Chabot Regional Park - Trail, Oakland, California

Chabot Regional Park - Trail, Oakland, California

DESCRIPTION

long gentle climb followed by fun DH single track

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 02, 2010]
Kevin Hinkley
Cross Country Rider

I live near by and ride this weekly.Due to time restraints, usually at night,year round.lots of variations in trails, you NEED TO GET A MAP!.My usual route has fire road and single track trails, 15 miles and 2,000 feet gain. Beautiful country and scenery.Lots of animals. Great Views at Soaring Halk !Good fast work out,close to home. Every time I ride it, I want to do it again. My favorite ride ...All Legal .. About 1 1/2 to 2 hours.Lots of group rides every week from here.

Customer Service

Start at the Ranger Station off of Lake Chabot. Great, safe for night, parking.Start at 10 hills to Brandon, Red tail,(single track) Marciel gate. At Redwood road cut across to Soaring Hawk (Single track, about 1/4 mile up Redwood) and follow it to Bort Meadow. (There you can add 5 miles and 1,000 feet gain by linking to Mc Donald trail to Parkridge road,Skyline (center median single track ) to Goldenrod trail. All of that fire road)Or you can make that your "turn around" and head home( All fire road) linking to the Brandon Trail,Golden Rod,back to the Lake and back to the Ranger Station.Do this during the day, as the trails are not well marked(Soaring Hawk is not marked at all)the trails are ride able, year round, (inner park trails not as much)give it a few days after a rain.

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Links into Redwood Park To Tilden park !

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5
VALUE
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3
[May 26, 2009]
Danix
Weekend Warrior

I usually ride the Chabot trails two to three times a month. The trail system(s) are really fun! I've been riding there since I was itty bitty, even though I'm only 16 now. Recommended trail for intermediate riders. But fun for all!

Customer Service

Take Brandon Trail (near golf course) up, then theres other trails!

Live Oak is an awsome downhill, but tiring to go up.

The main paived trails are usually packed with people walking on the weekends, so I recommend riding mostly in the back of the park.

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Lots, since I live in the Bay Area, but too lazy to write them all.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Nov 19, 2006]
motormonkeyr6
Cross Country Rider

There are multiple routs you can take, each route can make it longer or shorts no duh... Mostly fire road, but there are some single track but I have yet to find any "legal" ones. The hills have eyes (make volunteers out in the hills just looking for law breaking mtb’ers) so don’t go onto illegal single tracks unless you really want a ticket. Almost 100% fire road, it’s not bad though depending on the route it can either be all up hill or mostly dh. You choose.
Routs #1 Take west side of the park twards the dam go around the lake, east side and ride up LIVE OAK, its kinda funny (not for begginers) or down redwood road and up the back side, its a longer uphill but not nearly as steep as Live Oak.

Customer Service

Start in the Lake Chabot staging area, off of Lake Chabot BEFORE the main entrance to the park. The trail head is past the the police station to the right. Take that all the way to redwood Road. (there are a few forks in the road but don’t take them just keep going straight, you will know if you are going the right way when the fire road is like a rollercoaster) Turn left on Redwood road, when you come to the willow peaks golf course turn left into it. The beginning of the trail is behind the club house against the hill you can't miss it. After some "nice" uphill you will come to a bench, go strait until you come to a small parking lot with a table and a port o potty (good place to catch your breath if you need to) Cross the road and take the trail down the hill. From here on out there are some nice fast turns, This is the fast dh route, just remember that you just climbed up the back side of Lake Chabot so now its time to go down hill. Just stay on the main trail. You will come to a water fountain and another bench, continue on the main trail and then make your way to the dam. I graded it a 3 for Technical because without proper braking you can end up in a tree.

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Plesanton Ridge, Joaquin Miller Park

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 12, 2006]
Bikejones
Cross Country Rider

I live next to Anthony Chabot Park so I'm probably prejudiced in my opinion, but it's a fun, "middle ring" (for the most part) park. One of the reviewers mentioned Columbine and Cascade trails - be advised that they're currently off-limits to bikes and there are volunteers on the park district's hiking patrol who like nothing better than to spot and report violaters, using police radios to call them in to the district's officers. That being said, there are a number of fun fire road and single track combinations. Towhee Trail from behind the Chabot campground entrance is a fun if short ride. Redtail is swoopy single track with some fun rollers thrown in (as of today, a small portion of it is gone due to the heavy rains we had earlier, but 95% of it is still there and rideable). Chabot can be linked up to Redwood park for an epic 30+ mile ride. It can be ridden year round - of course there will be some mud, but the rain gets soaked up surprisingly well.

Customer Service

Park on Lake Chabot Road, take the service road (or McGreggor Trail, a single track paralleling the road) up to where the police offices are (maps of all the parks are available there). Drop down McGreggor to Ten Hills trail for some short stinger climbs, but mostly fast rollers. Left at Brandon just before Ten Hills ends at Redwood Rd. This is a new trail and very cool. Follow Brandon (parallel to Redwood Rd.) to Willow Park Golf Course parking lot. Take Brandon up (1.5 miles, about 600' gain) to the top. Jump onto Redtail trail (may have to ride up the paved road a bit due to the washout) for some climbs followed by fast and fun rollers. Follow the trail across two street crossings and continue through Marciel gate. Redtail drops down to Grass Valley. You can continue on to Bort Meadows and then back along Brandon Trail to the Stone Bridge, up Brandon, then either (1)down Two Rocks to Lost Ridge (follow the paved road up, first right after the traffic bump), up to Quail trail and then to the campground entrance, or (2) continue on Brandon back to the top, drop down Towhee to the campground entrance and down and back along the lake.

