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This place is epically quiet. I started at the Purisima creek trail, went left at Craig Britton trail and took another left when it met up with the Harkins Ridge Trail to make the full loop back to the parking lot. It was about 7 miles and took about 2.5 hours. I saw deer, no no mountain lions.

Lovely short hike!!!

Did this exact trail and loved it. Well kept trails. Lots of zig zags. Some parts were moderate but plenty of shade that I didn’t need my hat. Parking has fees and would love to use the picnic tables to have a gathering or just use it for our packed lunch.

We started the hike from ohlone college. Parking was not a problem. Started at 8:30 am. Weather was perfect today, partly cloudy. One of the good workout hike. This is definitely not an easy one. But not that cannot be done. Hike at your own pace and you should be fine. Views from the top were mind blowing. I would love to do it again!

Easy downhill, hard hiking back. Still beautiful

Great cliff side hike with periodic framed views west. A few boulder scrambles but well-maintained trail. Obnoxious gun fusillades at the Goat point on the weekend.

hiking
17 days ago

Started at HQ. easy walk to the Sempervirens Falls. From there we took the Sequoia Trail up the hill and across the 236 to skyline to sea. That was much prettier

Very nice trail with diverse scenery. Great views from the rock climbing spots.

Full moon hike FTW! Planned it so we’d catch sunset from the top, but the real highlight was moonrise! Forget the crowds during the day, this is a great one at night, but FYI, Stanford Ave curfew is 8pm, so if you plan on staying longer then use the Ohlone College entrance which is open until 10pm.

You get to see people rock climbing its pretty cool!
Nice Hike

I been here a 100 times and I love it. Such a great workout. My dogs can't make it I usually carry them in my backpack. If you go really early you get to hang out with the cows. :)

trail running
21 days ago

A great trail for either an end of day walk or morning warm up. The cows were my personal favorite!

hiking
25 days ago

Large portion of the trail runs alongside the road which takes the serenity out of the hike whenever a car drives by. The second half after passing Shadowbrook trail was much better with road noise. Overall the hike was pleasant, and relaxing. Small detour to see the falls. I would rate this as an easy hike.

Very hard trail in terms of elevation gain but totally worth it. Only problem is it is too open but great vistas from the top.

After seeing the reviews here and on Yelp, I had to try this route and I am glad we did it this way!! If I took Spring Ridge Trail first going uphill, I would have gotten an Uber to bring me back to Portola parking!! Haha That hill going up for how many miles would have been torture to my shins and knees!

Take Hamms Gutch Trail to Springs Ridge Trail. Trust me! Park at the Portola parking lot. There is plenty of parking there and it’s free! Came here after the rain last weekend and it’s pretty muddy so wear waterproof hiking shoes for better grip. My friend’s knees wore out and he slipped on the road down Springs Ridge Trail. Be careful if you go here when it’s wet.

During Hamm Gulch Trail, there is plenty of shade if it’s warm out and sun is beaming but on the Spring Ridge Trail, make sure to wear sunblock and a hat. There is no trees to cover you from the sun. Also, bring a battery charger for your phones and a first aid kit, just in case!!

This was not really under 7 miles but almost 8 miles according to my Apple Watch and 20k steps. It would take us about 3.5 hours but our friend got injured so it was 4.5 hours. We walked from 1.5-2 mph since it was uphill. And faster going downhill. I suggest to bring water and snacks or even a sandwich, and make a picnic out of it during half point. There is a bathroom at Skyline Blvd parking lot with picnic benches. Over the views and did not see much Banana slugs like everyone else.

I would not consider this moderate but moderate to hard especially, for first timers like me. I hike in my area which was considered moderate and this trail wasn’t even close to it! I think it was the length of the trail that got to me. I felt accomplished after finishing it though! Will try this trail again in the summer and trying other trails! Totally recommended.

Short and sweet hike with greenery all around . Its an easy hike with not much elevation.

Great loop and easy category is correct.

Great views of San Francisco and most of the Bay. Will be back again.

trail running
1 month ago

I did this trail with Bay Trail Runners! Beautiful trail! Plenty of shade and good elevation gains for a challenge.

Nice view. Need lot of leg work and zeal to accomplish this trail.

Glorious views and magical trek through the redwoods.

trail running
1 month ago

Sweet trail. You should go counterclockwise and definitely don’t skip going to the top of black mountain.

Fun all around trail with a decent climb and solid view (for around the Bay Area). Fairly crowded as you’d expect for an accessible trail on the weekends but there’s lots of route options to pick from and explore around.

Expect plenty of competition for parking, one restroom at the TH and no water on the trail.

Great coastal walk and serene walk through the redwoods.

I've walked this twice and both times felt it is over rated. The wide fire track is boring to walk on and the terrain stays the same (almost) the whole way up.

On a clear day the views are definitely worthwhile but again, these are not views unique to Mission Peak.

Constant gradient and well paved trail. Good for training.

I started the trail from Saratoga Toll Road Trail (to the left) because through Indian trail it said no trespassing. Most of the trail goes through forest and the crossroads sometimes did get very confusing, because of no markings and they were not in my map. At the end of the trail it said you need to sight up somewhere, but there were no papers or anything; behind the fence it said you need a permission to go through from the park... very confusing. Overall it might be a nice trail for people who like to hike in forest, but nothing too entertaining for me, and confusing with no markings and that private property.

A LOT OF WIND BUT GREAT

Went early on Sunday morning, 3/4. Take the unmarked trail to the left of the trailhead sign to go directly to Castle Rock. Didn't seem worth it to me, but to each their own. Some snow on the ground from yesterday's storm, with the sun melting snow in the trees. Wasn't expecting rain! Once I got to the falls I didn't need my raincoat. Despite the rain from yesterday, the falls were just more than a dribble. Nice hike on the Saratoga Gap side, but the Ridge trail gave much better views. It was more difficult with roots, steeper climbs, and boulders/rocks on the path, but worth it. Took me 3.5 hours with a lunch break. Nice area just west of Goat Rock to have a picnic. I hope to come back one day to do the Skyline to the Sea hike. Love having a wooded trail this close to home!

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