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Vista Verde Skyline Run - Half Marathon



13.6 mile 21.9 kilometer loop
88% Runnable


Ascent: 2,352' 717 m
Descent: -2,351' -717 m
High: 2,530' 771 m
Low: 1,757' 535 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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Trail shared by Robert Rhodes

Welcome to the BayTrailrunners Vista Verde Skyline Run Half Marathon.

Robert Rhodes

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


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.


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.

At the Charquin intersection, take a hard left and follow it through the forest and out to the Mindego Hill Fire Road. Once there, go right and stay on course to the peak of Mindego Hill. Aid will be provided at the gates where you gain entry into the preserve. The cows out here are friendly but the young ones can be a bit skittish. If you encounter any, use caution and try to move past them at an unthreatening pace. Pick up your token at the turnaround and hand it off to the aid station volunteer.

Continue along the Mindego Hill Trail/Fire Road all the way up to Alpine Road. Head left and run alongside the parking lot and pick up Ancient Oaks Trail. Enjoy the shady woodlands and continue to the junction with Ridge Trail. Head right and go back 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. Runners will meet up again with Ipiwa where they will take a left and follow it out to the finish.

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Mar 30, 2019
Gustavo Quepon
12.7mi — 2h 40m
Oct 29, 2017
Jerod Wanner

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Facing west towards the Pacific Ocean
Nov 25, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Horseshoe Lake
Nov 25, 2015 near Los Alt…, CA
The summit of Mindego Hill offers a gorgeous view toward the west and the Pacific Ocean.
Jan 14, 2017 near La Honda, CA
Numerous hills surround Mindego Hill. The hills are green in the winter, thanks to the rain storms that blow through.
Jan 14, 2017 near La Honda, 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

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