Grab your trail shoes, bring a feast and work off some of what you'll eat and drink post-hike!
East Ridge-Stream Trail Loop
Last hiked: April 2011
Mileage: 4 miles round-trip
Exposure: Exposed for the first half, covered for the second
For this hike, the best parking spot is the Redwood Regional entrance off of Redwood Road with parking in the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. There's a good amount of parking at this entrance, but you'll also see a group of cars parked on Redwood Road to avoid the entrance fee. We're trying to keep the parks open, so we chose to pay the $5 entrance fee.
|Mt. Diablo in the background|
The East Ridge trail has some rolling hills and is a good workout for the next mile and a half. There are plenty of spots to stop and check out the forest of trees to your left and a bench a little over a mile in if you want to stop for a break. I'm always amazed by the views on this trail. I find it hard to believe this is in my backyard.
The Prince trail is a gradual descent to the stream that runs through the base of the park. At .40 miles, you'll come to the Stream Trail. Head left on this trail to finish up the loop.
This is such a great quick hike. It's sunny on the ridge, but cool and comfortable in the redwood trees. There's a ton of picnic tables making it the perfect BBQ spot for those of us who don't have our own backyards.
I would never post this if I knew more people read this blog...I don't want to share this spot with too many people!
What you need to know:
- How to get there: Highway 13 to Redwood Road. Take Redwood Road all the way to the entrance gate.
- Seasons: We do this year-round, but its best in spring, summer and early fall. August and September get a little dicey for a BBQ since that seems to be prime bee season
- Entrance fee: $5.00 from April through October. Free November through March
- Dogs: Always welcome at East Bay parks, $2.00 dog fee
- Camping: Not in this spot, but there is other camping available through the Redwood Regional park system
Tip: Alcohol is allowed in the East Bay parks so your post-hike BBQ can include a few brews!