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 8: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (Ridge Trail – Sunny Jim Trail – Ipiwa Trail – Butano View Trail)

Hike Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
(Repeat visits: Sunday, June 19, 2016 || Saturday, June 24, 2017)

This is our second most-favorite-hike from 2015, the first one being at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Even though it was a dull, gloomy, gray day, the panoramic views of the Santa Cruz mountains and the vast expanse of forests that stretched out onto the horizon were spellbinding.

Ipiwa Trail in Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

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