Looking for a great trail near Portola Valley, California? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Fort Funston, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Windy Hill Open Space or Coal Mine Ridge Park. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Portola Valley ranging from 1.9 to 14.1 miles and from 541 to 2,217 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers



dogs on leash

horseback riding

no dogs

mountain biking

kid friendly

Portola Valley, California Map
2 days ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a beautiful scenic hike with many views along the way. the hike is a wonderful workout, dog friendly, lots of nice people along the way.

Great views, great hike!

6 days ago

loved this trail. even though it was a challenge to run the up hill portion for me, I enjoyed every minute. good mix of views and forest sections

7 days ago

Recorded distance = 6.8 miles Total time = 1:53 Trail conditions = good, well maintained, 4-8ft wide Hamm gulch = shady Spring Ridge = open, Bay views Highlight = do t skip hiking to the top of Windy Hill. 360 views One of my favorite types of hikes. Good workout, great view reward to the top. I recommend going up Hamm Gulch to stay in the shade while you’re doing the climb, and come down Spring Ridge and enjoy facing the view on the way down. Passed several small groups on Saturday afternoon, but not too busy.

Beautiful, easy mostly shaded trail with climb-able trees and swings!

Excellent hike. Definitely do Hamms Gulch first. There are amazing trees to see on this hike.

I love this trail. Lots of different terrain and conditions. I did Spring Ridge to Hamms Gulch. The uphill is killer but the views are beautiful even on an overcast day!

Trail is beautiful with fantastic scenery. However the bugs on this early September late afternoon nearly drove me to madness - flying into my ears, eyes and mouth. From the frost step to the last I was swarmed with an inescapable cloud.

no shade
19 days ago

Beautiful views! Definitely agree with the recommendation to do Hamm’s Gulch on the way up; it’s much shadier. The bugs were a little annoying though. The spring ridge trail side was much more exposed and had a lot more traffic. Started around 8:30am, and finished by 11:40 ish with breaks. The parking lot was pretty empty when we arrived, but packed by the time we left.

nice hike, all shades, beautiful view at a couple lookout, light traffic, but lots of bugs, make sure to prep with repellent

21 days ago

Awesome hike

21 days ago

Loved how the elevation gains were broken up on this trail. The trail also stops and starts on other trails, so it's very easy to tack on extra miles if you are feeling your run. It is a good mixture of city views and wooded trails. 5/5 for running

Nice post-work hike with well-marked and maintained trails. Some nice views of the Bay on the Coal Mine trail but no benches if you want to sit and enjoy the view.

24 days ago

Nice trail with a steady climb and redwoods. Lots of horse droppings since it’s at the Folger Stable.

Perfect causal hike that is mostly in the redwoods!

Nope!! Nice trail but I only lasted about 1.7 miles out before turning around because of three separate rattlesnake encounters. It was 10 am but the sun was out which brought all the snakes out. Be cautious!

It was hot today, even starting the trail at 9:30am. We hiked this a few months ago, perhaps while we were in just slightly better shape, and completed in 15 minutes quicker, at almost 2 minutes faster per mile. I think the climb along Spring Ridge during the heat tired us out and we could never muster the energy on the flatter parts above to go a bit faster. Anyways, I distress... You can do this loop in either direction but we like starting this hike and heading up the steep part first while the mornings are a little cooler. From the parking lot head along the Betsy Crowder trail and then up Spring Ridge until you get to skyline. Cut over, stop at the viewpoints, then make your way over to Razorback before dipping back down and swinging around to the parking lot. The hike up Spring Ridge will get you nice and sweaty, but once you’re up it, at the top of Skyline, it’s smooth sailing from there. Essentially that first 2.5 miles are the toughest, then you can enjoy the views the rest of the way. Bring plenty of water and a snack. It takes us <3 hours and we’re in decent shape. We saw 2 snakes on the trail today, though neither of them were rattlesnakes. Trail conditions were good. Medium crowd. The biggest crowds will be along Spring Ridge. Once you’re at the top, crowds thin out, especially once you get to Razorback. You’ll have it mostly to yourself. The bottom of razorback can get a little confusing... if it’s your first time just follow the map and you’ll find the weird turns fine. It goes into a residential neighborhood and the trail dips in and out of road and then back to wooded trail. Enjoy!

I’m glad I read the reviews first and took Hamms Gulch trail. It was shady and the hike up was a good workout. On the way down, as noted by the reviews, it was steep enough and open without much shade most of the way, so we were glad to go downhill instead of the other way around. There were a few hikers and runners on their way down as we started our hike and only few were going our way. On the way down, we saw many, many hikers and their pets and children going up. It was a sad sight, as the kiddos looking to be between 4-12 years were tired and upset. Interesting dogs though: some were ahead of their owners, some dragging behind; one was carrying its owners’ stuff (water and other supplies) like a mule; one was being carried like a child...make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog(s) if you’re going to bring your pet(s), and probably take the shady side up starting at Hamms Gulch. Happy hiking, oh and there were great views. It took us 3 1/2 hours for our 8.8 mile look, including our 20 min lunch stop at the top.

Nice hike! Make sure to go early because it gets hot during the daytime. Finished in about 2.25 hours. Easy to navigate and fun for a quick workout.

Too exposed

1 month ago

I loved the hike but the bugs were horrible. Highly recommend loading on bug spray before!

1 month ago

enjoyed this hike with Charlie the puppy. Had to carry him for most of it, but was happy they allowed dogs.

Gorgeous, peaceful hike! Went early on a Sunday and only passed two people the whole time. Gorgeous views, mostly covered. I love to hike up the Toyon side and jog down the Spanish Trail/Coal Mine side.

The trail ended up being 9 miles, a bit more than the 7.6 in the description. So just something to be aware of if you’re planning to hike this but overall the trails were nice and the mossy trees were beautiful

over grown
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail- there were some gorgeous views and a cool bench. Would recommend for people who enjoy hiking or jogging trails. :)

Load More