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Redtail-Towhee Trails Loop

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 3.8 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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15.6

Miles

25.1

KM

15%

Singletrack

1,008' 307 m

High

231' 70 m

Low

1,971' 601 m

Up

1,972' 601 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

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.

Description

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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Shared By:

Bob Gardner

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 20 votes

#1605

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  3.8 from 20 votes
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Photos

Upper Towhee Trail.
Aug 19, 2016 near Castro…, CA
Lower Towhee Trail.
Aug 19, 2016 near Ashland, CA
Singletrack
Jul 8, 2018 near Ashland, CA
Redtail Trail leadoff from Brandon Trail
Nov 24, 2015 near Castro…, CA
Upper Honker Bay Trail.
Aug 19, 2016 near Ashland, CA
Brandon Trail twilight.
Nov 25, 2015 near Ashland, CA

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Mar 5, 2021
David Welch
Sep 29, 2020
Clint Vannasing
Road to the parking lot is closed. My tracker started at the main road. Adds and extra 1 mile. 16.2mi — 1h 58m
May 24, 2020
Michael Garde
May 9, 2020
MO Poncho
May 4, 2020
D K
Great trail! My elevation gain was 2,392. Thanks to the other riders who brought their tools, so I can tighten my handlebars on the trail 16.7mi — 0h 24m
Feb 15, 2020
Paul Cowan
One of the best areas for legal east Bay singletrack. There's plenty of fire roads, but even most of those are good n fast. 15.1mi — 1h 28m
Oct 17, 2019
Becca Backer
Aug 18, 2019
Sean McCreary