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  • Phleger Estate, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • Sunrise to Sunset
  • $6 vehicle entrance fee via Huddart Park

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Handicap Accessibility
  • Swimming

Skyline Hike Hike Information

This scenic wooded hike offers a great combination of elevation change, length, and beauty.

Watch for:

This property is home to bobcats, black-tailed deer, eagles, newts and banana slugs

Details for Skyline Hike

Distance: 4.6 miles round trip

Elevation change: 400′ elevation gain

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Trail surface: Uneven, dirt trail

Best Season: Year round

Managing agency: National Park Service

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) offers many great trails with varying amounts of elevation change and length.

For a fun, moderate 4.6-mile hike take the path from the Huddart Park entrance. Hike from the Crystal Springs Trail to Richard’s Road, then take the Miramontes Trail. Turn around at the junction with the Raymundo Trail.

The shaded hike wanders through redwoods, oaks, manzanita, California coffeeberry, Douglas-fir and many kinds of ferns. A downhill section flattens out to follow Union Creek as it winds through the second-growth redwoods.

Directions to the Skyline Hike Hike

Enter the estate through Huddart County Park. From I-280, exit at Woodside Road (Highway 84) and go west for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Kings Mountain Road and drive 2.1 miles, turning right into Huddart County Park.

More About the Phleger Estate

The Skyline Trail is part of the POST-protected Phleger Estate. Once known as Mountain Meadow, the historic Phleger Estate is a former logging site where redwoods and wildlife habitat are now protected as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Enjoy walking along shady Union Creek under the redwoods. POST protected this 1,252-acre estate in 1994 with the help of donors, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Save-the-Redwoods League. It opened to the public in 1995 after POST secured $10.5 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and transferred the land to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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