A Hike at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, San Mateo County, CA

A Hike at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, San Mateo County, CA

Borel Hill, Russian Ridge OSP, San Mateo Co., CAalong the Ancient Oak Trail, Russian Ridge OSPone of the Ancient Oaks, Russian Ridge OSPScreen shot, Russian Ridge web page

 A warm-but-not-hot September Saturday made for good hiking on the ridges of the San Francisco Peninsula, with glorious views in all directions. One favorite destination of ours when we have only a few hours to snatch out of a busy day is Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, high in the hills above the towns of Portola Valley and Palo Alto.

While people new to our area of San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley are often dismayed by the relatively high cost and small size of our houses, once they realize the many benefits of living here--including this one park among many others--they soon come to realize that our lifestyle here is simply different than in many parts of the country. We're outdoors, playing, 12 months of the year!

Today's adventure started at the base of Borel Hill, wound along the ridge and down to the Ancient Oaks Trail, one of the most scenic trails in the Preserve, flanked by large old oak trees that shade the trail and give it its name. After a bit of a respite from the sun, it was back into the sunshine, with views of the Pacific Ocean around San Gregorio and Pescadero, two small agricultural towns near the coast, south of Half Moon Bay.

The trail head from which we started today is across from a view point on Highway 35 (also known as Skyline Boulevard) north of Page Mill Road and south of Highway 84 that overlooks the Silicon Valley, Stanford University, up the Peninsula to San Francisco, with Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County and Mt. Diablo in Contra Costa County showing in the distance.

To learn more about this beautiful preserve, and to see pictures of what the grasslands look like here in winter and spring (when we get rain) you can access the Open Space District's web page about Russian Ridge Open Space. But to enjoy the view from Borel Hill on a warm September day, take a look at the 360-degrees views from the top of Borel Hill in the video.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

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Comment balloon 10 commentsLottie Kendall • September 12 2010 01:47AM

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Very beautiful! I love the shot with the huge tree. There's nothing like the feeling you get out in nature!

Posted by Jami Asanovich, Doing the right thing, every time! (Smart Concept Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jami -- and that huge tree is one of about 20 absolutely majestic trees. Getting out for a few hours is so important--helps me work harder when I'm refreshed!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 9 years ago

Looks like you had a good workout hiking Lottie.............beautiful scenery and great video............thanks for sharing your part of the world with us.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 9 years ago

Roger, hiking is our favorite activity, and our area is perfect for that. It's how I de-stress and recharge, and gives my husband and I some time to visit!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 9 years ago

What a great view from up there!  You two must be in excellent shape with all this hiking!  Great post Lottie.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

Debra, the view is marvelous. We're always stunned by the physical beauty around us, and the fact that we're looking down on a major metropolitan area to the east, a few small rural communities to the west, and all the glorious open space in between.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 9 years ago

Lottie - now that is what I would call being on top of the world

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 9 years ago

That's exactly how it feel, Kathy - it takes energy to get to the top, but it's worth it!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 9 years ago
Y'all don't need big houses when you've got all of this grandeur at your disposal! I'd much rather be out hiking in that beautiful area than sitting in a big ol' house anyday!!
Posted by Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains! (Century 21 In the Mountains) over 9 years ago

Kim, you've got the idea! It hard for relocating buyers to understand the differences in lifestyle though--takes a while.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 9 years ago

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