This trail runs just below Alpine Road, eventually climbing up and joining the road. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and • The Anniversary Trail provides a short hike atop Windy Hill, with spectacular views of the bay and surrounding valley. You'll climb through California bay, madrone, oak, Douglas fir, and redwood along Hamms Gulch, then ascend grassy Anniversary Trail and drop east toward the trailhead on Spring Ridge Trail. This part of the trail used to be a road but it’s narrowed so much that it’s hard to tell. There’s a lot of poison oak along this stretch of trail. Anniversary Trail. There’s a nice view here, not only of the bay, but of the hills to the west as well. COVID update: Windy Hill Open Space Preserve has updated their hours and services. Trails.com member Duane H. recently completed Anniversary Trail. Return back the way you came. The trail descends and soon ends at a paved private driveway. Mountain lions have been seen, so be on the lookout in the evenings and early mornings. Continue on the Anniversary Trail as it descends, then turn right onto the Spring Ridge Trail. Surprisingly, there’s no traffic noise or other sign of civilization. As I mentioned before -- the foxtail season is about to start, this trail was COVERED with fresh foxtail brush. Even though the park is just a few minutes’ drive from Highway 280, it feels remarkably isolated and there’s very little traffic noise. 518' Down Anniversary Trail This 0.7-mile loop trail is called Anniversary Trail because it was built in celebration of several aspects of public hiking and nature preservation in this area. 3 summits • 5.5 mi • 1,308 ft gain • 2 hr 20 min. (Phot by Michael Li, via Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0) If the name isn’t romantic enough, this easy 1.3-mile hike provides a 360-degree view from ocean to bay for your visual pleasure. Turning right onto the Hamms Gulch Trail would produce a shortened loop of about 7 miles that’s otherwise very similar to the Razorback Ridge route. Portola Valley, CA 2 2.7 ... 3.2 mi 5.1 km #6 Bay Area Ridge Trail: Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. An easy hike out to the summit of Windy Hill with great views. Turn left onto the Betsy Crowder Trail, which leads through a very pretty forest that’s typical of the woods in Portola Valley, making a nice finish to the hike. Anniversary Trail is a 963 foot trail through Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. Hiking info, trail maps, and 20 trip reports from Windy Hill (1,940 ft) in the Santa Cruz of California. • A short access trail leaves the parking lot and leads to a dirt road. 4.0 km • Interestingly, though, the most popular trails in the park seem to be the fire roads. 2,381' Down As you reach the top, the best views are from the Anniversary Trail near Windy Hill Peak, where you get a panorama across the foothills and South San Francisco Bay. 295' Down **Razorback and Spring Ridge Loop (9.9 mi, 1650 ft). Portola Valley, CA Easy. Parts of this trail are shared use, so keep an eye for equestrians and bikers. To the west, the Santa Monica Mountains provide a reprieve from Silicon Valley. Although the Anniversary Trail is open to the elements, much of the Lost Trail will be shaded as you walk in and out of numerous small drainages filled with ferns and forest. Continue on the lost trail for 2.3 miles to the Anniversary Trail. The 10-mile hike described here is by far the most enjoyable of the many hikes that climb the eastern (bay) side of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Skyline Ridge. From here, we switched to taking the Anniversary Trail, which followed the east side of the high open slopes of Windy Hill. This dirt road is the most popular trail in the park, with hikers and mountain bikers puffing their way up to Windy Hill. 473.04 m Up Keywords: Coal Mine Ridge, California, CA, , MTB, Trails, Park Updated on There are a nice variety of environments: the hike begins in the woods, then breaks out into open grassland with sweeping scenic vistas. • The views of the Bay Area aren’t quite as spectacular as the view from the top of Windy Hill, but there are some nice views of the richly forested ridges that you’ve just hiked over. At the ridge, you turn right on the Lost Trail/Anniversary Trail and enjoy the views en route 1.1 mile to the Spring Ridge Trail. After stepping across a creek, you’ll come a T intersection with the Hamm’s Gulch Trail. Windy Hill is a popular and very enjoyable preserve that stretches from Portola Valley, at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, to Skyline Boulevard, at the crest. Popular among bicyclists is the Spring Ridge Trail, which descends from Skyline Boulevard and continues along a grassy ridge to Portola Valley. 16.8 km The trail parallels Skyline Boulevard but is far enough away so that traffic noise is rarely heard. Personally, I prefer the longer Razorback Ridge route because it includes a lot more of the very attractive woodland along Skyline Ridge. 