Campsite Review: Foothills Park

Foothills Park
3300 Page Mill Road
Los Altos Hills, CA

Note that this park is open to Palo Alto residents and their guests only — proof of residency is required at the park entrance.

I camped here as part of a NCWHL group event, made possible by the awesome Lisa and Shannon.  Thanks for setting everything up, ladies!  Hockey friends, camping, and motorcycling all in one trip…* happysigh *

Date of visit:
June 30-July 1, 2012

Gorgeous!  It was in the mid 70s during the day and cooled off to the high/mid 60s while sitting around the campfire.  The overnight low in my tent was 60F.


Campground Condition:

*Absolutely wonderful, and I’m not just saying that because our friend Lisa is a ranger at the park. 😉  The sites were in excellent condition, the trails were well marked and clean — even the port-a-potties were in good shape and didn’t stink.

* The campground at Foothills Park is called Towle Camp and it has 7 sites (Map of Towle Camp here).  Sites #1 and #5 can hold up to 16 campers; the rest up to 8.

* The sites are walk-in but the parking area is very close by (see map above).

* The campsites have decent privacy.  You can see the sites from one another but they’re not right on top on each other.  There’s enough tree cover to have good shade.

* Each individual site has a BBQ, food locker, water spigot, and picnic table.  The “double” sites (#1 and #5) have 2 picnic tables and 2 BBQs.

* There are three Port-A-Potties in the parking lot area.  They’re large, clean, and as inoffensive as Port-A-Potties can reasonably be.  No complaints here.

* Towle Camp has fire restrictions; you can BBQ with charcoal at the individual sites but wood fires are restricted to two communal fire pits, one near site #1 and the other near site #5.  I didn’t go to the pit at site #5, but the one at #1 had wooden benches.

What to do (copied from below website):

* There are fifteen miles of hiking trails, which offer a variety of hiking experiences.  The longest hike is the Los Trancos Trail, which is 7.5 miles.  The Toyon Self-Guided Nature Trail enables you to learn about nature at your own pace.

* Fishing is permitted in Boronda Lake with a license only.  The lake is stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish.  While swimming is prohibited you can enjoy the lake with your non-motorized and hand-launched boat.  Canoes are also available for rent on the weekends and holidays from May 1st to October 31st, weather permitting.

More info:  Foothills Park website

Additional photos:

These pics have nothing to do with the campground but since I rode to camping and I like the photos, I’m including them. 😉

OK, back to the campground!

Our site (#2):

Bridget and Shannon show off the double-BBQ at site #1:

The double picnic table at site #1 easily fit nine hungry hockey players!

The fire pit near site #1:

Along Chemise Trail towards the Arbolejo Overlook:

At the overlook (I would like to point out that I am the tallest person in this photo!):

Deer frolicking in Orchard Glen:

The last half-mile of road from Orchard Glen to Towle Camp is technically unpaved but is still very doable by a street bike!

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One Response to Campsite Review: Foothills Park

  1. Roger E Willcut says:

    Thanks for continuing to share your adventures with us. Haven’t read you stuff for a couple of years and and real happy to see that you are continuing to ride and share your adventures with us. Great to see that the Ninja has worked out so well for you. I did take a 50 minute test ride on one earlier this year but the riding position just doesn’t seem to work for me. My XT has been replaced (put a not smiling face here) with an 883 Superlow; but it works well for me. It ain’t a good a the XT in the gravel, but I put it there when I need to. Every time I spend more than a half a day riding (I thank you, thank you thank you) for the Daytona boots recommendation. The height, comfort and all-weather functionality of them are above reproach. Most summer I do at least one 7 – 9 day, 3,000 mile run in CO, NE and SD and the boots are the one bullet proof item on those trips. Thanks. Now, tell me about that helmet. Roger

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