Gone With the Wind

Watch a sunset at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley

Man standing at Windy Hill and watching a fiery sunset at Windy Hill Preserve

You don’t have to trek far to enjoy a hiker’s high on the Peninsula’s Windy Hill Preserve. Its panoramic attraction—Windy Hill—is easily accessed via the 0.7-mile Anniversary Trail. And it’s magnificent at sunset.

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When you reach the summit, spin to the 360-degree views. Windy Hill’s location, smack between the Pacific and Silicon Valley, makes it an ideal spot on a clear evening. You can watch the sun ignite everything from the ocean to Mount Diablo. The western views of the Santa Cruz Mountains look dusted in gold, followed by the sky shifting colors from burn orange to hot pink. Sunsational!

Woman watching a sunset atop Windy Hill at Windy Hill Preserve on the Peninsula

TIP: For those who want a longer hike, followed by sunset viewing at Windy Hill, this 6.2 mile loop hike hits some high notes with views, with forest enjoyment too.

On Skyline Blvd. (Hwy. 35), drive about 2 miles south of Hwy. 84 (La Honda Rd.). The parking area and Anniversary Trail are on the east side of the road. Note: Prepare for potentially gusty conditions by bringing extra layers. Dog-friendly!

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