Hike Summaries and Comparison

NOTE: For different hike categorizations, see these items on the “Hiking” menu above:

  • Hikes Categorized by Distance and Time
  • Hikes Categorized by Elevation Gain
  • Hikes Categorized by Exposure

California State Parks (Link to Official WebSite)

AreaDistance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation GainExposureParking Fee/
Restroom
Trip Date
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park4.0 mi
01:40
475 ftCompletely shadedPF: None
R: Near the Porter Family Picnic Area
2016
Jul 05
Castle Rock State Park –
Saratoga Gap Trail (hike post)
5.5 mi
03:30
1700 ftMostly shadedPF: $8
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
2017
Jun 10
2015

Oct 04
Castle Rock State Park -Skyline to the Sea Trail (hike post)5.30 mi
02:25
1080 ftCompletely shadedPF: None
R: At the Sempervirens Point
2017
Jun 01
Big Basin Redwoods State Park (hike post)8.70 mi
03:30
2287 ftCompletely shadedPF: $10
R: Next to the Park Headquarters
2016
Jul 30
2015

Sep 05

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Open Space Preserves (Official Website)

AreaDistance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation GainExposureParking Fee/
Restroom
Trip Date
(1/24) Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Area3.5 mi
1:00
365 ftCompletely exposedPF: None
R: Near the Shoreline Lake
2014
Apr 18
2015
Oct 10
2017
Jan 28
2019
Oct 20
(2/24) Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve Hike posts: (Route 1), (Route 2), (Route 3)2 – 8.50 mi
1:00 – 3:30
600 – 2000 ftMostly shaded, some parts completely exposedPF: None
R: Next to the main parking lot
2015
Jun 26
Jul 12
Oct 17 (8.7 mi)
2016
May 14
2017

Feb 16
Mar 18
Mar 23
Apr 12
Jun 03
2019
Jun 22
Sep 08
Oct 04
Oct 11
(3/24) Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (hike post)4.6 mi
02:12
780 ftEqual parts shaded and exposedPF: None
R: At the Skyline Ridge parking lot and at the Russian Ridge parking lot
2015
Sep 12
2016
Jun 19
2017
Jun 24
(4/24) Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve2.5 – 4.0 mi
1:00 – 3:00
450 – 640 ftEqual parts shaded and exposedPF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
2016
Apr 26
Apr 30
2017

Jun 17 (evening)
(5/24) Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve7.22 mi
03:17
1945 ftMostly shadedPF: None
R: Inside the preserve
2017
Jan 05
(6/24) Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve (hike post)7.30 mi
03:00
1280 ftCompletely exposedPF: None
R: Next to the parking lot
2017
Apr 20
(7/24) Monte Bello Open Space Preserve (hike post)6.50 mi
05:00 (should typically take 3.5 hours)
1400 ftMostly exposedPF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead and at the Backpack Camp
2017
Jun 07
(8/24) La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve (hike post) — Permit Required3.30 mi
02:45
400 ftEqual parts shaded and exposedPF: None
R: None
2017
Jun 21
(9/24) El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve (hike post)6.40 mi
02:35
1375 ftCompletely shadedPF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
2017
Jun 28
2019
May 4
Oct 16
(10/24) Los Trancos Open Space Preserve (hike post)4.7 mi
01:45
1090 ftMostly exposedPF: None
R: None here. There is one at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve directly across the Page Mill Road
2017
Jul 28
(11/24) Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve (hike post)7.00 mi
02:20
1060 ftMostly shadedPF: None
R: Inside the preserve, next to the trailhead
2017
Aug 06
(12/24) Long Ridge Open Space Preserve5.3 mi
02:30
815 ft2017
Aug 30
(13/24) Windy Hill  Open Space Preserve4.15 mi
02:50
595 ftMostly shaded, some parts exposedPF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
2019
Oct 16
(14/24) St. Joseph’s Hill  Open Space Preserve5.00 mi
02:00
950 ftMostly exposed, some parts shadedPF: None or $6
R: Across the road from the trailhead
2019
Nov 1
(15/24) Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve     
(16/24) Thornewood Open Space Preserve     
(17/24) Teague Hill Open Space Preserve     
(18/24) Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve     
(19/24) Ravenswood Open Space Preserve     
(20/24) Fremont Older Open Space Preserve     
(21/24) Foothills Open Space Preserve     
(22/24) El Sereno Open Space Preserve     
(23/24) Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve     
(24/24) Coal Creek Open Space Preserve     

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Open Space Authority Preserves (Official WebSite)

AreaDistance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation GainExposureParking Fee/
Restroom
Trip Date
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve2.85 mi
01:20
370 ftCompletely exposedPF: None
R: None
2017
Mar 12

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San Francisco Bay Trail (Official WebSite)

AreaDistance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation GainExposureParking Fee/
Restroom
Trip Date
Anza Lagoon to Belmont Slough
Coyote Point Recreation Area (hike post)4.80 miFlatCompletely exposedPF: None
R: Next to the Coyote Point Recreation Area parking lot, also one next to the Seal Point parking lot
2016
Jan 18
Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
Adobe Creek Loop Trail6.80 mi
02:20
FlatCompletely exposedPF: None
R: Shoreline Lake Boathouse
2017
Jan 28
2015

Oct 10
San Francisco-Northern Waterfront
Lands End to Ghirardelli Square (hike post)7.60 mi
03:30
516 ftCompletely exposedPF: None if you take the BART to San Francisco
R: One public restroom next to the Lookout Cafe near Sutro Baths
2015
Aug 08

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San Mateo County Parks (Official WebSite)

AreaDistance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation GainExposureParking Fee/
Restroom
Trip Date
Wunderlich County Park (hike post)6.27 mi
02:30
1247 ftEqual parts shaded and exposedPF: None
R: Next to the parking lot
2017
Aug 02
Huddart Park (hike post)4.50 mi
01:30
890 ftCompletely shadedPF: $6
R: Near the Zwierlein picnic area
2018
Sep 22017
Jul 26
Edgewood County Park3.70 mi
01:55
650 ftEqual parts shaded and exposedPF: None
R: A bit inside the park
2017
Feb 04
Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir (hike post)6.00 mi
04:00
FlatMostly exposedPF: None (street parking)
R: One at the entrance and another one a mile down the trail
2016
Dec 12

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Santa Clara County Parks (Official WebSite)

AreaDistance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation GainExposureParking Fee/
Restroom
Trip Date
Ed Levin County Park2.18 mi
01:00
3000 ftCompletely exposedPF: $6
R: Near the picnic area
2016
May 03
Stevens Creek County Park (hike post)5.0 mi
02:00
740 ftMostly exposedPF: None
R: Near the picnic areas around the reservoir
2015
Aug 29
Almaden Quicksilver County Park (hike post)4.90 mi
02:12
980 ftEqual parts shaded and exposedPF: None (street parking)
R: A bit inside the park near the Mine Hill trailhead
2015
Jul 25

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San Jose Parks (Official WebSite)

AreaDistance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation GainExposureParking Fee/
Restroom
Trip Date
Alum Rock Park – South Rim Trail (hike post)4.0 mi
02:00
686 ftMostly shadedPF: $6
R: Close to all picnic areas and parking lots. One next to the Youth Science Institute.
2015
Aug 16
Alum Rock Park – North Rim Trail (hike post)4.70 mi
02:30
1337 ftCompletely exposedPF: $6
R: Close to all picnic areas and parking lots. One next to the Youth Science Institute.
2015
Aug 01

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2015: 13 hikes, 72 miles
2016: 6 hikes, 28 miles
2017: 22 hikes, 124.57 miles (by August end)