French Loop Trail - Redwood Regional Park

The French Loop Trail is located in Redwood Regional Park in the East Bay Regional Park District. The park contains the largest natural strand of coast redwood in the East Bay. Features of this trail include wildflowers, ferns and other deep forest vegetation, wild turkeys and a stream with a trickling small waterfall.

The French Trail is a lengthy segment within a larger trail system. We will be hiking the Tres Sendas/French/Orchard/Bridle/Stream Trails to complete the loop.

Please note this is an EXPLORATORY hike!!

Distance: 6.5 -7 miles

Elevation: 300'-1000' (potentially plus) gain

Difficulty: Moderate to Moderate Plus due to short and steep elevation gains

Exposure: Mostly shade, with brief openings in the tree canopy

Restrooms: at the TH and according to some reviews a couple along the route

Dogs: Fido is welcome on-leash - please bring water/snacks and poop bags for your pooch

Fees: $5 parking per vehicle and $2 per dog

Pack: Lunch, snacks for the trail - lots of water! Hiking poles if you have them

Meet: At Starbucks on Harlan Road in Lathrop - just off  I-5 in the S-Mart shopping center.

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  • La V.

    A very pleasant hike - beautiful scenery.

    April 28, 2014

  • Dave B.

    Wonderful surroundings, beauty all around, awesome stand of old growth Redwoods.

    April 27, 2014

  • Robin

    Beautiful park-lots of trails. The French Loop Trail winds through lush redwoods, madrones & ferns along a creek. This trail is moderate.

    April 26, 2014

  • Robin

    A beautiful gem in our backyard!! Great group of hikers-Thanks for a great day!!

    April 26, 2014

  • Christina P.

    Beautiful location, well organized as always!! On time fabulous company! Thank for a wonderful adventure

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not 100% sure if I will attend this hike but if I do I would have to meet you there. Can I please know where in the park you would meet.

    April 14, 2014

    • Robin

      Hi Mohammed, Thank you for your interest in this hike! The TH is located at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. I have never had any success when I have scheduled to meet fellow hikers at the TH. It seems we arrive too early & miss folks or arrive too late & those waiting are upset. So, please know we may miss you & it is nothing personal, just the nature of getting a group from point A to point B! Robin SJH Hike Leader

      April 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I understand. I have been in this situation far too many times. haha.

      April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I won't be able to make it after all. Bummer! But I'll try to catch you guys on the next one. Happy hiking tomorrow! :)

    April 25, 2014

  • John L.

    I plan on meeting you at the trailhead. What time?

    April 22, 2014

    • Robin

      Hi John, Thank you for your interest in this hike. We should be to the TH by 9:15? I have never had any success meeting people at the TH - someone is either too late/early. Like I posted to another hiker, please know getting folks from point A to B doesn't always go according to plan and we may miss you. Hopefully we will see you there! Robin SJH Hike Leader

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town again

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm brand new to hiking and I think I'd like to give this a shot if you'll have me.

    April 12, 2014

    • Robin

      Hi John, thanks for your interest in this hike! I thought I read somewhere you are a runner? If you are active - runner, treadmill a few times a week, stairs instead of elevator, etc. - you should be able to do this hike - you might be sore the day/week after, but that's a good thing. If you are currently at a 'different' activity level, then you might want to wait for/attend the Summit Hike. Check out the hike description on the ebparks.org website and decide. SJH Hike Leader, Robin

      April 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, I'm not a "runner" but I have been biking long-distance for the last couple years and I do a lot of endurance based weight-training so I'm in excellent shape. I just survived a 12.1 mile run a week ago so I'm sure a 7 mile hike will be no trouble.

      April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the group. Wanted to express my interest in this hike, would love to check it out, but can't make it on that day. Have a great time.

    April 9, 2014

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