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Best trails in La Honda

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Looking for a great trail near La Honda, California? AllTrails has 35 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Castle Rock State Park or Wilder Ranch State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Waddell Creek State Wilderness or Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in La Honda ranging from 2.3 to 28.3 miles and from 383 to 2,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in La Honda
Top trails (35)
#1 - Russian Ridge Trail
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
As of July 2020, due to COVID-19 paper maps are not available, Cloud Ridge Vista Point is CLOSED and parking restrictions apply along Alpine Road. Please observe all posted signage. Specific info regaShow more
#2 - Alpine Pond to Horseshoe Lake
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
This is one of the prettiest places in the string of open-space preserves along Highway 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard. That's saying something, given the abundant beauty in this stretch of theShow more
#3 - Heritage Grove Loop Trail
Sam Mcdonald County Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
A hike in Sam McDonald County Park promising both old-growth redwood trees and sweeping mountaintop views. In the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains and roughly on a parallel with San Jose, you'll finShow more
#4 - Old Tree, Slate Creek, Bear Creek, and Peters Creek Trails
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
All-day hike to grove of ancient redwoods in Portola Redwoods State Park is a must if you can do the distance. The first six miles are nice enough -- lots of ups and downs in second-growth redwoods -Show more
#5 - Long Ridge Loop
Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
This hike wanders through a little valley to the headwaters of Peters Creek and then out onto a ridge with striking views almost to the coast. As you move up towards the headwaters, the valley changesShow more
#6 - Towne Fire Road to Brook Trail Loop
Sam Mcdonald County Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
Towne Fire Road to Brook Trail Loop is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#7 - Horseshoe Lake Trail Loop
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 45 m
One of the top easy hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and perfect for just about anyone, no matter their size or ability. And it's got a lake, which always adds to the pleasure of a hike. The trail tShow more
#8 - Ridge Trail, Peters Creek, and Canyon Trail Loop
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 7 h 41 m
This 15-mile loop passes through five parks that promise some of the best hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area. The route passes a bucolic pond, forests of oak and Douglas fir, and wonderful vistas oShow more
#9 - Ancient Oaks, Mindego Hill, and Ridge Trail Loop
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
Ancient Oaks, Mindego Hill, and Ridge Trail Loop is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The traShow more
#10 - Slate Creek Trail
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Beautiful redwood hike to Slate Creek Trail Camp at Portola Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is an excellent moderate hike through the second-growth redwood forest at Portola RedShow more
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