West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate

MODERATE 8 reviews
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West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canyon, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.4 miles
1,263 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running



wild flowers


trail running
11 months ago

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.

mountain biking
Monday, March 20, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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.

trail running
5 months ago

Monday, July 03, 2017