West Ridge - TRAIL

West Ridge - Trail, Moraga, California

It's a rolling topography...not too technical. Go down Westridge untill you hit a road...cross the road and go down the fairly steep trail on the other side. about 2-3 miles down this trail you will see a parking lot on the right. (this is the fun part) Go down the little hill to the right, into the parking lot. at the end of the parking lot there are some logs...Jump the logs and you will find a ton of single track. go down the first streach...there is a little creek at the bottom. Go across it a and turn right...go up the hill...after a few hundred feet there should be a bridge on your right, keep going streight, i think eventually you have the option of turning right up a steep hill, stay left. Keep going until you hit a paved road. go up that untill you see a drinking fountain..there is a clearing with picnic tables. Look around there and there are several single track trail heads...they all lead to the bottom where you started. Hope this helps.

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cdog301   Downhiller [Dec 08, 2010]

West Ridge is high speed fun and games! Watch for hikers and equestrians!

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cross over east from lower horse arena parking from JMP through parking lot below Chabot Space and science center go east through parking lot and up trial to left up fork to right right again and there starts the adrenaline rush!! going down stay right and trail will take you all the way down to bottom parking lot.
BTW this trail is 100 percent in Oakland not hardly Moraga!

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Downhilldoug   Downhiller [Aug 18, 2006]

West ridge is a very high quality trail what it lacks in single track it makes up in balls out speed and steep terrain.The lower section is the bomb i love the loose sand and the gnarly turns there are a few rock sections and small drop offs that will defiantly wake you up.If you a beginner on a hard tail stick to chabot but if your advanced its still good fun I Dont care if i ride it a thousand times i dig it

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i usually start at the lower redwood gate and proceed right up from the lower area to redwood park or for a long loop from the lower trail head and either take the east ridge to skyline/redwood cut along the fire road where the space center and drop in to westrige and bomb down to the car again

Similar Products Used: Chabot,China camp Wilder
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MTB Junkie   [Jul 28, 1999]

Its entertaining...not extreme...If you're in the area, its kinda fun. Not worth an hour -two hour drive. But if you're visiting or something, its a trail.

Similar Products Used: Briones: Great for training
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Local guy   [Oct 18, 1999]

The description that is given above suggests that West Ridge trail turns into single track. However, it doesn't really... at the point where the rider turned right and went past some logs, and then down into some single-track, he was actually entering into Joaquin Miller Park (see other entries about JMP). Also, his distance was quite exaggerated... the ride he described is 4-5 miles- not 15-20!

The west ridge trail actually continues straight for about another 1/4 mile past the logs then crosses over to the east side of Skyline Road. Stay left at the Graham/West ridge trail intersections (which is in a nice redwood grove). Then have a wild roller-coaster style downhill for about 2 miles til it empties out into lower redwood park (last 1/2 mile is VERY steep!). Most people take Canyon Trail to East Ridge Trail to return to the Skyline Gate staging area.

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see below

Similar Products Used: Graham and Dunn trails... I like to ride through Joaquin Miller and then get on Dunn Trail on the other side of skyline. or just catch graham in the redwood grove and take it downhill to dunn. both are fun!
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Berkeley Mike   [Apr 20, 2001]

It really starts at the Skyline Gate and runs south from the parking lot. Mostly walkers, joggers,and dogs until the Moon Gate and not much fun. Once you get through the top part of Joaquin Miller and cross to behind the Chabot Science Center near the Range it starts to get fun. Simply put it drops almost 800 ft in less than two miles to the fish ladder through some easy stuff and some tough stuff following the nose of the ridge, then doubling back north on its east flank into Redwood Canyon. Don't take it lightly. There are some modest riders, few hikers/joggers, and some horses. It is one of the best downhills on this side of the bay.

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Should be ridden as part of a loop with East Ridge, or Joaquin Miller. It is only 3 miles long where it counts.

Similar Products Used: Chabot
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