“Easy to access and relatively busy park, with several 20%+ grades.
— James Philip
Several paths leading off this trail are PROHIBITED for cycling. Do NOT get MTB'ing banned here! Be considerate to other trail users, slow down & call out when passing.
A good loop for the beginner/intermediate with a steep Initial climb from the staging area at Canyon Meadow.
Need to Know
Parking at the Redwood Gate staging area is $5. Refreshments can be bought at the Chabot Space and Science Centre (around the 1/2 way mark)
One of the most well-known rides of the East Bay. It's all fire roads ! Still, parts of the fire roads in Redwood Regional are rocky and uneven enough to provide a little additional dose of fun to those seeking it.
The bike-legal trails in this park constitute one major loop, and that's about it. There isn't too much room for variation. This ride is that loop.
The ride is on the short side and doesn't present any big technical challenges, so it might be a suitable option for riders newly advancing in mountain biking. There is only one stretch (which is clearly noticeable in the ride's elevation profile) that contains a couple of steeply descending sections and a sharp downhill curve, but that's about it.
In terms of physical challenge, the ride (in the counter-clockwise direction, as reflected here) involves one medium-length killer climb and plenty of other very short bursts of climbing, but is not an overly challenging ride physically.
The route alternates between nicely tree-covered and open. One creek-side section is particularly dense and cozy (the "dimple" noticeable in the southeastern end of the route plot). You'll encounter plenty of people hiking and walking dogs; it's a popular park. So, don't plan to break any speed records.
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History & Background
In addition to a great forest of coast 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.
The naming of the rainbow trout species was based on fish taken from the San Leandro Creek drainage, which includes Redwood Creek. Trout seen in the creek today are descendants of that pure strain.
Historical Landmark #970 is located at the fishway interpretive site a short distance inside the park's Redwood Gate park entrance off Redwood Road. The fishway was constructed at the creek in this area to help the trout reach their upstream spawning grounds. Please note that fishing is not allowed in the park.