"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."