December 28, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Bring plenty of water. It will be windy in some areas. We'll have lunch at Alice's
17288 Skyline Blvd
Woodside, CA 94062
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, exit Alpine Road (exit 22). Drive west about 3 miles, and turn right at the first stop sign, onto Portola. Drive about 0.8 mile, and turn left into the parking lot.
GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
7.2 mile loop starts in Portola Valley and climbs to the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, then drops sharply back through grassland. Very pretty and cool in summer fog.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 7.2 mile loop hike is moderate with some short strenuous areas, with about 1400 feet in elevation change. There are two main trailheads: the Portola Valley Trailhead elevation is under 600 feet. The Skyline Boulevard Trailhead elevation is about 1800 feet. From either trailhead, you can create easy or moderate hikes on mostly level trails, but as soon as you start climbing or descending, the hiking is more challenging.
0.0: Start at the information signboard and follow the sign "to Windy Hill OSP Trails."
0.1: Junction. Turn left onto Spring Ridge Trail.
0.5: Junction. Continue straight, toward Alpine Road.
0.6: Junction near private driveway. Bear right, then straight, onto Hamms Gulch Trail.
1.0: Junction with Eagle Trail. Continue straight on Hamms Gulch Trail.
3.4: Hamms Gulch Trail ends at a signed junction. Turn right onto Lost Trail.
4.0: Lost Trail ends near a picnic area at the Skyline Boulevard trailhead. Continue straight, now on Anniversary Trail.
4.0: Stay to the right, as a path for equestrians and cyclists veers left.
4.4: Anniversary Trail ends at a signed junction with Spring Ridge Trail. Turn right.
6.4: Signed junction with Betsy Crowder Trail. Turn left.
7.1: Junction, again, with Spring Ridge Trail and the path back to the trailhead. Turn left.
7.2: Back at the trailhead.