Location: Oakland, CA
Distance: 5.5 miles
Exposure: Partial Shade
Bikes Allowed: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Doggie Bags: Yes
Trash: Yes – (At Trailhead Only)
Drinking Water: Yes
From Moraga Ave, take Snake/Shepherd Canyon Rd. Take sharp right turn onto Aitken Dr and another sharp left turn onto Evergreen Ave. Finally, make a right turn onto Skyline Blvd and you’ll see the parking lot on your right. If the parking lot is full, there is free parking on the street in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Trail Map: EBRPD
Trail Conditions: EBRPD
Best Time to Travel: Spring & Summer
About this Hike
The beginning/end of this hike is the most demanding. From the parking lot, you immediately descend into the ravine. Once there, the hike is less strenuous and more shaded. Stroll alongside the creek, experience a ladybug sanctuary, and walk amongst giant redwoods!
The Stream Trail is part of a larger network of trails in the Redwood Regional Park. This 5.5 mile trail (in and out) has a fast 700ft elevation change, but levels out in the middle.
At the head of the trail, near the restrooms, there is a map that identifies your location and all the available trails throughout the park.
Amazing Redwood Forest
The tall redwood trees are some of California’s most amazing natural wonders. These trees tower above the trail and provide cool shade during the summer months. The redwoods are further down the trail, once you descend into the ravine.
Every year swarms of ladybugs migrate to the Redwood Regional Park. If you keep your eyes open, you can see thousands of lady bugs feeding on fallen logs or basking in the sun at the trail’s edge.
In the Spring and Early Summer, you should still be able to catch some decent running water in the Redwood Creek that winds parallel to the trail.
Dog Friendly Hike
This hike is great for dogs. The wide path provides lots of space for passing and the shade ensures they don’t get too hot. There are signs to keep out of the creek bed, but it isn’t uncommon to see an off leashed dog stomping through the water.
At the beginning of the trail, adjacent to the parking lot, there are restrooms, water fountains, doggy bags, and trash/recycle bins. There are also restrooms about 1 mile from the beginning of the trail at an old Girls Camp.
Notes from the Dog
Sometimes hiking is confusing. At first the trail was steep going down and hot. Then it got flat and cold. Then it got steep going up and hot again. Why can’t trail makers decide on one way?
Don’t Want to Bum You Out, But…
These are some things to consider when going on this hike. In no way should these things prevent you from going, I just wanted you let you know!
- The beginning of the trail is pretty steep and can be difficult as the last part of the trail on the way back.
- If you go in the later Summer months, the creek may be dry.