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Windy Hill Hike, April 2022

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On the way down from the summit

We followed the recommended POST hike, from Spring Ridge Trail to the Hamm’s Gulch Trail, to Bay Area Ridge Trail, and the Anniversary Trail to reach the summit and a descent via the Spring Ridge trail to the Betsy Crowder Trail. We saw a number of new flower species on Hamm’s Gulch. The trail was all shaded until we reached the end of Hamm’s Gulch and then it is almost entirely exposed until Betsy Crowder trail. This direction is a whole lot more pleasant than going up Spring Ridge and coming down Hamm’s Gulch.

It is not common to have a trail named Betsy, it is named after local conservation activist Elizabeth “Betsy” Swann Crowder.

Corte Madera Creek crossing on Hamm’s Gulch trail.
View of the Spring Ridge Trail from the shaded Hamm’s Gulch Trail.
This is from a rocky ledge close to where Hamm’s Gulch meets Lost Trail, bulk of the climb is behind us now. The rocky ledge is large enough to sit down and take a breadth.
This is by the parking lot next to the Highway 35 entrance to Windy Hill. The parking lot is recommended as a good spot for night sky photography. The expanse of the sky is very large and barring any traffic interference (and resulting headlights), does seem like a convenient spot too.
Wildflowers near the Highway 35 parking lot!
On our way to the summit. The summit is a popular spot for gliders.
While going down from the summit …more wildflowers!

Written by Sachin

April 8, 2022 at 12:00 am

Posted in Bay Area, California, USA

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  1. Thank you for sharing!


    April 8, 2022 at 7:12 pm

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