Despite the name of the park, you will see mostly young eucalyptus and Monterey pines along this short, easy loop. Starting at the Skyline Gate, head out along the East Ridge Trail, a broad, open path used by runners, bikers and even some parents with jogging strollers.
As you enter the first stand of trees, take the Phillips Loop Trail down to the right. Your path descends gently into the shade. Although it’s only August, the poison oak is already turning red where East Bay Regional Parks workers cut and burned the brush this spring to reduce fire danger.
A little over a half-mile later, you come to the Eucalyptus Trail. Turn left uphill and rejoin the East Ridge Trail for a 1.5-mile loop, or keep going until the Phillips Loop meets East Ridge for a hike of just over 2 miles. Or turn right on the Eucalyptus Trail and make a much steeper 2-mile loop back to Skyline using the Stream Trail.
Getting there: The Skyline Gate of Redwood Regional Park is on Skyline Boulevard at Pine Hills Drive.
Cool stuff nearby: There are no nearby services, although there are pit toilets and a pay phone (!) in the parking lot.
More information: A trail map is available at the Redwood Regional Park website.