Ever wondered what would happen if the Four Preserves Hike went straight ahead at the first trail junction, instead of turning left? Come find out! This will be the short version of the south loop, which goes through Skyline Ridge, Monte Bello, and Long Ridge Open Space Preserves, as well as Upper Stevens Creek County Park. Total distance around 9.5 miles, with 2000 feet of elevation gain. Expect some steep parts, and a creek crossing or two. Hiking boots recommended. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Rain cancels.
Meet at carpool point #6.
Looks like Sunday is the token non-rainy day. Given the recent rains, expect the creek crossing to be interesting.
Directions to LPSS carpool point #6 (Page Mill / 280 Park 'N Ride): Exit 280 onto Page Mill Road west (Los Altos Hills) in Palo Alto. The lot is next to the freeway. If looking for overflow parking, beware of the "No Parking" signs along Arastradero. Map: http://tinyurl.com/2tq9rk