|Alpine Pond Trail,
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve,
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserve,
San Mateo County
1/2 mile easy loop around Alpine Pond.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 0.5 mile loop hike on a flat trail is very easy.
Under 1 hour.
Nice year round.
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, exit CA 84/Woodside Road (exit #20). Drive west about 6 miles to the junction with CA 35 (Skyline Boulevard), and turn south (left) onto Skyline Boulevard. Drive about 7.5 miles to the junction with Alpine Road/Page Mill Road. Turn right onto Alpine Road, and almost immediately, turn right into the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve parking lot.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Pay phone, gas, restaurants, and store at the junction of 35 and 84, about 7.5 miles north. No camping in the preserve.
Two designated handicapped parking spots, and lots of other parking in a flat gravel lot. No entrance or parking fees. Maps available at the information signboard(s). Pit toilet at edge of lot, and there is a wheelchair-accessible pit toilet off the trail at Alpine Pond. There is no direct public transportation to this preserve.
Most trails are multi-use. A few are designated hiking only. No dogs. Park is open from dawn to 1/2 hour after sunset.
The Official Story:
MROSD's Skyline Ridge page.
MROSD field office 650-691-1200.
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get to the preserve
Map from MROSD (download pdf).
Peninsula Tales and Trails, by David Weintraub (order this book from Amazon.com) has an overview of the preserve, descriptions of hikes, and simple maps.
The Trail Center's Trail Map of the Southern Peninsula is useful if you already have it.
Alpine Pond loop in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the hike.
View 23 photos from the featured hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Ridge features 2 all-access trails that visit the preserve's2
small ponds. The trails around Horseshoe Lake are described on that
page; this page highlights the paths around Alpine Pond.