• Hiking
  • Dogs
  • Horses

This popular hike provides beautiful views of the entire Peninsula from the summit of Windy Hill.

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Directions: To reach the lower portion of the preserve from I-280, exit at Alpine Road and go south 2.9 miles to the first stop sign. Turn right on Portola Road and travel 0.8 mile to the parking lot on the left. The upper portion’s Spring Ridge parking area is on Skyline Boulevard 2.3 miles south of Highway 84 and 4.9 miles north of Page Mill Road.

For a strenuous hike (7.5 miles, 1,400ft elevation gain, mix shade and sun) take the Spring Ridge Tail to the Hamm’s Gulch Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, and the Anniversary Trail to reach the summit. Descend via the Spring Ridge trail to the Betsy Crowder Trail.

Windy Hill was the first land protection project POST ever completed. Today, it’s an ideal spot for flying kites, walking dogs, mountain biking and horseback riding. The grassy ridge top of this popular 1,312-acre open space preserve is clearly visible from many spots along the Peninsula.

Watch for:

Picnic tables next to Spring Ridge parking area off Skyline Blvd. Also coyotes, raptors, songbirds and, in spring, wildflowers. Mt. Diablo, Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Tamalpais are visible on clear days

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