ElevationAscent: 234' 71 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 806' 246 m
Low: 572' 174 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A trail to beautiful view of views of the San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.”— David Hitchcock
At roughly .2 miles, the Ridgeview Trail intersects with the end of the Franciscan Trail, which goes off to the left as the Ridgeview Trail continues to climb gently up the hillside. Lizards scramble along the trail and under your feet as you move along. Views open up on the right hand side of the trail and the Sunset Trail can be seen running parallel below the trail. The trail curves around the hillside until it reaches the intersection with the Live Oak Trail. The Ridgeview Trail goes off to the right and climbs a hill to where views of both sides of the preserve can be seen. On the right hand side of the hill, views of the Santa Cruz Mountains spread out before you. On the left hand side of the trail, obscured views of the San Francisco Bay area spread out before you. There is a bench to enjoy the view, and a tree that provides shade while you gaze out over the bay area.
At this point, you can return to your car via the Ridgeview Trail, or follow the Live Oak Trail and Franciscan Trail back to the Edgewood Trail and your car. Another option is to explore the other trails in the preserve and enjoy the area.
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Land Manager: San Mateo County Department of Parks