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Pleasanton Ridge

Average Rating:    (2.7 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

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
June 1, 2015

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: My Thai ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not much to offer here...long uphill fire trail to get to any other trails and all of the single track is full of ruts and lined with thistles. Very poor access for a public park with most of the trail heads behind gated roads. Decent restrooms and trail maps provided, but to tiny to read....Go to Mt.Tam!

Recommended Route:
Ride Mt Tam

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt D & Mt Tam



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Review Date
August 30, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: cave man ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
a lot of hidden single track. some of it legit

Recommended Route:
follow thermalito and you will see



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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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