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.