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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Don Castro and Dry Creek Regional Parks

Intermediate

Mostly on open grassland, the trail offers unparalleled views of the bay and its surrounding mountains.


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8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

90%

Runnable

1,492' 455 m

High

427' 130 m

Low

1,631' 497 m

Up

623' 190 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

This long stretch of trail is primarily on old ranch roads along the main ridge above Castro Valley, Hayward, and Union City. Mostly on open grassland, the trail offers unparalleled views of the bay and its surrounding mountains, as well as views out to the east. This section is best done as a car shuttle as it is about 11 miles one-way. Two miles of the trail's midsection pass through the Stonebrae Country Club on golf paths and roads. Because Stonebrae is a gated housing development, it cannot serve as a trailhead for the general public.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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View of the San Francisco Bay on a cloudy day
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA
Connector trail between Don Castro and Five Canyons
May 20, 2018 near Fairview, CA

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