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Ridge Trail Ride

Intermediate
 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A mix of singletrack and fire road along a scenic ridge.


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14.9

Miles

24.0

KM

35%

Singletrack

2,553' 778 m

High

1,961' 598 m

Low

2,380' 725 m

Up

2,380' 725 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

Features Views

On the last stretch of the Ridge Trail at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, the fire roads are off-limits. Stay on the singletrack (who wouldn't!) - there are signs that warn people of that.

Overview

Perfect outing on a nice clear day as the trail takes you from the redwoods down low to the ridge high up. The ride is steep at certain sections but you'll be rewarded with goregous view on either side of the ridge.

Need to Know

The trails are often shared with equestrain so be courteous and yield to them at all times.

Description

From the marked parking area, take the Grizzly Flat trail on the south side of Skyline Blvd to a junction. Turn right at the junction for Ridge Trail.

Stay on this trail until you reach a dirt parking lot with a shack - the continuation of this trail is behind the shack (there is a sign but it may be hard to spot). Ride the sweet singletrack until you hit a fire road and turn left to stay on Ridge Trail. Turning right would take you back to Skyline Blvd.

At this point there are many fire road branches that will take you to Skyline, so try to keep left on junctions. Eventually you'll see a lake and cross a small bridge. About 100 yards from that bridge, take a sharp left turn to go uphill. It's ok not to make that left turn but you'll end up at the parking loop for Skyline Ridge OSP, and you'll have to find the path that takes you back to Ridge Trail. This section is probably the steepest part of the ride (doesn't matter which direction), so push for it! The view will be rewarding.

Follow the trail until you cross a road to enter Russian Ridge OSP, at which point it's really straight forward. At the junction that marks for Hawk Trail to the left, take the faint trail to the RIGHT underneath some power lines. This nice singletrack wraps around the hill and will spit you out back onto some fire road. Don't go onto the fire road as it is private/off-limits. Instead, go across it and the trail continues on loose rocks. The trail winds around and crosses over the fire road again.

The end of the trail will put you at Rapley Ranch Road, at which point you can simply reverse your route or take Skyline Blvd back to your car.

Contacts

Shared By:

Johnny Yip with improvements by D Miller

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

#1737

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  4.3 from 8 votes
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Photos

Borel Hill
Jul 17, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve Ancient Oaks Trail
Jul 13, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Looking south
Jul 15, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Awesome view on the ridge
Apr 15, 2013 near Ladera, CA
Goodbye Russian Ridge
Jul 15, 2015 near Portola…, CA
View of the valley
Oct 24, 2017 near La Honda, CA

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Apr 5, 2021
Russell M
Turned around at Borel Hill (11 miles total), total elevation gain was 2200'. Not a bad ride at all, 60% trail 40% fire road. 11mi — 1h 38m
Mar 7, 2021
Justin Ross
Beautiful ride. Blue square for technical complexity, but definitely a tough ride with a lot of back to back steep uphill climbs. Blue/black. 7mi — 7h 03m
Jul 11, 2020
Chris Young
Sorting out new bike — 1h 30m
Apr 14, 2020
Zimu Zhou
Oct 6, 2019
Nir Shafrir
Sep 15, 2019
Alex Ro
Sunny Jim climb from horseshoe lake is tough, very sandy.
Sep 1, 2019
john maddox
the section called Sunny Jim, or something like that, is now graded into a service road, and is sand and deep fine dust. not fun. 18.9mi
Jul 6, 2019
James F