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Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Area

Overview

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  • Size

    1148.23 acres

Description

Skyline Ridge Preserve offers 2,143-acres of remarkably varied landscape that includes ridge vistas, expansive meadows, a pond for nature study, and a quiet lake frequented by migrating birds.

The District purchased the land that became Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve in 1982.

Allowed Activities
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Horseback Riding
Geocaching
Good For
Families
Wheelchairs
Rules & Regulation
No Dogs
No Illegal Substances

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Alpine Pond • 0.5 mi.: A smooth and level trail that surrounds Alpine Pond, home to a variety of wildlife. Adjacent to the pond is David C. Daniels Nature Center as well as a wheelchair-accessible viewing scope and floating pier. Parking at the Russian Ridge parking lot (unpaved), go through the pedestrian tunnel to pond and Nature Center.

Horseshoe Lake • 0.25 mi.: Starting from the accessible parking lot, the trail hugs the shoreline of Horseshoe Lake and provides visitors with a more rural experience. For visitors with a disabled person parking placard, there is a nearby designated lot (unpaved) allowing closer access to Horseshoe Lake.

Visit the Easy Access Opportunities page for additional information.

Regulations

  • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on dog-friendly preserves visit the Dog Access page. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access.
  • 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.
  • 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.