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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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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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7 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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Redwood Regional Park
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

Great Park very clean somewhat! Ran into a few dog craps left behind by some owners. But as far as the trailers excellent.

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Leona Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail was an easy, family-friendly trail. The trail runs along a creek that my dog and kids enjoyed exploring. There is lots of shady spots and some benches along the way. We started at the apartment side where the parking is free. The only difficult part was the uphill climb as you get close to the Meritt college side. There is no water or restroom facilities along the way. Dogs are allowed off-leash.

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Joaquin Miller Park
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I trail run here all the time! One of my favorite spots in the East Bay. The tree canopies provide great shade on hot days. The view of the entire Bay is breath taking at all times of the day- but especially at sunset. This place is filled with hundreds of people hiking, mountain biking, dog walking, trail running--but you can always find a place to be alone if you want solitude. The Redwoods are gorgeous but sometimes the roots sticking out of the ground and huge embedded rocks can provide for a scary and rigorous bike ride or a gnarly ankle twist if you aren't careful. Regardless, this is a great family place. Everyone is so nice :)

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Redwood Regional Park
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Plenty of trails crisscross this park and they range from easy (along the West Ridge and along the creek) to strenuous with a nice amount of elevation gain/loss. The trails are well maintained and marked and maps are available at staging areas. This place should have something for every recreational hiker.

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