Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley, San Mateo County

Hike Date: 10:30 am, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
4 miles, 2 hours 50 min, 595 feet

“Windy Hill is named for its distinctive, breezy grass-covered hilltop, which can be seen from many areas of the peninsula. The 1,335-acre preserve features open grassland ridges and forests of redwood, fir, and oak. Peninsula Open Space Trust, a local non-profit land trust, provided major support for the acquisition of this preserve.” (text source: mrosd)

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Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, Cupertino (Rogue Valley – Wildcat Loop – Upper High Meadow – Upper Wildcat Canyon)

Hike Date: 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 16, 2017
7 miles, 2 h 45 min, 1029 feet
(Repeat Visits: March 18, 2017 || March 23, 2017 || April 12, 2017 || June 3, 2017
5-mile loop via the inner Wildcat Loop: September 8, 2019 || October 4, 2019 || October 11, 2019)

View from the Upper High Meadow Trail “The preserve’s extensive 24 miles of trails are available for exploration, whether one chooses to hike (dogs, however, are NOT permitted), bike, or horseback ride. Trails can be combined to form loops of different lengths and difficulties including the 3-mile Wildcat Loop Trail and the 4-mile Black Mountain Trail.
A highlight of the preserve is Deer Hollow Farm, a working farm with turn-of-the-century ranch buildings, an organic garden and a cow, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens and other animals.” (text source: mrosd)

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Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, near Redwood City, San Mateo County

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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Los Trancos Open Space Preserve, Los Altos

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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Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Half Moon Bay

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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