Russian Ridge Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length4.9 miElevation gain902 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyNo dogs
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A short yet steep hike that offers great views and pleasant trails through grassland meadows and oak woodlands.

Park at the staging area off of Alpine Rd.

Bring water and comfortable shoes. You will be hiking in a variety of elevations and exposures, so some temperature changes can be expected. Stay on the trails to help avoid th native snakes, ticks and mountain lions in their natural habitat.

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Deana Colburg
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A little cold this morning

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Sheila Judkins
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Hot and biker said there was a rattlesnake but we didn’t see it

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Romina Mahboub
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Beautiful open space. Easy and steady hike. The view is breathtaking. We had sandwiches and did a small picnic halfway so it was even more delightful.

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Steve Perdue
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HikingGreat!

Hills are bright green and many types of flowers are blooming. A pleasant hike on well groomed trails. Sweeping views.

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Jessica Genther
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HikingGreat!

Definitely on the easy side of moderate. The peaceful rolling hills are absolutely worth the trip if you’re close. The wildflowers are beautiful. Be prepared for wind on the ridge trails (masks help keep the sinuses warm!). Went counterclockwise. Would be a perfect trail run as trails and fire roads are perfectly maintained. Saw turkey and deer. Great family hike.

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Javier Rivera Hernández
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It has a great 360 view at some points, good contrast between open trail and forest sections, well paved. Really windy.

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Louise Greenwood
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The trail has huge views over the bay and the ocean, not much shade though, it was a much enjoyed sunny Sunday, not too hot, perfect. Beautiful wild flowers everywhere but I think I was a little early for the full flower show, I will hike it again in a couple of weeks to check again.

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Michael Prutton
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mojdeh talebian
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Gorgeous flowers, amazing views of Bay & ocean

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pamela sperli
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nice place to hike in spring. I bet once flowers really come out it will be even better- and the views are beautiful. some great climbing trees too (for kids). a lot of mountain bikers. very exposed so not a great hot weather place. overall it was nice but I wouldn't go out of my way to hike it again.

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yuko kushner
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Bet Tee
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WalkingGreat!

Great views. Moderately difficult. Trail has some nice trees for climbing.

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james tu
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Joe Lipsick
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views of bay and ocean. Nicely varied terrain from open ridges to old oak groves. Parked in new lot on Alpine extension of Page Mill Road just across Skyline. Road construction delays likely on Page Mill until mid-March.

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Mountains, Forests And Ocean
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There are so many beautiful trails in Bay Area, I would not recommend this one. It’s very dry, first ~1 miles which is also the last 1 mile is totally uninteresting. Then there are some views and gets better. But 80% is open, so forget about it in summer. Between 3.5-4 miles, it was nice, shaded, but overall for the long drive (also very windy (curvy)), it’s not worth it.

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Emily Raciti
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Beautiful hike with really stunning vistas throughout the entire trail (bay + ocean). Not too crowded on a Saturday morning. It was COLD though, as you’re completely exposed to the ocean winds and rather high up! Dress for much chillier weather than in the valley.

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Kelly Cavolo
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Qiuyan Peng
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Varun Vk
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Few Muddy spots

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Tim Gupta
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Beautiful and not crowded mid week. Perfect!

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sugar dalit
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Awesome

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Ryan Kennedy
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Keith Parsons
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Raylene Rayonez
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Beautiful hike, many views of the lush green mountains . I went off trial to get a better view and way down below in the ravine I saw a bobcat and I got out of there fast!! Stay on the trail please - I learned my lesson..

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Karen Cheng
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Charles Goldberg
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Frank Schubert
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Carly Elisa
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Meh. I found myself a bit bored and uninspired by this trail. I decided to cut off 1.5 miles and head back early. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset, or maybe I’ve just been too spoiled by other amazing trails along skyline. I think this might be a fun sunset hike because of the unobstructed views. That said, I probably won’t be back. There are better trails.

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Brandon Knitter
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nice trails. cold and windy in the winter. like other reviews say, this is on the easy side of "moderate" but it's not "easy" overall. coming back was tough, a long grind uphill.

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Geet Godbole
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Parking lot was pretty empty at 10AM.. could be the wet weather though. I did anti clockwise- went up Borel Hill then looped through Ancient Oaks trail. Ridge trail was pretty wet and muddy.. fog and clouds made for some pretty vistas though. Ancient Oaks trail is fantastic.. the moss covered trees are beautiful.. I fully expected a fairy or elf to make an appearance :) Magical

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