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Redwood Regional Park

One of our favorite places to hike in Oakland is at Redwood Regional Park.  It is packed full of trails that take you along streams and through the hills among lush redwood & oak forest that are covered with beautiful ferns.  Even on a busy weekend the park and trails never feel crowded since there is such an abundance of trails and picnic areas.  This is the place to be when the weather is HOT!  Once down in the canyons you are shaded by the giant redwoods giving you at least a 10 degree drop in temperature.  One of the best features of the park is the sheer size and amenities.  You can pack a lunch and spend the entire day hiking or come after work for a short 1-2 hr hike.

We discovered this park several years ago when living in Walnut Creek.  It is a quick 20min drive once on the freeway through the tunnel.  During summer we would go after work arriving sometimes around 6pm and hiking until 7:30-8pm since the sun is up longer.

There is a free parking lot off of skyline blvd between the main regional park entrance and the Chabot Space & Science Center.  You can drive into the main parking area and ask the attendant for trail maps and tell them you are going to turn around so you do not have to pay for parking, when you exit that lot make a right onto Skyline and park in the next lot on your right…you’ll be hooked after your first visit!  Enjoy 🙂

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This entry was posted on May 19, 2014 by in E A S T B A Y, Oakland, Parks and tagged , , , , , , , , .

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