Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near La Honda with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Pretty views but don't hike this in summer/dry season unless you want to be a bug buffet

Gorgeous view, the trail itself is not that challenging but the trail signs are a bit confusing, grab a map at the trailhead

hiking
2 months ago

The perfect time of year to be on this hike and it has it all. Plenty of wild flowers line the route (western columbine, blue dicks, iris, checkerbloom, poppies) If you are doing the whole hike, its about 2/3 under trees and 1/3 open exposure and a 50/50 mix of single track trail & fireroad. Highlights for us include the section of woodland meandering alongside Peter's Creek, the Jikogi Pond, & the stunning views to the west as you cross the ridge. You'll want to linger so start early, bring water/food, and know there's no restrooms at trailhead (closest is north of trailhead at Skyline Ridge OSP main parking.) We have also found on repeated hikes here that we need to be watchful of bicyclists coming behind us on the trails.

hiking
2 months ago

I found this trail challenging but not too hard; good if you're kinda out of shape but want to push yourself. The hills and valleys are split up so it's not just one grueling uphill climb. The views and wildflowers are really beautiful in the summer.

Parking is limited, yet there were several open spots when I arrived and left. Trail is easy to follow, but make sure you're heading for the right parking lot at the end (there are signs for two different ones). There is almost no shade so be sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water!

Fun trail that is not very intense. A few hills, mostly when you come back up from Horseshoe lake. At the beginning you can hear road noise but once you go almost a mile it is more serene.

We did this loop on a beautiful 80-degree day in late May. Plenty of wildflowers were still out. Big views over the hills to the Pacific were gorgeous. Terrain not too challenging, but a few spots to get your heart rate up. Trail often wide enough to walk side by side. I'm glad we discovered the Midpen Open Space Preserves!

hiking
3 months ago

View from Stegner bench is awe-inspiring. Enjoy the wildflowers in springtime then immerse in forest-bathing.

hiking
3 months ago

I had the pleasure of joining the 510 Hikers today. The hike started off pretty easy, but was soon challenged by the incline in some of the hills. Would I do this hike again? Yes, most definitely. The views are beautiful and there’s a number of shaded rest areas.

Gorgeous views!

This one was a wonderful hike. Fully green valley view with wild flowers and poppies. We short circuited our hike through charquin trail and the second half of the hike had a bit of elevation. On the way back we spotted a couple of deers.

walking
4 months ago

Wonderful array of wildflowers along the trail in midApril. Great view to the Pacific on the coast side, and to the Bay on the upper loop. Moderate terrain, trail is well-maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful easy trail that has great variety of creek and water, to wide open meadows, and narrow pathways shaded by redwoods. Not suitable for children i’d say and best for hikers and mountain bikers.

hiking
4 months ago

The scenery is absolutely beautiful and it's a great moderately difficult hike, which in my opinion is perfect! therefore a 5/5

Beautiful, peaceful, views, shade, flowers, and wildlife.

Gorgeous and challenging!

on Russian Ridge Trail

hiking
6 months ago

We did Ridge trail and looped down on Hawkeyes trail to Ancient Oak Trail to Charquin and then ended on Ridge back to the parking lot. Took us 1.75 hours

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it. Mostly exposed trails, beautiful and quiet. Can watch the sunrise. However, the trails were not marked very well so got lost on the way back to the parking lot.

hiking
6 months ago

A relatively easy hike with good view of the mountains and bay. The signposts can be confusing. Highly recommend taking a map with you.

hiking
6 months ago

Really beautiful easy hike

Beautiful views of ocean and bay. Some sunny spots and some dark, oak-shaded spots. We had a nice picnic lunch by horseshoe lake, watching the mallards and koots.

Great hike, nice lakes and pleasant views. We took Butano Loop off Sunny Jim and signage didn’t point us towards Alpine Pond so we had to backtrack. Worth it as Alpine is peaceful and serene. Came back Ipiwa and the around Horseshoe. We logged a little over 5 miles.

Excellent views. Mostly open space surrounded by rolling hills. Parts are shaded in the forest. Incline is nicely varied with alternating ups and downs. Signs along the trail could be better so that people don't get lost at forks.

Awesome for families with kids

Holy cow. The views were gorgeous, the hike was tough without being exhausting, and while there’s quite a bit of human traffic in some areas there’s less if you go deeper. Best piece of advice IMO: do the whole thing stoned if you can. Sooo pretty. ;-) 9/10

Great place for hiking.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

A moderately difficult hike through grasslands, rolling hills sporting a summer dry grass cover, occasional wildflowers through a MROSD maintained preserve.

Detailed blog: http://shompens.com/canvas/1496874384547

Sunday, July 23, 2017

This trail was awesome to hit in the morning before work! You get a solid hike in but it doesn't take very long to complete and is not challenging. Also the trail was mostly shaded which was a big plus. There is an amazing opening where you can look out over the beautiful hills to the ocean which is about halfway.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great trail, mix of shade and direct sun. Not very crowded when I went on a sunny Friday afternoon (didn't see anyone on the trail, but did see a couple cars in the parking lot). Windy drive up to the parking lot, but roads were well-paved and well-trafficked.

on Russian Ridge Trail

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Some very beautiful old oak trees, when I went it was very misty and slightly windy. Although once you get your heart rate going from hiking, it gets much warmer and the cool air is nice. The flowers were definitely worth it, so many poppies and other native California flowers. Not a huge incline, you are really just hiking multiple little hills. And these hills are comparable to the size of the ones you'd see on the side of the road when you're driving towards Tracy,Dublin, or Pleasanton. Just little rolling hills, so it's definitely a nice hike for a beginner.

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