Betsy Crowder Trail
ElevationAscent: 212' 65 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 772' 235 m
Low: 560' 171 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A quiet trail through the woods.”— David Hitchcock
As the trail descends from the Spring Ridge Trail, it drops through a gate that is used to control access for horses, especially in wet conditions. The trail continues to descend as views of the San Francisco Bay opens up to the right. After passing a bench where the views can be enjoyed. The trail then descends into the woods as trees begin to move in on either side. The trail hugs the hills as it continues to make a gentle descent toward the parking lot. Toward the end of the trail, several giant eucalyptus trees sit alongside the trail, peeling their bark around the base of the trees. The trail reaches a switchback where a large ravine drops off the trail. Dropping alongside the fire road, the trail levels out and makes its way back to the parking lot in Portola Valley.
If you follow the Betsy Crowder Trail from the parking lot, when the trail ends at the Spring Ridge Trail, you can turn to the left and follow the trail back to the parking lot or turn to the right and continue climbing up into the preserve.
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Land Manager: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space