Photos from Bay Area Ridge Trail, Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
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Trailhead
Trailhead
Information signboard
Information signboard
Coyote brush
Coyote brush
Trail
Trail
     Coast live oak
     Coast live oak
Ascending
Ascending through oaks, buckeyes and grassland
Big leaf maples
Big-leaf maple leaves on the ground
Junction
Junction with Ridge Trail Alternate
Steep stretch
The only steep stretch of the day, a climb to the ridgetop
Nearing the crest
Almost there!
Junction
Two trails head west along the Ridge Trail Alternate. Continue straight.
View east
View east to Monte Bello Open Space Preserve and Black Mountain
Descending
Descending through oaks
Junction
Junction; turn right
Straight section
Along a straight wide trail; the ranger station is to the right
Junction
Junction. Turn right toward Alpine Pond.
Toyon
Toyon
Downhill
Downhill
Junction
Path to the left is not a through trail. Continue straight.
Approaching junction
Approaching junction with Ridge Trail.
Approaching pond
Approaching pond
Alpine Pond
Alpine Pond
     Maple
     A maple
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
     Oak
     One big old oak
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
     Bobcat prints
     Bobcat prints
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
View west
View west
Fuchsia
Fuchsia, blooming in November
Norbert's bench
Norbert's bench
Through chaparral
Through chaparral
Junction
Junction. Continue straight.
Trail around rock
Very interesting trail routing through and around the rock.
View to the ocean
View all the way to the ocean
     Silktassel
     Silktassel
Sagebrush
California sagebrush
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
Manzanita
Manzanita
View south
View south to Mount Umunhum
Heading east
Heading east
Junction
Junction. Turn right.
Descending to Horseshoe Lake
Descending to Horseshoe Lake
Trail
Trail
First clear view of the lake
First clear view of the lake
Junction
Junction. Turn right.
Horseshoe Lake
Horseshoe Lake
Junction
Junction with Lambert Creek Trail
Junction
Junction; bench sits just past the bridge
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
Accessible trail
This trail is wheelchair accessible
Approaching a bridge
Approaching a bridge
Oak
Oak
Snowberries
Snowberries
Crossing the parking lot
Crossing the parking lot
Last stretch
Last stretch
 




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