Pinole Ridge Multi-Use Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,132' 345 m
Descent: -1,131' -345 m
High: 769' 234 m
Low: 217' 66 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“Non-technical (but occasionally steep) open grassland with fine views.”— William Pottinger
At a little over 2.0 miles, turn right at the intersection with Simas Road, then, in 0.3 miles, take another right turn on Goat Road. The road leads past a picnic bench on the left at 2.5 miles, then ascends a shaded creekside trail to the Fernandez Ranch entry gate (John Muir Land Trust) at around the 3.5 mile mark. Do not go through the gate. Instead, follow the signs and continue your ascent to the first of two ridge summits at the 4.0 mile mark. There is a nice park bench here with fine ridge views.
Enjoy a fast 1.0 mile descent to where the road rejoins Simas Road. Turn right at this intersection and start a steep one mile long climb up the second summit, where Simas Road becomes Windmill Road (not to be confused with Windmill Trail in nearby Fernandez Ranch). You are now at the top of the ridge with excellent vistas including glimpses of San Pablo Bay to the north.
If your bike is equipped with a seat post dropper, you'll appreciate having it for the steep descents ahead in the last mile of the ride. These descents are the only reason this trail is marked as intermediate, and some riders without dropper posts may feel more comfortable walking their bikes down the steepest grades.
The trail ends at the entry gate at Alhambra Valley Road. Go left out of the gate to ride an easy 2.5 miles east back to your parked car at the Pereira Road trail entry.
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