Chabot Park is a nice companion to its neighbor, Redwood Park. The two parks are separated only by narrow Redwood Road, and with an interconnected trail system, you can hike for hours on a long segment of the the Bay Area Ridge Trail, through both parks. Chabot features a lake, meadows and grassland, eucalyptus forests, and lots of chaparral. We will start at the Bort Meadow Staging Area, and will hike out and back for a little over an hour. Dogs are allowed to be off-leash here.
Here's more information about this hike and directions to Bort Meadows Parking Lot. (Shown in the first picture below is the parking lot, use the google map directions I've included, and do not use your car navigation as it may take you to a different area of the park.)
• From CA 24 in Alameda County, exit south CA 13 (exit 5). Drive about 4 miles south and exit Redwood (exit 1c). Turn left onto Redwood and drive uphill about 0.5 mile, to the junction with Skyline Boulevard. Stay in the left lane, and continue straight on Redwood about 4.3 miles, to the trailhead on the right side of the road.
• From westbound Interstate 580 in Alameda County, exit Redwood Road (exit 36a). Turn left on Castro Valley Blvd., then right on Redwood Road. Drive north about 8 miles to the trailhead on the left side of the road.
Again, use the directions above, and avoid using your car navigation to get to the trailhead as it may take you to a different area.
Please let me know if you're running late so we can wait for you, I generally wait up to 15 minutes before heading out to the trail. If you don't already have my number, please email me for it.
Hope to see you all soon! :)