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

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

Redwood East Ridge Loop

A moderate 7 mile, 1300 ft. elevation hike in EBRPD Redwood Regional Park. We'll first hike up to the East Ridge before descending to walk amongst the stately Redwoods on this 70% shaded hike.

Starting from the end of the Wayside Parking lot, we follow the Canyon, East Ridge, Phillips, Eucalyptus, and Stream Trails to a snack break along Redwood Creek.

Our return takes us back through the Redwoods on Tres Sendas, Starflower, French, Orchard, and Bridle Trails.

The large Wayside Parking lot (on the left before Canyon Meadow) is located at 37.80485,-122.14637
Note: Currently there is no Weekday Parking Fee.

Leader: Joel Schantz

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.