726.23 m Up Benches are available at each. Most other local open space preserves are dominated by fire roads, which tend to isolate you from the environment and aren’t as enjoyable to hike. Weather was perfect, which gave a fantastic view. The Razorback Ridge Trail switchbacks up a steep, densely-wooded hillside above a ravine. Spam? The Lost Trail has the most attractive woodland of the hike Windy Hill is a popular and very enjoyable preserve that stretches from Portola Valley, at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, to Skyline Boulevard, at the crest. These trail descriptions are … The lower parking lot is gated, and locks when the preserve closes. The Anniversary Trail can accessed by heading up the Spring Ridge Trail or the Hamms Gulch Trail from Portola Valley. 89.92 m Down, 10.0 mi Easy. Windy hill is a nice dog friendly {On leash only} place to hike in Portola Valley. The remarkable 360-degree vista at the top of the ridge, from ocean to bay, is ample reward for ascending Anniversary Trail. 182.97 m Up This 2,677 square foot house sits on a 35.93 acre lot and features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Take the Anniversary Trail. The road is surrounded by shrubs so there’s not much to see, although at one point there’s an old cattle chute to your left. 2,383' Up • 571.49 m Up In between is some of the most attractive woodland on the bay side of the ridge, including a few pretty impressive old-growth Douglas-Fir trees, plus the distinctively bald ridge that rises up to Windy Hill itself. Windy Hill has a relatively low elevation, so its views of the Bay Area aren’t as spectacular as, say, the view from nearby Black Mountain Trail in Rancho San Antonio County Park, but the views are still pretty nice and, combined with the exceptionally nice trails, make a hike that’s hard to beat. The trail then begins again before rejoining the road a second time. Take a left on Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) heading south and park at the Anniversary Trail and Picnic Tables parking lot at the top of Windy Hill. Stay to the right. This is about an injury or accident In fact, Windy Hill’s low elevation is part of what makes the park so attractive. To take this longer route, left onto the Hamm’s Gulch Trail. At the terminus of the Anniversary Trail, you can turn to the right to take the Spring Ridge Trail … The year of its construction was 1987, which was MROSD’s 15th year and the 5th year of public hiking on Windy Hill. Recommended Routes in Windy Hill Open Space Preserve - 1 ... 0.6 mi 1.0 km #2 Anniversary Trail. Here’s the trailhead location in Google Maps and Google Street View. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Originating at the Portola Valley trailhead, this 7 mile loop visits all of Windy Hill's beautiful ecosystems. Since it’s located below a saddle in Skyline Ridge, summertime fog often spills over the ridge into the park, resulting in forests that are much more lush than those just a few miles to the south. Two short side trails to your left lead up to separate knolls; skip the first, and take the second, which leads to the higher of the two peaks. These trails range from 0 to 29.3 miles in length. Sorry for any confusion—it was a first visit, and the MROSP brochure map is a little unclear as to naming this small section of trail—which appears to be an end leg of the Spring Ridge Trail. It’s a fairly easy climb. There you’ll find ample parking, picnic tables and a … 16.5 km If the stars properly align, you’ll be treated to a magnificent surprise. The well-marked trail begins to your right. 600' Up • It’s a 0.7-mile walk past the Windy Hill summit (1,905 feet) and to the Herb Grench Overlook. Also, keep in mind that the wind can really get going on Spring Ridge Trail ("Windy Hill"), so you may want to consider dressing with some warm, lightweight layers. Flowers bloom along the trail in the spring time. Summer fog often keeps the Lost Trail damp. Hiking info, trail maps, and 20 trip reports from Windy Hill (1,940 ft) in the Santa Cruz of California ... Betsy Crowder Trail/Spring Ridge Trail/Anniversary Trail. 520' Up 3.7 km See all Windy Hill Open Space Preserve trails. 1,548' Down For the next half mile, the trail climbs gradually through grassy ridges to the summit of the Windy Hill hike. The Anniversary Trail provides a short hike atop Windy Hill, with spectacular views of the bay and surrounding valley. Start at the Windy Hill parking lot in Portola Valley. 10855 Okemos Rd was built in 1976 and last sold on July 10, 2017 for $370,000. From here the Anniversary Trail leads out to the summit of Windy Hill. The uphill climb along the Spring Ridge Trail eventually brought us to Skyline Boulevard, about 1.6 miles and 1000 feet uphill from the junction with the Meadow Trail. Another reason Windy Hill is so enjoyable is that most of its trails are singletrack. The woods become increasingly lush as the trail approaches Skyline Ridge. The Anniversary Trail can accessed by heading up the. 725.74 m Down, 10.4 mi 1,552' Up After passing the picnic area near the Skyline parking lot, we took the Anniversary Trail around Windy Hill because it offered some impressive, expansive views of the South Bay. