Hikes and Rambles

Hikes and Rambles: Hidden Villa, Elephant Mountain Loop (Los Altos)

I’m particularly excited about this hike because of the beautiful views and also because my 3.5 year old walked the whole way! We hiked 2.3 miles with 680 feet elevation change, and she did it! Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that maintains an organic farm, a hostel, and 1600 acres of open space including… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Hidden Villa, Elephant Mountain Loop (Los Altos)

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Hikes and Rambles: Grayson Highlands State Park

This might just be my favorite hiking spot ever. Grayson Highlands has it all: spectacular views, wild ponies, the Appalachian trail and all the fascinating people you find on it, wild blueberries growing by the path, waterfalls, and those scary warning signs about abrupt weather changes. You can expect the drive in to be beautiful, irregardless… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Grayson Highlands State Park

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Hikes and Rambles: Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Saturday morning we woke up and decided we wanted to see waterfalls. Big Basin was only 1 hour 15 minutes away, but through such windy mountain roads that my son actually got sick. We paid $10 for the car and received trail advice from the ranger before setting off on the 4.5 mile loop that… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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Hikes and Rambles: Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto)

We are always on the look out for close, easy walking trails that I can walk with the kids during the week. The Pearson-Arastradero Preserve has over 10 miles of trails, but we just walked .4 of them up to the Arastradero Lake and then back. The trail we covered was a mixed use trail… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto)

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Hikes and Rambles: The Dish (Stanford)

So far this has been my favorite spot we’ve hiked here in Silicon Valley. We parked at Piers Gate on Alpine Road and I think that was a very lucky accident. Directly across from the Portola Valley Training Center there was a small parking lot as well as some street side parking. From here it… Read More Hikes and Rambles: The Dish (Stanford)

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Hikes and Rambles: Redwood Grove Nature Preserve (Los Altos)

Los Altos Library has a Mandarin-English storytime on Thursday mornings, so we came early to visit the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve. We followed Google Maps and I was surprised to find the entrance in a residential neighborhood where we parked along University Avenue. Once you enter the park the houses are close enough that you… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Redwood Grove Nature Preserve (Los Altos)