Crystal Springs to Lonely Trail Loop

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Crystal Springs to Lonely Trail Loop is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

8.4 miles
1,827 feet



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no dogs

This gravel surface trail is the only trail that travels from the top of the park to the bottom. The moderately challenging trail features Redwood, Madrone and Oak trees. Horses are welcome.

1 month ago

Great trial - the mudslide is not an issue. You can see where it happened but it is easily navigated. Wonderful time under the trees. Was always wondering how to get to the park from Canada road area.

9 months ago

Note when you come down lonely trail
1: there are two unmarked intersections. Take the right - away from skyline blvd

2: sign saying Miramonte trail is closed due to a mudslide is outdated. There is a mudslide, but very easy to navigate.

Overall very good hike. Shaded all the way.

11 months ago

Mostly shade / steady incline

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Miramontes trail is closed due to mudslide.

trail running
Sunday, October 16, 2016

I agree 100% with Olaf. 2hr of nice run !

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


trail running
Friday, July 01, 2016

Nice loop if you like trees more than viewpoints. Some good climbs for testing your heart rate. Ran through the loop in two hours with easy to moderate intensity.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It was a spectacular lots of cool pic spots and shaded most of the way.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Be sure to bring cash for parking, it helps the Rangers and also makes sure you don't have to drive back down the road. It is an average hike nothing to spectacular about it, but it is good if you are looking for a trail that is easier to navigate and feel safe if you are hiking solo. I felt like there were some really cool rock and moss areas on the trail, but that is often seen in Redwood hiking areas.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The hike is rather boring, just lots and lots of trees. However, the picnic area is very nice, with some easy hikes nearby suitable for kids.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Fun trail for locals. Easy hiking for kids. Great for trail running. I wouldn't come out of my way to this trail. If you are visiting the area hike Purisma off of Skyline to Halfmoon Bay.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Loved the hike. The inclines were challenging for me (they were not for my grandson & his girlfriend) but the scenery was the payoff. We stopped for snacks & water break just under a couple of redwoods. Beautiful area, quiet except for the breeze & the birds. I'l be back!

trail running
Sunday, December 07, 2014

Ran a 9 mile loop starting near the southern Skyline parking area for Purisima Creek OSP. Parking here is limited. Ran along Skyline, down the Lonely trail, along Miramontes's and up Crystal Springs. This has alot of elevation change and route saw very few visitors, so bring a partner. Really love the Phleger Estates redwoods as it was lush and peaceful.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stunning trail, deep in the redwoods. Didn't do the Lonely Trail, but did do Miramontes Trail to Mt. Redondo Trail to Raymundo trail and back to Miramontes. Good elevation changes and trails were well marked. Got a good workout. Definitely want to do again and include the Lonely Trail to Skyline.
Note: Pulled the trail maps off of the GGNRA site and they were very accurate.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A great hike but if you use any of these maps, you'll probably get lost. They are all obsolete.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Beautiful trail. Follows along several pretty streams, nice up and down through redwoods and oak environments. Not too much poison oak. Seems more "off the beaten path" and unspoiled compared to other trails in the area.

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