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West Ridge - East Ridge

Average Rating:    (3.69 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

This is a long fire road size trail that can be ridden as a loop if you feel like going all the way. If you don't want to ride the whole thing and want just downhill, start at the new Chabot observatory and Park a car at the Redwood road entrance. The downhill is pretty sweet and quite technical in parts with lots of cross rutted sandstone that requires some attention to lines. The entire downhill section is probably about 3-4 miles long but well worth the rest of the ride. This is a good overall workout for anyone with a little time and in good enough shape to take the climb back out of the Canyon. There are lot's of hikers on East Ridge, but lot's of room too.
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Latitude
37.83063275723024
Longitude
-122.18586444854736
Trail Directions
Take 13 or 580 to Park blvd. Left onto Park and follow to Mountain Blvd. Left again to Shepard Canyon and go right. Follow Shepard Canyon all the way to Skyline, go right on Skyline to Redwood Park Skyline Gate entrance. You can get on East or West ridge from there.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Oakland
   


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Review Date
September 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: candy eg ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Westridge caters to all your needs. I like to ride the main westridge track with my friends. We have a shuttle system so we don't have to suffer and do any uphill climbs. There are a handful of steep drops and rocky areas and minimal amount of sharp/full turns. It is quite enjoyable to just let go of the brakes and let it ride. If you're feeling technical you can ride the Cinderella trail which has logs, dips, and some stairs that you need to manuever through. There is also Chapperal which is complete suicide to me, maybe i'm just a novice, but all it is are big stair drops on a very steep decline.



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Review Date
December 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Rolfe ,  Downhiller

Summary:
After the Rangers graded the fireroad into oblivian, ruining the 'slickrock' section and leaving 4 inches of dust powder, the rains came. Now the West Ridge fireroad is like cement, one could probably ride a skateboard down it. It has become so smooth, I could break 60 mph on a bmx. I guess the rangers forgot that the obstacles slowed bikes. If you like speed without any technical parts, go down West Ridge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All the good ones are a no-no....



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Review Date
May 31, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: Skipshot , from Oakland, CA

Summary:
Disregard all reviews of West Ridge before May 2003. The park service recently graded and widened the best section (from the archery range to the bottom of the canyon). The dust, loose soil and rocks allow for little traction and make the trail more dangerous. Until after the next winter rains we'll have to wait to enjoy this trail as we once did. Be patient, and don't bother belly-aching about it, it is done.

Recommended Route:
West Ridge to East Ridge loop in that order is tough enough, but masochists may reverse the order.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Rio trail from Bacharas to Redwood Rd. was also graded, so that detour option is out as well.



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Review Date
February 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tc

Summary:
See Redwood reviews

Recommended Route:
See reviews of Redwood Regional Park- same as



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Review Date
June 23, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ash , from oakland

Summary:
When going down west ridge you heart is pumping and your ass is jumpin. This has got to be one of the best down hills in the east bay. The down hill is technical at some part and then fast at others.
ONce you get to the bottom of the 3 to 4 mile hill just take a rest at the medow than head up canyon. For some reason this hill is hard but you have fun going up. I highly recomend this trail for anybody who considers themselves to be a speed demon. Choose you lines well because I have seen people have some great falls. I recomend this trail for the intermediate rider who wants to get better. Begginers should definatly choose another route.

Recommended Route:
Down west ridge up canyon then east ridge

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big trees, paso colo rados, (both are legal single track)



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