Mindego Trail and Borel Hill Sunset

I walked the Mindego Trail in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve a couple weeks ago. Mindego Hill was recently acquired by POST (Peninsula Open Space Trust), but remains closed to the public so I turned around at the gate on the Mindego Trail. It will be great to explore the beautiful lands of Mindego Hill when it is transferred to the Midpenninsula Regional Open Space District. In the meantime, the hike to the gate is still a worthy objective with grand views, grassland, and nice douglas fir forest. Here are some photos from the trip, including a stunning sunset seen from Borel Hill. An out-and-back from Vista Point to the Mindego Hill gate is 6 miles, but I recommend taking the Ancient Oaks Trail and ascending Borel Hill on the return trip which adds 0.8 miles (6.8 miles total).

Mindego Trail
Mindego Trail

Looking toward Russian Ridge from the Mindego Trail
Looking toward Russian Ridge from the Mindego Trail
Borel Hill
Borel Hill
Mindego Hill from the trail
Mindego Hill from the trail
Beautiful scene on the Mindego Trail
Beautiful scene on the Mindego Trail
Ancient Oaks Trail
Ancient Oaks Trail
Sunset from atop Borel Hill
Sunset from atop Borel Hill
Looking down Pescadero Creek to the Pacific Ocean
Looking down Pescadero Creek to the Pacific Ocean
Post-sunset glow
Post-sunset glow

Go Mindego!!!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. willgotthardt says:

    Your photography is as dialed as your running…great stuff!

    Will G.

  2. erareeve says:

    Enjoying your blog. I have never been envious of California trails until I saw this post.

    Cheers!

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