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Redwood Regional Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A mostly shady run through Serpentine Prairie, oak forest, and the East Bay's largest redwood forest.


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7.3

Miles

11.8

KM

90%

Runnable

1,526' 465 m

High

931' 284 m

Low

1,089' 332 m

Up

1,088' 332 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Spring · Wildlife

Open all year, with a park curfew at 10 pm.

Overview

This is a great 7-mile loop with easy access to water. This trail includes big hills, rolling hills, flats and downhills. There are lots of dense redwood forest that make it a great choice for a relatively cool run on a hot day. In the winter, enjoy the lush ferns under the redwood canopy.

Need to Know

This loop is mostly shady. Water can be found at the start at the Richard C. Trudeau Conference Center and where the Graham and West Ridge trails intersect.

Runner Notes

Lots of roots on on the French Trail.

Description

Park at the Trudeau Center parking lot off of Skyline Blvd. Follow the Dunn Trail, which starts behind the Trudeau Conference Center. You immediately pass Sargent Cypress trees on your left, a California endemic tree with a relatively small distribution.

You then head uphill through the another unique California habitat, Serpentine Prairie. You can stop to read abut this ecosystem on an informational placard. Continue up the Dunn Trail to the Graham Trail, and turn left. Run on the Graham Trail for just over 1 mile; this section is mostly uphill and on a fire road. You'll arrive in an large open area called Redwood Bowl. There is a water fountain here.

Next, take a sharp right onto the West Ridge Trail. After .1 mile, take the first trail that breaks off on the left. This is the Madrone Trail. Take this singletrack trail .5 miles to the French Trail. Take a right on French Trail and run for 2.5 miles. You are traveling along a steep hillside under a redwood canopy on a very unique trail in the East Bay. This trail ends at a junction with the Orchard Trail.

Take a right and head uphill for .2 miles to West Ridge. Take a right on West Ridge, and continue .3 miles to the Baccharis Trail. Take a left onto Baccharis Trail. After .5 miles, this trail will take you back to Dunn Trail. Bear left onto the Dunn Trail. After .85 miles running through a beautiful live oak canopy that is the quintessential coastal California habitat, you'll return to the intersection of the Dunn and Graham Trail. Hang a left here and take the Dunn Trail back to the parking lot where you started.

Flora & Fauna

In addition to a great forest of coastal 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.

History & Background

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 city of San Francisco. The logging era has long since passed, and a stately forest of 150-foot coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) has replaced those that were cut down. There was one particularly giant tree in this forest that was used by 49'ers as a navigational guide through the Golden Gate before it was cut down during the logging era.

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Michael Beetham

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  4.5 from 33 votes

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Photos

Just steps from the trailhead
Mar 7, 2018 near Piedmont, CA
Beginning of French Trail after dropping down Madrone trail.
Jun 20, 2015 near Moraga, CA
Finishing on Dunn, looking at the parking lot where I started.
Jun 20, 2015 near Piedmont, CA
Running up Orchard Trail.  Steep!
Jun 20, 2015 near Moraga, CA
Trail start
Jun 20, 2015 near Piedmont, CA
Taking Baccharis after running up West Ridge.  Almost to Dunn Trail.
Jun 20, 2015 near Moraga, CA

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Nov 29, 2020
Amy Brennick
Great loop! Good combination of climbing, rolling singletrack, downhill and everything in between. Challenging but doable. Beautiful redwood groves! 7.3mi — 1h 28m
Jul 19, 2020
Rah'Shan Ganzy
Got lost doubled back and went ahead . lost section added at least 1 mile. Ran about 65% of trail 8.3mi — 2h 25m
Jun 14, 2020
Rah'Shan Ganzy
6.7mi — 1h 45m
Jul 30, 2019
David Geeslin
What a beautiful trail! I tried to do trail running but end up doing 85% hiking as this trail is rigorous! I, also, took a wrong turn on French Trail! 8.2mi
Jan 23, 2019
Cyril Manning
Nov 24, 2018
Juliana Chase
Beautiful sunny day after two days of rain. Had to check map at several junctions and slippery rocks slowed me down. Absolutely lovely afternoon run. 7.3mi
Aug 18, 2018
Alan Grubb
Aug 11, 2018
Gabriel Wolf
Start is straight up. Need to warm up a little next time. 7mi