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Devil’s Slide Trail Isn’t So Scary Anymore

September 29, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Devil's Slide TrailTake in the beauty of the great outdoors at the new and improved Devil’s Slide Trail located between the cities of Pacifica and Montara.  About 20 minutes south of San Francisco, this 1.3 mile trail opened this past March with freshly paved walking and biking trails safe for pedestrians and bikers.  Visitors to the area can overlook picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean while either riding or walking and without the worry of cars flying by.  The Devil’s Slide Trail is a segment of the California Coast Trail that will eventually allow visitors to enjoy 11 miles of the coast from Mori Point to Pillar Point.

Highway 1 was transformed from a highway to a trail because of how impractical and dangerous the road was for drivers.  The road was often the site of car accidents, landslides and was sometimes closed.  Devil’s Slide was originally named for its narrow and twisting road that tightly hugged the mountainside.  The drive was a nightmare for travelers and commuters and was extremely unsafe.  It took about one year to complete the 2 million dollar construction which included paving the area and including parking, public restrooms at both ends and three overlooks.  The trail includes 12 benches great for enjoying a picnic lunch or for taking in the sights of the marine life below like dolphins and seals.  Panels can be found along the way to educate visitors on the history of the area.  The panels also include information on the plant and animal life that flourish in the area.  The Devil’s Slide Trail is perfect for biking and walking.  There are two six foot bike lanes and a 12 foot pedestrian lane with three foot concrete barriers along the side.  The trail will also be wheelchair accessible with the exception of one part in the middle where assistance might be needed because of the steep part of the road.

The only downside to the trail is the lack of pedestrian routes to the trailhead since it was made out of Highway 1.  A narrow shoulderless stretch of highway gives access to the trail.  On weekends, a free shuttle runs once an hour from Pacifica State Beach or the Sam Trans Route 17 bus stops at the trailhead.  The parking lot opens at 8:00am and the park closes at different times depending on the season.  Dogs are allowed on the trails if they are kept on a leash.  It is also not uncommon to see horses on the trails since the trail is also shared with equestrians.

After an exhausting day spent exploring the trail, find the perfect room to unwind at Mill Rose Inn.  Mill Rose Inn is a Four Diamond AAA award-winning bed and breakfast in Half Moon Bay.  The Inn is the ultimate in pampering as its spacious rooms, elegant décor and lush gardens set the tone for a most relaxing retreat.  A gourmet breakfast of fresh juices, French pastries, omelets and homemade breads is served each morning.  Even though the B&B is tucked away, it is still within walking distance of many of Half Moon Bay’s galleries and restaurants.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Clanon

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

July 28, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Windy Hill Open Space PreserveThe state of California is full of many wonders. From white sandy beaches to snow caped mountains, California is a place where you can do everything in one trip. Snow skiing, white water rafting, and surfing, are just a few of the amazing things to do. When you come to stay with us at Mill Rose Inn, you will have the opportunity to explore one of the many gems that the beautiful state offers, the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. What does this preserve offer you might ask? Well, we have written a brief overview of what the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is and what it has to offer you!

 

The Mid-peninsula Regional Open Space District of California operates the regional park, which is located in San Mateo County. The area is easily identifiable from the flatlands of the South Bay, being the only bare part. The Preserve rises from the valley road to the 1905 ft. summit from which it derives its name. Windy Hill Open Space Preserve stretches from Portola Valley, at the base to the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains town, to Skyline Boulevard, at the crest of the mountains. The area also has some of the Bay’s most attractive woodland, including Douglas-Fir trees and the distinctively bald ridge that’s rises up to Windy Hill itself.

 

The Preserve offers exceptional trails that are perfect for a morning hike or afternoon mountain bike ride! Because of Windy Hill’s low elevation, summertime fog often spills over the ridge into the park, making the forest much more lush than those just a few miles to the south. The beautiful sight of the fog rolling of the ridge will take your breath away and also serve as a warning that the Skyline Ridge is going to be cold, damp and windy. For those wishing to hike around the Reserve, the most enjoyable hike to climb is the Lost Trail. Starting from the Preserve’s main trailhead on Skyline Boulevard, Lost Trail winds south through beautiful grasslands and lush green forests. Hikers will enjoy a fantastic view of the southeast on this trail.

 

If hiking doesn’t sound like the thing for you, the Windy Hill Open Space Reserve is also great for flying a kite, hang gliding, paragliding, and remote control gliding! Please see Permit Information for details. Visitors can also wander through an array of habitats along the preserve’s 12 miles of trails. There are also picnic tables scattered throughout the area, offering a place for you and your family to munch on a treat while enjoy the preserve.

 

When planning your visit to Windy Hill Open Space Reserve, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn. Our elegant guest rooms and suites offer travelers classic European elegance with the modern conveniences they expect in their home away from home. And don’t forget each stay includes a delicious breakfast each morning, so you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day has in store, whether it be a visit to the Windy Hill Open Space Reserve or one of Half Moon Bays many other attractions. We can’t wait to see you soon!