San Francisco: High Ridge Loop Trail

Find subtle beauty in the suntanned hills of Garin Regional Park as you hike this 5.9-mile loop past creeks to breezy overlooks.
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Find subtle beauty in the suntanned hills of Garin Regional Park as you hike this 5.9-mile loop past creeks to breezy overlooks.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.3

Waypoints

HRL001

Location: 37.6291809082031, -122.029197692871

Head SE on wide, palm-lined path in Garin Regional Park

HRL002

Location: 37.6283798217773, -122.028099060059

Pass through gate and go R onto High Ridge Loop Trail to begin climb

HRL003

Location: 37.6322212219238, -122.022796630859

R @ Y; at hill crest, go R @ Y then through cattle gate into Dry Creek Regional Park

HRL004

Location: 37.6316413879394, -122.013999938965

L @ Y. Coyotes yip loudly, come dusk or darkness

HRL005

Location: 37.6219787597656, -122.00309753418

Stay R @ Y. Optional: Turn L for .9-mile spur leading to Gossip Rock, where redtails and other hawks chatter

HRL006

Location: 37.6158905029297, -122.003700256348

R @ Y; oaks, bay trees grow beside a trickling creek

HRL007

Location: 37.6160888671875, -122.006698608398

L @ Y near small pond; continue along creek

HRL008

Location: 37.609619140625, -122.011299133301

R @ Y; leave shade and return to sunbaked trail

HRL009

Location: 37.6093482971191, -122.016700744629

R @ Y

HRL010

Location: 37.6110000610352, -122.017303466797

R @ Y, then immediate L @ next Y. Stay with High Ridge Loop Trail for a short climb ahead

HRL011

Location: 37.6219711303711, -122.02799987793

Good vantages: Patches of green and brown quilt Santa Cruz Mtns. To continue, go R @ Y through cattle gate; descend through sagebrush

HRL012

Location: 37.6244506835938, -122.027801513672

R @ T around S shore of Jordan Pond. In season, see egrets and mallards in cattails and willows. Continue to WPT 2 and head L to return to car

Hillside Panorama

Location: 37.6220016479492, -122.027694702148

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Hawks soaring

Location: 37.6219635009766, -122.002487182617

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Lizard

Location: 37.6183013916016, -122.003524780273

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Rolling, grassy hills

Location: 37.6154899597168, -122.00708770752

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Jordan Pond

Location: 37.6242141723633, -122.027282714844

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Jordan Pond from above

Location: 37.6219635009766, -122.027618408203

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