This former Nike Missile site has been thoughtfully restored with indigenous plant habitat which in turn assists in the protection of the ridge's endangered species such as the Mission blue and San Bruno elfin butterflies. Although surrounded by urban development this site feels isolated and peaceful.
On a clear day, you'll have unobstructed views of the ocean, Mount Tamalpais to the north and Montara Mountain to the south. It’s a great place to birdwatch; you may see kestrels, harriers, and hawks riding the thermals over the preserve. Practically treeless you are exposed to the elements so it can be chilly and windy.
Trails and Pathways
- Milagra Ridge Trail
- Time to Complete:
- 45 minutes
- Trail Length:
- 1-2 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
Trail Overview: This out and back trail starts with a gentle continuous climb through coast scrub and grassland before it levels out for several hundred yards but then steeply climbs to its crests where stunning views of the ocean unfold. A hard-packed dirt spur trail off to the left here leads briefly to a bench before it becomes too steep to continue. Back on the main trail you coast downhill to another great viewing area; see if you can spot the labyrinth below, and a gun battery that sadly has lots of graffiti. Next the trail climbs steeply uphill .1 mile to the final viewing spot but I turned back part way up due to its increasing steepness.
More Info: There's a level stretch after the initial moderate uphill from the trailhead but there's several steep sections that will be challenging in a manual wheelchair. Most motorized wheelchairs should be able to manage the steep sections.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria
unless otherwise noted.
- Accessible Parking:
- No – no designated accessible parking, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Roadside parking at the north end of College Rd for about 6 cars. I had to park facing the wrong direction in order to lower my ramp into the road but it’s very safe to do that.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Located a few hundred yards from the trailhead., No water is available.