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Redwood Park, Joaquin Miller Park, Tilden/Wildcat Canyon parks, Del Valle Park, Briones Park,

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 13, 2004]
nordicjo
Cross Country Rider

This park has alot to offer even if you are a mountain biker. This is a ten mile loop of intermediate skill. Gradual fire road climb and twisty fun poachin' singletrack back. A second growth eucalupyus forest is the backdrop and you skirt the end of the lake.

Customer Service

Park at Grass Valley Staging Area where Grass Valley Road becomes Skyline Blvd. Go thru the gate north of the lot there is a 3 way crossing travel strait down a 1/2 mile crossing a stone bridge and climb up Brandon Trail 2 1/2 miles stay clear of stray bullets from the marksman range. At the top you cross Marciel Road, go behind a hilltop, come around to view the ranger's headquarters, turn right this is Towhee Trail.After 3/4 of a mile you cross a paved road, bare right and go thru a black steel gate, go down and enter the singletrack on the right, this goes for 1 1/2 miles then you come out on a fire road up to a T, bare right, then 300 yards take a left on Columbine Trail good for almost 3 miles stay to the right to Cascade Trail to Stonebridge then the little climb out and you're done.

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Redwood, Joaquin Miller

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 28, 2003]
Michael
Weekend Warrior

I have ridden at Lake Chabot twice. Each time was a bad experiance. You would think that since it is close to the lake that it would be cool, it isn't. The trails in general had very loose/thick sand- un-ridable. You would have to walk it. I don't recommend this area for mountain biking at all. Drive somewhere else.

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other trails in area that is better is RedWood in Oakland is much nicer, cooler and worth the drive- its only ~15-20min further up.

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1
VALUE
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3
[Apr 08, 2001]
West Syder Ryder

I ride my bike out Golf Links and up to Skyline Bl, this is the Grass Valley Staging Area where you'll park if you drive. Enter the trail through the gate on your left, turn left and head down hill, take the first right and fly down Jackson Grade. Whee!! If you want shade, stay straight at the bottom of Jackson Grade, that will keep you on this side of the creek (Brandon Trail), and under the canopy. If you want sun, turn right at the bottom and cross the stone bridge. Turn left on the other side onto Grass Valley trail, this begins a long, easy 3 mile climb. Trails join together at Bort Meadow. This side of the creek has no shade and can be hot. THere are 3-4 cow gates and sometimes a herd of cows. Say hi to Bessie. Moooooo! The stretch from the stone bridge to Bort Meadow was a muddy mess today, Whoo Hoo!!! When you get to the fire road (Bort Meadow) turn right, go up the short hill, turn left into Bort Meadow parking lot, cross the lot and pick up the trail on the other side. If you took the shady side of the creek trail, you'll connect back to Grass Valley trail at the fire road. Can you clean the log at the end of the parking lot? Look back over your shoulder down the canyon. Continue climbing up Grass Valley trail, it's rutty, and has a few stony patches. When you've climbed up pretty far, the view down the canyon is grand! Ridge after ridge, soaring hawks, the trail below. THis is why I ride trails! Turn left at the top of the canyon, and head onto the pavement at ParkRidge. Climb the short, steep stretch, and it's all downhill from here! (almost). Turn left on Skyline and hit the single track that's in the median. THis is phun, phun, phun! Roll over the roots, dodge the rocks, hop the curbs and go as fast as you dare! This part is really skinny and has a few surprises. When the median runs out, cut onto the fire road on the right. When you cross the next street, you can turn left into the Equastrian Center and turn right onto Goldenrod trail, or you can stay on the fire road. Fire road is, well a fire road, straight and only one hill. Goldenrod winds along the ridge. I rode the fire trail today, but usually take Goldenrod. Keep straight and you'll end up back at your car. Me, I bomb down Grass Valley Road and under the freeway to my house. That's a 5 mile downhill to end my ride. Yesss!!

Customer Service

Jackson grade, Grass Valley (sun), Brandon (shade) to Grass Valley, ParkRidge Ave, tasty single track on Skyline Blvd.

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Lake Chabot Loop

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RATING
3
VALUE
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[Jul 22, 2002]
Z

They totally ruined it. The short climb right before you hit the road up to the golf course use to be fun. Now it is just smooth and boring. They even managed to screw up Live Oaks trail. What the hell was wrong with the trail that required such dramatic alteration? Are they gonna install carpets and escalators on the trails as well?

Bottom line, in their infinite "wisdom", the park service managed to take the fun out of the trail and turned it into a dog park. This trail is no longer worth the time and the drive.

Customer Service

Start from the marina, go left, turn right after the dam (bass cove?), up to the golf course, continue to the bridge, go straight up Goldenrod to Brandon Trail, down Live Oaks Trail, and back to the marina.

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With the rate at which the nice trails are going away, there is gonna be NONE left!!! Sucks!

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1
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