The French Trail Loop is about 9 miles long and located near Oakland, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day.
GPS Location: [masked], [masked]
Address near by: Redwood Gate (drive 2 min toward to above meetup point)
7867 Redwood Rd Oakland, CA 94619
Start off on the paved road running past the bathrooms (visible from the lot) and continue on the pavement for approx 1/2 mile and cross the bridge over Redwood Creek. Turn right on Stream Trail which runs along a nicely wooded area next to the creek. The next couple of miles are beautiful next to the creek and gently rising until you come to Girl's Camp Area. At this point, there is a bit of a climb up to the Skyline Gate Staging Area where there are bathrooms and benches.
Now turn sharp left on West Ridge Trail which is level and takes you to the French Trail intersection. Turn left on French Trail and starts a descent into the most scenic area of the park. The trail runs into a thick growth of redwoods for the next couple of miles. Pay attention to the signs when arriving at the Fern Trail intersection. Turn right here for about 75 feet before turning back left on French Trail.
Continue on French Trail straight past the Chown Trail intersection. The next intersection is Orchard Trail where you turn left and descend down to Redwood Creek. Turn left on Bridle Trail and take it to the bridge over Redwood Creek and turn right back to the parking lot Elevation is about 1130 ft, we will plan 4-5 hours out-and-back hiking time for it.
What to bring:
1) 2-3 liters water
2) Lunch and/or snack
3) Sunglasses, hat, jacket and camera are optionally but nice to have.
Limited space. Suggest to carpool with others.
- South/east bay people: 10:00AM at Milpitas Square in front of Ranch 99 (338 Barber Ln, Milpitas). Be on time. The event organizer may not join any carpool activity.
- SFO people: Please organize at your preferred spot below.
Meetup time@GPS location for ALL PEOPLE: 11:00AM.
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