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.
Redwood Regional Park is part of an extensive historical belt of coast redwood forest. We will botanize through redwood forests and fern groves and look for smaller plants near creeks.
From the Big Bear Staging Area, we will cross Redwood Road to enter Redwood Regional Park. In Redwood we will follow the Golden Spike Trail then the West Ridge Trail along Redwood Creek and into the center of the park.
Please carry water and wear good hiking shoes for mud and rocky terrain. The path includes uneven and rocky sections, and a moderate incline. Significant rain will cancel.
Meet at the Big Bear Staging Area (which is in Anthony Chabot Regional Park and across the road from Redwood Regional Park), Oakland.
From southbound Hwy 13, take the Redwood Road exit. Drive 3 miles and look for a sign for Big Bear Staging Area on the right. There are no bathrooms at the Staging Area but are bathrooms inside of the park.
Trip leaders: Janet Gawthrop, Botanist and Restoration Leader, and Camille Nowell, Botanist with Cardno
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