Peters Creek Trail to Long Ridge Road Loop

This Santa Cruz Mountains ridge trail off Skyline Boulevard is popular with hikers and mountain bikers alike.

4.6 miles; 2.5 hours on foot; moderate
Peters Creek Trail —> Long Ridge Road —> Long Ridge Trail

This (literally) awesome loop offers spectacular vistas, redwood forest and even a pretty little ridgetop pond.

From the Grizzly Flat trailhead, take Peters Creek Trail for two miles. Shortly after passing Jikoji Pond on the left side, the trail switchbacks upwards to meet Long Ridge Road.
Long Ridge Road offers a beautiful panoramic view over the Santa Cruz Mountains and Pescadero Valley all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Traverse along the ridge for a half mile. The Wallace Stegner bench is at the end of this section. There is also a trail junction for the Long Ridge Trail (not to be confused with the Long Ridge Road) that leads back down into the forest.

After hiking for three quarters of a mile, there is a junction to either take the Peters Creek Trail or Long Ridge Trail back to the parking area. The Long Ridge trail is marginally shorter and offers unexplored terrain to complete the loop. Beware, though, that the last couple hundred feet of the Long Ridge Trail are relatively steep, and mountain bikers can fly down this section.

—Words and photos by Allison Titus

Here is the main Long Ridge Open Space Preserve page.