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West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate

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Redwood Regional Park

West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 1,263 ft Route type Out & Back

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Please note: As of 06/10/19, hikers have reported that the Stream trail is closed, so you will have to take some different routes. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

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Leonardo Lopez
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Michelle Unger
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Firstly, this trail should be listed as heavily trafficked since I saw at least 25 people my first 15 min on the trail. It's not the sort of trail that I like - it crosses several roads and parking lots. That means congestion on the trails, and you don't get to enjoy nature because the people and roads scare away the animals. This isn't a trail or parks that I'd be eager to visit another time.

Jerome Ripley
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Jeff Laumer
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John Okemah
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Running

Great for trail running. Started at Bort Meadows. Round trip to Skyline takes about 5 hrs which includes missing a trail. Coming back in the Golden Spike trail cutoff is not marked. Beautiful scenery. Good hills with mix of shade and being in the sun.

Matt R
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Mountain biking

As the name suggests, this is the section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that goes from Skyline Gate to Macdonald Gate. There are two other trails on All Trails that you can append to this trail if you're feeling ambitious: Tilden to Skyline and Macdonald to Proctor. Of course, with it being point to point you will need to make provisions for the return trip. I biked this trail. West Ridge from north to south is a lot of fun on a mountain bike. The reverse is difficult because you have to make the climb from the redwood gate. You're not supposed to take bikes on Toyon trail as it is narrow and has a few series of steps, but I didn't see anyone on this trail and it wasn't very difficult. If you follow the track, you will exit Golden Spike trail and arrive at Big Bear Staging area on Redwood Road. There is a trail that then connects to Macdonald gate; you don't have to walk/bike on Redwood Road like the track suggests. I biked back to Redwood Gate and took Canyon and East Ridge trails to get back to the Skyline Gate. There is a big slide on East Ridge close to Skyline Gate right now, but you are able to get around it.

Bill Crain
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Hiking

Great trail that I've done a few times with several different people. I really enjoy hiking around Redwood and above and below. The hikes I enjoyed more that this one are the single tracks up and down the sides but this one was on my list.

Mike B
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Katrina K.
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Karen Sijbrandij
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Mimi Id
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Michelle Jacobson
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Marco Crowley
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S W.
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Orlando M. Cruz
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Leonardo Lopez
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Michael Mellenthin
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Jerry Fuschetto
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Karina Torres
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Sarah Dhillon
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Tonya Holtan
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Tim Everal
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Mary Newson
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Leonardo Lopez
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Miles Larson
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Jack Bower
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Ambree Jaques
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Tim Grosse
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