Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
With options for short hikes, rides to scenic overlooks, and longer loop trips, Long Ridge Open Space Preserve provides something for everyone. Connecting to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve by one of the longest continuous segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail (13 miles from Sanborn-Skyline County Park to the northern boundary of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve), Long Ridge Preserve is popular among hikers, cyclists, and equestrians alike.
The first property owner on Long Ridge was Winston Bennett, who lived in a spot then called Pot Hollow. Born in Georgia, Bennett came west in the 1840s, caught gold fever and headed for the Sierra foothills. After a career as a trader, a constable, and a deputy sheriff, Bennett sold his ranch in 1884. Throughout the years, the land has been everything from a ranch, an orchard, and even an alternative boarding school. By the time the District bought the property in the 1980s, it was the last real working cattle ranch in the area.
The Sempervirens Fund provided major support for acquisition of portions of Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.
Dog Access Limited: Dogs are only allowed to the first part of the Peters Creek Trail and part of the Chestnut Trail (northern segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail).
Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve — always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted.
Rules & Regulation
- Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
- Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permitted. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access. For more information visit the Dog Access page.
- Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
- Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
- Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
- Climbing: Climbing is only allowed in designated areas of Long Ridge Preserve. Placement of permanent anchors is prohibited. Refer to section 503 in the District Ordinances for complete regulations.
- Permits: A use permit is required for any activity or event which: may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; OR is advertised or noticed in any publication, poster, electronic posting or flyer; OR requests/requires a fee be paid for participation. Visit the Permit page for more information.
- Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
- Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
- Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves.
- Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution.
- Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.