The Best Camping in Oakland

Looking for the best camping in Oakland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Oakland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Oakland

  • Oakland, California

    West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate

    8.19 mi / 1588 ft gain
    West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Redwood City, California.
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  • Oakland, California

    Hike the French Trail and Stream Trail via Skyline Blvd

    4.0
    7.8 mi / 1781 ft gain
    The French Trail and Stream Trail via Skyline Blvd is a 7.8 mile loop with lots of ups and down, perfect for trail runners, hikers, and dog walkers. The trail is well-shaded, and is accessible year round. Parking can be found at the Skyline Gate Staging Area at Pine Hills Drive. This is a great ...
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  • Castro Valley, California

    Aaron Alcorn Castro Valley to Brentwood Memorial Trail

    58.54 mi / 6755 ft gain
    Aaron Alcorn Castro Valley to Brentwood Memorial Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Castro Valley, California.
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  • Tiburon, California

    Camp on Angel Island

    5.0
    Thousands of years ago, this island was a fishing and hunting ground for the Miwok Native Americans. It has also been an outpost for the U.S. Army and a cattle ranch. Now, it’s one of the closest places to escape from the hustle of San Francisco and set up camp. Camping on the island requires ba...
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  • San Francisco, California

    Camp at the Rob Hill Campground

    5.0
    Rob Hill Campground is a hidden treasure, located at the Presidio’s highest point above Baker Beach amid a beautiful eucalyptus grove. The campsite welcomes groups of all kinds and is also home to the Camping at the Presidio (CAP) program, which provides youth with meaningful outdoor experiences....
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  • Alamo, California

    Green Valley to Wall Point Road Loop

    7.09 mi / 1375 ft gain
    Green Valley to Wall Point Road Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Diablo, California.
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  • Alamo, California

    Pine Creek and Wall Point Trail

    4.05 mi / 574 ft gain
    Pine Creek and Wall Point Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Alamo, California.
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  • Mill Valley, California

    Camp at Kirby Cove

    4.3
    Yes, you can camp just over the Golden Gate! Kirby Cove Campground has 4 overnight campsites and 1 picnic area for day use. The campground is set near a coarse-sand beach and offers amazing views of the Golden Gate, as long as it’s not a super foggy SF day. From the parking lot, it's a steep ~1 m...
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  • Danville, California

    Rock City to the Summit of Mount Diablo

    7.77 mi / 2382 ft gain
    Rock City to the Summit of Mount Diablo is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Danville, California.
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  • Walnut Creek, California

    Mount Diablo North Peak Trail

    6.18 mi / 2133 ft gain
    Mount Diablo North Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Walnut Creek, California.
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  • Walnut Creek, California

    Camp at Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo SP

    Mount Diablo's summit in Mount Diablo State Park rises to 3,848ft, with Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo SP is at approximately 3,000ft in elevation.  Juniper Campground overlooks the valley below and some of the San Francisco Bay.  Reservations for Juniper Campground can be made at Reserveamer...
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  • Clayton, California

    Hike the Donner Creek Trail

    5.2 mi / 1322 ft gain
    The Donner Creek Loop Trail is a moderate, 5.2 mile loop hike. Just outside of Clayton, California, this hike is perfect for Bay Area residents. The trail is open year-round, and the waterfalls are particularly impressive in the winter.  This trail is open to horses but not dogs.  Trail directi...
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  • San Rafael, California

    Active Overnight in Marin

    When you think of singletracks and camping (because that's what we all do), most don't think of San Rafael, located in central Marin County. But, the next time you're planning on an adventure to cross the Golden Gate and head North, consider visiting China Camp State Park. It's 23 miles North of ...
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  • Sausalito, California

    Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop via Coastal Trail

    10.12 mi / 2021 ft gain
    Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop via Coastal Trail is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Sausalito, California.
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  • Vallejo, California

    Camp at Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

    1 mi / 20 ft gain
    This old Naval Base is now home to, well, almost nothing. As a weekend volunteer trip, myself and about 50 others got a little dirty creating 3 new campsites for you and your friends!During the day, the island has hikers exploring everywhere, but the preserve closes upon sunset and it's just you ...
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  • San Rafael, California

    China Camp State Park Loop

    9.23 mi / 1716 ft gain
    China Camp State Park Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near San Rafael, California.
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