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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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3 Completed 1 Reviews

what a beautiful park! and so nice to have it right in our "backyard". this park is dog friendly, has a variety if environments, and easily accessible. a new favorite spot

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French Trail Loop
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

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East - West Ridge Loop
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

I really enjoyed this hike, besides going in and out of the creek area at the South end of this loop, its fairly flat to gently rolling hills, which made for a relatively easy and enjoyable hike.

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French Trail Loop
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

A bay area hidden gem. Many connecting routes, immersive forest, redwoods, steep climbs, a stream with trickling baby falls from time to time.

From the Skyline Gate, we followed the Stream trail downhill (left) to begins the hike, then is mostly flat, until the Redwood Gate, at the south side of the Park . This section meanders next to the stream with double-track and fire roads.

The return is where this hike shines, lots of elevation gain/loss, ranging from slight inclines to very steep on mostly double and single track. There are a variety of options to add 2-4mi to the total, while moving through a deep forest of Redwoods.

Bonus, there are a couple of bathrooms along the route, including the Skyline Gate staging area.

If this is your first foray onto this trail, bring a map, there are lots of options, and it's actually possible to end up in a loop.
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood#trailmap

Not 5 stars due to the fire roads and intersection of larger roads.

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Redwood Regional Park
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

This park is amazing with such wonderful trails. Anything from easy to moderate. Beautiful views, trees and peace.

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Redwood Regional Park
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

Its real nice up there moved up to the bay not to long ago my favorite place so far in the east bay haven't seen much but this place is a good place to go if you like to hike or bike.

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Joaquin Miller Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail. I went on an adventure with my trek 3500 and it was super fun. Nice bike trails and beautiful views. You can explore views in different areas but some are a little challenge to get to. Today was my first time on this trail and it rocked.

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French Trail Loop
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Fun trails, moderate difficulty on all trails in park.

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French Trail Loop
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

The French Trail Loop is very beautiful with the Redwoods, ferns and other vegetation. I also saw some wild turkeys, squirrels and a few crows. I had my hyper Australian shepherd with me so we did it in about 3.5 hours. It does have lots of inclines and declines so you will want to bring lots of water and maybe some fruit to snack on. It was a cool day on July 12th, 2013 and the canopy provided lots of shade. I shall try it again next year in the early spring to see what it is like with water in the stream. I recommend this trail but not for those with small kids or those not use to strenuous exercise. Good luck

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French Trail Loop
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17 Completed 13 Reviews

Man this trail is long!! And steep at some places. Best to pick up a map. They have them all around the trails. Plenty of restrooms and pick nick tables. Might be a bit much for little kids. But it was a great hike and now I am beat!!!

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