Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park (formerly Redwood Regional Park) is part of the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is located in the hills to the east of Oakland. The park contains the largest remaining natural stand on the coast of redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) found in the East Bay. The park is part of the historic redwood coast belt that extends south to the Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Reserve and east to Moraga.
Redwood forests are more commonly found near the coast, where the air is cool and moist all year round. In the Bay Area, such forests are found in the Santa Cruz Mountains and in the Marin Hills. The unique geographical circumstances of the Redwood Forest in Redwood Regional Park are creating coastal conditions. Winds engulf the Golden Gate flow directly across the Bay and are channeled into the linear valley in which the Montclair District of Oakland is located. The valley is well-watered all year round and protected from extreme temperatures and high winds.
In addition to the large coastal redwood forest, the 1,077-acre park also contains other evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands. Wildlife within the park includes rare species such as the golden eagle and the striped racer of Alameda. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels are frequently seen.
The name of the rainbow trout species was based on fish taken from the San Leandro Creek drainage, including Redwood Creek. The trout seen in the creek today is the descendants of that pure strain. Historical Landmark # 970 is located at the fishway interpretive site a short distance from the Redwood Gate Park entrance off Redwood Road. The fish-way was built on the creek in this area to help the trout reach their upstream spawning grounds. Please note that fishing is not permitted in the park.
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park offers four reserved picnic sites for groups ranging in size from 50 to 150. Some are in secluded glades and others are in open grassy areas. Some picnic sites, the Canyon Meadow Stating Area and the Skyline Gate Stating Area are accessible to wheelchair users.
There are a few entrances to the Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. The main entrance, Redwood Gate, is on Redwood Road in Oakland, approximately two miles east of Skyline Blvd. At Oakland on Highway 13, exit at Redwood Road and go east (uphill). You cross the Skyline Boulevard at the top of the hill and pass the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center on the right. You'll pass the Piedmont Stables on the left. The Big Bear Staging Area will be on the right approximately one and a half miles from Skyline Boulevard, followed by the MacDonald Staging Area on the right and the Redwood Gate on the left (seasonal parking fee). If you continue for another quarter mile and turn left onto Pinehurst Road, you will reach Pineh gate staging area.
This amazing landmark in Orinda, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
- Tilden Regional Park
- Chabot Space & Science Center
- Lafayette Reservoir
- Redwood Valley Railway
- Grizzly Peak
- Joaquin Miller Park
- Regional Parks Botanic Garden
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek California! Stop by for a visit anytime!