Sunny Jim and IPIWA Loop is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length2.8 miElevation gain623 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info.

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Kelsey Schur
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I’ve discovered my favorite hike in the Bay Area to-date! The trail shows you something new around each bend.

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Frank Hooper
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Javier Aguayo
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Not very strenuous. A bit steep at the beginning (clockwise) but easy going after that. Great views most of the way. Crosses two little lakes/ponds with lots of birds to look at. Great views at the end of the Bay. Can get a bit confusing because lots of crossways but pretty easy to find your way back and lots of ways to make this a shorter hike if you want to cut back.

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Sindhu Add
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Parking (10/10): Plenty of onsite parking and designated handicap parking lot available. Very empty in November. Views (5/10): No great views for the majority of the hike. Horseshoe lake was very underwhelming. Expected an amazing lake but was more of a pond. At the end, near the peak at Borel Hill, there are nice views of the Santa Cruz mountains and great views of the city. Intensity (6/10): Most of the hike was pretty mild to moderate in intensity. There were definitely some stretches that had a steep incline but were great workouts. The out and back hike up to Borel Hill from the parking lot was a steady mild to moderate incline and no shade. Shade/Weather: Lots of shade around the lake. The areas of steep incline did not have much shade but weather in November was great! The stretch of hike up to Borel Hill had no shade. Crowd: No crowd in the loop around horseshoe lake. Lots of crowd in the out and back to Borel Hill. Most of that stretch had enough space for two way foot traffic. Only a few people wearing masks. Other: Bathrooms available at parking lot and at the second parking lot before the out and back stretch to Borel Hill.

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Amy D
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Eric Tyson
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Cedric Lopes
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Bob Williams
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Mike Castro
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Nice rolling trail.

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Shikhar Bajaj
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Matthew Svetlecic
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Beautiful day, nice breeze, trail not crowded at all.

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Sonia Koroleva
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Nice easy trail! Mix of shade and sun. Beautiful mountain views.

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Dylan Chen
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Nice View

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Tai Kang
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Morgan Ducey
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Nice balance of sun and shade, pretty view off the ipawa trail! And so many wildflowers!

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Yuko Masuda
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Beautiful field with California poppies on the way to Alpine Pond. Well preserved trail highly recommended.

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Deborah Bennett
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Mostly open grassland trail. Wonderful views.

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Nicole Buchheit
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Great hike! Beautiful views, saw a turkey and deer!

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Anthony Agbay
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Easy hike with a great view overlooking Portola Redwoods State Park.

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Peter Obregozo
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Eric Johnson
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Gilbert Wang
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John Whittaker
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G&T P
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Rhonda Wilson
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Daniel Jiang
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Midori Midori
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Bunjee Venture
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Hang Chu
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