Fair Weather Hiking in the East Bay

Fair Weather Hiking in the East BayThe rains are still holding off this week, and it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy some amazing East Bay nature.

Here are two favorite East Bay hikes—and each is quite different from the other. One is in the redwoods and one along the bay. Enjoy your long weekend to its fullest!

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach
Alameda 2.5 miles of easy hiking

This hike highlights an abundance of seabirds and windsurfers, plus great views of San Francisco.

Crown State Beach runs from Crab Cove to the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary on Shoreline Drive, providing a leisurely stroll with ample opportunities for watching birds and enjoying views of San Francisco. During fall and winter is the best time to observe grebes and loons. They are close to the shoreline at high tide, while low tide is best for watching creatures that feed in the exposed mudflats, including egrets, sandpipers, and the occasional human with a clam bucket.

You can check out the tide charts here, or pick one up at the Crab Cove Visitor Center which is also a treasure of information about the local animals and plants. And you can find a trail map here.

Dogs on-leash allowed in the park but banned from the beach.

West and East Ridge Trail Loops Redwood Park Regional Park
Canyon/Oakland
Length and difficulty vary depending upon trails taken

The highlight of this hike is ladybugs! Look for their clusters as ladybugs migrate to the park’s trees each winter along the park’s coast redwoods.

Redwood Regional Park is filled with great hikes, and this hike includes sunny ridgeline walks that are great for winter. You will also hike up and down some steep slopes.

Try entering at the Skyline Staging Area on Redwood Road above Montclair. Park in the lot or along the roadside and head left onto the West Ridge Trail. The full loop will take you onto the East Ridge Trail, down Canyon and back up onto the West Ridge Trail. But, there are many trails to explore and loops to create. Check out the trail map here.

Dogs can be off-leash for part of the hike, but must be leashed on the Stream Trail.

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