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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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Total: 32.3 miles / 4800’ elevation gain