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French Trail Loop

Oakland, CA

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French Trail Loop is a 7.9 mile loop trail located near Oakland, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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French Trail Loop
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I'm at the Redwood Reserve every couple weeks - it's gorgeous! The French trail is one of the most beautiful, but there are so many hikes you can do in the reserve. I would recommend getting a map - I found mine in the Joaquin Miller Park area. There's a fee to park there (it's only $5), but the staff will provide you with a map and point you in the right direction. Now that I know my way around, I normally pack my taped-up, tattered map, some water and some nuts to much on and park at the Moon Gate or Waterloo Staging Area (free street parking) and start from there. If you have a map, you also have the freedom to "choose your own adventure" and cut back if you get tired. There are so many trails that your loop could be a 4 hour adventure or a 2 hour adventure. It's nice to have that flexibility and be able to go to a place where you can see something "new" each time by trying a slightly different route.

I don't have much of an issue with the trail's difficulty level but I'm in pretty good shape. I've brought some friends and family and they've struggled with the steep climbs. The beautiful part of the trail is in what feels like a valley or a ravine, so you hike down and there's this sense of being hidden in a forest wonderland. However, the flip side of that is you DO have to hike up to get back out. I get out of breath and sweaty, but the really hard part of the trail is probably only 25-30%. All the ups and downs could be hard on someone who has sensitive knees or joints. Personally, I think it's very worth a little bit of sweat and I always feel like I've checked the "worked out" box for my day after spending a few hours here.

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9 Completed 1 Reviews

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Leona Canyon Trail
by Allyson Rowe

13 Completed 7 Reviews

I parked for free in the lot next to the apartments and started my hike from there. It was a short and mostly shady trail that was good for my dog and me. We took the Artemisia trail to the top for a steeper incline and enjoyed the view while we rested. Although dogs are allowed off-leash watch out for poison oak on both sides of the trail.

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French Trail Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I started at Redwood Gate, took Canyon Ridge up to meet East Ridge all the way around to meet West Ridge and did the full loop back to Redwood Gate. Approximate 8 miles in 3hrs (fairly easy hike). I had a Nalgene bottle of water and kind of wished I had more water. It was hot and East Ridge was fully exposed. Bring sunscreen and make sure to reapply.
Stay on one side of the trail. Lots of mountain bikers.

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French Trail Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was my first real hike in years. I enjoyed the heck out of it. I stop a lot and took it all in. I brought one 33oz water and started from CANYON MEADOW STAGING AREA to the MILL TRAIL to the FRENCH TRAIL to WEST RIDGE to the SKYLINE GATE STAGING AREA. Thank god there was water at Skyline because I was out.

I took the STREAM TRAIL back to the car. It seems like the trees are a lot taller along the REDWOOD CREEK.

All in all, it was one of the best experiences I had since moving to Oakland .

I recommend this for anyone who just wants to take their time and enjoy.

Next time I plan to start at the first parking lot by the FISHWAY INTERPRETIVE SITE cross the bridge and start there.

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Leona Canyon Trail
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12 Completed 4 Reviews

This review is for Artemisia Trail to Leona Canyon Trail - a steep out and back that is approximately 1.2 miles, tucked away in a suburb just off of Skyline Boulevard. Artemisia Trail is part of the Leona Canyon Open Preserve network of trails, which also includes Leona Canyon Trail running the length of the entire canyon, and Pyrite Trail, a tributary trail like Artemisia with steeps descents/ascents from the canyon's ridge.

From a small entrance off Lexford Place, Artemisia follows a semi-rocky descent through enchanting shaded-groves. Even at just over a mile, Artemisia Trail gets steep quickly, and in turn, makes for a helluva trek back up - ideal for some effective after-work exercise. Not necessarily for beginners however, so come prepared with proper shoes and plenty of water. A true hidden gem right in Oakland's back-yard!

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French Trail Loop
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Really enjoyed. Lots of shade.

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Shore Trail Loop
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This a real pretty trail that's very easy. There are public restrooms and free parking just outside the entrance.

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French Trail Loop
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

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