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Redtail-Towhee Trails Loop

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Length

15.6 Miles 25.1 Kilometers


15%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,971' 601 m

Ascent

-1,972' -601 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

1,008' 307 m

High

231' 70 m

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The best singletrack trails and views that Lake Chabot has to offer.

Bob Gardner

Overview [Suggest Changes]

This ride includes most, if not all, of the singletrack trails available in Lake Chabot and adjacent Anthony Chabot Regional Parks. Although less than three miles total of narrow-track on the Upper Redtail Trail and Towhee Trail, the climbs on the Brandon Trail are reasonably graded and well-shaded leading to nice ridgetop views. An easy cruise around the shore of Lake Chabot on the Honker Bay Trail completes the ride.
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Description [Suggest Changes]

The ride starts from the free parking lot near the park police and fire headquarters but passes by several other trailheads.

The Ten Hills Trail is a roller-coaster ride on a wide, smooth service road along the boundary next to neighborhoods. The hills are small but a few are steep, so keep your momentum going on this warm-up section.

At the end, it takes a sharp left, turning to the north, to start the Brandon Trail as it descends to the Proctor Staging area. This is a relatively narrow, fun section of trail all the way to the golf course. When you reach the pond you may notice or hear plopping golf balls - this is the practice range. The golf course has restrooms and refreshments. Continue to the north end of the parking lot to rejoin the Brandon Trail.

This section is a steady climb on a wide fire road for 2.2 miles at about a 6.6% grade. It's well shaded and doesn't have the steep sections like those on Live Oak Trail. The "top" is at the junction with the Towhee Trail, where you'll find a rest bench and ridgetop views. Stay on Brandon a short distance to the Marciel Road trailhead and junction with the Upper Redtail Trail.

This upper section is singletrack as it runs parallel to Marciel Road to the Marciel Gate trailhead. Past this, Lower Redtail Trail is a service road as it drops steeply down a canyon to the junction with Grass Valley Trail. Turning left and heading south, Brandon Trail is rejoined near the stone bridge. Head up Brandon as it winds its way back to the Marciel Rd trailhead under lots of shade on gentle grades.

Stay on Brandon to the now familiar junction with the Towhee Trail which leads down to the campgrounds on a wide, smooth fire road. Once in the campground, it becomes a narrow, multi-use trail so heads-up for hikers and horses.

Continue to the junction with the Honker Bay Trail, a wide road that drops steeply to the Lake Chabot shoreline winding around Honker Bay to the bridge junction of Live Oak Trail and Cameron Loop Trail. Follow Cameron Loop Trail to the right to return to Ten Hills Trail and the start of ride.

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May 26, 2018
Bryan Hix
23.6mi
Mar 11, 2018
Christopher Ardalan
so much uphill. you can skip past hold course by parking where the trails merge. might be better to hike. 17.2mi
Feb 18, 2018
Juliette Johnson
Feb 3, 2018
Travis Selland
15.6mi
Jan 15, 2018
Eric E
Nov 2, 2017
Masaaki Fukunishi
Oct 9, 2017
Luis Tadeo Sanchez
Sep 26, 2017
Glenford Esty
15.6mi

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  3.5 from 11 votes

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