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Location Activities

  • Hiking
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Handicap Accessibility
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Photo Op
  • Redwood
  • Waterfall
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Preserve Information

This preserve offers views of the entire Peninsula, all the way to the ocean from the summit. From its windswept peak to its meandering creeks, Windy Hill boasts a variety of habitats for you to explore.

As the site of POST’s first-ever land acquisition, it’s a special place for many of the organization’s staff — and after your first visit, you’ll likely feel the same.

Watch for:

Coyotes, raptors, songbirds and, in spring, wildflowers. And Mt. Diablo, Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Tamalpais are visible on clear days.

Our Favorite Hike at Windy Hill

Distance: 7.5-mile loop

Elevation change: 1400′ elevation gain

Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours

Trail surface: Packed dirt

Best Season: Year-round

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

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There are many ways to enjoy a day at this preserve. Up for a challenge? For a strenuous 7.5-mile hike, take the Spring Ridge Trail to the Hamm’s Gulch Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail and Anniversary Trail to reach the summit. Descend via the Spring Ridge Trail to the Betsy Crowder Trail.

But you don’t need to hike all the way to the top to enjoy Windy Hill! There are other options, whether you approach from the base or the top of the preserve. Visit the preserve’s official webpage to learn about routes and recreational activities.

It is usually best to visit Windy Hill early in the morning — the preserve gets quite warm in the spring and summer months and the parking can fill up quickly.

The Backstory

Windy Hill was the first land protection project completed by POST back in 1981. 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.

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