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. Â Thanks for setting everything up, ladies! Â Hockey friends, camping, and motorcycling all in one trip…* happysigh *
Date of visit:
June 30-July 1, 2012
Gorgeous! Â It was in the mid 70s during the day and cooled off to the high/mid 60s while sitting around the campfire. Â The overnight low in my tent was 60F.
*Absolutely wonderful, and I’m not just saying that because our friend Lisa is a ranger at the park. 😉 Â 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). Â 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. Â You can see the sites from one another but they’re not right on top on each other. Â There’s enough tree cover to have good shade.
* Each individual site has a BBQ, food locker, water spigot, and picnic table. Â The “double” sites (#1 and #5) have 2 picnic tables and 2 BBQs.
* There are three Port-A-Potties in the parking lot area. Â They’re large, clean, and as inoffensive as Port-A-Potties can reasonably be. Â 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. Â 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. Â The longest hike is the Los Trancos Trail, which is 7.5 miles. Â 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. Â The lake is stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish. Â While swimming is prohibited you can enjoy the lake with your non-motorized and hand-launched boat. Â Canoes are also available for rent on the weekends and holidays from May 1st to October 31st, weather permitting.
More info: Â Foothills Park website
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!