Skyline Ridge offers a remarkably varied landscape that includes ridge vistas, expansive meadows, a pond for nature study, and a quite lake frequented by migrating birds. The preserve also contains a three-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
The David C. Daniels Nature Center at Alpine Pond nature center was funded in part by Peninsula Open Space Trust, a local nonprofit land trust. Funding from the California Park and Recreation Facilities Act of 1984 and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund assisted development of this preserve.
This preserve boasts two ponds for nature study and bird watching. Both Alpine Pond and Horseshoe Lake feature trails designed for wheelchair access.
Several shaded picnic
tables overlook Horseshoe Lake.
Alpine Pond features the David C. Daniels Nature Center, an educational learning center. This center is open to the public on the weekends, April through mid-November. There is a restroom at this location.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
The preserve's entrance is located about one mile south of the Page Mill Road / Alpine Road and Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) intersection. Equestrian parking is also available here.
For convenient access to the Daniels Nature Center and Alpine Road, park in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve parking lot, located on the northwest corner of the Page Mill / Alpine Road and Skyline Boulevard intersection (across Skyline Blvd. on the right). Walk through the tunnel under Alpine Rd. to reach the nature center.
This 2,143-acre preserve offers ten miles of trail for exploration.
Both Alpine Pond and Horseshoe Lake feature
quarter-mile trails trails designed for wheelchair and stroller access.
Views of the Lambert Creek
watershed, Butano Ridge, and Portola State Park will impress the
hiker who makes a trek
up the Ipiwa Trail.
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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