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Pleasanton Ridge

Average Rating:    (2.68 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

The trail is primarily fireroad with steep up hill to get to you onto the ridge. Once onto the ridge, it rolling uphill for 3-4 miles with multiple trail branches that diverge and converge again. Ridge portion of the ride ends at a locked gate midway along the ridge but you can descend into the canyon by taking a left before the gate. At the bottom of the canyon, you cross a creek and then loop back down the canyon. The ride back up can be a killer if you are tired. The spring is the best time of year to ride with wildflowers out and weather cool. Fall and winter aren't too bad but summer heat can be killer. Very little singletrack but nice bumpy roads and the ride back down the ridge has some exciting downhill, specially for cheapskates like me with no suspension and after a rain. The ride has multiple options for exploration but as long as you remember the general lay of the land (the ridge runs north south), it is hard to get lost for too long.
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Latitude
37.61994233558931
Longitude
-121.88352584838867
Trail Directions
From 680, Take the Pleasanton-Sunol Blvd. Exit. Go west and take the next available right onto Castlewood. Follow Castlewood to next left onto to Foothill Road. Follow Foothill approximately 3 miles to the Pleasanton Ridge staging area on the right.
Trail Length
5-10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Pleasanton
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Review Date
September 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Lardog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden Pleasanton Ridge about 30x now. We park a car at Foothill Staging and take car with bikes to Augustin Bernal Park. It takes about 25 minutes to climb the fire road to the top. Head north and Sinbad trail complex is pretty fun, few hikers. As others mentioned, there is a lot of single track which is questionably off limits. But I've noticed as of Aug 2012 that all of the signs declaring single track off limits are gone! If its truly legal, P-Ridge is pretty dang fun, lots of smooth bermed and at some parts reasonably steep XC single track. Hopefully EB Parks realize that there orders of magnitudes more friendly mtn bikers riding the single track than hikers and its actually safer than confronting hikers on the fire trails.

Recommended Route:
Start @ Augustin Bernal Park (need to be a Pleasanton resident to get through guard gate). ride to top head north on ridge trail single track past water tower than more single track down sinbad single track up r&b trail. back down to foothill staging on lots of single track that parallels the fire road. best to ask a local where to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
del valle is pretty good.



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Review Date
March 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: fizban1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I went this morning and the conditions were great. The hills were cover in green vegetation, and the temperature was in the low 70s. As the other riders posted below, this ride is 90% hill climbing. Unless you love the burn, this ride isn’t for you.

Recommended Route:
Exit Sunol and head toward Foothill Rd. Take Foothill Rd south until you see the staging area on the west side.



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Review Date
June 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: crazy4blues ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I like this trail a lot because it's w/in riding distance from my house, so I can ride it as often as I want, and I don't have to use gas to drive to a trail. No, it's not as good as Skeggs or Demo, but it's definitely better than Morgan Territory or Lake Chabot. You can go on an 20 + mile epic or a short 6-mile loop. Yes, there's some legal single track. It's not a huge amount, but it's pretty quality stuff with some technical switch-back stuff to keep you honest. The key is to stay on the North side of the park--away from the hiking families who annoyingly walk shoulder to shoulder. Do all of your bombing in the canyon, where you never encounter hikers or horses. DON'T RIDE THIS TRAIL ON MAJOR HOLIDAYS. I went on Mother's Day and Father's Day, and it was like Amature Night at frickin' Tommy T's! Best go during the week or before 9:00 a.m. on the weekends.

Recommended Route:
Off of Foothill Road (heading south), turn right into the Golden Eagle gated community. All they do is ask you to write your name and lisence plate number. Drive up the paved road through the residential area and park at the Augustine Park staging area. Meet your friends and simply start climbing up the fire road. When you get to the "top", make a RIGHT, and head north. Go as far as you care to, then turn around and come back. Locals like to ride up Longview Road and connect with the park that way (it's pretty steep, though). I actually don't recommend starting in the "Sunol" staging area because that climb is all mostly fire road and not that interesting.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Morgan Territory, Lake Chabot.



