After spending the morning at the beach (Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 1, Shorebird Park, Berkeley ), we headed into the Oakland Hills for an afternoon bike ride at Redwood Regional Park. One of my favorite ways to escape the heat on a hot summer day is to escape into the redwoods! The paved trail here is perfect for kids on bikes, as it’s only about a three mile out-and-back ride, with a couple hills. We’ve been riding “bikes” here since our son first received his Skuut bike when he was two. My husband enjoys riding his mountain bike out here on the steeper dirt trails. You can find great riding here for all ages!
Of course, the boys also had to stop many times to look for critters under logs, to run up and down the side trails along the path, and to play several rounds of hide and seek.
To access the paved trail, use the Redwood Gate, off Redwood Road. Park at the end of the road in the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. You’ll find the paved path at the end of this parking lot. The path will first take you through a meadow (plan to stop for some playtime at the play structure!), and then over a creek and into the redwoods. Continue along the Stream Trail to “Trail’s End”, which is a lovely spot for a picnic lunch. Then return to the car along the same path! You’ll find a map here, as well as entry fees (collected on weekends during summer)… www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood.