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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Castle Rock State Park, Los Gatos (Saratoga Gap Trail)

Hike Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
5.4 miles, 4 hours, 1700 feet
(Previous Visit: Sunday, October 4, 2015)

One of the Sandstone Outcrops on the Saratoga Gap Trail

Exquisite sandstone formations and sculpted caves are among the treasured features within this park’s vast wilderness.

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Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, La Honda, Southern San Mateo County

Hike Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
4.6 miles, 2 hours, 780 feet
(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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