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

The Wallace Stegner Special

Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve (Lanette Otvos)
November 6, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Long Ridge Preserve
Approximate Total Miles

On this moderately-paced hike along the Peters Creek and Long Ridge Trails, you’ll learn the interesting history of this preserve with docents Ann Reisenauer, Susan Bernhard, and Maureen Draper. A special stop will be at the Wallace Stegner Bench which commemorates one of the author and conservationist’s favorite places. The location affords sweeping views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. You’ll observe signs of fall as big leaf maples turn yellow and madrone trees produce red berries. With luck you’ll glimpse wild turkeys foraging for acorns. Bring your own snack to enjoy at the bench. Reservations are required and will be accepted on or after October 23.

Note: Regardless of vaccination status, all activity participants will be required to wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Please review the additional COVID-19 safety protocols provided when you register for an activity. 

Where to Meet

Meet at the roadside pullout area on the west side of Skyline Boulevard, 3.6 miles north of Highway 9 or 3.3 miles south of Page Mill Road.  If you are coming from the north on Skyline Blvd., the pullout is just past Portola Heights Road on the right.  From the south, the pullout is near the Palo Alto city limits sign on the right. There is additional parking across Skyline Blvd. at the Grizzly Flat trailhead (Santa Clara County Park).