Hours: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset

Nice covered trail

Surprisingly great route for a quick run after work. Improved by returning via Saratoga Gap Trail to mix things up a little.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trails, but note that the highlighted route shown starting from Big Basin Way (Hwy 9) is on the Achistaca Trail which is for hikers/equestrian only (to the south-west of Skyline Blvd), whereas mtb-ers need to use the actual Saratoga Gap Trail which is just on the other side of Skyline! Once you get to the Charcoal Rd intersection, you can head across Skyline and onto Hickory Oaks Trail and continue north, enjoying Peters Creek Trail and then Chestnut Trail. We did this as an out-and-back, but you can also use Long Ridge Road&Trail to make a small loop at the end as highlighted.

Absolutely amazing sweeping views and great trail. Great loop. Not difficult for fit hikers. Only negative was major gnats (it was super hot the day we went in July)! Definitely a top hike in the Bay Area

6 months ago

The perfect time of year to be on this hike and it has it all. Plenty of wild flowers line the route (western columbine, blue dicks, iris, checkerbloom, poppies) If you are doing the whole hike, its about 2/3 under trees and 1/3 open exposure and a 50/50 mix of single track trail & fireroad. Highlights for us include the section of woodland meandering alongside Peter's Creek, the Jikogi Pond, & the stunning views to the west as you cross the ridge. You'll want to linger so start early, bring water/food, and know there's no restrooms at trailhead (closest is north of trailhead at Skyline Ridge OSP main parking.) We have also found on repeated hikes here that we need to be watchful of bicyclists coming behind us on the trails.

7 months ago

View from Stegner bench is awe-inspiring. Enjoy the wildflowers in springtime then immerse in forest-bathing.

8 months ago

Beautiful easy trail that has great variety of creek and water, to wide open meadows, and narrow pathways shaded by redwoods. Not suitable for children i’d say and best for hikers and mountain bikers.

Lots of inclines and declines, but overall a really great hike. Cons: The first half before the end loop is close to a road so you hear traffic quite often even if you can’t see it. Also, I heard several gunshots during the hike which can be unnerving if you’re not expecting it. Lastly, there are some scattered viewpoints, but since most of the first half is trekking though trees/hills you won’t see much until that last loop. Pros: it’s mostly quiet with light foot traffic, I went an hour before seeing anyone at one point. Winter weather makes for a perfect hike but do bundle up if you plan to do the full loop it’ll definitely be cold on the return trip. The views are amazing and wholesome when you get to them, but even being lost in the trees alone for awhile is a peace in itself. 7/10

Friday, September 15, 2017

We had a wonderful 8 1/4 mile hike through the beautiful redwoods. everything seem pristine nature was beautiful the only problem we encountered was when we got to a running stream there was a warning notice of a high level of lead in the water other than that everything was great.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

A correction - this trail is NOT a part of the Sanborn Skyline County Park as stated on AllTrails. It probably connects to the park, but is in fact inside the Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, which is maintained by MidPen.
Dogs are NOT allowed on this trail.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

This trail was awesome to hit in the morning before work! You get a solid hike in but it doesn't take very long to complete and is not challenging. Also the trail was mostly shaded which was a big plus. There is an amazing opening where you can look out over the beautiful hills to the ocean which is about halfway.

on Long Ridge Loop

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This open space preserve is great. Beautiful views and not crowded at all. There's one killer uphill towards the beginning, but not a big deal. I would recommend going towards the morning when it's cooler so you don't have to deal with the summer heat. Check it out!

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I loved this trail. Great views, still some water down the creek at this time of the year. Not to hard and some great low technical single track.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Beautiful views of the ridge, nice easy trail. Watch out for snakes in the grass

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Really nice trail. Beautiful views and streams. Pretty muddy and wet in spots but well shaded and you can see the ocean at parts. 5 year old did great. Not too much elevation change.

Friday, April 07, 2017

I have hiked this trail twice within a week. It is an easy loop with spectacular scenery.

trail running
Sunday, February 12, 2017

A+ trail run. A little bit of everything - up and down, woody single track, exposed vista, great views, running water, light rock scrambling.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Hike with family and friends. Nice scenery and easy hike. Recommend for a kickback day hike.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

it's a great easy hike if you wanna just get out for a bit.

Amazing views, very clear trail and footing easy for running shoes. Challenging 3-4 hour hike!

Very private with nice views. I saw many deer and heard many wild turkeys. Very peaceful.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nice not great hike. I left a photo of a Tafoni cave and an overlook, which you can only get to by leaving this route at about 1 mile if you take it counter clockwise, and crossing the private road, looking for a faint use trail, mostly used by climbers I suspect.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Easy to moderate trail along the stream, with a stop at a lake and a view of Pacific Ocean in the distance. Can be over runned by bikers

2/6/15: Nice trail, a bit confusing. It was more challenging coming back. Beautiful scenery.

This was a little more than easy. My daughter and I at 80 had only one area where it was a little narrow. Other than that it was a good hike.

trail running
Saturday, December 06, 2014

This is a very nice area for trail running. Ran a 10 mile loop starting from the Grizzly Flat parking area. Thru Saratoga Gap, down Charcoal Rd, then back up Grizzly Flat trail. Saw very few people on the trail, so bring a friend to be safe. Nicely shaded along single track and fire roads. Some decent elevation change so this is a good workout.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 03, 2014

Great one for medium and experienced mtb riders. Coming back for sure.

mountain biking
Monday, April 21, 2014

First timer ! and I love it

Awesome park one of my favs, and close too home for mountain biking, youll get ur workout.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 28, 2013

These trails are by far the most fun out of all the other OSPs in the vicinity. Saratoga Gap, when starting from the southern parking lot, starts of with a descent on some switchbacks with some great technical sections that will test your bike skills. They consist of rock gardens and root stairs, going down it is fairly fun, but definitely don't bring a beginner here. The remainder of the Saratoga Gap section is single track and it's rolling hills with some moderate technical sections here and there. At the end of the trail you will hit a junction with a few signs but none of which tells you were to get to Long Ridge. I mistakenly took Table Top and it was fun and technical going down until I realized 1 mile in that I was going down the wrong trail, riding back up is not too exciting. Hoping over to Long Ridge, it was mostly fire roads until you meet the Long Ridge loop at the northern end, and that's when there are this fun single tracks. You basically ride back the way you came and remember the technical part at the beginning at Saratoga Gap? Well it comes back to haunt you when you try to climb back up it after you have exhausted all your energy.

Great trails and I would say Saratoga Gap is more of a Black Diamond then a Moderate Blue.

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