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All Midpen Preserves are open to the public free of charge, 365 days a year from dawn until one-half hour after sunset.

Directions to Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

The 1,335-acre preserve features open grassland ridges and forests of redwood, fir, and oak. Peninsula Open Space Trust, a local non-profit land trust, provided major support for acquisition of this preserve.

Windy Hill

Visitors can meander through a variety of habitats along the preserve’s 12 miles of trails. Hikers and equestrians use the Hamms Gulch, Eagle, Razorback Ridge, and Lost Trails to make an 8-mile loop through forested ridges to the valley floor and back again. The Anniversary Trail provides a short hike atop Windy Hill, with spectacular views of the bay and surrounding valley. Popular among bicyclists is the Spring Ridge Trail, which descends from Skyline Boulevard and continues along a grassy ridge to Portola Valley.

Windy Hill is an ideal spot for kite flying. Hang gliding, paragliding, and remote control gliding are allowed by obtaining a special activity permit. Please see Permit Information for details. Contact the District office for more information. Picnic tables are located adjacent to the Spring Ridge parking area – a super beginning to a day, or the perfect ending to a long hike!


Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from all dog-friendly preserves, including Windy Hill. Moving dog waste off trail is not permitted.

  • Please bag and remove dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out.
  • Do NOT leave bagged waste at the Preserve or outside Preserve restrooms; the plumbing cannot tolerate plastic.
  • Leaving bagged waste is considered littering, and failure to comply may result in a fine.


Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is located in the Town of Portola Valley. The parking lot at the lower portion of the preserve is located on Portola Road. From Highway 280, exit Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Go south on Alpine Road about 2.9 miles to Portola Road (the first stop sign). Turn right on Portola Road and travel 0.8 miles to the parking lot on the left side of the road.

Please note: This parking lot on Portola Road fills quickly. Overflow parking is available at the Portola Valley Town Center, approximately 0.4 miles north on Portola Road. Please do not park on Portola Road: parking is strictly enforced.

Equestrian trailer/bus parking: Equestrian trailer/bus parking is available, courtesy of the Town of Portola Valley, at the driveway entrance to the Spring Downs Equestrian Center at 725 Portola Road.  The driveway off Portola Road is town property, and there is a gravel area to the left of the paved driveway that is suitable for trailer/bus parking. A ½-mile roadside trail runs from the driveway to the Windy Hill parking lot on Portola Road.

Please note: Spring Down is a private facility, and District visitors should not enter that area.

Parking for the upper portion of the preserve, the Spring Ridge parking area, is located on Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35), 2.3 miles south of Highway 84 (La Honda Road) and 4.9 miles north of Page Mill Road. Additional roadside parking is available along Skyline Boulevard.   

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Latest News

Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve and Fremont Older Open Space Preserve are OPEN to the public.

(Updated 9/12/14 - 7:30 p.m.)

Activities at the Preserve

Explorer Hike: Lower Windy Hill

Three Habitat Dog Hike

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Trail Conditions

The Betsy Crowder Trail is OPEN to equestrians.

Hamms Gulch, Lost, and Razorback Ridge Trails are OPEN to equestrians.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that seasonal trail closures may change from day to day without notice, based on changing weather conditions. Also note that during winter storm season high waters can make creek crossings hazardous, so plan your outing accordingly.

Last updated on: 9/13/2014

Additional Information

Permit Information

Dog Access Guidelines

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