Hike Date: July 31, 2011
Distance: ~ 3.5 miles
Trail(s): Sylvan Loop, Serpentine Loop, Live Oak Trail, Ridgeview Loop, Franciscan Trail
Where’s it at? Redwood City just east of Hwy 280 near Pulgas Ridge
Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve is located on the west end of San Carlos, CA just east of Hwy 280 and south of Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve. The park is nearly 500 acres with a great mix of grasslands, wildflowers, and woodlands. There is also a scattering of small serpentine rock outcroppings. The ridges in the park provide views of the salt flats in the south bay as well as the watershed ridgeline and San Andreas Lake to the west. Use of the park is free of charge and there is a small parking lot with easy street overflow parking. There are picnic tables in various areas and a couple benches along the trails for hikers and runners. I didn’t get a real close look but there appeared to be a lawn area near the parking lot and trailhead for the Sylvan Trail.
My friend Lori and I were originally going to hike in Wunderlich park in Woodside where she hadn’t been yet. Instead I was treated to a new hike that she was familiar with nearby. I always love hiking on trails I haven’t been on yet and this one didn’t disappoint.
There really isn’t any long hiking to be done here, but there is at least some elevation change and the trails are nicely constructed and maintained, consisting of packed dirt and just wide enough to pass another person. My favorite!
The trails are all well signed and with so many loop trails to choose from it would be hard to get lost here. We just about circled the whole park. There is one nice bench along the Live Oak Trail which is easy to miss if you’re doing the trail in a clockwise direction, but you’ll see a short spur trail off to the left and there it is. We relaxed here for a while and had a snack. I won’t call if my favorite bench, for personal reasons, but it was definitely a good view with shade.
There was a good amount of wildlife to be seen. We saw several fence lizards, a pretty humongous blacktail jack rabbit, a mule deer fawn that didn’t seem remotely bothered by us, and several butterflies and birds that I didn’t get a chance to identify. There are also coyote, bobcats, raccoons, skunks, garter snakes, rattlesnakes, newts, and mountain lions said to be seen from time to time within the park.
As for the plant life there was definitely a large amount of poison oak, most of which was bearing it’s summer red colors. Luckily I don’t seem to have gotten any rashes! There is a good mix of chaparral, grassy meadow, and oak woodland environments offering a vast number of different plant species including Wood Ferns, mosses, Coast Live Oak, Scrub Oak, Sycamore, Wax Myrtle, Bay Laurels, and many others.
Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve provided a surprisingly great short hike with good views, clear skies, nice trails, and good plants and wildlife. Definitely recommend making a visit.
Photos from Hiking Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve (click to enlarge)
Useful Links about Edgeview County Park and Natural Preserve
- San Mateo County Parks on Edgewood
- Yelp Reviews of Edgewood
- Edgewood County Park on everytrail.com
- bahiker.com on hiking Edgewood
Directions to Trailhead for Edgeview
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