Peter's Creek Loop from Skyline Blvd
15.5 miles     3000 ft
20 Feb 2010
Summary

A pretty route to Peter's Creek Loop from Long Ridge Open Space Preserve on Sklyine Blvd.

Location: Portola Redwoods State ParkLong Ridge Open Space Preserve

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map for Long Ridge Open Space Preserve: Good quality map showing various trails.

» Official State Parks Map: A map showing all the trails but hard to read.

» Redwood Hikes Map: Annotated trail map of Portola Redwoods State Park and Pescadero Creek County Park, Second edition, 2008. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Dec 2011). This map is useful for exploring a bunch of parks: Portola Redwoods, Pescadero Creek, Sam Macdonald.

» Redwood Hikes Map: Bay Area Trail Map: Saratoga to Big Basin, First edition, 2010. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Dec 2011). This map is useful for exploring many parks in this area. Highly recommended for avid hikers.

Route

Route in brief: From the parking lot for gate "LR01" along Skyline Blvd, follow Hickory Oaks Trail (0.9 + 0.3 miles) → left on Ward Road (0.4 + 1.2 + 0.8 miles) → left on Slate Creek Trail (1.0 miles) → right on Bear Creek Trail (2.6 miles) to reach the junction for Peter's Creek Loop, which is a 1-mile loop with two creek crossings without bridges. Return by the same route.

Photos

Full photo album — 20 February 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Peters Creek Loop.
Trailhead

Location: along Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35), 1.4 miles west of Highway 9 . No street address. Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Directions: Study this trail map for the exact location of entrance called "LRO1" (Long Ridge 01). The trailhead lies on Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35), 1.4 miles west of its intersection with Highway 9.

Note that there is a second entrance via Charcoal Rd into Upper Stevens Creek County Park. This entrance is only about 0.1 miles east of the LR01 entrance. However, there is no parking space here. Instead, drive 0.1 miles west to reach LR01, where multiple cars may be parked.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: October 2010)

Capacity: About 5-6 cars

Latitude: 37.269297     Longitude: -122.141454

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