Redwood Regional Park
Oakland, CA 94619
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Redwood Regional Park is a wonderful gem of a park. Walking its trails, underneath the canopy of redwoods, you are immediately transported to a serene, peaceful place far way from the hustle and bustle of the major metropolis that is the Bay Area. The park is located on Redwood Road, just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland.
In addition to a great forest of 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.
In the mid-1800s, what is now Redwood Regional Park was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for gold rush era 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. 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.
The park has three easily accessible entrances, Redwood Bowl and Skyline Gate on Skyline Blvd, and the Redwood Gate on Redwood Rd. Redwood Gate is where the admission kiosk is. Hiking, jogging, and horseback riding are popular on the park's many trails. Several group day and overnight camping areas are located within the park. The East Bay Skyline National Trail traverses Redwood for part of its 31-mile course. For the first time visitor, by far the most impressive trail is the Stream Trail that crosses the valley floor.