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Windy Hill Map More info on Windy Hill. Get to the top with plenty of time (maybe 30mins) before the scheduled sunrise to enjoy the show. Follow the Anniversary Trail for about 0.5 mile to reach the Windy Hill summit trail. Windy Hill Open Space Preserve has 329 hiking trails. 16.0 km The trail descends into oak woodland. Shortly afterward, the trail breaks out again into open grassland, this time for good. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Walk with docents Mary Bernstein and Chris MacIntosh from the far side of Anniversary Hill to the start of the Lost Trail. The Anniversary Trail can accessed by heading up the Spring Ridge Trail or the Hamms Gulch Trail from Portola Valley. To the right, the trail climbs uphill to Skyline Boulevard; to the left, it descends. The Anniversary Trail wraps around Windy Hill with two options -- one on the Highway side and one with views of the Bay Area. • Windy Hill … At first the trail mostly climbs on the south side of the ridge, but about halfway up it crosses over to the north side. There are some paths to the top but it may be necessary to go off trail just a little. • The trail runs from the parking lot on Alpine road all the way up to Skyline boulevard. Ask a club officer for the combination. At this point the woods become brighter and more open, and there are also a few glimpses of the Bay Area off to the right. Stay on the left-hand trail, which slopes downhill into a little wooded ravine. Just before the trail begins a slight climb, there's a junction where hikers continue to the right, while equestrians and cyclists skirt the hill on a trail to the left. As you reach the top, the best views are from the Anniversary Trail near Windy Hill Peak, where you get a panorama across the foothills and South San Francisco Bay. It can also be accessed by taking Skyline Boulevard to the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve and parking in one of the parking lots there. After an intersection with a spur trail to Skyline Boulevard, the trail levels out and meanders through attractive woods. 471.71 m Down. • OuterSpatial Mobile Map: Click Here. Head out on the Anniversary Trail (to the left from the main parking lot) and find a good hill to summit to watch the sunrise! Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Los Altos Picture: Anniversary Trail - Windy Hills Open Space Preserve, Los Altos, CA - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,369 candid photos and videos of Windy Hill … 295' Up Trail. 157.84 m Down, 2.4 mi This area gets a lot of fog and the ground can be damp even in summer. The trail breaks out into open grassland, ascends to cross a dirt road, then re-enters the woods. Intermediate. The driveway crosses a creek, passes a house, and then begins to ascend. Deer, rabbits, and coyotes have been seen along the trail. Land Manager: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space, 10.3 mi Out of season, it's a great place to get a longer hike in. As backup, pilots may use the paper log located in the lockbox at the foot of the Anniversary Trail, beside the trail sign at the upper parking lot. It can also be accessed by taking Skyline Boulevard to the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve and parking in one of the parking lots there. If you park at the second staging area (about a half mile farther south from the first staging area) you’ll begin your hike on the Anniversary Trail and wind half a mile up Windy Hill before connecting to the Spring Ridge Trail. To complete this trail as a loop, start at the Anniversary Trail parking lot off Skyline Boulevard and follow the trail to the left up the hill. Part of the Bay Area Trail Map: Skyline Ridge (Redwood Hikes Press, 2017). Popular among bicyclists is the Spring Ridge Trail , which descends from Skyline Boulevard and continues along a grassy ridge to Portola Valley. After just a few yards there’s another intersection, this one with the Meadow Trail, which heads uphill to the right. • 10855 Okemos Rd is a house in Danby Twp, MI 48875. Click map to show all roads and trails Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Create Recommended Route or Being a jerk / offensive? Turn left onto the driveway, cross an auto bridge, then turn right onto the Eagle Trail. 571.1 m Down, 2.5 mi Part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail's Windy Hill segment, Anniversary Trail is narrow, but open to cyclists, equestrians, and hikers. 606' Down The Lost Trail has the most attractive woodland of the hike. Windy Hill is one of the few Bay Area preserves where dogs are allowed on the trails. The most popular trail is Anniversary Trail. It can be accessed by foot and bicycle. A group of 21 postdocs went to the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 16th, 2019 to embark on the Windy Hill Loop. Cross the driveway to where a driveway bypass trail begins on the other side. Temperatures can drop into the 50s even in July. 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