Ridge Trail, Peters Creek, and Canyon Trail Loop

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Ridge Trail, Peters Creek, and Canyon Trail Loop is a 14.9 mile loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
14.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2854 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

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views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This 15-mile loop passes through five parks that promise some of the best hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area. The route passes a bucolic pond, forests of oak and Douglas fir, and wonderful vistas overlooking the Santa Cruz Mountains west of San Jose and south of San Francisco. While many tourists are content to enjoy the views from Skyline Boulevard from the comfort of their cars, this hike demonstrates why the best things always happen after you park the car and set out on foot. Parks in this trek: Skyline Ridge and Long Ridge Open Space Preserves; Upper Stevens Creek County Park; Monte Bello Regional Open Space Preserve.

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hiking
4 months ago

The first part along the ridge trail is just fantastic. The bench almost at the crest of Hickory Oaks Trail has THE BEST views.

Going down Table Mountain trail wasn't my favorite, typical east side of skyline scrub and rocky path (easy ankle turner). It would be scorching in the summer. But it gets better close to Stevens Creek.

There is a sign at the beginning of Table Mountain that says trail may be closed if there is flooding but it doesn't tell you IF there is flooding. I went one day after rain and it was crossable. You have to walk across some fallen logs here. Then jump across the other tributary.

Canyon Trail is beautiful. BUT the last connector to Skid Road Trail IS CLOSED which meant I had to hike out to Montebello and hitch a ride back to the parking lot where the trail starts at Skyline Ridge Open Preserve. For now you may be better served going up Grizzly Flat trail back up to chestnut trail on the west side of Skyline.

hiking
7 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

9 months ago

mountain biking
Saturday, August 06, 2016