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Russian Ridge Hike: Ancient Oaks, Hawk Ridge & Bay Area Ridge Trails

Distance & Gain for this hike is 5.1 miles, 745 ft.

Trail conditions: Mostly well-maintained trails; Some rough (rocky) areas.

Exposure: More than 50% exposed to sun.

Total time: About 4.5 hours including rest stop and travel time from Felton Safeway lot.

Description: This hike is for experienced hikers only. We'll start this loop on the Ridge Trail then dip down to the Ancient Oaks, Mindego, and Alder Spring Trails. The Hawk Trail will take us back up to the Bay Area Ridge Trail for fabulous views of the Bay Area. We'll take a rest & snack stop along the ridge where we can enjoy the views before returning to the parking lot.

Bring: Water, snack or lunch, sun & tick protection.

Carpool: Meet at Felton Safeway parking lot at 10 am to arrange carpools. We will leave promptly at 10:10. Please have and offer your carpool driver a couple of bucks for gas.

Note: If you would like to meet us at the Russian Ridge parking lot, please indicate that in the message section of this hike, and be at the R.R. lot at 11.


This is an 'at risk' activity. Please read the  FAQ . By joining us on this hike you agree to hold the organizers, assistant organizers, and other members harmless. You are responsible for your own safety on the hike.

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  • Ron

    Excellent hike, hiking company, vistas and glimpses at wildlife. Thank you Kitty!!!

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Babs

    I'm soooooo sick... Bleh :(

    March 13, 2013

  • Nicholas M.

    forgot I had a commitment already for that time!

    March 13, 2013

  • Sharol

    I forgot I am going to go golfing - sorry

    March 13, 2013

  • Marilyn M.


    March 13, 2013

  • Tom C.

    meet you there at 11

    March 13, 2013

  • Kate

    I have an appt. at 4 in Aptos and can't be sure I could get cross town to it in time. Sorry to miss this hike, it sounds wonderful. Enjoy it!

    March 12, 2013

  • Jeff

    Sorry to miss - shift in work schedule this week.

    March 12, 2013

  • Caro V.

    I would be grateful to carpool and get a ride from downtown SC (i.e. Denny's) to Felton. Thks, Caro[masked]

    March 10, 2013

  • Peg

    Hi Kitty: I'll tell you more; for now, I'd like to join your hike. See you at 11.

    March 9, 2013

  • leslye l.

    Oh, if only I didn't have to be at work in Soquel at 2:15. I've never been on these trails, but hope to one day soon.

    March 9, 2013

    • Kitty S.

      We can do it again soon :)

      1 · March 9, 2013

  • Ron

    I'll meet you all at Russian Ridge

    March 9, 2013

  • Dan D.

    Meet you at Felton Safeway.

    March 9, 2013

  • Maria

    maybe 1

    March 9, 2013

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