Looking for a great trail in Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve ranging from 3.3 to 6.1 miles and from 2,076 to 2,572 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!





nature trips



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

Meh...... In spite of other reviewers of this trail, I didn’t find it particularly beautiful or of much solitude. I did it as part of a longer hike. This was my least favorite part of it

I did this route counter clockwise which provided some beautiful views around mile 5.5. Either way you go you’re going to be climbing out of that canyon. Going clockwise, if you timed it right, I imagine there would be a lovely sunset to behold. The sound of motorcycles on Skyline Blvd is usually within earshot... be forewarned you don’t feel far from civilization on this trip. The route is lovely if not a little monotonous after the 6 mile mark. I had a snack with several deer cautiously watching me. No need to come back here. It’s a nice long walk with very little to look at and no sense of solitude.

amazing views, nice shade

This is a great hike for young kids or older adults. The trail is well maintained and there aren't any sections that are too steep. Along the route, you will find several benches to relax and enjoy the lake. I highly recommend this hike and will do it again.

Nice hike and not crowded... Horseshoe Lake, Sunny Jim trail to Alpine Pond, a bit into the Ridge Trail returning on Ipiwa trail. Great views on a clear day!

Nice hike, I added extra miles to make it a 8+miles loop on mid December sunny Saturday. Only half of the trail is shaded but the view is stunning, you can see the bay clearly and the mountain with foggy cloud, awesome!!!

Gorgeous hike with surprisingly spectacular views on the way to Horseshoe Lake. We added an extra 1.5 miles by hiking around the Horseshoe Lake Trail, which was serene and beautiful. Excellent moderate hike.

Two ponds. Gorgeous views! Very good signage.

Easy hike with a great view overlooking Portola Redwoods State Park.

5 months ago

would recommend sunny jim trail to alpine pond and ipiwa trail on the way back to the parking lot

One of my favorite hikes. the loop takes me about an hour and a half. There are areas of shade and a bit without, but the view is lovely. It's not crowded, but the trail is easy to pass- even families that settled down for a picnic.

Beautiful views. Parts of it was narrow and high up and probably wouldn’t be appropriate for younger kids unless they were really good on the trails. We found a lot of bugs I most areas. Otherwise fun trail

no shade
7 months ago

Very nice trail. Not really worth going all the way down to the second lake. I also would recommend going the loop the other way around.

The trail is really narrow and overgrown in some places, it is a pretty walk though.

11 months ago

A lot of mountain bikers on the Long Ridge portion of the trail, west of Skyline, as well as on the Canyon Trail north of Table Mountain and after the Grizzly Flat trail branch. It was a sunny day, with clear views into the Santa Cruz Mountains and beyond. The Stevens Creek was not as rushing as it was three weeks ago, and could easily be crossed by hopping from stone-to-stone, or tandem walking across logs. It gets hot on the fully-exposed Long Ridge/Peters Creek Trails by 10am, so it's best to get an early start. The Canyon trails are all in the woods, so it's shaded there.

washed out
Wed Mar 06 2019

Nice easy walk around a “lake.”

Nice and easy for bringing along my 2 year old. Bathrooms at the trailhead actually had toilet paper and hand sanitizer-amazing! Lovely little lake and not crowded. I didn’t bring my BOB stroller but I do think it is “BOBable” though a bit narrow in some parts.

I did this loop clockwise to avoid a long climb out of the canyon at the end; it doesn't make much of a difference scenery-wise which way you go. The trip down and back out of the canyon (Canyon + Table Mountain trails) is almost all covered and pretty monotonous. It opens up more on the West side of Skyline, the Ridge trail has great views if it's a clear day. The trail was in good shape, a day after rain there were only a couple of slippery spots. It was largely empty on a weekday - only saw a few mountain bikers during the entire loop. Compared to other very close by hikes, this one is just OK.

Beautiful and short hike with great views and a little pond.

A nice short hike. Several options to lengthen or shorten the loop. A few steep portions but the stretches aren’t too long. loads of restrooms on the way and ample parking. A great 2 hr nature walk

Pretty views but don't hike this in summer/dry season unless you want to be a bug buffet

Fun trail that is not very intense. A few hills, mostly when you come back up from Horseshoe lake. At the beginning you can hear road noise but once you go almost a mile it is more serene.

Great views

So peaceful and definitely not crowded on a Friday afternoon. Also saw a mountain lion from across the lake and plenty of birds and bush rabbits!

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