What’s big, green, and lurking just over the hills from downtown Oakland? It ain’t Godzilla. It’s Redwood Regional Park with its 150-foot-tall eponymous trees. This East Bay oasis offers hikers, bikers, and even horseback riders a chance to enjoy its 1,836 acres. Tackling the park’s rugged trails, you may see wildlife including deer, golden eagles, and a creek full of rainbow trout. Besides the redwoods you’ll also encounter groves of eucalyptus, madrone, and coast live oaks. Try the loop below for a taste of the East Bay’s wild side.
Directions: Park at Canyon Meadow Staging Area by entering Redwood Gate off of Redwood Rd. Follow Stream Trail for .24 mile and turn left at the bicycle sign for Bridle Trail. Follow for .20 mile to Orchard Trail and turn right. This is a steep .37-mile climb. Turn right at French Trail and follow this 1.42 miles to Fern Trail and go right. This takes you back to Stream Trail, which with a right turn takes you back to your car. Maps are available at the park. For more information click here.