, North Arroyo, Levee, Water Slide Trails
Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
As of July 2020 the swim area, boat ramp, parking area, main entrance at Stanley Blvd. (Walk-In Access Only) are closed due to COVID-19. The trail itself is open, and visitors can walk or bike here. Please check the park's website for more information: https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closed The land at Shadow Cliffs was formerly a gravel quarry. Trails are graveled or dirt and are mostly flat and wide. There are no markers for these trails so be sure to pick up a park map before you begin your hike. The trail offers views of the marsh and lake area, as well as a variety of habitats. Walk the Arroyo for a chance to glimpse, or hear, hawks, quail, heron, mallards and other bird species. The trail runs along the shoreline; during the rainy season, it can be very wet. Water and restrooms are located at the picnic sites, and benches are located along the trail. Trail Directions: Starting at the entry kiosk, head west towards the restroom and picnic area. Walk along the paved path past the pollinator garden and continue onto Water Slide Trail. Continue around to the right side of the marsh. The path runs parallel to Stanley Boulevard, looping around the marsh. At an intersection before the BMX park, take the Levee Trail to the left. When you reach the junction, cross over the water on the cement bridge to the right. After the bridge, head uphill on the middle path, then turn to the left. Take the South Arroyo Trail for 0.15 miles, then cross back over the bridge and turn right onto the North Arroyo Trail. Head east on the trail as it takes you back along the waterline to a shaded, tree-­‐lined area. The North Arroyo Trail will come out of the woodland and loop back around to the Levee Trail. Once you reach the Levee Trail, turn left and head back to the intersection towards Water Slide Trail and follow it to the right back towards the entry kiosk. Park/Gate Hours: Varies monthly (check website for times) Fees: $6 per vehicle, $5 per trailered vehicle $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free. Website: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/shadow_cliffs Show more
#4 - Courdet Trail and Schuhart Trail
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
#5 - The Preserve Trail
Pleasanton, California
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 41 m
#6 - Valley View Trail to Blue Oak Trail Loop
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
#7 - Chaparral Trail via Golden Eagle Trail
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#8 - Courdet, Schuhart, Bay Leaf, Shady Creek, Ridgeline Loop
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
#9 - Shady Creek Trail to Ridgeline Trail Loop
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
#10 - Courdet, Shady Creek, Sinbad Creek, and Ridgeline Loop
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
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