San Francisco: Windy Hill Loop

Climb through several Bay Area ecosystems on this 8.6-mile ramble from Portola Valley to Windy Ridge.
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Climb through several Bay Area ecosystems on this 8.6-mile ramble from Portola Valley to Windy Ridge.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.7

Waypoints

WHL001

Location: 37.3749504089356, -122.223701477051

Head S-SW on trail; L @ T; listen for frogs in Sausal Pond

WHL002

Location: 37.3675727844238, -122.220245361328

Bear L here and in .2 miles at dirt road; cross Hamms Gulch; stay S

WHL003

Location: 37.3648376464844, -122.216667175293

R onto Alpine Rd.; trail hugs road

WHL004

Location: 37.3632392883301, -122.221878051758

Bear R through gate; L @ 3-way onto Eagle Trail

WHL005

Location: 37.3572120666504, -122.218116760254

R onto Razorback Ridge Trail; then bear L to avoid private drives

WHL006

Location: 37.3562469482422, -122.217819213867

R @ trail marker; switchbacks gain 800 ft. over next 1.8 mi.

WHL007

Location: 37.3496971130371, -122.230827331543

R @ T-intersection onto Lost Trail

WHL008

Location: 37.3575325012207, -122.239303588867

Straight @ 4-way; view of East Bay hills, San Francisco Bay & skyline

WHL009

Location: 37.3589019775391, -122.242111206055

L @ 3-way; spectacular views of Silicon Valley to the S

WHL010

Location: 37.3616600036621, -122.246650695801

R @ 3-way onto Anniversary Trail; detours to view on L

WHL011

Location: 37.3667678833008, -122.247344970703

R onto Spring Ridge Trail

WHL012

Location: 37.3676452636719, -122.225448608398

Bear L here and in .2 mi. onto Besty Crowder Trail (to trailhead)