It’s no secret that Northern California has an abundant amount of beautiful trails and hikes almost every city you go to. There is always a new adventure and a new area to explore. I particularly like regional parks because they are usually well maintained by staff and are great locations for families as they often have bathrooms and other amenities. Now, let’s gets to know your new favorite hiking location located in the Pleasanton and Livermore Valley.
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is a 9090-acre park filled with beautiful landscapes, great views, and of course a great hike. The main entrance is located on Foothill Road in Pleasanton/Sunol but there are a few other entrances that can be found from smaller roads. The park is open from 8 am to 5 pm on most days depending on when the sunsets. There is no entrance fee or dog fee and parking is free as well. I have come to the park on two different occasions with different experiences with parking. Once, the parking lot was fairly full and I had to wait a few minutes to find a park (this was earlier in the morning around 10). The other time I came it was around 2 pm and there were plenty of parks.
There is a male and female restroom, a water fountain, and some benches and tables at the entrance. Once on the actual trails, there are some benches sporadically but no water fountain or restroom so plan accordingly.
There is a variety of different trails and routes you can take but be sure to remember which one will lead you back to where you parked. The oak tree trail is the trail from the main parking lot on Foothill Road and is about 1.5 miles long. The hike itself is moderate and enjoyable for families but will still provide a workout. It is not very shaded so if you’re coming on warmer days, bringing your water bottle is essential. Once you climbed to the top, you’ll either enjoy a view of the freeway 680, or stunning grassy mountains and cows grazing.
When I have come to Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, I never have enough energy and time to complete the entire trail but I usually make it to the first viewpoint of the freeway if you enter on Foothill Road and that usually takes around an hour so considering the size of this regional park and your pace at hiking, you can easily spend half the day here.
I plan on returning to this regional park located in Pleasanton/Sunol to complete the entire hike and if you plan on visiting yourself, be sure to bring your water, some energy, and a camera because the views are amazing.
To read more on this hiking trail in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to check out their website. If you are looking for more hikes and adventure in Northern California, be sure to check out the rest of my ‘Explore SF‘ posts.
Happy Hiking 🙂