Pleasanton Ridge
RSVPs - 20 -- YES: 7 NO: 9 MAYBE: 4

Pleasanton Ridge
City: Pleasanton
Park: Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Sunday, March 05, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

Pleasanton Ridge Standard (Time) Hike

Your choice of a moderate 6 mile,1400 ft or a moderate+ 7.3 mile,1600+ ft hike in EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge .

Starting from the Foothill Staging Area we head up Oak Tree and Thermalito Trails. At Marker 17 the shorter hike will turn right at Marker 17, and a quick left at Marker 18 to snack at the bench just North of Marker 18.

Meanwhile the longer hike continues past Marker 17 on Thermalito, and Ridgeline Trails passing Markers 20 and 19 before pausing to snack just North of Marker 18 as the shorter hike has done.

Both hikes will return to the cars via Ridgeline, Woodland, and Oak Tree Trails.

Try this Google Maps link for directions to the Foothill Staging Area.

Leader: Joel Schantz

Trail Notes:

This is a 7.4 miles moderate to strenuous hike with a total elevation gain of 1500 feet. Explore deep canyons, sweeping grassy slopes, and open ridge tops in this remote foothill country covered with colorful wildflowers in spring. This hike features an abundance of gigantic, graceful, and distinguished coast live oaks that are splendid stand-alone specimens. The landscape has been deliberately kept as perhaps it was ages ago, with groves of century old olive trees currently being restored. Most of the sandstone and cobble gravels that form the rocks of Pleasanton Ridge evolved from up to 70-million-year-old eroded marine formations deposited in the inland Pacific Ocean. Fossils from marine dwelling snails, clams, oysters, and sand dollars are still found here. Red-tailed hawks, buzzards, and occasionally golden eagles soar above the grasslands searching for ground squirrels and western fence lizards. Western bluebirds and meadowlarks flit about closer to the ground. Mountain bikers and horseback riders use these trails, and dogs are allowed in the park.

Dogs permitted.

Directions to Trailhead:

Take 680 South take the Bernal Avenue exit west for 0.2 miles. Turn left (south) on Foothill road, drive for 3.2 miles and park in the large dirt lot.

TrailHead Parking Fee: no charge
Other Fees: dogs free!

The trailhead information on this page was last updated Tuesday, May 16, 2006.