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Long Ridge Loop

Intermediate

Trail

6.0 mile 9.7 kilometer loop
50% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 689' 210 m
Descent: -689' -210 m
High: 2,668' 813 m
Low: 2,182' 665 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by John Linney

This short ride has everything, from amazing views to steep flowing forest, with tight switchbacks and open fire roads.

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Features -none-

The trail down to Peters Creek Trail is closed during winter months.

Overview

This is an excellent casual ride or an introduction for beginners who are wanting to step up from fire roads and sample a bit of everything that the area has to offer. Some steady climbs, fun punchy descents, and great views all add up to make this a great ride.

Description

Start by climbing up the Hickory Oaks Trail. Keep right at the first intersection and then keep left on the Hickory Oaks Lookout Spur for some breathtaking views out to the coast. From this high point, continue on the Hickory Oaks Trail for a rolling descent down to the intersection to take a right on the Hickory Oaks Connector.

At the next two intersections, keep straight to reach the Long Ridge Road. A pleasant pedal along the ridgeline soon brings riders to a stone bench with another great view towards the sea. Make sure to head right on the Long Ridge Trail singletrack as it heads into the trees (the adjacent Portola Heights Road is closed to visitors).

Here you'll find fast downhill singletrack and several switchbacks that can take you somewhat by surprise. At the bottom in a small clearing, stay left on the singletrack. If you're short on time, you could head right on the Long Ridge Trail Connector for a fire road bail out.

Up next is a short, punchy climb followed by a fun, steep descent down to Peters Creek Trail. Follow it south as it joins the fire road. At the pond, make the ascent up several switchbacks to reach the Long Ridge Road intersection again. From there, retrace your steps on the Hickory Oaks Connector and Hickory Oaks Trail back to the parking area.

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Feb 2, 2020
Ignacio Gonzalez
Dec 14, 2019
Ethan Haun
5mi — 2h 00m
Sep 14, 2019
Ryan Vallieu
Sep 7, 2019
Ray Wang
1h 45m
Sep 2, 2019
Kelsey Ramirez
Sep 1, 2019
Joonas Lehtinen
Jul 20, 2019
James F
Jul 4, 2019
Shawn Pen
6mi — 1h 00m

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  4.6 from 14 votes

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in La Honda

#592

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#85

in California

#592

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Photos

Keith & Rob at the bench.
Aug 16, 2016 near Saratoga, CA
Rocky switchback on the upper singletrack, Long Ridge Trail
Feb 27, 2014 near Los Alt…, CA
Looking west towards the Pacific Ocean.
Jan 25, 2016 near Los Alt…, CA
Views...for days!
Aug 16, 2016 near Saratoga, CA
Flow switchback on the upper singletrack, Long Ridge Trail.
Feb 27, 2014 near Los Alt…, CA
Beautiful rolling hills surround the trail.
Jan 15, 2017 near Saratoga, CA

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