Preserve Info

Hiking
Equestrian
Dogs on Leash

Overview

This tiny 212-acre gem's steep and forested ravines form part of the Adobe Creek watershed above Hidden Villa Ranch and are adjacent to Palo Alto's Foothills Park.

Here you'll find a grassy ridgetop surrounded by steep chaparral covered slopes, with oak-madrone woodland in the ravines and on the north facing slopes.

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Features

  • Scenic View Point - the single trail leads to a hilltop that offers 360 degree views of the San Francisco Bay communities from San Jose to San Francisco.

Directions

Access is from Page Mill Road, 3.5 miles southwest of 1-280.

Parking is available for two cars at a roadside pullout. The pullout is on the south side and can be identified by a brown pipe gate and wood rail fence. The trail from the road begins at a step-over stile.

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Trails

A short 0.5-mile Trail leads from Page Mill Road to a grassy knoll offering a fine view of the South Bay. Views of Mt. Hamilton, Mission Peak, and the East Bay hills are revealed on a clear day.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

History

The opportunity to purchase the initial 90 acres of this Preserve came at a time when the District (known then as the Midpeninsula Regional Park District) was in its infancy and the criteria for land purchases were still being established. When the District was formed in 1972, it was a year or so before funds were available to buy land. So the general manager at the time, Herb Grench, sought out people who were willing to make gifts of land to the District to get the ball rolling. One such gift, made in 1974, was this small parcel tucked between Hidden Villa and Foothills Park south of Palo Alto. Later this gift was used to obtain a matching grant for the purchase of Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area.

Regulations

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access. For more information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Overview

This tiny 212-acre gem's steep and forested ravines form part of the Adobe Creek watershed above Hidden Villa Ranch and are adjacent to Palo Alto's Foothills Park.

Here you'll find a grassy ridgetop surrounded by steep chaparral covered slopes, with oak-madrone woodland in the ravines and on the north facing slopes.

Photo Gallery

Features

  • Scenic View Point - the single trail leads to a hilltop that offers 360 degree views of the San Francisco Bay communities from San Jose to San Francisco.

Access is from Page Mill Road, 3.5 miles southwest of 1-280.

Parking is available for two cars at a roadside pullout. The pullout is on the south side and can be identified by a brown pipe gate and wood rail fence. The trail from the road begins at a step-over stile.

Get driving directions:

 

 

Trails

A short 0.5-mile Trail leads from Page Mill Road to a grassy knoll offering a fine view of the South Bay. Views of Mt. Hamilton, Mission Peak, and the East Bay hills are revealed on a clear day.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

The opportunity to purchase the initial 90 acres of this Preserve came at a time when the District (known then as the Midpeninsula Regional Park District) was in its infancy and the criteria for land purchases were still being established. When the District was formed in 1972, it was a year or so before funds were available to buy land. So the general manager at the time, Herb Grench, sought out people who were willing to make gifts of land to the District to get the ball rolling. One such gift, made in 1974, was this small parcel tucked between Hidden Villa and Foothills Park south of Palo Alto. Later this gift was used to obtain a matching grant for the purchase of Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area.

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access. For more information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Download Preserve Map

Preserve Info

Hiking
Equestrian
Dogs on Leash

Hours

Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.

Preserve Activities

There are no events scheduled at this preserve currently.