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!

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Nice hike in an open space. Lots of uphill hiking as you are climbing the mountain. Beautiful view of Bay Area as you climb. It was too windy, but warm weather(July 16). As we got closer to Anniversary summit the clouds were closer and we could feel it. This made the hike totally worth it.

hiking
16 days ago

one of my local favorites. not crowded (maybe cos dogs are not allowed, so something to bear in mind if you have a furry friend), well shaded and lots of flora.

What a beautiful trail loop and great workout! Hamms Gulch was busy, but the scenery - mossy redwoods, lush foliage and babbling brooks - made up for it. Getting to Eagle Trail was a treat with a meandering flowing stream along the way. I didn’t even notice the road just above and took a short stop to dip my feet. And Razorback Trail up to Lost Trail was really quiet and a good challenge.

Parking at Alpine and willow brook intersection

Great trail for running. I like hills. I started counterclockwise. Harder workout and the spectacular views were behind me. If you like hill challenges I recommend this way. If you like great views then clockwise the trail.

Just finished our hike, it was great! My feet hurt and everyone else is exhausted. So we got a great work out! Mostly shaded with a good breeze. We had lunch on the trail and met 7 other hikers. Two Turkey Vultures flew out of a tree right next to us and scared the crap out of me. I just had a baby 4 months ago and this is my first hike in over a year. We all had a great time and will visit this place again. We saw horses and lots of lizards and birds. We found parking along Alpine road as another hiker suggested. We got lucky and got the only open parking space. This isn’t a good beginner trail (if you’re looking for something more flat) and it’s not little kid or stroller friendly. There was a lot of mosquitoes towards the end of the trail.

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, somewhat narrower than expected, overgrown in places, and muddy towards the top. A bit above my skill level but completed the hike down and back.

Beautiful trail that goes uphill but gradually. Be careful it can be bushy in some areas and right off the edge.

hiking
muddy
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Beautiful shaded trail. Dog friendly (but must be on leash). Three quarters of the way to the top there is a washout, which you can climb over but today (6-1-19) it was still pretty thick and slippery with mud. Lots of poison oak. Bring water!

Hamms Gulch is a great trail with lots of shade. Dogs allowed but must be on a leash. As of June 1, 2019 there is a washout about 3/4 of the way up, but if you are careful, you can climb up and over it-it was quite slippery with deep sticky mud still today. Lots of poison oak on both sides, all the way up and some thistles growing into the trail in places. Bring plenty of water. The front side (Spring Hill?) is very exposed/sunny. Parking at Windy Hill parking lot can be tough on the weekends, so go early!

A lot of shade. Very friendly for summer!

hiking
1 month ago

Bit muddy in places. Excellent wildflowers for June 1!

Beautiful views! Uphill is very gradual. Trail is pretty narrow so expect to walk single file. We didn't see many people on the trail. Recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop! Not too much shade on the first exposed half, but coming down Hamms Gulch was beautiful in the trees. There was a creek at the bottom that was great for the dog to get a drink as well!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Easy walk with dogs. Be careful of ticks.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Take Hamms gulch up, good views, watch out for ticks and poison oak

Great views and open space highly recommend.

Great hike close to Palo Alto. A little tough going up, but great vegetation, redwoods and amazing views of the Bay Area at the top. On a clear day, you can see from San Francisco to San Jose. Hiked in mid-March and the weather was good. A little warmer than usual.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

It's a straight upwards climb, and definitely very windy at the top (and along the way). Arrived at 9:45 AM on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Lots of cars parked along the road but I pulled into the parking lot and managed to get a spot as some people were leaving at the moment I pulled up. On the way out, I saw a sign indicating that parking was not allowed along the road (though maybe only in certain parts as I saw another sign along the road that said cars had to be pulled off the road all the way). The sign in the parking lot indicated that there's an overflow parking lot about 0.4 miles away. When I left the parking lot around 12:30 pm, there were many spaces open in the main lot by the trailhead. I'd call this a highly trafficked trail. People had their dogs off leash even though they're supposed to be leashed. The views of the hills from the top were nice but other than a quick look around, there isn't much to do up there – no benches (though there are a couple benches along the way). Recommend trekking poles if you have them to protect your knees and get stability on the loose gravel in parts on the way down.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
washed out
1 month ago

Fallen tree/wash out 3/4 through trail. Has river 1/4 way in, good if alpine training. Would be great if steeper. (DM me if you know trails nearby that fit this!)

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