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Paraiso Trail Loop

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 2.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short loop on steep fire roads for a quick workout with nice views.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

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Singletrack

895' 273 m

High

257' 78 m

Low

676' 206 m

Up

682' 208 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This loop can be ridden in either direction but uphill grades are somewhat easier going clockwise. The trail connects with Ohlone Trail near the golf course and the Manzanita Trail and Crystyl Ranch Trail at the top of the ridge.

Need to Know

Almost no shade so avoid the midday heat. Parking, restrooms and water available at Arbolado Park.

Description

From trailhead parking across Boundary Oak Golf Course, keep left heading up the hill then turn right at the junction with the Ohlone Trail. It's a steady climb as the trail winds up the ridge on a fairly smooth fire road with a few sandy spots.

As you reach the Manzanita Trail on the left, then Crystyl Ranch Trail immediately after, there's a final steep pitch to the high point of the loop. This is a nice spot to catch your breath and enjoy the view over Diablo Valley. It's a sharp right to stay on Paraiso Trail (continuing up leads to a locked gate) and a steep descent to the Rancho Paraiso neighborhood. This section of the trail differs from the published map - which is why you should check MTBProject.

As you reach the houses, there's a connector to Arbolado Dr. but, although it's not marked or obvious, it's possible to ride along the concrete drain that runs south along the fence line. This connects to Ridgestone Ct. and a paved access road to a water supply tank. Continue south up this road and at the top veer right onto a dirt fire road as it descends along a ridgetop to another water tank.

Keep right and descend on the paved access road crossing Arbolado Dr. and continuing on the paved and gravel trail through the neighborhood past Arbolado Park and over one more hill to reach the trailhead.

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Shared By:

Bob Gardner

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Photos

Lime Ridge landscape.
Jun 3, 2016 near Waldon, CA
Paraiso Trail looking east towards Mt. Diablo.
Jun 3, 2016 near Waldon, CA
View coming down ridge overlooking Walnut Creek and Diablo Valley.
Jun 24, 2016 near Waldon, CA
Top of ridge on Paraiso Trail.
Jun 24, 2016 near Clayton, CA
How steep is the trail? Map says 23%.
Jun 24, 2016 near Clayton, CA

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