It's a great hike, there a different paths that you can take. One is a path that stays low but goes between the hills, the rope path that used to be there is gone. There is a trail that brings you to a doppler tower, but that trail branches off into several different ones that can either get you to the top quicker or bring you a different way. It doesn't matter which path you take unless you are trying to specifically get to the doppler tower, just remain on the main trail and don't take the small side trails.
Just happened upon this trail, and the kids and I loved it! I'll only give it 4 stars for now because we didn't hike too much of it, only about 3 miles, but it was great. Not too rough but not super easy either. And the scenery all around is beautiful! Definitely going back soon!
Abdul R. on Skyline Drive
A moderate trail. Did some exploring past a mine shaft as well following along a creek. It was challenging at some stages. But fun overall.
Amazing hike if you like the challenge of hills! This was one of the only hikes that got me sweating so much! And my dog enjoyed it as well. Go early as to avoid the sun, there's no shaded areas. Easy to get to, plenty of parking. Once you go around the loop make a left to the steep incline and it keeps climbing from there. I only got to 2 miles up before I decided it's time to come back down, but the view was beautiful!
Since the housing development surrounding Skyline has occurred I see most if not all mountain bikers using this area as a workout rather than mountain biking down trails. After 20-30 minutes of riding up the fire road (depending on your pace) you'll start to see single track off the right hand side of the road. These trails offer some steep technical sections and other than the lack of trail maintenance offer some of the best single track around. It's a shame this map doesn't even point this out. There's two single track trails from the mid way point up the fire road and two to three if you ride all the way to the top. If you go down any of these single track trails you're now on advanced trails and should be wearing pads.