Coal Creek is an ideal place for a quick afternoon hike with one's dog. Several trails can be combined to create a pleasant two- or three-mile loop. Views of the San Francisco Bay Area can be seen from the open grassland ridges below the Caltrans vista point parking area.
Coal Creek provides visitors with a variety of environments. Along this historic trail, seasonal waterfalls can be found in the wetter winter months. It is also an ideal place for a quick afternoon hike with one's dog.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Coal Creek Open Space Preserve can be reached from the Caltrans vista point pull-out area on Skyline Boulevard (opposite Russian Ridge Preserve gate RR01), approximately 1.2 miles north of Page Mill Road and 6 miles south of Highway 84. Coal Creek is also accessible to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians from Alpine Road.
The preserve's five miles of trails provide important trail connections between Skyline Boulevard and Alpine Road for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Mountain bicyclists take advantage of this connection to complete loops through Russian Ridge back to Portola Valley.
Below is a list of some basic regulations that will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit.
Hours: Preserves are open a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed 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 permitted. Download Dog Access Guidelines
Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). Download Bicycle Access Guidelines
Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. Riders under 18 years of age are required to wear a helmet on all District land. Download Equestrian Access Guidelines
Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
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.
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