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Windy Hill Walk

When we need to take a step back, get some fresh air and clear our heads, one sublime spot springs to mind. It might surprise you to find such a large area of natural beauty such a short distance of all this civilization, but the 1,335-acre Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is just a ten minute drive from our Menlo Park hotel. There are miles of walking trails along grassy ridges that offer wonderful views of the Bay Area. Even in summer, it can be surprisingly cool up there, and (as its name suggests) windy - making it a favorite jumping-off point for hang-gliding and paragliding. Horseback riders, dog walkers and cyclists are also welcome. Now, when the hustle and bustle of the city knocks the wind out of your sails, you've got an escape route.

Address: Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Portola Road, Portola Valley