Explore the most popular trails in Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset

Very well-maintained trail with lots of greenery and good views. Most of the trail has shade and you can feel the coastal breeze, so can be a good summer hike. Dog friendly, with a small off-leash portion, but bring along the leash for the rest of the trail.

Nice short bang for your buck. Close to the city so super accessible, nice views, good variations of elevation throughout.

As everyone says, great trail to take your dog for an on- leash walk. Spectacular views. Recommend walking the trail counterclockwise (start from right side of parking lot). That way uphill is more front loaded. Lots of birds and lizards. Slight cardio work on hills but not bad. Fitbit called it 4.2 miles. Saw first wildflower of year!

Lovely area with beautiful views. This particular route takes you on a number of paved roads. Next time I'll opt for the nearby walking trails. Otherwise loved it.

Only small portion of trail is off leash but views are good at top

Highly recommended for a dog friendly hike. There’s an area where dogs can roam free. It wasn’t empty but it def didn’t feel overcrowded. I went around noon on a cloudy/sunny day which was perfect for the hike. I missed the right and ended up doing a larger loop which was a great add since it took an hour and a half which is what I was looking for.

Shade, nice Mountain View. Good for dog

Super easy, nice hike

hiking
1 month ago

There are a few things that others might find helpful that I did not read in other reviews, so here goes. I am admittedly not in the best shape, but this trail was harder than I thought it would be. It ended up being about 2.1 miles total when starting from the parking area. The first half of the hike is all uphill, and more like a 500 foot elevation gain according to my Strava app. There is one bench along the way if you need to rest or stretch (I did), but the views at the top of the loop made it all worth it. I cannot wait to try this again in a couple of months when I am in better shape.

Trail was well-marked and well-maintained. The Bay Area views were great! The Edgewood Loop Trail is located .25 miles away from this trail. Between the two trails Edgewood is a better cardio workout, steady consistent climb and surface is better for a quick pace. Dusky-Footed has better views and more travelers with their furry friends! The trail was muddy in places and not ideal for a quick pace, especially on the decline.

hiking
1 month ago

Looped off the loop with the folks. Nice Oak woods and vistas on mellow trail/pavement.

hiking
muddy
washed out
2 months ago

Dusty but safe, shaded, nice breeze, and dog friendly.

Beautiful dog friendly trail!!

Closed to the resident area. If u want a convenient work out and hike in the wood, this is the choice. There is an unleash area for dogs. Only about 60% under shade so do prepare water and hat in a sunny hot day. I hiked at a cool breeze afternoon, not a bad deal.

Super easy family friendly hike- up a steep hill so best with school age kids

This was a lovely trail with beautiful panoramic views. The trail is well-maintained with clear signage. The first part of the trail is along a paved road but you quickly get on to a wooded dusty path with nice views.

Well, maybe 3.5. What’s nice is that it’s convenient and some nice woods and views. I didn’t like that portions are paved. Overall not a bad loop.

dont like the view there, does not have enough trees to prevent shade.

I would reccomend this trail fro a quick hike on a hot day when you need to exercise your dog. half shaded half fun sun. some of it was a fire road where dogs are allowed off leash for a short time. no real summit, but pretty nonetheless.

running
bugs
6 months ago

Beginning of the hike is an open paved road, but hike gets pretty for the second half

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