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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.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 902 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

No dogs

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As of July 2020, due to COVID-19 paper maps are not available, Cloud Ridge Vista Point is CLOSED and parking restrictions apply along Alpine Road. Please observe all posted signage. Specific info regarding further restrictions for bikes and horses can be found here: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/russian-ridge 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.

Map of the Area http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_coal_creek_rr.pdf

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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Anh Tran
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Hiking

Love this trail very much. The trail is alternative ; up and down, high and low, incredible close or open spaces . Love the yellow color of grass and green of the trees . Go there, you will see it yourself

Shamiul Azom
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Hiking

Great trail, stunning views ranging from the expansive bay view, layers of mountain, rainforest-like vegetation and large trees. The 5-mile loop keeps changing the views and never gets boring. Great for families.

Andre's antunez
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Hiking

this trail has gradual upward elevation levels in the beginning and slowly gets higher elevation throughout the trail. there are points of the hike where its flat the sun beats down on you but the scenic is gorgeous. if you go through forest its cool and wilderness is quiet and green. warning some hills are super steep

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Mai-Chi Nguyen
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Hiking

Stunning views, and lovely breeze up on the hills. Watched the raptors flying flow around Borel Hill, and the wildflowers were nice to look at. We missed the turn from Russian Ridge Trail into Hawk Ridge Trail - check both sides of the signs for this turn

Liz L
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Hiking

Nice views in the beginning. Lots of cows to see. Also lots of poo on the trail

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Lalita Lopez
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Hiking

Gorgeous but HOT. We ended up arriving at 1pm when it was 90F and the first half of the walk (counter clockwise) there is no shade at all. We also got a little bit lost so maybe write down the names of the trails before you head out - there are quite a lot of turns and we missed one. I don't have the best knees and the up down was quite taxing but still doable. Beautiful flowers and stunning views. Would do again but in somewhat cooler weather ;). Wear. A. Hat.

Thomas Pham
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Hiking

Lot's a wildflowers, pretty good birding. Very exposed and was super hot when I went. I went counter clockwise and there was more shade on the second half of the loop. Pretty cool you can see into the Bay one side and out to the Pacific ocean on the other side.

Grace A
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Hiking

Wonderful hike! There were carpets of wildflowers blooming everywhere - amazed at all the natural beauty! Also saw a giant tree, some rolling hills, a lizard that was posing for us on the side of the trail, and a snake slithering across the trail!

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Aki M
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful hike! Plenty of wildflowers and stunning hilly views. There are portions the trail covered with shady trees too. Loved the variety of flowers and scenery.

Nikki LeFevre
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Hiking

Great, relatively easy hike with some slight rolling hills. Beautiful wildflowers in bloom. The trail has variations of landscape; hiking on the ridge of the hills, down into a valley, and through a forested area. Some wildlife can be spotted—lizards, snakes, and hawks. There was a decent breeze that kept us cool. 10/10 would recommend. Really enjoyed this hike.

Tina Nguyen
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Hiking

Beautiful wildflowers, very hot, not much shade.

Moumi M.
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HikingNo shade

Great trail with amazing wildflower carpet... never seen such density of flowers before! Wish I would have picked a less sunny day.. by 10 am, sun was pretty hot... but the breeze helped.

Alan Schwartz
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Hiking

Beautiful day. Clear. No wind. Carpets of wildflowers everywhere. A spectacular show. Mostly California poppies but also Lupines, Mallow, Indian Paintbrush and many others. The parking lot was about half full at 10:00 and full at 12:30. Trails not crowded and everyone masked or physically distanced.

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Ryuichi E
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Hiking

A really pretty trail that isn’t too hard. Lots of orange flowers were blooming on the hillside and it was really nice. The second half is fairly shaded. Really liked the dedicated parking spot. The trail is open on weekdays but not weekends due to covid.

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Ran Oren
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The trail is closed due to COVID-19 regulations.

Jia Zhang
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Hiking

We did late Feb Sunday morning, very foggy, so missed great view uphill but still fun seeing trees with rich moss, mostly biking traffic, not busy, recommend hiking mud proof boots

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Nick McCoy
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Hiking

Nice rolling hills with some views but nothing magical

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Alan Schwartz
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Hiking

Very nice clear day with great views of the entire Bay Area. No mud. Crisp cool weather and not windy. A perfect day.

Tyler Fitzgerald
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Mountain biking

This is a must see at dawn. Just enough technical part to keep you interested. Nice steady climb is worth the pay off.

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Beth Pollak
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Hiking

Beautiful views all the way around for most of the loop !! Not too challenging but excellent vistas and enough incline to make it worth it :) Well marked path with occasional cyclists. Mostly unshaded except for a few beautiful tree areas. Bring a hat and water!

Daphne Lam
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HikingNo shade
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Quetzalsol Chacon-Lopez
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Hiking

A nice hike with amazing views.

marie phelps
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Hiking

Would definitely like to come back in the spring but was still very beautiful. Views are fantastic! I would say this hike was closer to easy than moderate. We began early on a Sunday morning and trail was empty - when we got pack to parking lot more people were starting out.

Jenna Martin
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HikingNo shade
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Ra Sha
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HikingNo shade
David Costa
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Hiking

For how close this is to a suburban area it is an all star experience with excellent views of both the pacific as well as the entire Bay Area.

Marcheur Desbois
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Mountain bikingNo shade
Richard Smith
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Hiking

Spectacular views, well maintained trail. If you do this in the summer bring LOTS of water as you’re in the open for most of this hike, though it’s worth noting most of the uphill parts on the return are shaded.

Anne Frisbie
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Hiking

The views could not be any prettier. You are on a ridge overlooking a gorgeous valley and can almost see out to the ocean. You are mostly in the sun. This is only briefly an oak tree forest walk. It is generally cooler up on skyline but this hike could get hot possibly in the summer. Wildflowers are very pretty in the spring. I have been doing Borel Hill and then around the loop counter clockwise. You can shorten the trail by taking the black dotted path over the hill through a field (going right not left on BO Gimbal) if you want.

Mithun Chaubey
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Hiking

I wasn't expecting a lot of scenery, just kind of a slow rolling trail. So I had no idea how beautiful it would be. The rolling hills are covered with long grass waving on the wind. We saw a lot of wildflowers. There's a good view of the bay early on. On the second half of the trail we went in and out of pockets of trees and had a good view of the mountains. We saw a couple of mule deer about halfway through. It we mostly open so I would guess it would be pretty hot on a warm day. It was cloudy on the morning we went and there sun broke through on our way back, pretty much perfect. Definitely not a strenuous trail and was starting to get crowded as we left around 1-2pm. Good for an easy low-key but beautiful morning or midday hike.

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