Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve| La Honda | Feb 25, 2024

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve| La Honda | Feb 25, 2024

Retreat Highlights

  • Redwood Trails old growth redwoods, grassy meadow with superb views over the green hills Creek
  • Old Growth Forests over 100o yr old redwood trees
  • Panoramic Views from ridgetop with magnificent views of green, redwood-carpeted hills



Featuring an open ridgetop with panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Russian Ridge offers the best hiking of all the preserves atop Skyline Ridge. The park also feels less developed and offers longer hikes than the other parks. The hiking loop mostly runs through open grasslands, and a beautiful wooded stretch of oak trees.
The trails offer the most sweeping views of the hike as it contours along an escarpment, then descends to a saddle across from a Caltrans vista point. This trail winds through meadows and passes through two wooded ravines before entering a more extensively-wooded area.
The Ancient Oaks Trail climbs through woods and open meadows along a minor ridge that does, in fact, have a few pretty substantial trees. This is one of the best parts of the hike.
The Bo Gimbal Trail climbs gently through a dense, shady bay laurel grove in a wide, shallow ravine. It soon emerges onto the meadows near Borel Hill.


Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Hiking Total Distance: 5.2 miles
Trip Length: Half Day
Hiking Level: 2-3
*difficulty ratings based on a scale of 1-5, rating of 1 being least difficult, rating of 5 being most difficult.

What to Expect
Meeting Location:
3901 Alpine Rd, La Honda, CA 94020
Meeting Time: 10:00am
What to wear:
Long pants, long sleeves, warm/light rain jacket, hat, hiking shoes
What to bring: 
Backpack, water, snacks
Not Included: 
Lunch at Alice’s Restaurant  in Woodside

**Please note, we always do our best to follow the set itinerary, however please know it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, guest ability/injury, and or natural events that can be out of our control.


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