Backpacking Trip: Russian Ridge to Sanborn Park

Jul 29th, 2020
View of the trail in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Description: Hike along the ridge of the south bay while taking in the amazing views of the valley and Pacific Ocean.

Vehicle Logistics: There is no overnight parking at Russian Ridge so you will need to be dropped off. You may be able to arrange overnight parking at Monte Bello and start there to shorten the trip, check with Check in with park ranger / attendant to park overnight at Sanborn Park.

Water: Fountains or spigots are at Alpine Lake, Monte Bello Camp (non potable), Castle Rock Kirkwood Entrance, and Sanborn Camp.


Day 1: Rapley Ranch, Russian Ridge – Monte Bello Camp

Mileage / Elevation: 7.3 miles / 1800’ gain

Maps: Rapley to Horseshoe Lake,  Mid Pen South Skyline Map

Camp: Monte Bello Camp. Primitive hike in site, reservation required, $2 per night.


Day 2: Monte Bello Camp – Castle Rock Camp

Mileage / Elevation: 15 miles / 2000’ gain

Maps: Skyline to Saratoga Gap, Saratoga Gap to Castle Rock

Camp: Castle Rock Camp. Primitive hike in site, reservation required, $15 per night


Day 3: Castle Rock Camp – Sanborn Camp

Mileage / Elevation: 10 miles, 1000’ gain

Maps: John Nicholas Trail, Sanborn

Camp: Sanborn Camp. Hike in site, reservation required, $18 per night

OuterSpatial Mobile Map: Coming Soon

Total: 32.3 miles / 4800’ elevation gain



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