Redwood Regional Park

Redwood Regional Park

Oakland is full of wonderful things. Chris, however, dislikes Oakland. In an effort to show Chris all the wonders of Oakland, Michael and Jasmine have been showing us around for a few weekends now. By aiming for his heart through his stomach they’ve slowly, but surely, convinced Chris that Oakland isn’t that bad. On this particular trip to Oakland we went to Hawker Fare, a Southeast Asian street food restaurant, and then hiked around Redwood Regional Park.

Redwood Regional Park is 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 includes rare species such as the golden eagle and Alameda striped racer snake. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels are often seen. 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, of which Redwood Creek is a tributary.

Multiple excerpts from East Bay Regional Park District’s website.

We started our hike on the West Ridge Trail.

Chris found a giant walking stick.

Pumped for hiking!

After a relatively flat walk, we left West Ridge and started our decent into the forest following French Trail.

Hiking down... down... down...

After the winding French Trail, we met up with Tres Sendas Trail on the forest floor.

Crazy trees.

We left Tres Sendas Trail as we crossed over the Redwood Creek and continued along Stream Trail, until we started our ascent. The second part of our hike, Eucalyptus to East Ridge trail, was all uphill.

Ichigo sported his adorable hiking backpack as we climbed up the mountain.

We took a break from the uphill battle and made some friends.

As we arrived back at the park entrance, a look of surprise and terror washed over Chris’s face. He quickly patted all over his body and announced he had lost his Fitbit (that he had just gotten on Valentine’s Day – 6 days prior). Chris and I traced our steps back down East Ridge Trail. Michael drew a poster and left Chris’s number with the park ranger. Unfortunately we never found the Fitbit, but we like to imagine that some bird soared over 500 floors or some dog ran with it thousands of steps.

Goodbye Fitbit.

After the park, we got some pizza and ice cream to celebrate the Fitbit’s life. Thanks Michael, Jasmine, and Ichigo for a wonderful day in Oakland! Check out all of my Redwood Regional Park photos on flickr! Also check out my collection of all of the San Francisco parks we’ve been to.