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Review Date
February 26, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.60 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: RAIDERMAN ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I AM TORN ON HOW TO WRITE THIS ONE. THERE IS FIREROAD, VERY TRUE. IT CAN BE A BORING RIDE IF YOU JUST RIDE IT ONCE. YES IT CAN BE RATHER FREEWAYLIKE IF YOU GO ONLY WHERE THE TOURISTS HIKE. YES THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF ROOKIES WHO RIDE ON THE LEFT-RIGHT-CENTER. YES THERE ARE "ONLY 2 ENTRANCES" HAAAAAAAAAA!!! I LOST COUNT. THERE IS MORE SINGLETRACK THAN MOST KNOW OF. IN FACT IF ONE HAS KNOWLEDGE THEY CAN RIDE THE WHOLE PARK ON 90% SINGLETRACK. BY RIDING THE WHOLE PARK I MEAN A 4-5 HOUR RIDE, NO JOKE. THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST PARK IN THE EAST BAY AND I HAVE ROAD THEM ALL. THE CAVEAT IS NOT AFTER THE EBRP ROAD GRADERS AND GRAVEL TRUCKS HAVE BUTCHERED IT (I DIGRESS). JUST LEAVE IT ALONE PLEASE...I BEG YOU. IF THE TREES FALL,SO WHAT. LET IT GO BACK TO NATURE. IF THE STREAMS WASH OUT A TRAIL, SO WHAT. LEAVE IT ALONE YOU BUTCHERS.

DON'T DIABLO ME. DON'T MISSION PEAK ME. DON'T GIVE ME YOUR TILDEN OR SUNOL REGIONAL CRA_. ALTHOUGH LITTLE YOSIMITE IS COOL. PLEASANTON RIDGE HAS IT ALL. BRUTAL CLIMBS, BUTTERFLY STOMACH DOWNHILLS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. SIZZLING HEAT IN THE SUMMER AND COOL SHADE WHERE YOU CAN'T SEE THE SUN ON THAT SAME SUMMER DAY. ON A CLEAR DAY I HAVE SEEN BOTH THE GOLDEN GATE AND THE SNOW ON THE SIERRAS. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY THROUGH THE LITTLE KNOWN CANYONS. WHEN THE FOG ROLLS THROUGH KILKARE IT CAN BE TRULY HYPNOTIC. WILDLIFE IS THE BEST...DEER, WILD TUKEY, VULTURES, HAWKS, COYOTE, FOX, SQUIRREL,RABBIT, AND IF YOU ARE LUCKY MOUNTAIN LION. WINTER IS THE BEST BECAUSE THERE ARE FEW HIKERS AND FELLOW BIKERS, PLUS YOU GET TO CROSS SINBAD CREEK AND HAVE A LITTLE GOOD DIRTY FUN. IF YOU WANT TECHNICAL, YOU CAN HAVE IT. IF YOU WANT TO KICK BACK AND JUST ENJOY THE VIEWS, THAT'S THERE TOO. AS THEY SAY "THIS IS WHY WE RIDE".

Recommended Route:
NONE, DON'T RIDE HERE EVER.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
MISSION PEAK



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Review Date
January 5, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bmartinez1429 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I enjoy this park because I live close enough that I ride to the trail head. Different starting points can make for a wide range of distance and difficulty.

There are two entrances in the town of Sunol, One off of Foothill Rd just East of Kilkare Rd and another at the end of Kilkare Rd. Two entrances in Pleasanton, the first being inside the gated community of Golden Eagle and the second at the top of Longview Dr. The climb up these roads will get your heart pumping. If you really want to suffer, try climbing up Santos Ranch Rd, you may start to hallucinate or have a heart attack.

This trail is mostly fire roads and not really exiting but there is a section of LEGAL singletrack that is maintained by the good folks at BTCEB. It's fun and challenging and thanks to BTCEB will probably stay this way.

My friend Joe has lived in this area for many years and showed me many routes I was never familiar with. Ride this trail with someone who knows the park and you will likely have a good ride.

Once you climb up the ridge and decend into the valley, you lose most of the hikers. The valley can provide welcome shade in the summer and patches of ice in the winter.

EBRPD has purchased most of this ridge and plans to expand it. A few years ago there was a problem with riders pirating singletrack and EBRP threatened to close this park to cyclist. It may still be somewhat of a problem but I think it's getting better.

Myself and Matt R. (See his review below) have ridden the ridge from Kilkare Rd. on our road bikes! It was a challenging climb but the descent was a little rough.

Recommended Route:
Too many to list

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mission Peak (hope you like climbing) Mount Diablo, Huge but most of the good trails are hiking only



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