Long Ridge Road

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve, California

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain1,451ft
Trailhead Elevation2,347ft
Top2,564ft
Elevation Min/Max2166/2564ft
Elevation Start/End2347/2347ft

Long Ridge Road

Long Ridge Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Mateo County, California. It is within Long Ridge Open Space Preserve. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 2,347 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,451 feet. The Bodhidharma Cave entrance and the Wallace Stegner Bench viewpoint can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Moss Rocks scree. This trail connects with the following: Ward Road and Peters Creek Trail.

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press)
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"The first leg is an easy downhill trip from the heights of the Santa Cruz Mountains to a trail camp above Slate Creek set among madrones, oaks, and slender redwoods. First through rolling grasslands with dramatic views of forested ridges and deep canyons, you then hike under a canopy of mixed evergreen forest and pass an historic logging mill site en route to your campsite. The next day’s downhill hike takes you to Portola Redwoods park office where backpackers choosing the shorter trip could be met by a shuttle. More experienced backpackers then continue on the Basin Trail over wooded Butano Ridge for a second night at the Lane Camp (no water) on China Grade Road in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. From this camp it is an exhilarating 5.9-mile hike through quiet redwoods, past an old logging camp, and over and along lively creeks to park headquarters in the center of Big Basin Redwoods."
Mountain Bike! San Francisco and the Bay Area (Menasha Ridge Press)
Skye Craft
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"A fantastic loop that features everything from chutelike singletrack descents to exposed fire-road climbs and even a pond. You might couple your visit to this park with a visit to the Jikoji Zen Center (please call ahead (498) 741-9562) for a weekend of self-centering."
Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula (Wilderness Press)
Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette
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"Long Ridge Preserve extends along the heights of the Santa Cruz Mountains for 4.1 miles just west of Skyline Boulevard and southeast along Highway 9 for another 1.5 miles. Its 1985 acres of wooded hillside and open grasslands offer breathtaking views west to the Pacific on a clear day. Sometimes fog shrouds the ocean and hangs in the canyons of the Santa Cruz Mountains. However, whatever the weather, a trip over these uncluttered lands will be a refreshing experience. This trail guide includes the following trails: Over the Bridge and Through the Woods to Long Ridge Views, Hickory Oaks and Side-Trip to Table Rock, Downhill to Portola Redwoods State Park, The Bay Area Ridge Trail, Northward on the Achistaca Trail."

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Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Dog-friendly
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Long Ridge Open Space Preserve, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
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