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Hike Details for Sausal Creek to Palos Calorados to West Ridge

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Dimond/Joaquin Miller/Redwood
Sausal Creek to Palos Calorados to West Ridge

Sausal Creek to Palos Calorados to West Ridge
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City: Oakland
Region: EastBay
Park: Dimond/Joaquin Miller/Redwood
Park Map URL: Click Here

Sunday, May 22, 2011 @ 11:00 AM


Event Notes:

This is an urban hike that feels like a country creek walk...until we get under Highway 13 and into Joaquin Miller Park where the sights and the climb both ratchet up several notches. The hike follows the Sausal Creek Trail from Dimond Park to the Palos Colorados, Sunset and Big Trees Trails in Joaquin Miller Park, to the West Ridge Trail in Redwood Park, where we finish up at Redwood Peak.

Contact: Mike   
Cell Phone: (415) 000-0000


Trail Notes:

This hike is a 9 mile out-and-back from an urban Oakland city park to Redwood Peak, an ascent and then descent of slightly over 1100 feet. The ascent is mostly a gentle-to-moderate climb with several brief stretches of steepness and/or steps. The surprise treat here is that the vast majority of the trail feels very woodsy because though we are deep in Oakland, the Sausal Creek corridor is a lovely strip of nature and the Palos Colorados trail has some sections that rival the Soda Gulch trail on the Peninsula and the French Trail in Redwood Park for sheer forest majesty. As an out-and-back, it's easy for hikers to quit early and head back down the trail whenever they wish, but to keep things interesting for those who prefer the whole tour, we generally take one section of the Big Trees trail in Joaquin Miller on the way up and a different route through that park on the way down. We try to do lunch with a panoramic view around 12:30 in Joaquin Miller, about 2/3 of the way to the Redwood Peak--be warned, city-slickers, with even a medium sized group we eat sitting on the ground by the trail ;)


Trailhead Directions:
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From 580 East: Take the Fruitvale exit, turn left (east) at the light. Stay on Fruitvale past Macarthur, Coloma and Damuth. You will see Dimond Park on your left, park on the street. From 580 West: Take the Coolidge exit and stay on Montana, parallel to the freeway, for 6 blocks and then turn right (east) on Fruitvale. Stay on Fruitvale past Macarthur, Coloma and Damuth. You will see Dimond Park on your left, park on the street. Once in the park walk East toward the Oakland Hills. Hike meets at the entrance to the Dimond Swimming Pool.


The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

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