Mindego Gateway Now Open!
The site has parking for 20 cars, a restroom, and access to a popular trail system that links Borel Hill, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and Alpine Pond. Mindego Gateway features the Audrey C. Rust commemorative site, in honor of the former president of POST, who, over her career, helped to protect 53,000 acres of open space. Tiered viewing platforms, including a wheelchair-accessible terrace, offer visitors sweeping views of protected peaks and ridgelines that continue to the Pacific Ocean.
There is currently no access to the top of Mindego Hill. The Mindego Hill Trail leads from the parking area to the rest of the preserve. The extension of the trail to the top of Mindego Hill is expected to open in 2015 once cattle grazing is reintroduced to the area.
Location and Background
The Mindego Gateway Project is a partnership between the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) to expand and enhance access and recreation activities at the spectacular Mindego Area. The project will also include construction of the Mindego Hill Trail and the Ancient Oaks Trail connection to Russian Ridge, both currently in process.
Current trail access for hiking, biking, and equestrians is available by following a portion of Mindego Hill Trail (.5 miles) to Charquin Trail (1.3 miles). This connection will bring you to center of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. Mindego Gateway can be reached by traveling four miles south east of the Town of La Honda along Alpine Road in unincorporated San Mateo County.
The property is surrounded by Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve to the north and west, and Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve to the south and east. The property is also accessible from Alpine Road via Skyline Boulevard (State Highway 35) with close to a mile of frontage along Alpine Road.
Partners in Preserving Mindego Ranch and Hill
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) thank our funding partners and supporters for helping us acquire and protect the stunning 1,047-acre Mindego Ranch and the distinct natural landmark of Mindego Hill, along with the 97-acre Silva property that is home to the Mindego Gateway and commemorative site. Major funding for acquisition is from Midpen, California Coastal Conservancy, POST and additional funds from Prop. 40.
POST’S 2007 GoMindego Campaign (to save Mindego Ranch and Hill) include Major Contributors: Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, Anonymous, Foundation for Global Community, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, San Francisco Foundation.