Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
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.
Rules & Regulation
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.
- 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.