Russian Ridge Trail

MODERATE 112 reviews

Russian Ridge Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly 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.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
859 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A short yet steep hike that offers great views and pleasant trails through grassland meadows and oak woodlands.

hiking
4 days ago

We did Ridge trail and looped down on Hawkeyes trail to Ancient Oak Trail to Charquin and then ended on Ridge back to the parking lot. Took us 1.75 hours

hiking
5 days ago

Loved it. Mostly exposed trails, beautiful and quiet. Can watch the sunrise. However, the trails were not marked very well so got lost on the way back to the parking lot.

hiking
9 days ago

A relatively easy hike with good view of the mountains and bay. The signposts can be confusing. Highly recommend taking a map with you.

hiking
11 days ago

Really beautiful easy hike

1 month ago

Excellent views. Mostly open space surrounded by rolling hills. Parts are shaded in the forest. Incline is nicely varied with alternating ups and downs. Signs along the trail could be better so that people don't get lost at forks.

1 month ago

Awesome for families with kids

Holy cow. The views were gorgeous, the hike was tough without being exhausting, and while there’s quite a bit of human traffic in some areas there’s less if you go deeper. Best piece of advice IMO: do the whole thing stoned if you can. Sooo pretty. ;-) 9/10

hiking
6 months ago

A moderately difficult hike through grasslands, rolling hills sporting a summer dry grass cover, occasional wildflowers through a MROSD maintained preserve.

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hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, mix of shade and direct sun. Not very crowded when I went on a sunny Friday afternoon (didn't see anyone on the trail, but did see a couple cars in the parking lot). Windy drive up to the parking lot, but roads were well-paved and well-trafficked.

8 months ago

Some very beautiful old oak trees, when I went it was very misty and slightly windy. Although once you get your heart rate going from hiking, it gets much warmer and the cool air is nice. The flowers were definitely worth it, so many poppies and other native California flowers. Not a huge incline, you are really just hiking multiple little hills. And these hills are comparable to the size of the ones you'd see on the side of the road when you're driving towards Tracy,Dublin, or Pleasanton. Just little rolling hills, so it's definitely a nice hike for a beginner.

hiking
8 months ago

I did this hike on a chilly windy morning. The gates for parking didnt opened till 7 am. So parked my car on roadside (hope that was ok). Trail had nice wildflowers and beautiful vast greenery. Easy trail and not much incline throughout. Good introduction for newbies.

hiking
8 months ago

We went to the summit where the cattle roam. It was ups and downs and an out and back trail. Worth it. Barely saw anyone.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing views of both the bay and the ocean, a lot of wildflowers to admire, and an easy hike. Spring seems a great time, as flowers are in bloom and days not too hot yet.

hiking
9 months ago

One of the most beautiful Bay Area hikes!

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hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Really leisure hike. I wouldn't say it's moderate, however. Trail was in really good condition despite all the rain we've been having which is nice.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Great hike with extraordinary views of the Bay and ocean on a clear day. We did this hike on a sunny Winter day and were very comfortable; imagine it would be hot in summer, given the lack of shade.

mountain biking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

A great trail. I will definitely come back there soon. A lot to see, wild animals, views, a lot of optional trails and great mountain biking experience. I loved it.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

This is a lovely easy / moderate trail with excellent views of the bay, ocean and Santa Cruz mountains. I like the counterclockwise loop as you get much needed shade along Ancient Oaks Trail.

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