East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail

East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail

Trail Attributes

Bikes: Allowed
Dogs Allowed
Dogs: allowed
ebikes not allowed
eBikes: Not Allowed
horse back riding
Horses: Allowed
Regional Trail
Interpark Regional Trail
Park trails
Park Trails
Unpaved Trail

The East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, one of 1,200 designated National Recreation Trails in the United States, is part of the historic 1968 National Trails System Act. The trail parallels the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a planned 550-mile multi-use trail along ridgelines ringing the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Anza National Historic Trail, commemorating the 1776 East Bay exploration by Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza’s expedition.

Moss covered trees along a trail

The East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail (Skyline Trail) offers one of the most unique and rewarding outdoor trail experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. A 31-mile continuous path, the Skyline Trail traverses through six of the East Bay’s most historic and picturesque parks and preserves, sometimes just steps away from urban areas. Visitors will encounter many delights along the trail including stunning panoramic city and bay views, the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood found in the East Bay and historic and geologic resources.

Running north to south, the trail begins at historic Alvarado Park and the entrance to Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond.

From there it leads through Tilden Regional Park, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Redwood Regional Park, and ends at Proctor Gate staging area at Anthony Chabot Regional Park near Castro Valley. There is also a section that crosses East Bay Municipal Utility District land over the Caldecott Tunnel and Highway 24.

The Skyline Trail truly embodies the spirit of the National Trails System Act of 1968 (trails50.org) which in 2018, celebrated 50 years of creating outdoor recreation opportunities, promoting resource preservation, providing public access, and appreciating the great outdoors and America’s history and cultural diversity.


To Reach the Trail


    Northern segment of the skyline trail
    Southern Segment of the skyline trail

    Trail Accessibility

    East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail is not wheelchair accessible.

    Trail Activities

    The East Bay Skyline National Recreation trail is recommended for equestrians, bicyclers, hikers, joggers, and runners.


    Trail Mileage Guide: Trail Access Points and Descriptions


    2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act

    NTS logo

    In his 1965 “Natural Beauty Message” to Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired a national “system of trails” for the American people. Congress passed the National Trails System Act, signed into law by President Johnson on October 2, 1968. Today, the National Trails System includes 11 National Scenic Trails and 19 National Historic Trails authorized by Congress, and more than 1,200 National Recreation Trails including the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail. Source: Partnership for the National Trail System


    Non-Emergency Trail Safety Hazards or Damaged Trails/Facilities: Locate a park ranger or call Public Safety Dispatch at (510) 881-1833. Be sure to mention the nature and exact location of the problem including the trail or area name.
    Trail Conflicts/Violations: Call (510) 881-1833 for the Non-Emergency Public Safety Line, 24 hours a day, or submit a Park Watch Report online.
    Emergency/Crime in Progress: Call 911 or (510) 881-1121 from a cell, 24 hours a day.