Redwood Peak Trail

Redwood Regional Park, California

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain580ft
Trailhead Elevation1,129ft
Top1,614ft
Elevation Min/Max1129/1614ft
Elevation Start/End1129/1129ft

Redwood Peak Trail

Redwood Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Contra Costa County, California. It is within Redwood Regional Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,129 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 580 feet. The Anna Costa Picnic Area picnic site can be seen along the trail. There is also drinking water along the trail. The trail ends near Redwood Peak (elevation 1,539 feet). There are also restrooms near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Madrone Trail and French Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jane Huber
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"The next time you find yourself gazing east from Mount Tamalpais or the Marin Headlands, think of this: Towering above the East Bay hills in the 1800s was a row of redwoods so tall that ship captains used them to navigate through the Golden Gate into San Francisco. Although the giant trees were logged by the turn of that century, second-growth redwoods now fill canyons where rainbow trout spawn and ladybugs hibernate in the winter, wildflowers bloom in spring, and other wild creatures scamper through the woods year-round. This easy 4.1-mile loop drops into a redwood canyon and then climbs back to a nearly level trail, which returns to the trailhead." Read more
East Bay Bike Trails (Penngrove Publications)
Conrad Boisvert
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"This route follows around the park periphery along the mountain ridges, affording spectacular views in all directions. Beginning at a trailhead near the park headquarters, the route immediately climbs on a very steep grade on the West Ridge Trail. Expect to walk your bike up the steep sections and console yourself as you do this with the fact that once up onto the ridge, the remainder of the ride will have only modest climbing." Read more
Mountain Biking the San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Lorene Jackson
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"These wide, well-marked trails through the East Bay hills offer another quick getaway from the urban congestion. Two easy out-and-back rides along the West and East Ridges of Redwood Regional Park are combined into a more challenging loop. After an easy ride along West Ridge, there is a quick descent into the canyon carved by Redwood Creek. You pay for it with a hardy climb back up to the East Ridge. Pass through oak woodlands and redwood forests along the way. Enjoy great views of the open ridgeland and surrounding watersheds. Trail surface: Dirt fire road." Read more
"This ridge and canyon hike offers dramatic changes in scenery, light, and even temperature. An easy first mile follows a road-wide dirt path among pines, oaks, and eucalyptus, exposed to sun, with views of the foothills and Mount Diablo. Winding down Prince Road, the scenery changes, shaded by bay and madrone trees. Suddenly you find yourself in the seclusion of a thriving redwood grove, walking beside Redwood Creek, with banks full of ferns and water-loving plants. The trail then heads back up to evergreens and views again." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"This ridgetop journey travels the outer edges of Redwood Regional Park past huge redwoods and offers numerous views of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding cities and mountains. The West Ridge Trail travels near a 33-foot-wide redwood stump, the remnant of what may have been the world’s largest redwood tree." Read more
Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area (Menasha Ridge Press)
Skye Craft
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"A slight deviation from the recommended Redwood Bike Loop indicated in the park brochure, this loop adds the Graham-and-Dunn-trails combination on the west ridge and is the largest contiguous bike-accessible loop on offer in Redwood Park." Read more
East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties (Wilderness Press)
David Weintraub
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"This loop, using the East Ridge and Stream trails, pairs a vigorous hike along an exposed ridge with a secluded downhill ramble in the shade of tall redwoods, an unbeatable combination. Views from the East Ridge Trail, especially of the surrounding East Bay parklands, are superb, and the redwood forest along Redwood Creek, though merely a shadow of its former old-growth self, is nevertheless majestic. As an extra bonus, water is available not only at the trailhead, but also at Skyline Gate and various points along the Stream Trail. Before leaving the Canyon Meadow parking area, take a moment to notice the variety of trees here—coast redwood, California bay, coast live oak, bigleaf maple, willow, black walnut—a preview of what you will see on this wonderful hike. From the parking area, walk northwest, past a gate marked FIRE TRAIL, on a paved path, reaching a junction with the Canyon Trail, a dirt-and-gravel road heading right and uphill. You may see a red-tailed hawk circling overhead or hear one giving its “keeer, keeer” call." Read more
"This ridge and canyon hike offers dramatic changes in scenery, light, and even temperature. An easy first mile follows a wide dirt path among pines, oaks, and eucalyptus, exposed to the sky, with views of the foothills and Mount Diablo. Winding down Prince Road, the scenery changes, shaded by bay and madrone trees. Suddenly, you’ll find yourself in the seclusion of a thriving redwood grove, walking beside Redwood Creek, with its banks full of ferns and water-loving plants. The trail heads back up to evergreens and views again. Trails Surface: A wide, dirt road narrows to a footpath that may be eroded and muddy in places, but passable." Read more
East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties (Wilderness Press)
David Weintraub
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"This loop, combining the Stream, West Ridge, French, Orchard, and Bridle trails, takes you into the heart of this unique regional park, the only one in the East Bay where coast redwoods, heavily logged in the mid-1800s, have been preserved to such an extent. The climb along the Stream Trail to Skyline Gate is easy, steepening only at the very end, and the rolling, meandering return through the red-woods via the French Trail, an alternate segment of the East Bay kyline/Bay Area Ridge Trail, although strenuous, is not to be missed. Walking northwest from the parking area on a paved road, you soon pass a junction with the Canyon Trail, right. Water and toilets are available here, at Skyline Gate, and at various points on the Stream Trail. Beyond this junction, the route enters the shade of a beautiful redwood grove, a taste of things to come, then emerges into the open at the Orchard picnic area, a large grassy meadow with a children’s play area." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books)
Laure Latham
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"Redwoods by a creek, oak forests on a ridge, ladybugs in winter" Read more
Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians (Wilderness Press)
Jean Rusmore
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"Follow the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail along the ridgeline of the East Bay hills to a broad valley, taking in views of rolling Contra Costa County ridges. You’ll travel wide trails through second-growth redwoods, descend into a wooded canyon, and climb to open grasslands. Forested segments provide relief from warm sun or fog on open ridgetops. Elevation gain on this route is 700 feet, and loss is 1200 feet." Read more
Bay Area Mountain Bike Trails (Penngrove Publications)
Conrad Boisvert
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"Redwood Regional Park is today home to giant redwood trees descended from original growth trees logged long ago. The park consists of a central valley surrounded by mountains and is rich with trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. As is the case with all parks administrated by the East Bay Regional Park District, bikes are restricted to fire roads and must yield at all times to both hikers and equestrians. This route follows around the park periphery along the mountain ridges, affording spectacular views in all directions. The route generally follows wide unpaved fire tails with loose stones. some very steep sections in the beginning will require all but the strongest riders to walk their bikes." Read more

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8/16/2008
STEEP downhill going into the canyon. Check your brakes. Nice escape from the crowds, through forested terrain. Hot in the summer, carry water, soak your bike shirt in water before setting out in the heat.
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6/21/2008
Easy to find trail head, great scenery, great views of the Pacific and San Francisco. Not too many people, just start early in the AM to beat the crowds.
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Trail Information

Redwood Regional Park
Nearby City
Redwood Regional Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Views
Features
East Bay Regional Park District Headquarters, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., P.O. Box 5381, Oakland 94605; 888-EBPARKS (888-3272757), option 3, ext. 4553; www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood
Local Contacts
Oakland East, CA
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