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Wild Recovery
San Jose, California
July 10 2004
Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
10:00 AM
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Long Ridge Open Space Preserve, May 2004, photo by Tom L., toml@wildrecovery.org

July 10 2004
Long Ridge Open Space Preserve 
10:00 AM

The Place

Most bay area hikers will never take advantage of Long Ridge Open Space Preserve's most unique feature. Long Ridge's trails connect to Portola Redwoods State park, creating a unique opportunity to trek along hiking trails in the eastern section of the state park. By summer the grassland is dry, but views to the west are usually crystal clear, with none of the smog that is common on the east side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Most trails are shaded and cool from large Douglas fir, madrone, and big-leaf maple.  Hazlnut shrubs , strawberries and wild roses flourish along the cool slopes. Near the center of the ridge a simple stone bench makes a great resting spot, with unobstructed views to the west and southwest of the forested mountains receding toward the ocean. Susan has mapped out a wonderful Saturday morning hike for us again. Please remember to get a trail map at the information signboard near the traihead.

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve, May 2004, photo by Tom L., toml@wildrecovery.org

Getting There

From HWY 85 take the Saratoga Ave. exit toward downtown Saratoga. Downtown Saratoga will be our last chances for gas, coffee or snacks. Continue up the mountain until a four way stop and turn right onto HWY 35. Go about 3 miles  until you see a green Palo Alto City Limit sign on the right. The parking lot is immediately after the sign on the right. In front of the parking lot is Park hours sign along with an information signboard. Please pick up a trail map if available, you can also print one and get more info on this and other trails at the links to trail maps and park info.

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve, May 2004, photo by Tom L., toml@wildrecovery.org

Walking the walk
This hike is rated at level 2 and is just about 4 miles, so if you have never been on any our hikes yet this would be a great opprotunity to come and  experience the wonderful recovery atmosphere our higher power has provided for us. A level 2 is a very comfortable level for new hikers or anyone whom isn't sure they might be able to make a more strenuous hike. The traihead elavation is about 2,300 ft. from here our host Susan D. will descend us down to about 2,000 ft. On our way down we will enter the cool shaded trails with aromas from the California bay, and live oaks. When the trails are dry the footprints of turkeys, wild pigs and coyotes are abundant. After a short  300 to 350 ft climb up Peters Creek Trail we will reach Long Ridge, hence the name, a gorgeouse long flat walk with oprotunitys for great viewgasms. Ferns and moss coverd rocks line the trail back down to the trailhead. As most hikers will agree a good hike ends downhill as with this one.

 Know Before You Go

There are no entrance or parking fees. No toilet facilities or drinking water. Maps should be available at the information signboad, never go into any back country without a trail map on your person. No designated parking for persons with disabilities, and trails are not wheelchair accesible. On trail hiking only. Dogs are not permitted.No smoking. Beware of poison oak, ticks and other outdoor hazards. Please read our What to Wear and Bring page for more info.

Lake Tahoe, June 2004, photo by Diane T., dianet@wildrecovery.org

September 11 - 12, 2004
Lake Tahoe Retreat Weekend
Camping at Emerald Bay,
D. L. Bliss State Park
Hiking at Mt. Tallac

Wild Recovery Meetings    |   What to Wear & Bring   |    Trail Maps/ Park Info
What is Wild Recovery?   
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