Saturday was busy. It was almost the end of the month with only 1 hike in my pocket and I had plans on Sunday for a movie. I was going to go hiking in the morning but the movie got pushed to a matinÃ©e so that was out. Oh well. So I got up, played tennis, ate breakfast and headed out for a quick hike.
Thornewood is a tiny little preserve nestled in between a few bigger ones in Woodside. I read that the entrance to the main parking lot was pretty hidden and that’s quite accurate. My first turn was into someone’s driveway (sorry mansion owners) but I made it on my second try. It’s a left in the middle of a right-handed corner on a 2 lane hilly road. Yeah. I didn’t kill any cyclists zooming down the hill so I get a gold medal for that.
There are two trails in this preserve: Schilling Lake Trail and Bridle Trail. There is a tiny lake that is kind of cute, I think it is a little over a mile out and back, pretty easy. The only wildlife I saw was on the lake. It’s still so dry out so everything is dusty and the lake was sludgy.
The Bridle trail actually leads into redwoods which is always so nice and pretty. It’s almost all switchbacks down to another road which was fine. My hike ended up being 3 miles so each trail was not very long since it was an out and back. I saw a few people on the trails, I think they parked at the bottom of the Bridle trail since I didn’t ever see their cars.