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MacDonald-Goldenrod Loop

Intermediate

Trail

7.8 mile 12.6 kilometer loop
0% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,339' 408 m
Descent: -1,346' -410 m
High: 1,180' 360 m
Low: 600' 183 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Bob Gardner

A loop through the far side of Anthony Chabot Park.

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Overview

This loop features nice ridgetop views on mostly shaded trails with an optional steep out-and-back plus more options for longer rides through one of the quieter corners of the East Bay.

Description

Starting at the north end of the Bort Meadow parking area and heading in a northwest direction, the ride is a gradual climb along a ridgetop on a wide fire road. The trail peaks in a little over a mile at the junction with the Parkridge Drive trail access.

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.

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Photos

Riding in light rain later in the day. Saw a California newt scurry across the trail.
Mar 26, 2016 near Moraga, CA
MacDonald Trail Viewpoint.
Oct 23, 2016 near Moraga, CA
Top of MacDonald Trail.
Oct 23, 2016 near Moraga, CA
Goldenrod Trail view.
Oct 23, 2016 near Moraga, CA
Start of Horseshoe Trail at equestrian center.
Oct 23, 2016 near Moraga, CA

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