Las Trampas North Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,273' 693 m
Descent: -2,300' -701 m
High: 1,796' 547 m
Low: 646' 197 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“Plenty of climbing means you get great views from the peak and all along the Ridge Trail.”— Trail Run Project Staff
A left onto Las Trampas/Calaveras Ridge Trail continues the climb until you reach a small detour to the left to head to Las Trampas Peak at an elevation of 1827 feet. Take the detour and take some time here to look around, Mt. Diablo will be visible towards the east and you can see some of the trail system from the park to the west.
Head back down on the same detour to join back to the Las Trampas/Calaveras Ridge Trail to continue on a gradual downhill towards Madrone Trail, where you'll make a right. Rolling hills are next on mostly exposed trail. This is the most common trail to see cows grazing.
Make a right onto Virgil Williams Trail where the climbing will start again, but most of this trail is lined with trees that provide much-needed shade. A right onto Del Amigo Trail continues the climbing but now back to exposed trail. Then, take a right onto Las Trampas/Calaveras Ridge Trail where you'll feel like you are running on top of the world.
Be sure to look around and take in the 360 degree views from this trail before making a left onto Chamise Trail where a very fast descent will take you back to the parking area.
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