Since moving to the Bay, I have to admit, I have been slacking on my outdoorsmen badges. It’s not due to a lack of options for hiking, because there are a ton, just haven’t gotten out there… So in my attempt to get back on track (see what I did there?), I took Oakland Magazine’s advice in the “Best Hikes of the East Bay” article and set out to Redwood Regional Park!
I decided to try the East Ridge Trail Loop, which was moderate, versatile and provided a good workout/relaxation blend. Door-to-door the hike was about 5 1/2 miles from where you park and took about 2 hours. I followed Oakland Mag’s directions to a tee because it would be easy to get completely turned around. Keep in mind, Redwood Regional Park is MASSIVE with a ton of options for all your nature needs so if you’re up to the exploration, I encourage it! Just make sure you mark you parking spot on your phone’s GPS.
Directions for the East Ridge Trail Loop:
Park on the roadside at the Pinehurst Staging Area on Pinehurst Road near the tiny town of Canyon
Head straight onto the East Ridge Trail
Turn left at Canyon Trail
Take three right turns: First onto Stream Trail, then Prince Trail, and back to the East Ridge Trail to complete the loop
Pros: Get to see a lot of different areas within the park: kids on the playground, cool views, picnic areas and a variety of trees and plants. The hike also goes both uphill and downhill so you get your share of both.
Cons: Parking seems a little sketchy as its off the side of the road but just lock your car and don’t leave anything important. Also, some places were really quiet. Even on a Saturday, I would go a mile without seeing someone.