Preserve Info

Hiking
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Equestrian
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Overview

With options for short hikes, rides to scenic overlooks, and longer loop trips, Long Ridge Open Space Preserve provides something for everyone. Connecting to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve by one of the longest continuous segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail (13 miles from Sanborn-Skyline County Park to the northern boundary of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve), Long Ridge Preserve is popular among hikers, cyclists, and equestrians alike.

The Sempervirens Fund provided major support for acquisition of portions of Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.

Dog Access Limited:  Dogs are only allowed to the first part of the Peters Creek Trail and part of the Chestnut Trail (northern segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail).

Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

Gallery

Features

  • Wallace Stegner Bench - At the intersection of Long Ridge Road and Long Ridge Trail, visitors can stop and enjoy the spectacular view from the Stegner Memorial Bench. Dedicated in 1996 in memory of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted environmentalist Wallace Stegner, a great supporter of the District.

Directions

Parking:

Located at Peters Creek trailhead on the west side of Skyline Boulevard, about 3.6 miles north of its intersection with Highway 9, and approximately 3.3 miles south of its intersection with Page Mill Road.

If you are coming from the north on Skyline Blvd., the pullout is just past Portola Heights Road on the right.

From the south, the pullout for the parking area is near the Palo Alto city limits sign on the right.

Get driving directions:

There is additional parking across Skyline Blvd. at the Grizzly Flat trailhead.

Trails

Long Ridge offers over 10 different trails that can be enjoyed on short hikes or combined for longer loop trips.The preserve borders Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and Upper Stevens Creek County Park allowing for even more trail connections.

Dog Access Limited:  Dogs are only allowed to the first part of the Peters Creek Trail and part of the Chestnut Trail (northern segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail).

Bikes and Equestrian: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map for specific trails where the activity is permitted. 

The Hickory Oaks Trail: This Trail begins at a pullout on Skyline Blvd. and follows an old roadbed through a forest of majestic canyon oaks. A narrow trail off the road leads to a spot called "Turtle Rock" with views of Big Basin State Park, Butano Ridge, and the Pacific Ocean.

Note: This Preserve is bordered by private property. Please respect the boundaries and stay on designated trails.

Trail Conditions

  • The Achistaca Trail is OPEN to horses.
  • The Peters Creek Trail and Long Ridge Trail are OPEN to bicyclists and equestrians.

History

The first property owner on Long Ridge was Winston Bennett, who lived in a spot then called Pot Hollow. Born in Georgia, Bennett came west in the 1840s, caught gold fever and headed for the Sierra foothills. After a career as a trader, a constable, and a deputy sheriff, Bennett sold his ranch in 1884. Throughout the years,  the land has been everything from a ranch, an orchard, and even an alternative boarding school. By the time the District bought the property in the 1980s, it was the last real working cattle ranch in the area.

Regulations

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedFor information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Climbing: Climbing is only allowed in designated areas of Long Ridge Preserve. Placement of permanent anchors is prohibited. Refer to section 503 in the District Ordinances for complete regulations.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Overview

With options for short hikes, rides to scenic overlooks, and longer loop trips, Long Ridge Open Space Preserve provides something for everyone. Connecting to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve by one of the longest continuous segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail (13 miles from Sanborn-Skyline County Park to the northern boundary of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve), Long Ridge Preserve is popular among hikers, cyclists, and equestrians alike.

The Sempervirens Fund provided major support for acquisition of portions of Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.

Dog Access Limited:  Dogs are only allowed to the first part of the Peters Creek Trail and part of the Chestnut Trail (northern segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail).

Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

Photo Gallery

Features

  • Wallace Stegner Bench - At the intersection of Long Ridge Road and Long Ridge Trail, visitors can stop and enjoy the spectacular view from the Stegner Memorial Bench. Dedicated in 1996 in memory of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted environmentalist Wallace Stegner, a great supporter of the District.

Parking:

Located at Peters Creek trailhead on the west side of Skyline Boulevard, about 3.6 miles north of its intersection with Highway 9, and approximately 3.3 miles south of its intersection with Page Mill Road.

If you are coming from the north on Skyline Blvd., the pullout is just past Portola Heights Road on the right.

From the south, the pullout for the parking area is near the Palo Alto city limits sign on the right.

Get driving directions:

There is additional parking across Skyline Blvd. at the Grizzly Flat trailhead.

Trails

Long Ridge offers over 10 different trails that can be enjoyed on short hikes or combined for longer loop trips.The preserve borders Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and Upper Stevens Creek County Park allowing for even more trail connections.

Dog Access Limited:  Dogs are only allowed to the first part of the Peters Creek Trail and part of the Chestnut Trail (northern segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail).

Bikes and Equestrian: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map for specific trails where the activity is permitted. 

The Hickory Oaks Trail: This Trail begins at a pullout on Skyline Blvd. and follows an old roadbed through a forest of majestic canyon oaks. A narrow trail off the road leads to a spot called "Turtle Rock" with views of Big Basin State Park, Butano Ridge, and the Pacific Ocean.

Note: This Preserve is bordered by private property. Please respect the boundaries and stay on designated trails.

Trail Conditions

  • The Achistaca Trail is OPEN to horses.
  • The Peters Creek Trail and Long Ridge Trail are OPEN to bicyclists and equestrians.

The first property owner on Long Ridge was Winston Bennett, who lived in a spot then called Pot Hollow. Born in Georgia, Bennett came west in the 1840s, caught gold fever and headed for the Sierra foothills. After a career as a trader, a constable, and a deputy sheriff, Bennett sold his ranch in 1884. Throughout the years,  the land has been everything from a ranch, an orchard, and even an alternative boarding school. By the time the District bought the property in the 1980s, it was the last real working cattle ranch in the area.

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedFor information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Climbing: Climbing is only allowed in designated areas of Long Ridge Preserve. Placement of permanent anchors is prohibited. Refer to section 503 in the District Ordinances for complete regulations.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Download Preserve Map

Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian
Dogs on Leash

Hours

Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.

Preserve Activities

July 4, 2015
August 22, 2015