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Ridge Trail, Peters Creek, and Canyon Trail Loop

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Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

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 and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking.

Length 14.9 mi Elevation gain 2,486 ft Route type Loop

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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.

Skyline RIdge OSP website http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_skyline_ridge.asp

This hike is for veterans only. If you've never hiked over 12 miles, it's not advisable. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy level up. Make sure you start early in the day so you don't run out of daylight. Midpeninsula Open Space District contact: (650) 691-1200 Hours: Open a half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour after sunset. Parking: Free Driving directions: Alpine Ridge OSP parking lot is about a mile south of the intersection of Page Mill Road and Highway 35.

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Andy Orion
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Part of the Stevens Creek Nature Trail is one-way only due to COVID -- the only way to complete this loop and hit that trail in the correct direction is by doing the loop clockwise. The southern portion of the Canyon Trail and the Table Mountain Trail are buggy -- bring some extra bug spray. I enjoyed a nice snack break at the first Stevens Creek crossing, which gave me some good energy for the hike up to Table Mountain and then Charcoal Road. I went late in the day to try to catch the sunset view from Hickory Oaks Trail, as another reviewer recommended. The views were open and terrific but the marine layer prevented me from seeing the ocean. Overall a good workout and some nice views, though I agree with the comments that the road noise from Skyline Boulevard keeps this hike from being very peaceful.

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Ron Gasparinetti
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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.

Yvonne C.
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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.

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Jeremy Silver
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willie wonka
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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.

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

Janel Healy
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Gorgeous and challenging!

Shannon Lucas
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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.

Xin Guo
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Kobe Wang
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Jie Bai
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Yvonne C.
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Elias R.
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Gabriela Shultz
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Jiong Tian
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Chicago Mobile
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Jiong Tian
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Elena Vinton
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Marc O.
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Sun Bee
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Lee Vilensky
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Jiong Tian
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Frank D
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Alix Keener
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Caroline Chou
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Richard Webber
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