Horseshoe Lake Trail Loop

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Horseshoe Lake Trail Loop is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 108 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

no dogs

One of the top easy hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and perfect for just about anyone, no matter their size or ability. And it's got a lake, which always adds to the pleasure of a hike. The trail tread up to the dam is easily wheelchair accessible, and beyond that is a little more difficult, including a hillside traverse - not recommended for strollers or wheelchairs - but there are escape hatches before then. This can be made more adventurous by connecting to the open space preserves to the north (Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve) and south (Long Ridge Open Space Preserve); there's even an old Christmas tree farm to the south.

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25 days ago

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.

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4 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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

Sun Dec 30 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

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!

Sun May 07 2017

Views of the lake from higher elevation section of trail were nice, but the rest of the trail was just ok. Very easy for the kids.

hiking
Mon Jan 16 2017

The lake is beautiful, even in the middle of January. The trails weren't too crowded, and they all connect in one way or another, so we continued up Ipiwa and Alpine when we were done with the loop for some more exploring!

Sun Jan 01 2017

This was a great hike with small children. Part of the trail has picnic tables that look over the lake. FYI, the trail is not dog-friendly. Dogs are not allowed, which was disappointing.

hiking
Sun Dec 04 2016

Very nice hike. Perfect for young children. Lots of parking. Can hear the road from time to time but it's not that bothersome.

Sun Aug 21 2016

Perfect for my family with two young children.

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