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Vista Verde Skyline Run - 10K

Intermediate

Trail

6.5 mile 10.5 kilometer loop
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,116' 340 m
Descent: -1,116' -340 m
High: 2,533' 772 m
Low: 2,019' 615 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Welcome to the BayTrailrunners Vista Verde Skyline Run - 10K.

Robert Rhodes

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Racers will enjoy stunning vistas of the Pacific Coast and of the spectacular Lambert Creek Watershed, Butano Ridge, Portola State Park and the newly opened Mindego Hill! Revel in tree-covered singletrack and wide open trails that roll through pristine grassy meadows, along serene ponds and over smooth flowing creeks. There is no doubt that the views and trails out here are sure to impress all who participate.

Description

The run starts in the circular parking area in the northern part of Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. Runners will head south along the dirt road, pick up the Ridge Trail in the south lot and run alongside Horseshoe Lake. Take a sharp left up the Sunny Jim Trail and get your first big climb in.

At the trailhead for Ipiwa, go left and run along the ridge and check out the gorgeous views that extend out to the coast. Runners will cross over Sunny Jim and follow Ipiwa along Alpine Pond. There is a water stop here so fill up if needed. Follow the ribbons and head through the tunnel to the parking lot for Russian Ridge. Pick up the Ridge Trail at the bathroom and start a gentle climb into a vast expanse of open meadows and rolling hills.

Follow your colored ribbon heading left on Bo Gimbal Trail and take a short trip through some shady woodlands. At Ancient Oaks, head left again and follow it back out to Ridge Trail. Continue on through the parking lot and tunnel (more water if needed), run a short distance along Ipiwa Trail and take a left on Sunny Jim Trail. You'll meet up again with Ipiwa where you'll take a sharp left and follow it out to the finish.

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Photos

Facing west towards the Pacific Ocean
Nov 25, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Horseshoe Lake
Nov 25, 2015 near Los Alt…, CA
The view of Horseshoe Lake from the trail.
Sep 25, 2017 near La Honda, CA
Views of the surrounding mountains spread out before you as you make your way along the trail.
Sep 24, 2017 near La Honda, CA
Looking back at the fields before entering the woods.
Sep 24, 2017 near La Honda, CA
Enjoy this view from the summit of Borel Hill looking west.
Feb 1, 2017 near La Honda, CA

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