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Hike Details for Pleasanton Ridge

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Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
Pleasanton Ridge
RSVPs - 70 -- YES: 18 NO: 40 MAYBE: 12

Pleasanton Ridge
Click the Staging Area/Trail Name above for park information.
City: Pleasanton
Region: EastBay
Park: Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 8:30 AM

Event Notes:

Sinbad Creek

End of Summer Challenging hike of EBRPD Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. This 11.8 mile/2000 ft hike takes us all the way along the ridge through Augustine Bernal to Sinbad Creek.

Starting from the Foothill Staging Area we'll take Oak Tree, Woodland, Ridgeline, Olive Grove, Thermalito, and Ridgeline Trails to the top of Bay Leaf Trail. At this point we descend on the Bay Leaf Trail to Sinbad Creek Trail where we loop back up to the Ridgeline Trail for our return.

The return path will follow the Ridgeline Trail all the way back to Woodland and Oak Tree Trails.

This is basically an out-and-back hike with a loop at the upper end, so various shorter hikes can be made depending on conditions and fatigue. Some water faucets are(were?) available along the Ridgeline Trail. A snack/rest stop will be chosen along the trail.

Please note: The earlier start time is 8:30 am from the Staging area 37.61470,-121.88195

This hike is similar to the 2012 Trails Challenge hike I posted on Everytrail

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.

Trailhead Directions:

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.

Parking Fee: no charge
Other Fees: dogs free!

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

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