Turkey and Chestnuts Holiday Hike

Sunday, November 18, 2018
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free, RSVP required.
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Los Altos, Santa Clara County

Join us for a great pre-Thanksgiving hike through the natural landscape of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

From the Skyline Ridge, we’ll walk around the inside of Horseshoe Lake before climbing Fir Knoll to view a remnant of the ancient Douglas fir forest that once filled Stevens Creek Canyon. Along the way, we’ll talk about the cultural history of the area and the natural (and unnatural) history of turkeys in California. Our route takes us through an old Christmas tree farm and a mixed-oak woodland to an active chestnut orchard. We’ll eat lunch at the orchard and have an opportunity to harvest and purchase chestnuts for the holiday.

Photo: Don McCullough via Flickr

Outing Leaders:
Mary Bernstein
Total Distance:
This is a moderate hike of about five miles with a few hundred feet in elevation gain.
Weather Policy:

Rain cancels.

Where to Meet:

We’ll assemble in the parking area for the Skyline Ridge Trail.

From Interstate 280 in Santa Clara County, exit Page Mill Road (exit #20) and drive west to the junction with Skyline Boulevard (CA 35). Turn left and drive south about 1 mile, to the preserve entrance on the right side of the road. Upon entering, choose the rightmost road and to go to the parking area.    [directions]

Leaders Note:

Bring water, lunch, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Bring money if you want to purchase chestnuts or honey and gardening gloves to protect your hands (or borrow them at the orchard). If you have questions about this outing, email Ken Lavin or phone (415) 543-6771 x321.


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