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Skyline Trail to Indian Rock Information

This mostly flat and almost completely shaded hike on the ridgeline of the Santa Cruz Mountains is perfect for a hot day.

Watch for:

Pacific wren, black-headed grosbeak, acorn woodpecker and many other birds.

Hiking Details for Skyline Trail to Indian Rock

Distance: 6 miles round trip

Elevation change: 600′ elevation gain

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Trail surface: Packed dirt, mostly shaded

Best Season: year round

Managing agency: Santa Clara County Parks

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: Sanborn County Park contains over 3,449 acres of mixed forest, tucked into the Santa Cruz Mountains between the town of Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. With over 15 miles of trails, there are many options for easy nature walks and more challenging hikes like this one.

This 6 mile out-and-back hike on the top of Skyline Ridge is the perfect place to go on a hot summer day. The trail meanders through dense forest and is almost completely shaded, making it the ideal place to escape the heat.

From the parking lot at Sunnyvale Mountain Trailhead, walk north from the gate on the Skyline Trail. The trail starts on an old ranch road and after a few feet you’ll come to your first junction. Make sure to stay left and continue slightly uphill on the Skyline Trail. You’ll be on this trail for the entire hike and the other junctions you’ll come to are well marked. Follow the trail through old growth Douglas fir and Pacific madrone and past sandstone boulders until you reach the parking lot near Indian rock. If you have time, climb the .2 miles up to Indian Rock where there’s a great picnic spot and you can watch rock climbers scale the rock’s steep face.

When you’re ready, follow the trail back to the parking lot.

Directions to Skyline Trail to Indian Rock

Head West on Highway 9 towards Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35). Turn left at the junction with Skyline Blvd and drive 4.7 miles. Turn left into the Sunnyvale Mountain trailhead parking lot.

More About Sanborn County Park

In 1985, POST protected 117 acres near Sanborn County Park and soon after transferred that land to Santa Clara County Parks for permanent management and protection. POST also holds a 15-acre conservation easement on a property adjacent to the existing park.

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