Explore the most popular trails in Ring Mountain 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.

Hours: sunrise to sunset

We hiked it on January 4 and it was pretty muddy and rocky. Both Mark and I slept at least once. Not recommended for this time of year.

Very very muddy! But beautiful hike. Both of us fell and slipped on the mud at one point. Also spotted a coyote that was watching us and our dog from afar! Other than that this would be a great hike for the summer time when it’s less muddy and wet outside.

A fairly easy trail with amazing views. Also a bit of history as there was an indigenous settlement here at one time. It’s a place that feels ancient, even with some modern “ruins” of some kind of concrete pillars and foundations (some kind of govt installation, at a guess). Take a snack-there are lots of great table rocks to take a break on.

22 days ago

A pleasant walk on a holiday, well marked and not very crowded. The trail crosses a small gurgling creek the times: filled by recent rain, pleasant to listen to. That rain must have come down yet the trail itself in torrents. Left behind was black, sticky, slippery mire all the way to the top of the hill. Pleasant, not challenging, easily found trailhead, a nice visit.

1 month ago

Loop trail up to Turtle rock and PE back down was a nice hike with the kids. Mix of sun/shade, fairy muddy, great views and interesting things to see on the way (old trees, vegetation, birds, rocks to climb).

no shade
2 months ago

This was a beautiful, lightly traffic trail. Moderate, rolling, rocky trail. Not too steep, but decent strength and stability is needed. The first 20 minutes are lackluster, but do not fear — beautiful 360 views are ahead!

Pretty easy hike with a few moderate parts. Unbelievable views with a couple cool boulders throughout. Would definitely do again with the whole family!

Dog friendly! Excellently challenging hike.

Beautiful views of the bay. Completely exposed, so don’t go on a hot day. Conversely, it can be chilly on when windy.

no shade
5 months ago

Short little hike with no shade. Small amount of bugs. Some of the signs don't follow the guided app trail, don't worry if you follow one over the other since they both end you in the same place. Slight up hill most of the way except for the last loop which is a moderate uphill and moderate downhill. A bit rocky but nothing terrible. Some nice views of the water and city. There is a residency near by so you might hear noise for a small portion of it (we hear construction). Small to moderate foot traffic.

Gorgeous trail. It is moderate as there is a lot of rocks and consistently uphill for the first mile of the loop. Gorgeous views as you climb up. My 5 and 7 year old enjoyed it.

8 months ago

An excellent place to see a wide variety of wildflowers. Nice views of San Francisco/Richmond/Marin County/the Bay.

Very muddy in spots with the recent rain, but the views are worth it.

Saw a snake, two deer and some lizards in the first few minutes!

Hiked with a four year old. Great hike for kids!

Amazing views but incredibly incredibly muddy in February

washed out
11 months ago

This trail was extremely MUDDY the first weekend in February. So muddy that I fell three times. Even though the trail itself has a very gentle incline and was not difficult at all (I’d rate it as easy to moderate), DON’T attempt this trail in barefoot trail runners or, god forbid, street clothes. I left my hiking boots at home because it was an “easy” trail, but my trail runners just didn’t cut it in all the mud. I didn’t have enough traction and I slipped and skidded nearly a dozen times and fell down three times. The mud was several inches deep in many spots, and there was a constant stream of water trickling down most of the trail. I had to go very SLOWLY and take tiny little steps most of the way, to try not to fall. The fire roads were in much better condition, but still a bit washed out in parts. It was very WINDY at the top of the mountain, so hang onto your stuff. The top has amazing 360 degree views though. It’s definitely an urban hike, and you never feel like you’re truly in nature, but the scenery was nice and it was enjoyable enough. TLDR: bad conditions can make an easy trail challenging. Come prepared and dress for a hike, even though it’s easy and short.

Great view of the city from the top of the mountain, but muddy trails.

Super fast and fun trail. Great for kids plus dog on a Sunday afternoon. Great views of SF at the peak!

Easy and nice view, a little bit muddy but still walkable

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