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

steep start but levels out, beautiful views amd changes between in the sun and under tree cover

Short but steep trail, will give you a real good workout in a short amount of time

To get this trail right, start counter clockwise, and once you are on del amigo trail, make a left on Virgil Williams trail and then a left on madrone all the way to ringtail cat trail.

Good, but my dog ended up with 3 ticks. Caught them before getting in the car but still

It’s a great trail. Loved everything about it. Going there towards end of the spring and just before summer, There are several places where the trail was overgrown and it was impossible to see the trail - especially the last part getting back to the fire road. We literally had to guess and pray that we were not stepping on a snake or something else.

The uphill trek from the gate will give you a very good workout. Nice views of the valley. The trail markers are easy to miss and one path was missing a marker. The map on the app is not accurate, as it is missing the Stream View path.

I started from the end point so your experience may differ from the other end. The first .6 miles was quite steep and a bit muddy, but was passable. About a mile and a half in there is a cow pasture. once you get in that area the grade and slippery trail combine to make it to dangerous for me to continue, so I went back. I went in April, so you may want to try it in a dryer time of the year. It was strikingly beautiful though.

Nice views of Mt. Diabolo. If you want to avoid the private roads to the trailhead you can do the trail in reverse, start at Elworthy Staging Area, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness https://goo.gl/maps/RfuuDdmQeuH2

My first time here. The uphill paths gave a great workout while the leveled paths allowed for some running. Amazing views this time of year.

getting to the trailhead is a joke - all the roads are private and gated! didn’t even get to do the hike since i was limited on time and couldn’t add an extra 10 miles of walk/run to the trip

Beautiful views. A few hills, but easy.

8 months ago

Staging lot to the gate up the hill is a tuff climb, 1 mile. Once at gate, Ridge Trail and Cuesta Trail off to left whines further up hill. Once on ridge beautiful view of San Francisco to west, Mt Diablo to east, Concord and river in back ground to the north, and then Tri-Valley off in distance to the south. Was pretty windy up their but in Feb. clear day and hills all green.

trail running
10 months ago

Used to hike here all the time. Beautiful scenery. Lots of trails.

Great hike, great views!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This is a pretty tough hike, as there's two big gains, as previously mentioned. I think this is best done in Fall/Winter as there's really no cover. Also, the track on here doesn't seem to take you to a Peak. I'll need to try this again and see if I can find the actual path to what I think is the Peak but still a nice hike. I didn't see anyone once we entered the watershed either. I plan on trying this again when it cools down.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Might be the toughest hike in the bay. Definitely the toughest hike my wife ever did with me...

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Great hike but definitely not a moderate trail! It is very steep and not easy at all! I consider myself athletic and in good enough shape to complete a moderate hike but this is not one of them!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great hike for Sunday. Don't forget to bring plenty of water and a hat since there isn't much shade.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The first thing you'll want to know before starting is that the Rampage Peak Trail is in the EBMUD watershed. If you don't have an EBMUD trail permit, then go onto the website, pay $10 and print one out. The permit is good for a year. Also, no dogs or bikes are allowed in the EBMUD watershed. If you want to do those activities, there are plenty of other options in the Las Trampas Wilderness that can accommodate you.

I think I'm the first person on All Trails to actually follow the track, which is understandable because you would have to hop a few locked gates the way the track takes you. I suggested an edit to direct hikers to the correct entrance to the watershed that is not locked. If you look at my track, I took the correct path on my way back. Also, once I entered the watershed, I didn't encounter another person until I came back out. You are really off the beaten path out here.

I picked a foggy, cool morning to do the hike. I wouldn't suggest doing it on a hot summer day because there isn't much shade and it is rather strenuous with two significant elevation gains and descents.

I was a little confused when I came across a sign close to the end of Rampage Peak Trail that said "fire road closed to the public" because on the ebparks.org trail map it suggests that it connects to Chabot. There is a fork in the road at the sign with a marker pointing to go right, although it isn't very clear where it goes. I think if you can continue south you will connect to the Chabot to Garin portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, but the path doesn't appear to be well marked and it doesn't show anything on the All Trails map layer.

Edit - After hiking the Chabot to Garin trail, I discovered that Rampage Peak trail can also be accessed from the Chabot Staging area on Redwood Road. It looks like it's about an 8 mile hike from Chabot to Las Trampas via Rampage Peak Trail.

Another edit - The full Rampage Peak Trail from Chabot to Las Trampas has been added to the All Trails map layer. And a new trail has been added that starts from Redwood Road at the Chabot Staging Area. It’s a long hike through some remote areas and I did it for a July 4th holiday hike.

We hiked the loop based on the map downloaded from Alltrails and found the trail was totally disappeared at the last part of the loop. That part of the loop was in some one's private property and should not be trespassed. Instead, you should continue on the Madrone trail when it reaches the four way intersection near the end of the hike, and continue to the staging area. Our total distance was 10.4 miles with 2,575 ft elevations. Some trails were still very muddy at this time of the year and it is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.

Monday, March 20, 2017

very nice trl.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Ok, so if you intend to do this trail, be prepared for a long hike/bike. You can't park at the trail entrance or anywhere along Las Trampas Rd. There are signs posted everywhere. I parked down on Danville Blvd and biked 1.8 miles up the hill to the trail head.

The trail itself was very muddy even though there hasn't been any rain for about a week and a half. The climb up to Las Trampas Peak is pretty rough. It's hard to get traction with all the mud. And I encountered a lot of cows on the trail.

After the peak, you stay on the ridge for a few miles and it's a series of ups and downs. That was a lot of fun. The trail lists mountain biking as an option, but technically you're not supposed to take bikes on Las Trampas Ridge Trail past the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail intersection. There is a sign explicitly telling you this. But people do it anyway. This section of the trail is much more narrow and not wide enough for bikers and hikers to share the space, so there is a valid reason for the sign. Just be careful out there ppl.

If you complete the whole track, the last mile will be a steep, rutted, cow pasture. It was rough for mountain biking as the cows had trampled the trail and there were some deep ruts that could be problematic. I would suggest taking caution on the final descent.

The trail ends at Elworthy Staging Area. You are allowed to park here, so I would suggest leaving your car at this staging area and having someone drop you off at the northern trail entrance (or take Uber). I biked back to Las Trampas Rd. via San Ramon Valley Blvd and Iron Horse Trail. I stopped half-way and took a detour to do the Del Amigo to Eugene O'Neil trail. In total, I biked 19 miles.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Very steep incline to start. Great views of the Bay! Dress in layers, it gets cold and windy at the top on the Bay side.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trail was incredibly muddy, but still really lovely. Varied terrain, with some stunning vistas of dappled green hills, rock outcroppings, and even far views to the bay.

I will say there were a couple of turns in the route suggested here that were a bit hard to follow, but we still wound up in the right place!

Excellent hike. Not crowded and the view was well worth it. Trail was alittle muddy, but that's to be expected with all the rain we have recently gotten. My dog loved it.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Beautiful views! Lots of fun with the dogs and kids. We will definitely go again.

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