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*****PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A HIGH CHANCE THIS HIKE WILL BE CANCELED EITHER DUE TO COUNTRY RESTRICTION ON COVID 19 OR MY FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCE. I WILL CONFIRM NEXT WEEK.********* A hidden redwood forest lies off Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. The forest's peaceful groves give little evidence of the park's bustling past – in the mid-1800s the area was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the San Francisco Bay Area. The logging era has long since passed, and a stately forest of 150-foot coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) has replaced those cut down. In addition to a great forest of coast redwoods, the park's 1,830 acres also contain other evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands. Wildlife within the park includes rare species such as the golden eagle and Alameda striped racer. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels are often seen. The naming of the rainbow trout species was based on fish taken from the San Leandro Creek drainage, which includes Redwood Creek. Trout seen in the creek today are descendants of that pure strain. Historical Landmark #970 is located at the fishway interpretive site a short distance inside the park's Redwood Gate park entrance off Redwood Road. The fish-way was constructed at the creek in this area to help the trout reach their upstream spawning grounds. Please note that fishing is not allowed in the park. Hike Description: Difficulty: Strenuous; Distance: 9-10 miles; Elevation: About 1650 ft We will start at the Skyline Gate Staging Area for a 9-10 miles loop taking French Trail with a stop at the Redwood Peak at 1619 ft. Then return via the Stream Trail back to parking lot. Elevation is about 1638 ft (per my not too accurate app). Mileage per map is 8.8 miles but app is 10.5 miles. It took me 4 hours with no stop and my legs felt at least 10 miles. There are a few very steep climb, both ups and downs so I'd say the hike overall is moderately strenuous with very strenuous climbs (a few miles). The trails are mostly shaded with beautiful redwoods and there are bathrooms and water at the beginning also along the whole loop (and NO, we are NOT stopping at all the bathrooms). Stream trail is next to a creek and I am hoping there will be plenty of water from all the rain we got this year. Boots required, layered clothing, bring lots of water, snack, and hat. Poles (for hiking) recommended. Optional lunch after hike (depends when do we finish) at Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen in North Berkeley. It's a bit of a drive (about 20-30 min) but it's a pretty cool Jewish Deli I found from Check, Please! Also confirmed its authenticity with my East Coast Jew. https://www.kqed.org/checkplease/tag/sauls-restaurant-delicatessen http://www.saulsdeli.com/ Carpool HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The parking lot is not very big and all the posts I read say that it gets filled up quickly on weekend. I believe you can park on street if the lot is full. Please arrange on your own depends where you are coming from. Disclaimer: The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Ramblers does not certify the expertise of its event organizers - we are all volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear and water.