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Windy Hill

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

The trail starts with a small climb ("the little orphan") and is followed a little later by a steeper climb ("the ugly sister"). Just when you get your wind back, you are hit by two successive steeper climbs ("the nasty twins"). You continue to climb to the top through a windy valley (hence the name) only to confront the last steep climb ("the old lady"). The climb is around 1300' and once at the top you get a nice view of the Bay area. When you are short on time (e.g., after work), you can't beat Windy Hill for giving you a quick mountain biking fix.
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Latitude
37.365075195776
Longitude
-122.21624851226806
Trail Directions
Head west on Alpine from highway 280, take a right on Portola and the trailhead is down a little bit on your left.
Trail Length
2.3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Portola Valley
   


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Review Date
August 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jcyoung ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Good for a quick workout. I get up this hill in 35-38 minutes, and coming down takes 10 or 11 minutes. I like it because the trailhead is a 15 minute drive from my house, which means I can do this ride anytime I have a free 90 minutes. There is also Alpine Road/Coal Creek close by if I find I have extra time.

There is a legal 0.4 mile doubletrack shortcut that bypasses some of the fireroad.

Recommended Route:
Up the hill from the Portola parking lot, then down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alpine Road, Coal Creek, Russian Ridge, Arastradero



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Review Date
August 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: rad1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Getting dropped off at the top and bombing down is fun, but it's kinda wimpy. You need to ride UP this trail or you've accomplished nothing. Try not to use the granny gear too much and you can do it in less than 30 minutes. Great views and wildlife, and pretty fun to rip down. Long sections where you can see far ahead means you can hit high speeds without crashing into hikers or freaking 'em out...recommend slowing where you can't see ahead 'cause there's lots of foot traffic and we don't need complaints that'll end up getting the trail closed. Got radar'd by ranger last week, but could see 'em way before I got there, so just went by at walking speed. She still kept the radar pointed right at me, like she couldn't see I was just going 3 mph. This is a great climb, but too short. There are other better descents off Skyline, but this one is a fun change of pace at non-peak hours for a high-speed experience.

Recommended Route:
Ride UP. It is a crime to ride down this trail without climbing up it first.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Up Alpine Rd, Montebello to Grizzly Flat Trail to Long Ridge to Skyline Ridge to Russian Ridge, then back down Crazy Pete's or Coal Creek to Alpine. Not too technical, but a good workout with great views. And of course Skeggs for the more technical challenge.



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Review Date
May 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: ELiot , from woodside ca

Summary:
I ride this trail to school going 45+ mph, its ok if you not a pussy . it has a few drainage things to get some good air

Recommended Route:
down not up



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Review Date
September 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mtbiker , from woodside

Summary:
The trail is very wide, but there are a lot of really nice ig banked corners and 2 nice and steep section(hands off the brakes). as you get lower off of skyline you will go into a forest with a few water bars to jump and some nice switchbacks. I wouldn't take them at more than 15 or 20 I've slid out and intp the bushes more than just once. I would highly recomend this trail when it is raining. It gets pretty fun in the rain. The trail is very shirt maybe 2.8 miles top to bottom with an elevation change of about 1,000 feet. The best eay to do it is get a ride to the top and fly down. I've done the whole 2.8 mile trail in 8 minutes and 30 seconds.

Recommended Route:
Down the fire road

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Crazy Pete's, Skeggs, Purisma, Water dog lake if you canfind it.



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Review Date
February 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jimbo , from Portola Valley

Summary:
Watch out for rattlers, had one hanging under my swinsuit the other day. Also there is tons of wildlife aroud here. Sometime i liek to go see the wombats and even a koala in the euclaptus trees as you ascend up hwy. 84. when i was a kid i thought there were tree snakes, adn made my mommy roll the sunroof closed. Be careful if you travel on skyline, in lahonda. Many of the residents are drunkards and drive while they are. Also try going along skyline drive-its a peacful wooded community where i live. hehe. come and find me. number 27. Nice place. No i dont live thee, udes too though. nice up there, now i live down in da hood of pv. betcha didnt know there was a power posse there with gangsta thugs. nono, its a perfect lil place. Well, if it werent so boring then maybe there wouldnt be, butcha gotta have fun right?

Recommended Route:
Go up alpine, to the very end where theres a turnoff for bikes and gated road thing, then go all the way to skyline, over to windyhill.When you get here go stright down making the shape of a letter in the grass, make sure to turn as much grass as you can down, so when you get to the bottom you can read what you wrote and where you went. Stay off the trails though, too many tourists.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I reccomend going north 4 hours to fort bragg/mendocino, then going east for an hour or two. there there are beautiful redwood forects and groves. theyre not extreme, but very very peaceful and beautiful.



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