A new one-mile trail extension connecting the Mideninsula Regional Open Space District's Mindego Gateway parking lot to the Russian Ridge trail system has opened, creating a four-mile loop that includes sweeping views as well as shaded woodlands.
Mindego Gateway, which opened last year, is located on Alpine Road, 1.4 miles west of Skyline Boulevard, above Portola Valley. The site has 20 parking spots, several viewing platforms, is wheelchair-accessible and has sweeping views of the area.
The new Ancient Oaks Trail extension connects with the Russian Ridge trail system, which includes the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Alpine Pond and 360-degree views from Borel Hill.
The district says the extension of the Ancient Oaks Trail is the final phase of the POST-funded Mindego Gateway Project, which helped finance the purchase of the 1,047-acre Mindego Ranch, including the landmark Mindego Hill and the 97-acre Silva property.
For more information about the Ancient Oaks Trail or the Mindego Gateway at the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, visit www.openspace.org/preserves or call (650) 691-1200.