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“Challenging hill course takes you from MacDonald trailhead at Redwood Rd. around Lake Chabot.
— Laure Leynaud-Kieffer
Lake · Views
Challenging, hilly fire road trails that traverse the ridges and valleys of Chabot Park, with a big descent down to Lake Chabot. A paved walkway encircles the lake, then it's back up and around to the north end of the lake. Great views from top of MacDonald trail where you can see all the way down the valley. There are benches along the way with views of East Bay watershed & Mt. Diablo, and Lake Chabot.
Need to Know
Cattle grazing in Grass Valley stomp the trail and make for uneven footing. Can be hard on ankles.
No cell service. Watch out for cow patties in Grass Valley. Watch out for mountain bikers on Redtail trail.
From parking lot on Redwood Rd., take fern-lined trail south, which immediately begins with a one mile, 500 ft. climb of easy-to-moderate grade. The trail undulates then descends down to the Grass Valley trail at Bort Meadow. Follow the seemingly endless climb of Redtail Trail
, which has primarily tree-covered sections but has some exposure at the top. The trail joins up with Brandon Trail
where there is a parking lot with running water and an outhouse. Follow Brandon Trail
for 0.13 mi then turn right (west) at the bench, descend down the Towhee trail then the long steep descent of Live Oak Trail
to the Golf Course. Follow signs to, and around Lake Chabot, to the dam on the west side. Bass Cove and Goldenrod trails leads up and away from the lake to the Skyline Rd. trailhead. Drop down into the canyon to the stone bridge, and follow Brandon trail back to Bort Meadow. From here it's up and over again using MacDonald trail back to parking.
Flora & Fauna
Cows. Birds. Snakes. Turkeys.