ElevationAscent: 1,339' 408 m
Descent: -1,346' -410 m
High: 1,180' 360 m
Low: 600' 183 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
Popular rides nearby
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Dark Side of the Briones (auto free)
18.9 mi 30.4 km • Point to Point • 2,243 ft Ascent 683.54 m Ascent
Dan Cook, Wall Point Loop
11.3 mi 18.2 km • Loop • 1,558 ft Ascent 474.84 m Ascent
Tilden Park Inspiration Loop
8.7 mi 14.1 km • Loop • 828 ft Ascent 252.44 m Ascent
City Mouse, Cross Country Mouse (auto free)
41.6 mi 67.0 km • Point to Point • 4,917 ft Ascent 1498.85 m Ascent
Wildcat Canyon Loop
13.5 mi 21.7 km • Loop • 1,176 ft Ascent 358.58 m Ascent
“A loop through the far side of Anthony Chabot Park.”— Bob Gardner
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Past this junction, the trail levels a bit to a viewpoint bench looking east before beginning a steep descent to the north end at MacDonald Staging Area. It drops 500-ft. in a stair-step fashion in less than a mile. Keep in mind that there are no loop options so the only way to return is to climb back up with grades around 20%.
One option is to turn around at the viewpoint and continue this loop on Parkridge Drive Trail access, which passes through a neighborhood then connects with Skyline Blvd. Turning left, follow Skyline for about a half mile and look for the Oakland City Stables entrance on the left, across from Cathy Lane.
The Goldenrod Trail starts a short distance up the driveway. Heading south after a short, steep climb, the trail is a smooth and fast fire road. This section is between two equestrian centers so watch for horses and manure piles. The trail winds through oak woodlands for a couple miles with some views to the east before reaching the Chabot Equestrian Center.
This loop heads down the Horseshoe Trail (steep!) to the Brandon Trail to return to Bort Meadow, but if the steep north end of MacDonald Trail was skipped, continue south on Goldenrod Trail to the Jackson Grade: Brandon and Goldenrod connector or all the way to Lake Chabot.
Either way, both the Brandon Trail and Grass Valley Trail lead back to the Bort Meadow staging area.
Land Manager: East Bay Regional Park District (CA)