Vargas Plateau Cliff Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,317' 401 m
Descent: -1,317' -401 m
High: 1,181' 360 m
Low: 131' 40 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“East Bay ride with terrific views and challenging climbs.”— Alex R
Start on a mostly flat trail which quickly turns into a steep steep climb. There are about three or four segments on this climb that are much more challenging than the rest of the ride, so feel free to walk these parts if you're struggling.
As you're reaching mile 2.0, the steepest climbs are done and you pass through a gate. You can continue on the main road or take a quick detour to climb the peak on your left.
A few more climbs, and you'll pass a rock outcropping on the right as the trail starts to go downhill. Next, you'll see a gate on the left, around mile 3.0. This is easy to miss, so keep your eyes out for it.
Go through the gate and begin the loop trail. Going in the direction indicated is recommended, counterclockwise, so you'll start the loop by going downhill on the steepest, bumpiest part of the ride. As you finish the loop, head to the top of a short peak to see all the trail you've just covered.
Head back out the way you came and enjoy the descent.
Danger: Some cautionary words:
- Beware of your downhill speed! The trail is steep and dusty with narrow turns. Slow down to avoid flying off the edge of the mountain or running into hikers or bikers coming up the hill!
- Watch for cows. In general they will ignore you, so feel free to just go around them.
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Land Manager: East Bay Regional Park District