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

Lots of incline but beautiful hike, the signs are confusing so I’d recommend using all trails map to make it through.

How did we never know about this hidden gem before? Nicely marked trails which were shady and pleasant. It was beginning to get cool as we left. Not crowded at all and we found plenty of parking later in the day. Really enjoyed all the variations in terrain. Not much of a view but a peaceful and quiet spot to be out in nature.

Very nice elevation loop. Tiring on a hot summer day. Start as early as possible.

Beautiful trail lots of redwoods, shade, streams. Lots of friendly people with dogs. We had small dogs on leash and came across dog walkers with large quantity of unleashed big dogs, quite scary, I wish people would keep their dogs in packs on leash.

Beautiful Redwoods trail system! Once I was on the stunning Fern trail there was very little traffic. The trails intertwine in this area and at times I was on the French Trail, Chown Trail and the Redwood trail. which made it adventuresome. The wildflowers are all in bloom with a variety of colors. The variation in temperature makes this area great for hiking because of the redwoods microclimate it offers. I was warm and perspiring in the sun but found plenty of relief from the redwoods cool microclimate and forest shade. Very welcoming indeed.

Mill Trail was closed so we stayed on Stream and wrapped around to meet up with Madrone. Added a little distance - we ended up doing 6.2 total. FYI if you're doing this trail soon!

Beautiful forest and a decent climb

One of my regular hikes when I lived close.

Great moderate hike. Nice mix of flat, a reasonably tough climb, and then a good descend. If you have bad knees though watch out -- the descend is pretty steep.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nice hike with gentle ascents and descents through gorgeous redwood groves. I posted plenty of photos along my recording of this hike. We did the reverse trek beginning at Redwood Gate, so that we ascended at the beginning through Orchard and French trails, flat along West Ridge trail to Skyline staging area, then gently descended along Stream Trail back to the Canyon Meadow Parking Area. Lots of shade - I needed neither sunscreen nor bug spray (and I usually do). Redwood Regional Park has several well marked trails, so we will certainly be back! It is popular on the weekend, but not so crowded that I wasn't able to enjoy some peace and quiet. The trails are pretty easy, with the occasional elevation change.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

We hiked the Orchard Trail to connect with the West Ridge Trail and then back down the Chown Trail. Total was about 6 miles or so. Easy hike, not difficult inclines for us. The Orchard Trail is beautiful and cool temperature because of all the shade. I actually found the West Ridge Trail boring in terms of scenery and it was much more exposed. Great location though - would do it again. Dogs loved it

mountain biking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

I suggested an edit because Escondido Trail is currently closed. Also, by avoiding Proctor trail at the southern end, this trail can accommodate mountain bikers. The southern portion of this trail overlaps with the Lake Chabot Bike Loop and it gets a lot of bike traffic.

I would also suggest taking Brandon Trail instead of Grass Valley because it is more scenic and shaded. Grass Valley is very rutted from all the runoff and there is a muddy quagmire at one point that I would want to avoid.

If you want to follow the Bay Area Ridge Trail exclusively, then simply follow Brandon Trail all the way until you reach the golf course, then go through the golf course and follow the path that runs parallel to Redwood Road until you reach Proctor Gate. I took this route on my way back as I did a round trip.

If you're goal is to complete the entire Bay Area Ridge Trail, then you can link up with the following trails also available on All Trails. Nobody has yet created a trail for the missing link that goes from Proctor Gate to Rampage Peak then through Cull Canyon and links up with Don Castro (this is the Chabot to Garin Trail).

Nimitz Way Trail (Tilden Regional)
Seaview Trail (Tilden Regional)
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Lomas Cantadas to Skyline
Skyline Gate to Macdonald Gate
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Independent School to Five Canyons

Sunday, April 16, 2017

We started at the Redwood Gate. Followed the Stream Trail and hiked up to the Skyline Staging Area. On the return we took the West Ridge Trail, French Trail, Mill Trail and Stream Trail. Total distance 7.3 miles with 1,148 feet elevation. We completed the hike in merely 2 hours with average speed of 3.5 mph. Most of the hike is canopied by the tall redwood trees. It was a beautiful hike and the French Trail is my favorite trail in the Redwood park.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

French trail is my favorite trail in the park. It takes you right through the heart of the lush Redwood forest. It is completely shaded, which is nice if you like to avoid sun exposure. And I personally prefer to get off the beaten path, for which French trail is perfect. I can usually count on one hand the amount of people I pass, which is unfortunate as it is such a great hike. But most people stick to the wider and easier ridge and stream trails.

