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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Saratoga Gap - Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

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Forests and grasslands in the Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve.


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7.9

Miles

12.7

KM

92%

Runnable

2,717' 828 m

High

2,019' 616 m

Low

767' 234 m

Up

1,314' 401 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

Description

Travel the Bay Area Ridge Trail through moist evergreen forests, oak–madrone woodlands, and high grasslands along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You experience stunning coastal mountain views on this route through three open-space preserves and one county park. Trail width and surface varies from narrow paths to wide roads—soft in forests and along creekbeds, and firm and bare through grasslands. Be prepared for wind and fog on exposed ridgetops, and for heat on west- and south-facing slopes.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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Horseshoe Lake
Nov 25, 2015 near Los Alt…, CA
A view looking out over Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.  You can see the trail in the distance.
Dec 6, 2020 near Saratoga, CA
Saratoga Gap Trail wandering its way through a dense forest providing plenty of shade from the sun.
Oct 24, 2020 near Saratoga, CA
The view of Horseshoe Lake from the trail.
Sep 25, 2017 near La Honda, CA
The Saratoga Gap Trail passes through an open field along Skyline Blvd. before entering the woods.
Oct 24, 2020 near Saratoga, CA
The light at Golden Hour peeks through the trees along the Saratoga Gap trail around sunset.  The light peeks through the trees along the trail making beautiful scenes at various points in the hike.
Oct 24, 2020 near Saratoga, CA

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