Information about Long Ridge O.S.P.

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve has some of the finest views in the area. From high a top the ridge on Long Ridge road, views of three state parks can be seen off to the West. These parks include Big Basin, Portola, and Butano state parks. In addition to the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz mountains, on a clear day the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean can be seen. The preserve is popular with all visitors since hikers, cyclists, and equestrians can all use the parks trails with some seasonal restrictions.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail runs through the preserve, connecting Long Ridge with Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. This 13 mile section is one of the longest sections. It extends from Sanborn-Skyline County Park to the northern boundary of Russian Ridge Open space Preserve.

Long Ridge O.S.P. is over 1550 acres and contains ten miles of trails to explore. Many of the trails are old ranch and logging roads. The valley that Peters creek flows through was once part of an old farm site. This legacy is still evidenced by an abandoned apple orchard that still bears fruit in the fall. The preserve is bordered by private property. Please respect the boundaries and stay on designated trails. Sempervirens Fund provided major support for acquisition of portions of Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.

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Last updated June 15, 1998.
Copyright 1996, 1997, 1998 by Werner W. Hager and Micromoms. All rights reserved.