West Loop from Redwood Gate

West Loop from Redwood Gate
City: Oakland
Park: Redwood Regional Park

Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Event Notes:

A moderate loop hike in the cool Redwood Regional Park. About 6+ miles with a 1200-foot elevation gain from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Route will be via the Stream, Fern, French, and Madrone Trails to Redwood Bowl. After a short rest/snack stop at the Bowl, return via the West Ridge, Fern, French, Chown, and Bridle Trails to the bridge and back to the parking lot. Full facilities at Canyon Meadow Staging Area and water and restrooms at Redwood Bowl and along the Stream Trail. Dogs welcome ($2 per dog), off-leash OK on all but the Stream Trail. Nearby address is 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619.

Contact: Howard   
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 548-8783

Trail Notes:

The West Loop in Redwood Regional Park has it all: Towering redwoods and douglas firs. Sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and East Bay hills. A gurgling creek in winter and early spring. Different climates. Cool, shady and pleasant in Redwood Creek but hot and sunny on the ridge during the dry season.

Logistics: Round trip is between 7 to 8 miles. The elevation gain from the starting point in Redwood Creek to the highest point of the loop at the picnic tables in Redwood Bowl is 900 feet. The segment of the West Ridge Trail between Redwood Bowl and Skyline Gate goes up and down which adds some extra elevation gain.

Directions to Trailhead:

Take Hwy 580 or Hwy 24 to Hwy 13 in Oakland. From either freeway, take Hwy 13 to the Redwood Road exit and go east (uphill). At the top of the hill you will cross Skyline Boulevard and pass the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center on the right. Farther along you will pass Piedmont Stables on the left. Big Bear Staging Area will be on the right about one and one-half miles from Skyline Boulevard, followed by MacDonald Staging Area on the right and Redwood Gate on the left (seasonal parking fee - bring at least $5). Turn left into Redwood Gate and go to the end of the entry road to the Canyon Meadow parking area.

TrailHead Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle

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The trailhead information on this page was last updated Tuesday, June 10, 2008.