Our mission is to promote, maintain, and enhance Oakland's wildland parks and trails.
February 16, 2017

Hello from Oakland Trails!

We started off 2017 by leading 30 hikers on a 7-mile trail tour from Dimond Park to the Chabot Space & Science Center on New Year's Day. We followed that up with a similar hiking tour on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Otherwise, this has been the year of trail maintenance. The combination of consistent rain and wind has brought down dozens of trees, flooded some areas of the parks, and created numerous land slides. We've worked every day to help mitigate these issues, and for the most part, Oakland's largest wildland trail system is open and safe.

To give some perspective, in all of 2016, we cleared 86 fallen trees from trails. This year, since January 1, we've already cleared 74 trees! We've also logged more than 40 volunteers hours improving the drainage on and near trails, getting rid of mud bogs, clearing debris away from bridges, and more importantly, protecting the trails from erosion.
On Friday, February 10, in preparation for a beautiful weekend, Oakland Park Patrol volunteers Luke and Chris (front), BTCEB volunteers Josh and Henry (back), and I (behind the camera) cleared 5 newly fallen trees off
the Sequoia-Bayview Trail in Joaquin Miller Park

To support our comprehensive stewardship program, please click HERE to visit our DONATE page.
Join us on a free hiking tour

The upcoming hiking tour on President's Day (Monday, February 20) is in jeopardy due to weather and hazardous trail conditions. We're still accepting registrations, but we may have to cancel the tour or alter the route. We'll make a final decision on Sunday, and will communicate through Eventbrite.

Save the date! The next hiking tour will be on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29). We'll open registration about one month before.
Our regular tour route now passes through Lookout Point

Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol

Since it's launch in June, 2016, Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol has logged more than 1,800 hours in Oakland parks. Walking, jogging, or riding through designated parks and trails, Park Patrol volunteers hand out maps, give trail advice, report maintenance issues, and are trained to report and assist in emergencies. We also lead trail maintenance projects and free hiking tours.

Join us! There are two upcoming training sessions, both held at the Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station (3590 Sanborn Dr, Oakland):
  • Thursday, March 2, 4pm–7pm
  • Saturday, March 4, 1pm–4pm
Park Patrol volunteers must attend one training session. Class size is limited. For details and a link to register, please visit
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The Bridgeview Trail switchbacks in Dimond Canyon Park
Doing what we love
Year-to-date, we've logged  482 volunteer hours in (and for) Oakland's wildland parks.

See you on the trails,

Stan Dodson
Executive Director & Founder, Oakland Trails
Co-founder & Director, Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol

Oakland Trails is an all-volunteer organization supporting Oakland's wildland parks. Learn more at

We'd like to thank our fiscal sponsor, the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation. 
Donations to are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

501c3 Tax ID# 94-2751052

Your tax-deductible donation helps us fulfill our mission in Oakland's wildland parks.
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