Coal Creek Open Space

Coal Creek Open Space

Skyline Blvd.
Redwood City, California 94062
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Local Phone: (650) 691-1200

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space logoCoal Creek is an ideal place for a quick afternoon hike with one's dog.

Several trails can be combined to create a pleasant two- or three-mile loop.

Views of the San Francisco Bay Area can be seen from the open grassland ridges below the Caltrans vista point parking area.

The preserve's five miles of trails provide important trail connections between Skyline Boulevard and Alpine Road for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians.

Mountain bicyclists take advantage of this connection to complete loops through Russian Ridge back to Portola Valley.

Please note: Alpine Road East will remain CLOSED to all use due to a landslide. Please use the bypass trail as an alternate route. The slide is an unsafe area; please respect the trail closure as this will aid in future efforts to restore the road.

Maps of trails are available for download on website listed above.

Please note that dogs are allowed on specific trails:

• Clouds Rest Trail
• Meadow Trail
• Alpine Road (Closed as of 5/23 due to landslide)
• Coal Road
• Crazy Petes Road

• Parking: Limited
• Fee: None
• Water: Bring your own
• Distance: Over 8 miles of trails that loop
• Degree of difficulty: Easy, moderate and strenuous
• Hours of operation: Sunrise to sunset year round
• Best time of year for this hike: Spring (summers here are very hot and there is limited shade)
• Dogs must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times.
• Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted.
• Moving dog waste off trail is not permitted.


• Coal Creek Open Space Preserve can be reached from the Caltrans vista point pull-out area on Skyline Boulevard (opposite Russian Ridge Preserve gate RR01), approximately 1.2 miles north of Page Mill Road and 6 miles south of Highway 84.

• Coal Creek is also accessible to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians from Alpine Road.

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