Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve / photo by Lanette Otvos

Among the WildFlowers, Redwoods, and Ferns

April 8, 2024
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thornewood Preserve
Approximate Total Miles

Enjoy a morning hike with Docent Naturalists Liz F. and Lina Mesa as you explore a variety of wildflowers, trees, and ferns. You’ll descend from chaparral into a redwood forest while following the Schilling Lake and Bridle trails on this moderately-paced out and back hike. This route encompasses one steep hill and some uneven terrain. No dogs please. (Note: There are no restrooms and parking is limited; carpooling is recommended.)

Where to Meet

Meet at the Thornewood Parking Area on La Honda Road. From I-280, take the Highway 84/Woodside Road exit. Follow Highway 84/Woodside Road through Woodside and then to a junction with Portola Road at 3.3. miles. Bear right to stay on Highway 84, now La Honda Road. At 4.9 miles from Highway 280, turn left at a brick wall marked 895-897; look for the Midpen sign just inside this gate. The small parking area is on the right about 500 feet from the entrance gate. Please do not drive beyond this lot toward the private residences.

Alternatively, from the junction of Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) and Highway 84 in Sky Londa, take Highway 84/La Honda Road north 1.9 miles and turn right at the brick wall marked 895-897.

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