Rocky Ridge Shorcut Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A challenging climb leads to a ridgetop ramble that offers expansive views west over San Francisco Bay and east to Mount Diablo and beyond. This one climbs straight up and straight down, but what lies between is superlative. The top of Rocky Ridge, like so many of the high points in the East Bay, encompasses panoramic vistas across San Francisco Bay, south along the peninsula to the rolling hills of the South Bay, around east to Mount Diablo and the Sacramento River delta, and north to Mount Tamalpais and its environs. Not for the weak of knee, lung, or resolve, those willing and able to take on the challenge of the climb and descent will find the strenuousness mitigated by the wildflower displays on the ridge’s grassy slopes."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's East Bay (Falcon Guides).
"Las Trampas is Spanish for “The Traps” that were set in the chaparral to capture the elk that roamed these hills in the previous century. The Rocky Ridge side of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is rolling grassland spotted with oak and bay forests. Rocky Ridge rises to just more than 2,000 feet, topped with intriguing rock formations that have been sculptured by the wind and painted with lichen. The hike is an easy, gentle climb along a wide, paved trail. There are great views from the ridgetop. Park activities include horseback riding, walking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Group campsites are available at The Corral. Dogs must be on a leash. Bikes are prohibited from some trails. There is no fee."
--Nancy Salcedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco (Falcon Guides).
"You can approach this hike either as a 6-mile out-and-back along the Rocky Ridge Trail or as a 4.6-mile loop trip through Soberanes Canyon via the Soberanes Canyon Trail. Both routes are strenuous. The Rocky Ridge Trail drops abruptly from a 1435-foot ridge to 400-foot Soberanes Creek. Although the loop is 1.4 miles shorter, it’s along a steeper, more strenuous grade, plunging 1000 feet to the canyon bottom in less than 0.7 mile."
--Analise Elliot Heid, Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press).
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