Lift yourself higher on the Peninsula’s Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. This expansive regional park offers over 13 miles of trails on 1,308 acres of forest and grassland. The preserve’s principal panoramic attraction — Windy Hill — is easily accessed via the 0.7-mile Anniversary Trail. If you’re feeling more ambitious, longer hiking trails to the top of Windy Hill can be found here. When you reach the summit, do the Hokey Pokey and turn yourself around 360 degrees: Windy Hill is located smack between the Pacific and Silicon Valley, so on a clear evening you can watch the sun ignite everything from the ocean to Mt. Diablo. Keep an eye out for kite-flyers and hang-gliders, too.
Directions to Windy Hill Open Space Preserve: On Skyline Blvd (Highway 35), drive about 2 miles south of Highway 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 a blanket and extra layers. Windy Hill is dog-friendly. Map and more information.