We’re happy to be putting the finishing touches on another successful year. What’s more, we’d never have made it without you! We’re grateful for the dedicated community members who support our work. Together, we’re protecting open spaces on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

In honor of the year’s end, we’ve compiled 2023’s most popular hikes, stories and big wins for local conservation. It’s an opportunity to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished and experienced together. It’s also a chance to catch up on any POST news you might’ve missed! Before we take a deeper dive, let’s take a quick look back at some of the year’s conservation highlights:

You make it possible – thank you.

We cannot thank you enough for everything you do to support our organization. Your generous donations and attendance at our online and in-person events make us grateful. We appreciate, too, every person who reads our newsletter, watches our videos, checks out the recreational activities we recommend or follows along on Facebook and Instagram. In 2024, we are devoted to bringing you more useful tips, news and stories, and have many exciting ideas in the works!

Now let’s take a closer look at the year’s most popular hiking trails, activities, stories and more.

Our Most Popular Hikes in 2023

As a land trust, POST works to protect land on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Often, we transfer these properties to public agencies who care for the in the long term. Many are now open to the public for you to explore.

If you’re seeking a list of local trails, we have quite the collection of must-see destinations for you! All are worth visiting, but it’s always intriguing to see which are most popular! Below you’ll find the top 10 hikes that people viewed the most on our website in 2023. Thanks to the abundant rainy season, waterfalls and verdant hillsides took the lead!

Stories You Don’t Want to Miss

This year has been a whirlwind. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished — for our local landscapes and for the future of our organization. For a taste of what POST and our collaborators have pulled off this year, check out the stories below!

Since our founding in 1977, we have protected nearly 87,000 acres of open space on the Peninsula and South Bay. Our growing network of protected landscapes spans San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. This year’s wins build on our past successes, as well as the lessons we’ve learned over time.

Top Posts from POST

We’d be remiss to not also share some of our top performing blog posts from 2023. Although some of these stories are from years past, they are among the most visited pages on our site — and for good reason. Below, you’ll find hiking tips, day trip itineraries, information about wildflowers and much more. If you live here in the Bay Area, you need take a closer look these:

The Road Ahead

POST’s multifaceted work has several aims. These include:

  • Safeguarding the open spaces wildlife need to access as climate change pushes them to new territories.

  • Preserving the agricultural heritage of the San Mateo Coast, key to our region’s local food system.

  • Stewarding our redwood forests, some of the best trees on the planet at trapping greenhouse gases.

  • Striving for equitable, public access to nature for all.

And our strategic plan lays the groundwork for how we’ll approach our work. We’re centering climate change resilience, biodiversity and equitable access in everything we do.

None of this is possible without the generous support of people like you. Thank you again for another great year. We’re looking forward to a fruitful 2024!

See you down the trail.

About Post

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 87,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more

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