Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park is a hidden gem of redwood forest off Redwood Road, just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland, CA.
The forest’s peaceful groves give little evidence of the park’s bustling past. in the mid-1800s the area was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the 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.
• Easy to Locate? Yes
• Pet Friendly? In designated areas only. Keep your dog on a leash
• Easy to Walk? Generally, yes. Some have a steep incline, so be careful and pace yourself.
• Is there a Fee? Yes, on weekends and major holidays, April through October and only at the Redwood Gate entrance
• Are there Restrooms? Yes, near the parking areas
• Is there Accessible Parking? Yes
• Other Notes: There are several different entrances to the park and trails. CLICK HERE for more information from the park’s website.
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In 2019, the park was renamed in honor of Dr. Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, president of Mills College. Dr. Reinhardt was one of five prominent civic leaders elected to the Park District’s first Board of Directors in 1934.
How to Get There:
- From Sacramento:
- Take Highway 50 West
- Highway 50 West merges into I-80BUS West/US-50 W
- I-80 BUS merges into I-80 West
- Take EXIT 40 for I-680 South toward Benicia/San Jose
- Continue on 1-680 South
- Take EXIT 46 for CA-24 West toward Lafayette/Oakland
- Continue on CA-24 West
- Take EXIT 5A for Hayward toward CA-13 South
- Take EXIT 2 for Joaquin Miller Rd/Lincoln Ave
- There will be a slight jog LEFT onto Monterey Blvd.
- Then turn LEFT again onto Joaquin Miller Road
- Joaquin Miller Road becomes Skyline Blvd.
- Turn LEFT onto Crestmont Drive and take that into the park to the parking areas and trail heads.