Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Portola Valley, California

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"Windy Hill showcases the micro and the macro sides of nature. From the highest reaches of this preserve, there are excellent views from the ocean to East Bay; on narrow winding paths that climb through quiet woods, there are spectacular displays of wildflowers and autumn foliage. At Windy Hill, you can see the woods for the trees, and then some. This loop begins at the edge of Portola Valley, then ascends through woods to the top of Windy Hill. The return leg is a fast descent on a fire road with a quick detour around Sausal Pond."

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Reviews

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7/24/2009
The first 2/3 of this loop is a steady climb through shady, fern-covered forest on a nearly perfectly groomed trail. There are no great points of interest but the trail and the forest are both excellent. The last third of the loop brought this trail down to three stars for me. Although the expansive views are superb, the trail is a steep, wide, rocky road with crumbling rock that makes it tricky to navigate. It's hard to enjoy the view going down because you have to keep your eyes on the gravelly road. If I do the trail again, I'll go down via the same trail that brought me up... Bill's Trail.
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Trail Information

Portola Valley
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
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Jun 2018