Milagra Ridge might be a pocket-sized preserve, but the trail here is definitely a mutts-visit! This Pacifica, CA route is little-frequented, and while it definitely deserves more than its current popularity, this is no bad thing considering the parking situation -- there’s no parking lot at the trailhead at Sharp Park, and roadside parking is limited to about six vehicles. Still, savvy local pups and their people do make use of the path, so while you’re unlikely to need to deal with crowds, your pooch might still make some new friends! Milagra Ridge is a 1.5-mile loop trail, so this spot is pawfect for a quick afternoon hike.
The main attraction at Milagra Ridge is its butterfly population -- the area is one of the last remaining natural habitats for the endangered San Bruno elfin and Mission blue butterflies, and you’ll need to keep your buddy on a tight leash to make sure that they don’t tear off after the fluttery critters! The flora in the preserve is a close second. While there aren’t any trees at all in Milagra Ridge, the lupines, buttercups, scorpionweed, wild strawberries, and checkerblooms are definitely worth a look! Not only that, but Milagra Ridge boasts fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Farallon Islands. You and your furry friend might even spot some whales!
Milagra Ridge is a relatively easy hike -- while there is a slight slope on the way to the top, it’s pretty gradual all the way. Parts of the route is paved, while the rest is mostly even dirt road. That being said, there are a few steps on the path, so those with mobility issues might want to try another trail. In terms of restrooms, you’re a little limited -- there's a composting toilet in the preserve, and the next bathroom is in Sharp Park, about a quarter of a mile away. Remember to bring waste bags and water, and enjoy your time at Milagra Ridge!