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Pleasanton Ridge Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate ride from ridge tops to creek bottoms.


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Map Key

13.9

Miles

22.4

KM

10%

Singletrack

1,599' 488 m

High

292' 89 m

Low

2,086' 636 m

Up

2,085' 636 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Features Views

Overview

Expect expansive views over the Tri-Valley to Mt. Diablo with fun trails along the way.

Need to Know

Several drinking water spigots are available along the Ridgeline Trail. Beware of the usual hazards of summer heat, poison oak, ticks and rattlesnakes common to Bay Area parks.

Description

Starting from the Foothill Staging Area, the Oak Tree Trail is a steady climb for a little over a mile to the junction with the Ridgeline Trail. The Ridgeline Trail is the main thoroughfare traversing Pleasanton Ridge Park in a general north-south direction. Fork left in a short distance onto the Olive Grove Connector to the Olive Grove Trail. Stay left to connect with the Thermalito Trail, which runs parallel to and west of Ridgeline Trail past some old olive orchards.

Thermalito Trail was named after an old fruit growing company, and the trail heads north below the ridge through grassland and some oak woodlands before rejoining Ridgeline Trail in a couple miles.

Continuing on Ridgeline, the trail splits with a ridgetop view bench on the right-hand trail. A turnaround at this point returning on the Ridgeline Trail would be a good beginner ride.

This ride continues north past the first junction with the Bay Leaf Trail to the Schuhart Trail connector which rejoins the Bay Leaf Trail part way down avoiding a steeper climb on part of Bay Leaf. The lower section of Bay Leaf Trail narrows to singletrack and drops steeply in a series of switchbacks and is the more challenging section of this ride. There's also quite a bit of poison oak.

Bay Leaf ends at Shady Creek Trail, which quickly joins Sinbad Creek Trail. Keep left heading south on shady Sinbad Creek Trail for 1.4 miles back to the Bay Leaf Trail Connector keeping right to climb back up to the Ridgeline Trail.

Returning on Ridgeline Trail, this ride takes a short detour on Blue Oak Knoll Trail on the shady side of the ridge. At the end of the Blue Oak Knoll Trail, turn right on Valley View Trail to quickly return to the Ridgeline Trail which takes riders back to Oak Tree Trail for the final descent to the parking area.

History & Background

Former ranchlands, the area is still used for grazing cattle.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bob Gardner with improvements by Blair Rushing and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 21 votes

#1534

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  3.7 from 21 votes
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Photos

Pleasanton Ridge - Ridgeline trail 1/2 and black angus
Feb 5, 2018 near Pleasanton, CA
Awesome views from the Ridgeline Trail
Sep 18, 2015 near Pleasanton, CA
Ridge view on Pleasanton Ridge
Feb 6, 2020 near Pleasanton, CA
Steep downhill with sharp turn on the back end of the loop.
Aug 22, 2020 near Dublin, CA
Ridgeline Trali - July 2020
Aug 22, 2020 near Pleasanton, CA
Looking south from Pleasanton Ridge.
Nov 14, 2016 near Pleasanton, CA

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Apr 18, 2021
Oliver Barnes
18.5mi — 2h 14m
Dec 6, 2020
Salman J
Quite a few folks on the lower portion of the trail as it is a popular hiking area. Once you get to ridge line trail, you leave the hwy noise behind. 7.5mi
Aug 26, 2020
Rajib Basu
13.9mi
Aug 12, 2020
Ray Smit
Great climb...dusty 7.2mi — 5h 00m
Jul 25, 2020
Oliver Barnes
14.3mi — 2h 56m
Apr 16, 2020
Eddie Valle
10.7mi — 1h 35m
Jan 20, 2020
Diego Soto
Sep 7, 2019
Lostinda Woods