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Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Elevation: 1,000 ft to Ridge

Miles: 8.5-9

Level: Moderate

Overview:  This beautiful 5,271-acre parkland is on the oak-covered ridge overlooking Pleasanton and the Livermore Valley from the west. It is planned as the core of a Ridgelands Regional Park to be acquired over a period of many years. Parkland development has been intentionally limited to preserve the pastoral atmosphere.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is an often overlooked getaway from the seemingly never-ending suburbs that fringe the San Francisco Bay Area.  Like most East Bay parks, the best time go is in the spring when the hills are green and the wildflowers are blooming, though winter comes in a close second (be ready for mud, however, if it has rained recently.) It's a tad too hot here in the summer, but autumn is fine.

Hike Description:  This hike from the Foothills Staging Area is an excellent introduction to the park: long enough to get your heart rate up, but not nearly as arduous as some hikes in the nearby hills.  Trails on this track: Oak Tree Trail > Ridgeline Trail > Thermolito Trail > Ridgeline > Oak Tree.  Once we hike up to the ridge, we will meander up and down with far-reaching views of the nearby scenery, including Mount Diablo and the San Francisco Bay.  Once nice amenity: a smattering of water spigots to refill your water bottle. And a surprise: The hike passes through a grove of olive trees planted when a local rancher owned the land.

Directions:  Driving directions: From I-680 in Pleasanton, take the Castlewood Drive exit and go west. Turn left (south) onto Foothill Road, and go about two miles to the Foothills Staging Area.

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  • MARCIA

    Thanks, Monica and Jane, for a sunny morning on a set of new trails, with some gorgeous views!

    January 27, 2014

  • Mark

    Nice hike today with just enough challenge. I enjoyed the remarks that we made great time without Kitty holding us up!

    January 25, 2014

    • Kitty

      Yeah right.

      January 26, 2014

  • Monica

    Thank you everyone for joining us and I'm so glad that you all had a great time! It was absolutely magnificent!

    January 25, 2014

  • carleen a.

    Thank you Jane and Monica. It was a great hike.

    January 25, 2014

  • David C.

    Really enjoyed the hike this morning. Thank you Monica and Jane! According to my new toy, we covered 9.9 miles, with 3143 feet of elevation gain.

    January 25, 2014

  • Judy H

    Great hike! Thank you, Monica and Jane.

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All- hate to admit but I got totally lost getting to this park. Sorry I missed you - hope I didn't hold you up much. Will be better prepared for next trip.

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I am not going to make it his morning. Its been a while since I've hiked with the Ramblers and will try to join in another hike soon!

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry family emergency.

    January 24, 2014

  • Jeanne S.

    I would love to attend but had surgery Tuesday. I'll be back hopefully in a couple weeks! Have fun the weather is crazy warm and beautiful!

    January 24, 2014

    • Monica

      Thank you, Jeanne. Take care!

      January 24, 2014

  • Monica

    On this map: http://www.ebparks.org/Assets/_Nav_Categories/Parks/Maps/Pleasanton+Ridge+map+no+topo.pdf - it's called the Foothill Staging Area. There is only one place to park in Pleasanton Ridge.

    January 24, 2014

  • Ronen

    The staging area is called "oak tree staging area" on the park pamphlet (from 2003).

    January 18, 2014

    • Monica

      Thank you, Ronen!

      January 22, 2014

  • jane b.

    Now we need some rain to green the hills for us...thanks, Monica!

    January 6, 2014

    • Monica

      I don't mind those golden hills and the views should be grand! Thanks so much for helping me to lead as you know this park well. :-)

      January 6, 2014

  • Frank

    Elevation:)

    January 5, 2014

21 went

  • Monica
    Founding Member + 100+ Hike Club,
    Event Host
  • jane b.
    100+ Hikes Club,
    Event Host
  • Glenn N
    100+ Hikes Club, Assistant Organizer
  • Lori T
    200+ Hike Club, Organizer
  • Judy H
    100+ Hikes Club, Assistant Organizer
  • David C.
    Honorary Member, Assistant Organizer
  • MARCIA
    Founding Member + 200+ Hike Club, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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