Milagra Overlook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A tiny scoop of the wilderness that dominated the San Francisco peninsula before development encroached has been preserved at Milagra Ridge. The GGNRA calls Milagra Ridge “an island ecosystem.” Standing amid the grasses on the windy ridgetop, its relative isolation is clearly illustrated. A sea of development stretches in all directions, truncated only on the west side, where another sea—the Pacific—stretches to the horizon. Only 240 acres in size, the ridge was added to the park in 1984. The park, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, has been working since then to rehabilitate and maintain a natural habitat on the site—a habitat that supports rare and endangered species including the mission blue butterfly, the San Bruno elfin butterfly, the California red-legged frog, and the San Francisco garter snake."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Falcon Guides).
"Winds off the Pacific scour the grassy slopes of Milagra Ridge, a sweet little nugget of wildland in a big bland porridge of tract houses. Park literature calls Milagra Ridge “an island ecosystem,” and that’s an apt description. Taking in the views from anywhere in the park, development stretches in all directions— a sea of ticky-tacky houses that only find their limit to the west, on the shores of the mighty Pacific. Given the surroundings and the fact that the open space encompasses less than 250 acres, it’s a miracle that the ridge supports such a diversity of plant and animal life. Among the fauna that calls the ridge home are the endangered mission blue butterfly, the San Bruno elfin butterfly, the California red-legged frog, and the San Francisco garter snake."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco Peninsula (Falcon Guides).
"Several years after World War II, the Army closed this hilltop site, a former Nike installation. They temporarily placed it under the wing of the San Mateo County Parks. When the Golden Gate National Recreation Area took over the land, they began a concerted drive to remove invasive plants, particularly the fields of pampas grass. While removing the exotic plants, they protected the native species, particularly the lupine that is the host plant for the Mission Blue Butterfly, an endangered species. Today new lupines and native grasses are thriving, the piles of rubbish are gone, eroded hillsides are filled and protected with straw and a new trail reaches two view sites overlooking the Pacific. This trail is a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that extends south through Skyline College to GGNRA ’s Sweeney Ridge. This trail guide includes the following trails: Loop Trail to the Nike Site."
--Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette, Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula (Wilderness Press).
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