Coal Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"This crescent-shaped,493-acre preserve is almost surrounded by other Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserves —Russian Ridge west across the Skyline, Monte Bello and Skyline Ridge south, and Windy Hill less than a mile north. Skyline Boulevard forms its west boundary and Upper Alpine Road lies along its south side. Three lovely meadows lying just below the Skyline ridge are central attractions of this preserve. Their flowery slopes invite springtime outings. Groves of hand- some oaks and madrones fringing their grasslands are right for summertime picnics —easy, short walks from Skyline parking, or longer walks up the hill from Upper Alpine Road. Birds, deer, bobcats, and cottontail rabbits flourish in these meadows and forests. Mountain lions have been reported here also. This trail guide includes the following trails: Over the Meadow and Through the Woods, A Short Trip to a Protected Meadow, An Alternate Route to Skyline on Historic Upper Alpine Road."
--Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette, Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula (Wilderness Press).
"Quasi-hidden relative to the other parks in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Coal Creek features fantastic singletrack and one or two stupendous views. If you combine this ride with a ride in neighboring Russian Ridge, you’ll get two very different experiences: Coal Creek will make you feel like a forest gnome and Russian Ridge, a grassland-scouring falcon."
--Skye Craft, Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area (Menasha Ridge Press).
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