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Skyline Ridge Skyline Ridge

All Midpen Preserves are open to the public free of charge, 365 days a year from dawn until one-half hour after sunset.

Overview | Directions & Parking | Trails | History | Regulations

OVERVIEW

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.

Features

Skyline Ridge

  • 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.



 

TRAILS

  • 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.

Download a map of Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

 

HISTORY

Funding from the California Park and Recreation Facilities Act of 1984 and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund assisted development of this preserve.

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.

 

REGULATIONS

Below is a list of some basic regulations that will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit.

  • Hours: Preserves are open a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
  • 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 Guidelinespdf
  • 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 Guidelinespdf
  • 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.
Download District Regulations and Ordinancespdf

 

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