My first hike at Redwood Regional was the opposite loop that starts at the Skyline Gate. So I thought it would be fitting to do this hike to signify my 100th trail completed on All Trails. I'm looking forward to the next 100.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Great hike! You warm up with an easy stroll along stream trail, then make the climb up to west ridge, and it's all downhill from there.

Stream trail was washed out about a mile in from the Redwood gate and there were a handful of trees down along the hike from the rainy season. But all the rain has made the forest very lush.

This hike takes you on French trail for a little bit, which is my favorite trail in the park. I've been to this park about a dozen times now, but this was my first time on Madrone Trail. So that was a nice change of pace.

A few mountain bikers came up on me at the steep descent on West Ridge. Luckily I was able to get out of the way fast because they wouldn't have been able to stop. Be careful on West Ridge as that is the part of the bike loop.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

One of my East Bay favorites

Monday, January 30, 2017

For this hike we started from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. We walked along the Stream trail, took a left turn onto Tres Sendas trail and went up to the West Ridge trail.  From West Ridge trail we stopped at the Redwood Bowl for a short break. We continued to the Madrone trail, turned right onto the French trail.  From the French Trail we took left at the Fern trail and went down and took right at the Stream trail. From there we went back onto the Canyon Meadow Staging Area trailhead. After the recent rains, some trail was muddy and required some stream crossings. Overall it was a pleasant hike among the beautiful redwoods.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nice hike with some good views. The climb up from the parking lot was rather muddy as it had just rained the day before and that area doesn't get any sun. But once I crested the hill, the path was dry and opened up to some nice views. There are a few benches along the trail if you want to take a break and enjoy the scenery. I encountered a lot of dogs off leash. Some owners had their dogs under control, some not so much.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The French Trail is my favorite trail in Redwood and I've done it many times in conjunction with all the other trails. I like to combine it with the Stream Trail because of the larger trees but it's good with the East Or West Trail as well. The French Trail has a lot less traffic than most of the others because it's a little more difficult and if I remember right, no bikes. I miss hiking Redwood....

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I really enjoyed this one. I hiked it solo and had my wife drop me off and pick me up. There are some really pretty aspects to this hike. I did it on a very nice day in jan so the weather wasn't hot. You go in and out of different forests and clearings with some great views. The part that is closer to Chabot is used quite a bit by cyclist and I came across a few horseback riders on the north end since it is so close to the stables.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Nice hike that doesn't get a lot of use. Situated near horse boarding facilities so it probably gets as much horse and bike activity as hikers. Good connector between Redwood and Chabot. I've made it a day hike starting in upper Redwood and going to the bottom of Chabot.

Monday, August 08, 2016

My route:
1. Parked at Bort Meadow Staging Area, walked down toward the camp grounds and turning left onto the Grass Valley trail. 2. Took a right to cross the Stone Bridge, and right again to head back, now on the Goldenrod trail.
3. Right onto Ranch trail which later becomes Grass Valley trail and completes the loop.

6.5 miles, 2:45 at a leisurely pace. Not much of a challenge. Mild inclined to get the blood flowing, horse dung to keep you on your toes. Beautiful eucalyptus tree groves along the way. Equestrians, dog walkers, bikers, and hikers, pretty cool! Great one for the whole family. It did get dusty and hot around 11am (in August).

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Enjoyable trek through eucalyptus forests, grassland, and some nice views. If you take the Buckeye trail to connect Goldenrod & Grass Valley, you'll follow a nice little stream lined by lots of ferns, moss & green foliage. Depending on the time of year you'll have to deal with mud, ice, dust, and/or horse & cattle manure on the trail. Goldenrod is right next to Skyline Blvd so you'll hear and see cars. Lots of unleashed dogs on this trail under varying degrees of voice control.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Very scenic

It was tedious and involved a lot of horse poo.

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