Open to everyone. Co-listed by Loma Prieta Chapter Family Outings and Peninsula Regional Group
3 - 5 mile loop hike with hills. Elevation: easy-moderate ups/down.
Hiking Plan: We will only hike about 2 hours. I would like to hike a loop including the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Hawk Trail, and Ancient Oaks and Borel Hill Trails. This loop is about 3.5 miles with a few hundred feet of ascent. Bring water & a snack!
Please RSVP to Sonya Bradski by email or by calling if you are planning on attending this hike. If I do not get any RSVP I am not showing up for the hike. Please also give me your cell phone # in case I have to call you at the last minute.
Sierra Club Family Outings Hiking Leader
[masked] Cell (cell phone will work up on Skyline).
In the spring, this 1,978-acre preserve explodes with color as the native wildflowers primarily poppies and lupine put on a showy display. By May and June, gumweed, mules ears, farewell-to-spring, and brodiaea bloom. The hills turn to gold in the summer, with the late evening sunlight. Autumn, when the fog recedes, is the ideal time to enjoy the ridge views of San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains through the crisp, clean air. Winter storms occasionally dust the top of the hills with snow.
Diverse plant communities, miles of forest edge, and abundant springs make Russian Ridge an outstanding habitat for wildlife. Large numbers of raptors soar over the lush grasslands, and coyotes patrol the ridges. The steep forested canyons create a secure refuge for a tremendous variety of animals, including the elusive mountain lion. These beautiful animals have large territories that extend far beyond the preserve boundaries, up to 100 miles! The preserve is also one of the best places in the Bay Area to see raptors. Red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and golden eagles have all been seen on the preserve.
Eight miles of trails are available for you at Russian Ridge. The Bay Area Ridge Trail continues north from Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve along the ridge to Rapley Ranch Road, providing breathtaking views of both the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The trail passes by Borel Hill, the highest named point in San Mateo County, which offers a 360-degree view.
HOW TO GET THERE
I will be driving all the way up Page Mill from Rt. 280 in Palo Alto to there. It takes about a half hour to get there from Palo Alto. The Russian Ridge parking area is located on the northwest corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill / Alpine Road intersection (across Skyline Boulevard on the right). Additional parking is located at the Caltrans vista point opposite Russian Preserve gate #RR01 on Skyline Boulevard.