Pleasanton Ridge has panoramic views to the north, east, and south. The San Ramon, Pleasanton and Livermore Valleys lie spread out below while Mount St. Helena and the Diablo and Hamilton mountain ranges appear in the distance. To the south, unbroken views of ridgetops extend to Sunol Valley and then rise back up to Mission and Monument peaks. There are still beautiful Olive tree orchards that were planted between 1890 and 1920. Grassland is the dominant plant community with beautiful wildflowers in the Spring. The woodland communities are made up of Coast Live Oak, California Bay Laurel, Blue Oak, Black Oak, Valley Oak, and Oregon Oak.
Level: 3.5 Challenging - Miles: 11 - Elevation gain: 1,774'
Pleasanton Ridge Thermalito Loop is a 11 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sunol, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions: I-680N. to CA-84 W/Calaveras Rd in Sunol turn left to go under highway CA-84E/ /Calaveras Rd, turn Right on Main St. on Bond St on Foothill Rd.1.6 miles to parking lot on left Oak Tree Trail Head.
Drive Time: 45 minutes – Parking: Free – Dogs Allowed
Spring time brings green hills, wild flowers and changing weather. Trail is out in the open, layers, hat and sunscreen. Parking is free, dogs allowed.