Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
Near Skyline Boulevard & Alpine Road
Palo Alto, CA 94062
+1 650 691 1200
The Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve is a must-see for nature lovers, with an expansive 1978 acres (800 hectares) of open space and 10.4 miles (16.7 kilometers) of trails. This park is rated as one of the top five places in California to view wildflowers. In spring, the grassy hills are populated with Poppies and Lupins, bathing the entire landscape in rich hues. During early summer, the fields are covered with flowers such as Farewell-to-Spring, Mule's Ears and Brodiaea, and in the fall the receding fog allows for great views of the San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. In winter, watch the mountains, which are occasionally dusted with snow. Because the terrain is widely varied, there are diverse animal communities in this area such as mountain lions, raptors, deer, coyotes, golden eagles and red-tailed hawks. Be sure to check out Borel Hill for a great view.