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Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve/Mindego Hill
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Moderate Strenuous LENGTH: 9 miles (approx. 4.5-5 hours with stops) Elevation Gain: 1,500-1,800 feet (an estimate) Hike Description: This hike will start at the dirt parking lot located at the corner of Skyline Blvd and Alpine Road (where Page Mill turns into Alpine Road). There is a restroom in the parking lot. We'll take the Ridge and Charquin trails to meet up with Mindego Hill trail and hike to the top of Mindego Hill for a break and stunning views (expect cows). On our return, we will stop at the new Audrey Rust commemorative site (restroom here). From there, we return to the parking lot along Ancient Oaks trail. Carpool Info: Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Page Mill Road/280/Arastradero park and ride. Directions to Trailhead: From the carpool location, take Page Mill Road all the way to Skyline Blvd. Cross Skyline to Alpine Road and immediately turn right into the preserve parking lot. Disclaimer: The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Ramblers does not certify the expertise of its event organizers - we are all volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear and water.

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THIS MEETUP IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO NEW MEMBERS. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN THE FUTURE. Our hikes are for adults only and no dogs please (thank you for your understanding). The South Bay Ramblers is a Bay Area hiking group that was formed in the South Bay with the goal of gathering people together to have fun, while getting plenty of exercise and making new friends. The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group has been in existence since 2005 and we have been offering community hikes at least twice monthly since that time. Information about some of our past hikes and events can also be found on the South Bay Ramblers Blog ( or on Instagram at SouthBayRambles.

Our hikes generally cover six to ten miles and can be fairly strenuous. Our group has many wonderful organizers who are avid hikers who post regular hikes on our schedule. RSVPs open two weeks prior to the scheduled hike. We welcome and encourage all our members to help us lead hikes for the group.

Our hikes frequent the local Santa Clara County Parks, Open Space Preserves and Santa Cruz Mountains. Occasionally, we venture to Marin or the East Bay and sometimes organize other fun outings such as kayaking, day trips to places like Pinnacles, Ano Nuevo State Park, Redwood Zip Lines and other local attractions.

We have a mandatory $12 membership dues to cut down on non-participation and to assist us in the cost of running our meet-up site, paying for essentials at our picnic and other events and the time and effort involved in running an active group. If you would like to lead at least one hike a year, or help in planning hikes/events, your membership dues can be waived.

Please read our Hiking Disclaimer ( before joining the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group. By joining this group, you agree to all the terms and conditions of this waiver ( We also recommend you explore our About ( page to discover a little more about how we run our group.

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