Nice not great hike. I left a photo of a Tafoni cave and an overlook, which you can only get to by leaving this route at about 1 mile if you take it counter clockwise, and crossing the private road, looking for a faint use trail, mostly used by climbers I suspect.
Great hike year round, but probably best in the cooler seasons since most of the hike is in the sun. I hiked this on a Saturday and there were maybe 10 cars in the lot and 10 more in the Russian Ridge lot.
There are great views of the ocean on a clear day, and when you get to Borel Hill of Silicon Valley. Mostly rolling hills but there are a few nice climbs that get the heart rate going. The Russian Ridge area looks like a great trail running spot for newbies like me. Looking forward to going back.
(A 4 means it's a worthwhile hike, but there was nothing jaw dropping about it so it didn't get a 5)
This place is pretty great for the most part. The trails are very easy to follow and it's not very crowded. My favorite trails are Ancient Oak and the northern end of Ridge Trail. Lots of single track fun, but the climbs are long. The northern end of THE Ridge Trail is only fun going down but coming back up does not look like an easy task. I opted to go the route of taking Skyline back to the vista park gate where it reunite with trail system. Overall the single tracks are very fun with mostly easy to sections of moderate technicality. I have connect this ride with the neighboring Coal Creek OSP which has some fun single tracks and also Monte Bello.
This is what Northern California trail running is all about. Once you are up on the trail ridge, you can view all of the Portola Valley and Palo Alto below you on one side, while taking in the rolling Coastline mountains on the other. I have been checking out about 2 of these Open Space Preserves off the 280 per month, and man, they are epic. Put on some tunes (if you are a music streamer while you run or bike) and get ready to fly.
Very easy hike with nice views. A good Sunday hike if you are a bit tired from Saturday night. I organized a meetup to do this hike and I think we all enjoyed the casual loop. We stopped at Alice's restaurant on the way back to eat. (alicesrestaurant.com). I like to imagine that it's the same Alice's Restaurant as the Arlo Guthrie song (but I'm pretty sure it's not)