WINDY HILL OPEN SPACE PRESERVE LOOP

About Windy Hill Open Space Preserve: Windy Hill was the first protected property of the Peninsula Open Space Trust and is now administered and maintained by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Located in Portola Valley and named for its breezy grass-covered hilltop, it features open grassland ridges and forests of redwood, fir, and oak. Park hours are from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

Hike Description: Our hike will start with a short walk along the Betsy Crowder Trail and then up through grasslands to Skyline Blvd along the Spring Ridge Trail. The highest point on the hike, which offers simultaneous views of the coast and bay, is the top of a hill along the Anniversary Trail. We will descend on the forested Hamms Gulch Trail. This hike is about eight miles long and should take about four hours to complete. Restrooms are available at the parking lot and about midway at Skyline Blvd.

Directions to Preserve: Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is located in the Town of Portola Valley. The parking lot at the lower portion of the preserve is located on Portola Road. From Highway 280, exit Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Go south on Alpine Road about 2.9 miles to Portola Road (the first stop sign). Turn right on Portola Road and travel 0.8 miles to the parking lot on the left side of the road.

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  • Jean

    Great hike, satsy lemon bars and cake. Thank you Glenn, Julia and kitty!

    November 18, 2013

  • Sondra

    No. I have an appointment in Campball at noon. Is that anywhere near you?

    November 18, 2013

  • jane b.

    Sondra...want to hike Tuesday at 8 at Almaden Quicksilver, about 6 miles from Mockingbird Hill Parking Lot? ALL WELCOME!!!!!!!
    I could get the jacket [masked], 408/[masked];
    408/[masked]

    November 18, 2013

  • Sondra

    Jane, I won't be going on the hike. Is there somewhere we could meet so you could get the jacket?

    November 17, 2013

  • jane b.

    Great hike! Sondra, I left my black fleece jacket in your trunk. Could you bring it to the Coe hike next Saturday, please? Thanks for driving, and thanks to all for the wonderful hike. Enjoy your birthday, Julia!

    November 16, 2013

  • Sondra

    Lovely day warm and sunny the up hill and down hill were nicely balanced and views beautiful - even saw waves in the ocean.

    November 16, 2013

  • Monica

    What a great hike! One of my favorites. Happy Birthday, my wonderful friend, Julia! Thank you, Glenn!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Frank

    Just right today; all the effort up front, and a gentle cruse back down.

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Mark

    Good hike! Nice to see some familiar faces. Thanks Glenn and Kitty for the goodies.

    November 16, 2013

  • jane b.

    That 8:10 plan sounds great, Jean...so I will see you, Sondra, and Chau at Page Mill for the carpool.

    November 15, 2013

  • Jean

    Jane and Chau, Page Mill lot is about 10 minute away from the trail head. Sondra and I carpool from San jose. We can stop at page mill to pick you up around 8: 10 am if you still want car pool.

    November 15, 2013

  • Chau

    I'll join the carpool at Page Mill also at 8. Thank you !

    November 15, 2013

  • jane b.

    Sondra and Jean, I will meet you at PM & 280 P&R at 8 to carpool.
    Anyone want to meet at Camden/85 to go to Page Mill?

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm afraid I won't be able to make it on Saturday so I won't be available to drive/carpool. But it looks like there's 2 of you so hopefully you can go together.

    November 13, 2013

  • jane b.

    How long is the waiting list? You have posted a terrific hike...thanks!

    November 12, 2013

  • Jean

    Shelly and Sondra, I will join you for carpool at Page Mill P&R at 8 am. -Jin

    November 12, 2013

  • Bob K.

    Have friend with a new medical condition & doc says she needs to be active.

    November 10, 2013

  • Bob K.

    Have friend with a new medical condition & doc says she needs to be active.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a Reno resident and a member of our local Meet Up groups. I am forced to take some time off at work due to a lot of vacation hours (not kidding, haha!) I love to hike so I decided to drive to LA where my daughter lives and do some hiking along the way. First stop is San Jose where I have families to visit hoping I get an offer to stay the night, and I did, woohoo!. I am on your waiting list and I really hope I can join in! Happy trails,

    Nancy

    October 31, 2013

  • Monica

    It's about 1,000 feet, but all at once. It's more down compared to up.

    October 30, 2013

  • Frank

    Elevation?

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Sondra -- see you then!

    October 27, 2013

  • Sondra

    I'll join you at the carpool.

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone wants to meet to carpool at Page Mill pnr I'll be there at 8am.

    October 25, 2013

  • MARCIA

    I'm sorry to miss this hike-I'll be in So Cal for a few days with the grandkids.

    October 25, 2013

  • Frank

    C'mon now, you know what I'm going to ask... elevation?

    October 25, 2013

  • Dawn

    Lovely hike. Thanks for posting Glenn.

    October 14, 2013

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