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San Jose, California
May 19, 2007
Russian Ridge
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May 19, 2007
Russian Ridge 

The Place

        In the spring, this 1,822-acre preserve explodes with color as the native wildflowers primarily poppies and lupine put on a showy display. Diverse plant communities, miles of forest edge, and abundant springs make Russian Ridge an outstanding habitat for wildlife. Large numbers of raptors soar over the lush grasslands, and coyotes patrol the ridges. The steep forested canyons create a secure refuge for a tremendous variety of animals, including the elusive mountain lion. The preserve is also one of the best places in the Bay Area to see raptors. Red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and golden eagles have all been seen on the preserve.

Getting There

        DIRECTIONS:  Follow Hwy 9 up to Skyline.  Take Skyline Blvd (35) to Alpine Rd, about 6 Mi, go left on Alpine, and the Russian Ridge parking lot is immediately on the right. Car-pool if you can, it is a small parking lot and it is a popular spot.

Drive time is 40 minutes Parking Free Dogs ok on leash

Walking the Walk

        (Level 2.5 - Miles: 5 - Elevation ~500')  Wild Recovery has done this 5 Mi loop in the past. The last time was in May of 2005. It starts out from the Ridge Trail trailhead, which is right off the parking area. This area is famous for the spring wild flowers.


Know Before You Go

        RECOMMENDED:  Bring water and sunscreen. This hike is fairly exposed, and it may be very warm that day.

Drive time is 40 minutes Parking Free Dogs ok on leash

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