Redwood Trail

Redwood Regional Park, California

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain1,332ft
Trailhead Elevation578ft
Top1,014ft
Elevation Min/Max496/1014ft
Elevation Start/End578/578ft
Redwood Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Moraga, California. It is within Redwood Regional Park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 578 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,332 feet. This trail connects with the following: East Ridge Trail and Riche Loop Trail.

Redwood Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Slightly north of Lake Chabot (and connected by the East Bay Skyline Trail) is the regal Redwood Regional Park. As the name implies, one of the park's highlights in its inviting forest of redwoods; the West/East Loop begins and ends under the cool canopy. Believe me, in the heat of summer, it's very much appreciated."

"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."

"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."

"Redwoods by a creek, oak forests on a ridge, ladybugs in winter"

"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."

"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."

"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."

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Jun 2018