Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill Hike

Sometimes you want a mountain top experience without living your area. You need breathtaking views and the wind in your hair. You want to climb; you want a challenge.
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
I’m so happy that Santa Cruz mountains are mostly opened for hikers… I could tell distinct features of the majority of peninsula parks. But I always happy to check new places. Loke this time with Mindego Hill.
POST worked on the new section of the trail. And finally, we got the opportunity to walk through the cattle land to the top of the hill.
We started from Mindego Parking lot after 4 PM. And no one else parked there. That’s strange how some places are more popular than another. Even when they look alike or give the same access.
The first section goes downhill.
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
And goes that way until the trails come out from the woods, and you start to see the hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
Trail leads you around the hill. And you will see the ponds for the cattle
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
It was the kingdom of dry grasses
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
Right before the top there are few nice rocks that are looking amazingly on photos
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
The top of the hill offers 360-degree views; if you are lucky you will see the ocean.Or if you are like we, the view on the clouds will be yours
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill
08.07. Russian Ridge: Mindego Hill

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