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    Good Oakland to Lake Chabot route?

    My GF and I want to do some bike camping this summer. She has some reservations about the route; I'm too new to the area to know what the options are. Is there a good route from Oakland (Fruitvale area) to the Lake Chabot campground, where good is some combination of not the steepest way, nor the most traffic-heavy, nor via the sketchiest parts of Oakland/San Leandro?

    And if there are other campgrounds you can recommend within a few hours' ride, I'd love any suggestions! Thanks!

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    It's a fairly easy and classic ride out redwood road past the Lake Chabot campground. MAybe you should try it first without gear to see what your girlfriend thinks.

    Here is one way:
    R 1.7 Park Boulevard
    R 0.9 Monterey Blvd
    L 0.1 Joaquin Miller (over Highway 13)
    R 0.7 bike path leads to Burdeck (tricky to find)
    S 0.8 Butters (moderate climb)
    L 0.3 Crestmont
    R 0.5 Skyline
    L Redwood, follow Redwood to the turn for Chabot campground
    A longer route but also a classic ride would be going up Tunnel and then down Skyline to Redwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrench View Post
    My GF and I want to do some bike camping this summer. She has some reservations about the route; I'm too new to the area to know what the options are. Is there a good route from Oakland (Fruitvale area) to the Lake Chabot campground, where good is some combination of not the steepest way, nor the most traffic-heavy, nor via the sketchiest parts of Oakland/San Leandro?

    And if there are other campgrounds you can recommend within a few hours' ride, I'd love any suggestions! Thanks!
    Generally, head towards 680. Then depending where you reach it, as you head south you go along something like Monterey Blvd -> Mountain Blvd -> Frontage Rd -> Sunnymere Ave -> Mountain Blvd -> Foothill Blvd -> MacArthur Blvd -> Estudillo Ave -> Lake Chabot Rd.

    That's the standard flat route. If you're anywhere near Joaquin Miller Road, do yourself a favor and take the hilly route. From the corner of Mountain Blvd and Joaquin Miller, you take the small dirt path next to the fence (Southeast corner) for about 50 meters to Burdeck Dr to Butters Dr to Crestmont Drive to Skyline. Skyline is beautiful and the Butters climb isn't bad. Take golf links road, go through the oakland zoo, to foothill blvd, and then the same as above (macarthur/estudillo/lake chabot).

    Honestly you should just take your bike without any of the camping junk and do the redwood-pinehurst loop. It's a 2 hour ride or something, it's got a bunch of climbing, but it's some of the most gorgeous riding you'll see in your life.

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    I agree with this guy.

    And by the way, from Redwood you can take 7 hills road to lake chabot.


    Quote Originally Posted by dalameda View Post
    It's a fairly easy and classic ride out redwood road past the Lake Chabot campground. MAybe you should try it first without gear to see what your girlfriend thinks.

    Here is one way:
    R 1.7 Park Boulevard
    R 0.9 Monterey Blvd
    L 0.1 Joaquin Miller (over Highway 13)
    R 0.7 bike path leads to Burdeck (tricky to find)
    S 0.8 Butters (moderate climb)
    L 0.3 Crestmont
    R 0.5 Skyline
    L Redwood, follow Redwood to the turn for Chabot campground
    A longer route but also a classic ride would be going up Tunnel and then down Skyline to Redwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davids0507 View Post
    I agree with this guy.

    And by the way, from Redwood you can take 7 hills road to lake chabot.
    Or not, since you can access the campground from the Marciel Gate on Redwood Rd., or at least you could when I was a youngster. (I grew up, or at least older, very near Lake Chabot.)

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    Yeah, the OP specifically mentioned camping,and the campground is on the hill above Lake Chabot and accessible from Redwood Road, not from the Lake Chabot Marina. davids0507 route would be a good relatively flat route to the Lake, then you would ride 7 hills, turn left on Redwood and climb up to the entrance to the campground. Either way you are going to have the same total elevation gain. Going down Redwood is the more rural route - lots of nice forest and views, going the other way is a more urban route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalameda View Post
    Yeah, the OP specifically mentioned camping,and the campground is on the hill above Lake Chabot and accessible from Redwood Road, not from the Lake Chabot Marina. davids0507 route would be a good relatively flat route to the Lake, then you would ride 7 hills, turn left on Redwood and climb up to the entrance to the campground. Either way you are going to have the same total elevation gain. Going down Redwood is the more rural route - lots of nice forest and views, going the other way is a more urban route.
    From Google maps, it looks like most of the old trails I used to run on as a youngster are now bike paths around Lake Chabot. If the OP wants, it appears that he can access the campground by bike path either from the entrance at the end of Estudillo or from the main Lake Chabot entrance on Lake Chabot Rd. I haven't been there in many years, so I'm just relying on Google. It looks like they haven't put asphalt down on all of it yet.

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    Thanks everyone, looking forward to trying out the options! Looks like 14th->Park, Fruitvale, and 38th are the main routes across town. Any reason to prefer one to the others?

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    I've had good luck with this route, which goes right by Fruitvale BART, so you should be able to pick it up easily: http://www.oaklandyellowjackets.org/...27-calaveras-h

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    For other camping, I'd check out Samuel Taylor- take BART to Embarcadero and then it's a beautiful ride over the GG Bridge and through Marin from there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROJA View Post
    For other camping, I'd check out Samuel Taylor- take BART to Embarcadero and then it's a beautiful ride over the GG Bridge and through Marin from there!
    +1 for this. A much more beautiful campground than chabot, and would put you in the middle of some world class riding. You might also want to look into camping on Angel Island. You can take the Ferry from jack London.

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