nature trips

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Opens: 8:00AM Closes: December - February 5:00 P.M. March 6:00 P.M. (before Daylight Savings Time starts) March 7:00 P.M. (after Daylight Savings Time starts) April - August 8:00 P.M. September 8:00 P.M. (through Labor Day) September 7:00 P.M. (beginning the day after Labor Day) October 7:00 P.M. (first week[s] of October) October 6:00 P.M. (last three weeks of October) November 6:00 P.M. (before Daylight Saving Time ends) November 5:00 P.M. (after Daylight Saving Time ends)

Almbique loop goes on and on

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful trail - nice redwood groves and meadows. I went counterclockwise and it was a steep climb - I think the climb might be slightly less steep, but a longer climb ,going clockwise.

Great trail. Did my own trails totaling 8 miles. The incline part is not bad. The rest was pretty much down hill. Lots of trees. Get there early for parking. Went there at 8am on Sunday and there was plenty of parking. When we left there was no parking.

An almost perfect 4-5 mile loop, and such an easy/close drive from the peninsula. Had never thought to come over here. Great redwood trees and a really awesome view at the top!

Great, mellow trail. Mostly shaded, some sun sprinkled areas. It was cool and foggy, but burned off a little. Mossy growth, clear wide trail. An easy loop with great birdsong in Spring. Pretty wildflowers and fantastic smells.

Obnoxious large groups of horse riders spoil the trail for everyone

Beautiful redwoods! Beware the horse poop.

Nice combination of forest, meadow and between.
Lots of wild flowers this time of the year.

Some of the redwoods were nice but there wasn’t much in the way of views. For a 20+ mile hike, it was rather monotonous.

Fairly easy trail with clean toilet facilities. the only moderate part of the trail was at the first leg of the hike for about half a mile.

6 months ago

The trails are heavily trafficked but feature good paths among redwoods and a large meadow. Views are mostly limited. Enjoyable and there are many opportunities to tailor the route to your liking.

I agree this is a nice walk and at a moderate level EXCEPT for about 1/4 mile which is really steep. Parking much better on Woodside road side when compared with starting from the skyline side.

First half is uphill but very doable. Beautiful views and redwoods. I would rate this easy not moderate, as it is only 2 miles gentle up and remainder down.

6 months ago

Bottom loop still closed but did nice 6 mike hike around too loop with a stop for lunch at Alice’s Restaurant!

Love this trail, traffic isn’t too bad getting there via Woodside Rd.

About 2.5 miles in, there is currently a trail detour that is very steep. This part of the trail is collapsed in some areas, and there’s a few fallen trees—don’t go this way.

Half is a steep incline up hill, and other half is all downhill. Mostly shaded in the forest surrounded by beautiful red wood trees. Breathtaking views at the peak. There's an option to go horseback riding on this trail.

Great trail. As others may find, it’s a horse OK trail so there’s a fair amount of horse waste.


It was a fun trail! Lots of great scenery especially at the top. I would recommend it to anyone who likes lots of trees and beautiful views.

Great trail among the trees! Will definitely come back and try the other trails!

Nicely kept trail, but lots of horsepoo. Shady most of the way and a pretty gentle uphill. A couple cool view points and some great trees/nature.

Beautiful redwood hike minutes from Palo Alto.

If you hit it at salamander mating season, get ready for a thrill.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nice little trail, easy quick hike. Good for a trail run since the incline is minimal. Tons of horse poo along the trail

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I did this on a Saturday and saw one person the entire trip- I love when the trail is completely bare and I can be in nature. Nice and quiet with a slight decline during the Alambique and then a slight steady incline through Skyline. Perfect 4.5 to stretch the body out.

slow steady incline / not crowded / beautiful redwoods

Friday, June 30, 2017

Wouldn't hike it again, but maybe it was just a bad time of year- there were so many flies! It was a really easy hike, during blackberry season I could see it being a wonderful hike. Mostly shaded, but once you get to the meadow it's open space, the view point is a bit disappointing but for the area it was expected(dry). The salamander pond has some serious eutrophication going on and is fenced in for good reason. The foliage makes the hike worth it and I went in June, and there were perhaps hundreds of lizards that crisscross the trail as you're hiking (it's entertaining).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Really nice short hike - Easy to find, lots of parking, nice work out going up and great views at the top. A little crowded for my taste but one of my favorite P'sula hikes

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Alambique trail heading towards the creek from the crossroads is closed, so doing the figure 8 is not possible (as of 06/03).

mountain biking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

You're not allowed to mountain bike on this trail. Do NOT start from Woodside and expect to ride up and then back down. That being said, if you do decide to mountain bike this track, it's a nice ride. Coming back up on Alambique isn't difficult.

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