Hike in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Hike Date: 12:40 pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017
7.3 miles, 3.00 hours, 1280 feet

Ridge Trail/Borell Hill “This preserve is known for its showy display of wildflowers in spring. In summer, the hills turn to gold 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.” (text source: mrosd)

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Hike in Los Trancos Open Space Preserve

Hike Date: 01:00 pm, Friday, July 28, 2017
4.7 miles, 1.45 hours, 1090 feet

Lost Creek Loop Trail “Los Trancos Open Space Preserve is an ideal spot to learn about earthquake geology. The San Andreas Fault, one of the world’s longest and most active faults, splits the preserve. In the preserve, visitors will find a pleasant environment of rolling grassland knolls alternating with oak woodland and cool shaded forest.” (text source: mrosd)

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Hike in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Hike Date: 10:50 am, Sunday, August 6, 2017
7.0 miles, 2.5 hours, 1060 feet

Purisima Creek “The centerpiece of this 4,711-acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon with its towering redwoods, rushing creek, and an understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Magnificent views of the coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.” (text source: mrosd)

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Hike in Wunderlich County Park

Hike Date: 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 2, 2017
6.27 miles, 2.5 hours, 1247 feet 

Meadow Trail “Wunderlich Park is a hillside area of redwood forest, open meadows, and beautiful oaks and madrones. This area was donated to the County by Martin Wunderlich. It contains what was once the Folger family ranch, and the estate stable and surrounding buildings have been restored to provide a historic treasure to the community.” (text source: smcgov)

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Smartphone App for Hiking in the Midpeninsula Region – Avenza Maps

Avenza MapsOn one of the docent-led hikes, I learned that I need not rely on Google Maps for figuring out my route in the middle of a forest. Thanks to Marie-Anne Neimat, a docent, for introducing me to Avenza Maps (free) – a great app for hiking in the Bay Area Peninsula region. The app is available both for Android and iOS. The app uses the GPS on your phone to help you track your hiking route as well as tell you which trail you’re at.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) provides free GeoPDF maps for some of the preserves (look for Midpen Preserves (Bundle) in the app’s Store).

More information about the app is available on the MROSD website.