Saratoga Gap Open Space to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserves via Long Ridge:

Travel through moist evergreen forests, oak-madrone woodlands, and high grasslands along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

8.1 miles one-way for hikers, 7.8 miles one-way for multiuse route; car shuttle possible. Wheelchair route around Horseshoe Lake, less than 1 mile.


From: Saratoga Gap in Saratoga

To: Horseshoe Lake Trailhead in La Honda

Travel through moist evergreen forests, oak–madrone woodlands, and high grasslands along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You experience stunning coastal mountain views on this route through three open-space preserves and one county park. Trail width and surface varies from narrow paths to wide roads—soft in forests and along creekbeds, and firm and bare through grasslands. Be prepared for wind and fog on exposed ridgetops, and for heat on west- and south-facing slopes.

Got a little hiker? Try the Peter’s Creek section of this trail for a flat 2-mile hike with a splash in the creek. More info here.

Elevation Gain/Loss 665 feet/1280 feet one way

This trail description is an excerpt from our new 2019 edition of the Guidebook. If you would like more detailed information including trailhead locations and color maps, buy the book today from Wilderness Press.

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