If you are in search of a quest Sierra Azul above Lexington Reservoir is for you.

In less than an hour you can escape to the Peninsula and find an off-beaten path or one well-traveled. Read on, hiker.

Butano State Park: Forested loop on sea side of peninsula hills

Castle Rock State Park: Forested walk with rock outcrops

Filoli: Casual walk through elegant gardens

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve: Forested creek, open views in oak forest, views to Pacific

Montara Mountain: Climb to peak above Pacifica, great ocean views

Monte Bello Preserve: Great bay views, rolling open terrain

Picchetti Ranch Preserve: Short walks and a fine winery

Rancho San Antonio: Busy, various activities. Good for families.

Russian Ridge Preserve: Ocean views from peninsula hills

Sierra Azul-Bald Mountain: Very short walk, great South Bay views

Sierra Azul North: Ridge – cool below, hot and exposed above – steep

Sierra Azul-Woods Trail: Traverse Mt. Umunhum

Windy Hill Preserve: 8-mile-loop with a little bit of everything

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Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker. Visit him online at www.RonErskine.com, his blog at www.WeeklyTramp.com or email him at [email protected].


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