Horseshoe Lake Trail Loop

EASY 2 reviews

Horseshoe Lake Trail Loop is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near La Honda, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles 76 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




One of the top easy hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and perfect for just about anyone, no matter their size or ability. And it's got a lake, which always adds to the pleasure of a hike. The trail tread up to the dam is easily wheelchair accessible, and beyond that is a little more difficult, including a hillside traverse - not recommended for strollers or wheelchairs - but there are escape hatches before then. This can be made more adventurous by connecting to the open space preserves to the north (Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve) and south (Long Ridge Open Space Preserve); there's even an old Christmas tree farm to the south.

3 days ago

Very nice hike. Perfect for young children. Lots of parking. Can hear the road from time to time but it's not that bothersome.

3 months ago

Perfect for my family with two young children.