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San Jose, California
August 25, 2012
Redwood Regional Park
Alameda County
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The Place

Redwood Regional Park
August 25, 2012
10:00 AM


A hidden redwood forest, whose peaceful groves, give little evidence of its bustling past, lies on Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. In the mid-1800s, what is now Redwood Regional Park, was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the San Francisco Bay Area. The logging era has long since passed, and a stately forest of 150-foot coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) has replaced those cut down. In addition to a great forest of Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as coast redwood, the park's 1,829 acres also contain other evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands. Wildlife within the park, include rare species such as the golden eagle and the Alameda striped racer snake. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels are also often seen.


Walking the Walk

We will start out on the Stream trail, then hike up to the Chown trail and connect with the French trail. We will follow the French trail until we get to the Tres Sendas trail where we will have our meeting in the same spot we've had them for the last ten years. After the meeting we will head down to the Stream Trail to the Eucalyptus Trail, to the Phillips Loop, to the East Ridge Trail and to the Canyon Trail back to the cars.

Level: 2.5       Miles: 7.5       Elevation: 800 ft       Host: Kent


Redwood Creek, which runs through the park, also has a place in history. The world-famous rainbow trout, were first identified as a distinct species, from specimens caught in San Leandro Creek. Redwood Creek is a tributary of San Leandro Creek and a spawning grounds for the trout. The adult trout migrate from a downstream reservoir outside the park. A Denil Fishway has been constructed near the park's Redwood Road entrance, to help the trout reach their spawning grounds, in Redwood Regional Park.

Trail & fence


Directions: Out of San Jose take Hwy 880 North, to Hwy 238 East, to Hwy 580 North toward Oakland. Take 580 to Hwy 13 toward Berkeley. Exit at Redwood Rd. and make slight right turn and proceed up the hill. Pass Skyline Blvd. and continue on Redwood Rd to the Redwood Gate entrance to the park.
We will meet at the last parking lot.

Drive Time 1 hour - Parking $5.00 - Dogs allowed on leash

Know Before You Go:

Dress appropriately, layers are suggested
Bring some food and plenty of water
Bathrooms in the parking lot