The French Trail Loop in REDWOOD REGIONAL PARK

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]
http://goo.gl/Zy2gWq
Address near by: Redwood Gate (drive 2 min toward to above meetup point)
7867 Redwood Rd Oakland, CA 94619

Hiking route:
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.

Parking:
Limited space. Suggest to carpool with others.

CARPOOL:
- 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.

Recommended Map :
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood#trailmap
http://www.redwoodhikes.com/EastBay/RedwoodRP.html


Planned route: 

http://www.movescount.com/routes/route641243-The_French_Trail_expanded_version


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  • Howard

    @Alicia, could you send me a message please? I couldn't contact you here.

    August 17

  • Edward L.

    Hope you have another one soon

    August 16

  • Howard

    Good to see everyone and hike together again! I had a great day to spend with friends. See you next time!

    1 · August 16

  • Yjsf L.

    Thanks Howard and every one. Nice hiking.

    1 · August 16

  • Bin D.

    Thanks Howard for organizing this and Iris giving a ride back to Tilden. Also, nice taking to everyone !

    1 · August 16

  • Howard

    I fix the GPS location because just found out the previous one was not what I want. Please note:

    **[masked], [masked]**

    is the correct location. If your navigation device doesn't accept it, please use redwood gate as a reference and drive through to the parking lot when you arrive.

    August 16

    • Yjsf L.

      Dachi. Thanks.

      August 16

    • Alicia C.

      Hi Howard, Li Zhang, Susan, and I are running a little behind. We will try to catch up to the group.

      August 16

  • Yjsf L.

    Great! Got upgrade from waiting list. Live near the intersection of 101 & 280. Anyone wants to offer carpool in the San Francisco. If not, I will drive and offer the carpool.

    August 15

  • Li Z.

    Hi, all, if you use the BART system and need a ride to the trail head, please come to the BART Orinda station and I will take you to and from the trail head. I currently have three seats available in my car.

    August 14

  • Alicia C.

    Anyone driving from SF, would like to carpool? Tks!

    August 14

    • Howard

      You can check with @Li Zhang here. I think he is asking for carpool partner too.

      1 · August 14

    • Li Z.

      Hi, Alicia, if you can take a BART to the Orinda station, I will provide you rides to and from the trail head.

      1 · August 14

  • Howard

    Reminder: Meetup location is the GPS one, the redwood gate is a rough location for those who have a GPS cannot use GPS location directly(? :p).

    August 14

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