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Windy Hill offers sweeping views on the San Francisco Bay from its steep trails. The difference in elevation between its highest and lowest points is about 400 m (1300 ft). Windy Hill's 3 main trails that run roughly in parallel provide equally attractive routes to ascent or descent the park. From this trail network visitors can create various options for loops or out-and-backs: Spring Ridge Trail, mostly straight up through meadows with great views, and Hamms Gulch Trail and Razorback Ridge Trail with both lots of switchbacks mostly through dense forest. At the top of the park these trails are connected by the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and at the bottom by Eagles Trail, connecting to Sequoias Trail and Ridge Trail. The park is a local favorite for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and horse back riding (about 65% of the trails are multi-use).

Good for trail running, not so much for hiking, few Vista points and cold in the winter.

mountain biking
11 days ago

Great trail. A very intense climbing to the top of Wind Hill, but the way back worth it all.

It was our first time doing the trail and we loved it. The trail is under the big trees and lunch greens around it. There's also a stream in the first part of the trail and you can hear the water as well. The trail is a lot of switch backs and all going up hill so you are definitely getting your workout too. When we reach the end of the trail we decided to go to windy hill and down to spring ridge trail loop. It's the perfect time to hike as the trees are changing colors .

hiking
2 months ago

It's a decent local hike. Great for dog owners. Since it's an Open Space Preserve, there are no trash bins for dog poop. This results in lots of owners leaving poop bags steaming in the center of the trail. The trail is very exposed to the elements, with limited shade cover on sunny days. great views of the Bay on clear days.

Amazing hiking! Very easy and beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome. I took Hamm Gulch to Lost Trail, then connected to Spring Ridge. This route is dog friendly. Hamm Gulch is mostly shaded, and the incline isn't so bad with the switch backs. Spring Ridge is completely open with little shade, and a steep grade down. Spring Ridge is bike friendly, but not horse. I imagine if you took this route the opposite way it would be challenging, starting with the hill and sun. I logged 7.6 miles with 1475 ft incline. There is also a creek to cross when on Gulch, which is nice for dogs and horses to drink out of. There are some benches along the way as well. Would definitely recommend!

Awesome. I took Hamm Gulch to Lost Trail, then connected to Spring Ridge. This route is dog friendly. Hamm Gulch is mostly shaded, and the incline isn't so bad with the switch backs. Spring Ridge is completely open with little shade, and a steep grade down. Spring Ridge is bike friendly, but not horse. I imagine if you took this route the opposite way it would be challenging, starting with the hill and sun. I logged 7.6 miles with 1475 ft incline. There is also a creek to cross when on Gulch, which is nice for dogs and horses to drink out of. There are some benches along the way as well. Would definitely recommend!

on Hamms Gulch Trail

1 year ago

Great views

hiking
1 year ago

trail running
2 years ago

Had a blast! Totally beautiful green soft trail and everyone was friendly and amazing!

My sister, boyfriend and I hiked the dirt trail 3.7 miles from the Portola Road parking lot up to the Windy Hill Summit! It was long, but worth it (7.4m round trip). We loved the sun, cool breeze, and panoramic views of the bay area leading up to the peak. I'd rate this hike difficulty as medium.

The trails are dog and horse friendly and we encountered many cute puppies and some horse poop but no horses. Many people do not clean the poop off the trails so remember to look down when you are hiking to avoid a stinky situation. It was hot and we enjoyed the shade and trees at the beginning of the trail. There is a steeper stretch in the middle of the trail with no shade but it passes quickly. Don't forget to bring water, especially if its a hot day.

Unfortunately, halfway on the trail my sister had to run back to the trailhead and parking lot to use the bathroom. She ended up getting an extra workout and running back to meet us (there is cell service on most of this trail so we could call and text each other). Her bathroom experience included sharing the toilet with flies but there was toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

hiking
2 years ago

I believe the Spring Ridge Trail is part of a few trails that are also known as "Windy Hill". These trails lead your from Portola Road to Skyline. This is a mixed trail with shaded and non-shaded areas, maybe about 50/50. I did find parts of the trail challenging but not difficult. Bring a buddy, this is not as populated as other local trails.

hiking
3 years ago

This was an amazing hike on a hot summer day.

1) take Hamms Gulch all the way up to Spring Ridge trail. Make sure you go left from the bridge, and go next to the stream. This way you will do the climb in shady redwoods. Otherwise you will end up climbing on the sunny side.

2) once you get to skyline blvd, stay right and the path goes along skyline for a few yards

3) stay left to follow Spring Ridge trail. This is the no-shade part

4) take Hamms Gulch to the right and follow signs to Alpine road.

If in doubt, see my saved trail/map. Good luck and carry water and snacks.

hiking
4 years ago

This is superbly beautiful. The loop I did took the Spring Ridge trail instead of the Lost and Razorback Ridge trails. Spring Ridge trail has lovely open meadows and wonderful views, and Hamms Gulch trail takes you down through the forested area around the gulch. It was a perfect afternoon hike/walk.

hiking
4 years ago

Fantastic view all around, but dress warm - surprise surprise, Windy Hill is windy! The trailhead is not located at the point indicated by the mobile app; turn left on Skyline Blvd from Old Portola Valley Rd and you'll soon see the first parking area on your left. If you drive a little further up 35 you'll find another parking area with a bathroom and picnic tables.