Distance: 8.3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Explore the Ridge Trail in the East Bay
Hike, bike, or ride this section of Ridge Trail to see the varied beauty that East Bay has to offer. Start from the Skyline Gate and work your way south to Chabot Regional Park, traveling through redwoods, descending into wooded canyons, and climbing to open grasslands, ending at Bort Meadow. Go point to point, or make it a loop. Stay a little longer and explore nearby Oakland, Rockridge, or Berkeley.
Directions: Starting from the Skyline Gate, follow the Western Ridge Trail south. Continue on the Golden Spike Trail and connect with the Mac Donald trail and continue hiking south towards the Bort Meadow Staging Area.
Make it a loop: Follow the Western Ridge Trail and loop your way back to Skyline Gate via the Briddle and Stream Trail.
Point to Point: If you have two cars, park one on each end and shuttle back to your starting point at the end of your hike.