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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +488/467 ft
Total: 55 riders

Mountain Biking Skyline Ridge

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#271 of 1,000 mountain bike trails in California
#3,374 in the world

There is a mile long trail along Horseshoe lake for anyone you're just introducing to moutain biking. You can ride it if you're experienced, but you're gonna be bored. Also keep in mind that there are paths around the lake that are hiking only. Please do not bike on these. Watch your speed too, as there are lots of hikers and strollers around the Lake.

This is better riding on this trail though. If you go South from the lake on the Ridge trail, there is a 3 mile one-way ridgeline singletrack ride that connects with Long Ridge which makes a great singletrack ride that's not too crowded. You'll start out on a fireroad that goes past a Christmas tree farm, and then becomes some nice rolling singletrack until you reach Long Ridge.

If you go North of the lake, you can ride various trails that will connect you with Russian Ridge and Monte Bello Openspace areas.

First added by stripes on May 17, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take Highway 9 out of Saratoga up to Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35). Take a right (you'll pass Saratoga Gap trailhead). You can park at Long Ridge, take the entrance trail down, then take a right to the ridge trail. The main entrance is a few miles past that, with a rather large parking if you don't want to risk it by parking on the edge of the road. There are also facilities at Skyline Ridge.
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  • scott970

    Pretty cool. My first visit. Definitely heading back..

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  • seaotterlocal

    Fast and smooth singletrack, Nobody around on weekdays. great views. We could see Mt Tam, Mt Diablo, Mt Hamilton and Mt. Carmel to the south.

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  • gshoops

    nothing special, great for newbs. easy single track. nice short ride.

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  • gab26

    The single track on Ridge Trail is pretty fun nothing techincal and can ride it fast both ways. Ride up into Coal Creek preserve on Alpine trail then jump the water bars on the way back.

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