Table Mountain via Long Ridge is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palo Alto, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length10.2 miElevation gain1,883 ftRoute typeLoop
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Mike O'Connor
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Beautiful views, nice forests, great hike!

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Liz Y
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Not many people on the second half- total trail is closer to 12 miles

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Jorge Cano
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Adam Winkler
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Ron Gasparinetti
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The first 3 miles are great. Beautiful forest, open meadows, and spectacular view to the ocean. The next 5 miles are just ok. A few pretty spots but it gets monotonous quickly. The last 2.5 miles is an uphill climb with nothing to really capture your attention. All the trails on this loop are used by bikers. They are therefore quite rutted. The trails in many areas are narrow. I don’t know how a biker and a hiker would navigate should they meet.

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Jason Ryan
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Keren Guy
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HikingGreat!

Not so much views, going through a forest.

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Jeremy Silver
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Jonathan L
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Mariana Sharp
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HikingBugs

went the opposite way from what the app recommends to avoid steep climb at the end. very beautiful views at the top. really good workout. Monday midday people are sparse. saw one other hiker and 2 bikers for the whole 10 miles.

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Andres Medina
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Hiking

Very nice trail for mountain biking. Beware of the uphill. Pretty hard.

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Mark W
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Quite a few mountain bikers on first leg of route. Mostly shaded. Good exercise. A couple streams/creeks with some salamander, fish and the like. Probably wouldn’t do again unless in spring when less dry and hot out. Limited parking.

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Luis Manriquez
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Jason Ryan
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I really liked this. It's now one of my favorites in the Bay area. Much of the Table Mountain trail feels nice and remote. It feels like one of those places you might get attacked by a mountain lion (which is a compliment to the trail). The final hill climb is a nice workout to finish off the trail (it's not too bad).

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Ran Oren
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Hiking

5 stars due to... Views (forest changed it's shape at least 5 times along the trail, views are spectacular special on the picks of this trail); Animals (we saw Steelhead Trout fish in the creek, Belted Kingfisher on the trees, Northern Alligator Lizards between leaves, California Newts in the creek, Garter Snake, Black-tailed Deer), areas to have some some time near creeks for a lunch are perfect and children found many interesting things to do and play with), the trail is 95% shadowed and perfect for hot summer days). Some tips: Some parts of trails are rocky (around 2.5 miles overall and suggesting to come with good hiking shoes). Recommend going clockwise. On the left of the lake there is a small path that leads you to a bench located in the orchard and very suitable for a small break and some snack, next to the cup there is an unused and unsafe boat for cruising in my opinion, but kids really enjoyed talking about it and imagining themselves swimming in the lake. Nice place to stop. Personal KPI's (they are my subjective only, for your consideration :-)): 1. Garbage collected along the trail - 0.1 bags :-) [1 bag = 1 gallon, UCL: 1, UDL: 2, Target: 0] 2. Observed cases of near-accident safety incidents - 6 high :-(, cycling on the tracks that marked the areas is strictly forbidden to ride, 2 low [high - contrary to written instructions a chance for a safety event to occur; medium - intentional behavior that may result in a safety event towards themselves or the environment, even though there are no written warnings about such behavior; low - the environmental conditions that can develop into a safety event if left untreated, how there is no immediate danger]

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LL User
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Running

We started at Saratoga Gap Trail (intending to loop around and eventually connect with Skyline) at the junction 9 carpark, which made it a total of just under 14mi. We spontaneously decided to try a different trail when we got to the Table Mountain/Charcoal/Saratoga Gap junction and it was a bit of a mistake, as it was impossible to run on the Table Mountain part of the trail. Very narrow and rocky. Once we cleared up to Charcoal, it opens up and is less rocky so we were able to at least start jogging. It was majority shaded, the little creek is beautiful, we saw deer and turkeys, the uphill run on the Grizzly Flat portion was a nice challenge and was a wide, well-kept trail. The return when you cross the road is lovely as well, great for running. The little pond was completely covered in a beautiful hue of green algae. Definitely would recommend for hiking, but NOT for trail running.

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Arman Tajarrod
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great views. minimum 4 ltrs water. no cellphone signal. must have poles. you need a day to chillax after it. overall, lovely and tough.

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Amos Barzilay
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Junho Lee
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Daniel Anaya
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James Morris
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Stacy Thompson
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Meg Williams
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Jing Zhao
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Heather Guthrie
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Kaiwen Xu
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Amos Barzilay
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Dave Dayneko
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Amos Barzilay
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