Sobrante Ridge Trail

Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve, California

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain577ft
Trailhead Elevation584ft
Top772ft
Elevation Min/Max580/772ft
Elevation Start/End584/584ft

Sobrante Ridge Trail

Sobrante Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Richmond, California. It is within Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 584 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 577 feet. This trail connects with the following: Morningside Trail and Broken Oaks Trail.

Sobrante Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"If there’s one hike in the Bay Area that shows how important the East Bay Regional Park system is, this might be it. Sobrante in Spanish means leftover, or surplus, but this area is anything but a scrap of land. Nope, this is prime real estate, a 277-acre island that’s wedged between lookalike housing developments (top the ridge and that’s all you can see). The land provided a vital link for the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s watershed lands, as well as for the rest of the East Bay Regional Parks. A wide variety of animals, from raptors and songbirds to deer and coyote, use this land as a migration corridor. The botanical preserve is also the home of one of the last stands of Alameda manzanita, a rare and endangered chaparral plant. A miniature forest of manzanita clings to the grassy hillsides in soil so barren that nothing else grows. The manzanita survives by sucking up moisture from the frequent fog that spills over the ridge."

"If there’s one hike in the Bay Area that shows how important the East Bay Regional Park system is, this might be it. Sobrante in Spanish means “leftover,” or “surplus,” but this area is anything but a scrap of land. Nope, this is prime real estate, a 277-acre island wedged between lookalike housing developments (top the ridge, and that’s all you can see)."

"Climb to high grasslands and shaded woodlands on a narrow, shady trail from Pinole Valley Park that gains 640 feet in the first mile; on cool days, take the exposed alternate trail from Coach Drive for an easier climb of 200 feet in 0.7 mile. On the wide, partially shaded ridgetop trail, you’ll take in remarkable views of the mountains that ring the bay; the narrow southern leg descends 320 feet in less than a mile."

"There are two places in the East Bay to see rare and endangered pallid manzanita, also called Alameda manzanita: Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, described elsewhere in this book, and here, a 277-acre preserve that was once part of a vast cattle ranch. This out-and-back route follows the Sobrante Ridge, Manzanita, and Manzanita Loop trails. The Sobrante Ridge Trail, part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, runs along a horseshoe-shaped ridge, with views of Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, and San Pablo Ridge. The best time to hike here is winter, after the first rains, when the manzanitas are in flower."

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Trail Information

Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve
Nearby City
Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
East Bay Regional Park District
Local Contacts
USGS Briones Valley
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Sep 2018