ElevationAscent: 171' 52 m
Descent: -238' -72 m
High: 621' 189 m
Low: 387' 118 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A trail that climbs to fields above the preserve and views of the surrounding hills.”— David Hitchcock
Departing the Ravensbury Trail to the right and crossing a small creek bed via a small bridge, the singletrack dirt trail begins to climb immediately toward the park boundary. Homes can be seen off on the left as you make your way uphill. Trees covered in grapevine can be seen on both sides of the trail as it weaves its way along the preserve's border. The trail passes through an area of low shrubs, where there are fewer trees and shade, before emerging in a field at roughly .25 miles. The fields in this area can be full of wildlife, especially in the evenings or mornings. Deer can be seen feeding or bedding down in the evenings. Turkeys can be seen in large groups feeding. Coyotes can be seen prowling through the fields in search for their next meals.
At roughly .35, the dirt trail intersects with a service road, which the trail follows for the rest of its journey. The trail continues to climb for another .2 of a mile, passing a water tank on the left and offering views of the preserve on the right. This area provides the best example of what the conservation of the preserve has saved. To the left, you see the homes and freeways of the Cupertino and Los Altos area while to the right, forests and fields stretch out before you. Take a minute to enjoy the views, and see if you can spot wildlife in the fields.
From here, the trail begins its steep descent down to the Lower Meadow Trail. The trail weaves through the fields, past a large, old tree before leveling out and dead ending with at the Lower Meadow Trail and service road. To the right are Deer Hollow farm and other trails which lead deeper into the preserve. To the left, the Lower Meadow Trail makes its way back to the parking area, tennis courts, and model aircraft field.
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Land Manager: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space