Mindego Gateway Project
Grand Opening Celebration!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Board of Directors and General Manager
In celebration with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST)
for the Grand Opening of

The Mindego Gateway Project
and the Audrey C. Rust Commemorative Site

- RSVP required-

Directional signage to parking lots will be posted on Alpine Road. Additional parking will be available at Russian Ridge parking lot on Alpine Road (with shuttle service to the Mindego dedication area). Day of signage will indicate where to park.

Mindego Gateway

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 with a new 20-car parking area (including two ADA accessible spots), a restroom, and bike rack. POST recently finished construction of a commemorative site adjacent to the parking area to honor the conservation achievements of its former president Audrey C. Rust. The project will also include construction of the Mindego Hill Trail and the Ancient Oaks Trail connection to Russian Ridge, both currently in process.

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.

Current trail access for hiking, biking, and equestrians is available by following a portion of Mindego Trail (.5 miles) to Charquin Trail (1.3 miles). This connection will bring you to center of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve.

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.


  Additional Information

Russian Ridge Preserve

Board Report R-12-85
(August 2012)

Board Report R-12-37
(June 2012)

Board Report R-12-13
(January 2012)

Biotic Assessment
(November 2011)

Trail Use FAQs
(November 16, 2011)

U&M Committee Report
Meeting Minutes
(November 10, 2011)

U&M Committee Report
(October 21, 2011)

Board Report R-11-87
(August 24, 2011)

Board Report R-11-86
(August 24, 2011)

Board Report R-11-82
(August 10, 2011)

Board Report R-11-14
(May 11, 2011)

Current projects

Cooley Landing Project

Coastside Protection Program

Driscoll Ranch Lease & Management Plan

El Corte de Madera Watershed Protection Program

Hawthorns Historic Complex

La Honda Creek Master Plan

Mindego Gateway Project

Mindego Ranch Use and
Management Plan

Mount Umunhum Summit Project

Sierra Azul + Bear Creek Master Plan

Skyline Ridge Tree Farm Project

Vision Plan Project